DATE OF ELECTION: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
MILLAGE AMOUNT REQUESTED: 1.99 mills
DURATION: 20 years
FOCUS ON PRESERVING OUR SCHOOLS AND
PROTECTING OUR STUDENTS
THIS BOND PROPOSAL WILL ADDRESS:
• Essential needs for the district, its students, and its faculty
• Critically needed repairs and restoration of aging facilities
• Safety and security of our buildings
OUR STUDENTS AND FACULTY ARE OUR TOP PRIORITY.
Many bond updates will focus on safety & security upgrades.
OUR FACILITIES AVERAGE MORE THAN 50 YEARS OLD.
Critical upgrades and maintenance will improve efficiency and avoid costly repairs and continued patchwork. Improved mechanical systems will increase operational reliability and efficiency. This investment aims to preserve our existing school buildings for current and future students.
KEEPS THE FOCUS ON LEARNING.
Investing in our schools will allow more of our General Fund budget to be allocated to classroom learning vs. unexpected repairs and replacement of failing equipment.
KEY AREAS OF INVESTMENT
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS
• Provide or upgrade air conditioning to instructional facilities
• Plumbing upgrades/replacements
• LED lighting replacements at elementary buildings
• Replace and/or repave deteriorated parking lots
• Improve traffic flow and safety at High School/Junior High School campus
• Replace damaged concrete sidewalks
• Roof replacements
• Upgrade restrooms facilities
• Replace interior doors and hardware
• Replace gym floor at Junior High
• Replace corridor and gym lockers at Junior High
• Replace gym bleachers at Junior High and High School to include handrails and safety features
• Replace original/older food service equipment at High School
SAFETY & SECURITY
• Install secure entrances at Junior High and High School
• Replace aging exterior doors and locks
• Access control/security/surveillance systems
• Window replacement for security and emergency egress
• Fire alarm/PA system upgrades to enhance emergency alert coverage
• Install new exterior and parking lot lighting
USE OUR TAX CALCULATOR TO DETERMINE THE COST FOR YOUR HOUSEHOLD
Use the Tax Calculator link in the "More Info" Column on the left to determine the costs for YOUR household. It will show you what you are already paying in property taxes and then show you what your estimated tax bill would be if the bond passes. Your resulting changes will be shown as annual, monthly, and daily amounts.
You will be asked 5 pieces of information to complete YOUR calculation:
1) Your Annual Household Income
2) Your Taxable Value (Approximately 50% Home Market Value)
3) Are you a Senior or Disabled?
4) Is your property Homestead or Non-Homestead?
5) Which township is your property located in? (Bedford, Erie, or Whiteford Township)
HOW TO FIND THE ACTUAL TAXABLE VALUE OF YOUR HOME:
You can use this Check Property Information link (from the Bedford Township's "I want to" tab and choosing the "Check Property Information" and then selecting "Assessing Search" option) and
enter your address in the search bar.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOMESTEAD AND NON-HOMESTEAD?
Your property is homestead if it is your permanent home. Cottages, second homes, property you own and rent/lease to others, and college dormitories do not qualify as a homestead.
WHY DOES IT ASK FOR MY INCOME?
Households that pay homestead property taxes greater than 3.2% of their annual income may also be eligible for the State of Michigan's Homestead Property Tax Credit and your costs may be offset by that credit. Eligible households may deduct up to 60% (for senior citizens, that can be up to 100%) of the millage increase cost up to a $1,500 Homestead Tax Credit limit. If applicable, the tax calculator will then apply the appropriate credit for you and show you the result. A 100% credit would mean that your taxes would NOT increase at all because you would be credited for the entire millage amount that would otherwise apply to you. (To apply for the credit, you have to fill out form MI-1040CR and file with your taxes.)
For example, Household Resources of:
$51,000 and less = 100.00% credit
$51,001 = 90.00% credit
$52,001 = 80.00% credit
$53,001 = 70.00% credit
$54,001 = 60.00% credit
$55,001 = 50.00% credit
$56,001 = 40.00% credit
$57,001 = 30.00% credit
$58,001 = 20.00% credit
$59,001 = 10.00% credit
$60,001 and over are no longer are eligible for credit.
Senior Household Resources of:
$21,000 and less = 100% credit
$21,001 = 96% credit
$22,001 = 92% credit
$23,001 = 88% credit
$24,001 = 84% credit
$25,001 = 80% credit
$26,001 = 76% credit
$27,001 = 72% credit
$28,001 = 68% credit
$29,001 = 64% credit
$30,001 and over = 60% credit
HAVE A QUESTION?
Check out the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by using the link in the left column. If you do not see your question addressed in that list, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
REMEMBER TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6TH!
Polls are open from 7 am - 8 pm.
Information on voting in Bedford Township, including how to register to vote (October 9th is the last day to do so!) and poll locations, is available using the link in the left column.