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Special election: Jefferson Township, White Pigeon proposals

Residents of Jefferson Township in Cass County will be voting on a road tax to be used for maintenance, upkeep, repair and construction of roads. Residents of White Pigeon will vote on whether White Pigeon Community Schools should borrow over $1 million for improvements.

The White Pigeon proposal was approved by 51% of voters.

[Full election results]

Jefferson Township

The Jefferson Township road tax would levy $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value of real and personal property in 2019 and 2020. It would be used for the maintenance, upkeep, repair, and construction of roads within Jefferson Township.

Full text of the proposal

Jefferson Township road tax

Shall the Township of Jefferson, Cass County, Michigan, levy up to 1.0 (one mill) which is equal to $1.00 for each $1,000.00 of taxable valuation of real and personal property subject to taxation? Said millage will be an extra-voted millage to be used for the maintenance, upkeep, repair, and construction of roads within Jefferson Township so designated by the Jefferson Township Board. Said millage, if approved by the electors of Jefferson Township, will be levied for a period of two years, beginning with the year 2019 and ending with the levy in the year 2020. Based on current valuation, it is estimated that the levy will generate approximately $122,189.11 in the first year of the levy.

White Pigeon - APPROVED

Residents of White Pigeon will vote whether the district should borrow $1, 775,000 for partially remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, and equipping and re-equipping school and athletic facilities; acquiring, installing and equipping school facilities with instructional technology; purchasing school buses; and developing and improving sites.

Full text of the proposal

White Pigeon bond proposal

Shall White Pigeon Community Schools, St. Joseph and Cass Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed One Million Seven Hundred Seventy-five Thousand Dollars ($1,775,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor for the purpose of:

partially remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, and equipping and re-equipping school and athletic facilities; acquiring, installing and equipping school facilities with instructional technology; purchasing school buses; and developing and improving sites?

The following is for informational purposes only:

The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2019, under current law, is 1.09 mills ($1.09 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation), for a -0- mill net increase over the prior year's levy. The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is five (5) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 1.08 mills ($1.08 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).

The school district does not expect to borrow from the State to pay debt service on the bonds. The total amount of qualified bonds currently outstanding is $-0-. The total amount of qualified loans currently outstanding is $-0-. The estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in certain circumstances.

(Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.)

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