Timeline

Did you miss the Community Bond Informational Meeting?
View the presentation!

(updated April 8, 2014)

 

 



 

Impact?

Learn more about the impact the proposed bond will have on your taxes.

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FAQ's?

Click here for 2014 Bond Poposal Frequently Asked Questions

 

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Questions?

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"Keep Bedford Strong" BOND

 

2014 Bond Proposal Overview

The Bedford Public School Board has passed a motion to place a bond proposal on the May election ballot. The board is asking voters to consider a $70.35 million bond for basic upgrades, renovations, and replacement of aging infrastructure and equipment at all schools across the district. “Our goal is to Keep Bedford Strong,” said school board President Michael Smith. “We feel this is the right time and the right investment for our students and our community. The bond will impact the educational environment for our nearly 5,000 students and future generations to come.” 

The Bedford Board of Education has approved adding a bond issue to the May ballot and are asking voters to make a $70 million investment that would touch every student. It is an investment meant to "Keep Bedford Strong" for many years to come!
 

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Douglas Road Elementary's
"Get the Facts; Take the Tour!" Meeting

DRE Cafeteria @ 7:00 pm

This presentation will also include information about the proposed improvements to Smith Road Elementary which is proposed to replace the Douglas Road building.

 

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Jackman Road Elementary's
"Get the Facts; Take the Tour!" Meeting

JRE Cafeteria @ 7:00 pm

This presentation will also include discussion about the proposed construction of the new elementary building proposed as a replacement for the current Jackman Road building.

 

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Bedford Junior High School's
"Get the Facts; Take the Tour!" Meeting

BJHS Media Center @ 7:00 pm

 

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Bedford High School's
"Get the Facts; Take the Tour!" Meeting

BHS Cafe @ 7:00 pm

 

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Monroe Road Elementary's
"Get the Facts; Take the Tour!" Meeting

MRE Gym @ 7:00 pm

 

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Bedford Senior Center's Bond Informational Meeting

12:00 Noon

Presentation of the bond proposal and discussion

 

The bond is focused on addressing the district’s aging and inefficient buildings (many over 50 years old), improving safety and security, and cost savings including energy efficiency. The district still has single pane windows, inadequate insulation, aging roofs, no temperature control systems and poor lighting at most schools. As state funding has declined in recent years, the board is closely scrutinizing, evaluating and prioritizing every cost and expense. The district’s buildings will continue to age and need to be maintained without stressing the general fund budget which is geared towards classroom learning.

The board began this process last fall by commissioning a thorough assessment of the district’s facilities which are comprised of 746,000 square feet across nine buildings. The findings of this assessment highlighted critical needs, deferred maintenance, and potential property enhancements.
The complete report can be found here.

The assessment process included:
Meeting with district administration including, the maintenance director, IT director, athletic director, food service director, PTO / PTA representatives, and board members, as well as a survey of district parents and staff.

Key Findings:
     - Aging buildings are in need of significant renovations
     - Safety and security are high priorities at every school
     - Drop-off areas, traffic flow, and parking lots are a major safety concern
     - Most buildings are not energy efficient and include single pane windows,
        lack temperature control systems, and contain substandard insulation.

“Bedford is a community of pride and passion,” said School Superintendent, Mark Kleinhans. “We are proud of our students’ accomplishments and want to create a school environment that represents their success and our community’s vision. We plan to hold several open forums at our schools to help our community see our current learning spaces and discuss our vision for the future."

The proposed bond will replace the current sinking fund and 1998 construction bond that will be expiring. The millage rate will be for 4.37 mills, an increase of 2.05 mills over what residents are currently paying. The cost of the proposal will be an additional amount over your current tax payment equal to: $6.41/ month for a home value of $75,000, $10.68/$125,000, and $14.95/$175,000 home value. 

 

 

Impact of the Proposed Bond on your Taxes

The proposed bond would be a tax increase of 2.05 over what is currently being assessed with the Sinking Fund millage and a 1998 construction bond. Both the the Sinking Fund and the 1998 construction bond payments will be expiring and be replaced by this single bond proposal of the 4.37 mills you will see printed on the ballot.

   

Use this TaxCalc® calculator to see the tax
impact of this proposed bond for YOU, based
on YOUR home's value, here!

>www.mytaxcalc.com/bedford

***Remember to enter the TAXABLE value of your home in the calculator. If you do not know your taxable value and do not have a tax statement handy, you can get an approximate tax amount by using 1/2 of the MARKET value of your home. Otherwise, your tax amount will be shown as double what you would actually pay!

 

The TaxCalc® estimates the after tax impact of millage backed proposals by considering the Michigan's homestead tax credit and the federal income tax deduction of property tax. Some Taxpayers may receive part of the property tax increase back in the form of an increased tax credit. (More details can be found here in this document: After Tax Credit Impact of Millage Proposal)

 

Summary of Homestead Tax Rates for 2013 By Jurisdiction

  Total
Bedford Township........... 24.2887
Erie Township................. 24.9053
Whiteford Township........ 24.7431
*Source: County Apportionment Report