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Lake Orion Community School District Bond Issues, Proposal A and Proposal B (August 2013)

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Two Lake Orion Community School District Bond Issues, Proposal A and Proposal B ballot questions were both defeated on the August 6, 2013, election ballot by voters in the Orion Community School District in Oakland County, which is in Michigan.

If approved, the first proposal would have authorized the district to increase its debt by about $28.7 million to be paid by a tax levy of 1.5 mills ($1.5 per $1,000 of assessed valuation). Proposal B sought to authorize bonds in the amount of about $4.5 million to be paid through a property tax levy of about 0.18 mills ($0.18 per $1,000 of assessed valuation). Assistant Superintendent John Fitzgerald said that Proposition A "addresses our most urgent needs, particularly around safety and security, energy efficiency and updating out learning areas." He went on to say that Proposal B "is more about enhancing our facilities to make us competitive with other districts."[1]

Election results

Proposal A
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No4,96558.54%
Yes 3,517 41.46%
Proposal B
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No4,96758.70%
Yes 3,494 41.30%
These results are from the Oakland County elections office.

Text of measures

Question on the ballot for Proposition A:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall the Lake Orion Community Schools, County of Oakland, State of Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Twenty-Eight Million Six Hundred Ninety Thousand and 00/100 ($28,690,000) Dollars and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, in one or more series, for the purpose of paying for the cost of the following projects:

•Acquiring and installing technology equipment and technology infrastructure in school buildings and other facilities;

•Remodeling, equipping, re-equipping, furnishing and re-furnishing school buildings and other facilities to enhance security and for other purposes; and

•Preparing, developing and improving sites at school buildings, athletic fields and other facilities?

The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of refunding, is not more than twenty (20) years; the estimated millage that will be levied to pay the proposed bonds in the first year is 0.70 mills (which is equal to $0.70 per $1,000 of taxable value); and the estimated simple average annual millage that will be required to retire the bonds over twenty (20) years is 1.15 mills annually ($1.15 per $1,000 of taxable value).

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

Question on the ballot for Proposition B:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall the Lake Orion Community Schools, County of Oakland, State of Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Four Million Five Hundred Forty Thousand and 00/100 ($4,540,000) Dollars and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, in one or more series, for the purpose of paying for the cost of the following enhancement projects:

•Acquiring and installing technology equipment and technology infrastructure in school buildings and other facilities;

•Remodeling, equipping, re-equipping, furnishing and re-furnishing school buildings, athletic facilities, athletic fields and other facilities;

•Erecting a multi-purpose team room at the High School athletic field; and

•Preparing, developing and improving sites at school buildings, athletic fields and other facilities?

The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of refunding, is not more than twenty (20) years; the estimated millage that will be levied to pay the proposed bonds in the first year is 0.12 mills (which is equal to $0.12 per $1,000 of taxable value); and the estimated simple average annual millage that will be required to retire the bonds over twenty (20) years is 0.18 mills annually ($0.18 per $1,000 of taxable value).[2]

Support

Superintendent Fitzgerald said, "People can vote for A or B or both. I can’t advocate voting for this, by law, but I can explain that we had the Oakland County sheriff do a full security audit on all of our schools, and Proposal A would implement their recommendations."[1]

Opposition

Jim Hare, a retired auto engineer and resident of Oxford Township, said that he planned to vote no on both bond measures. “I’m personal friends of several board members, and I think they’ve done a good job, but I just think the millage is too much money,” Hare said.[1]

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