Brandon School District Bond 2020

 

What is proposed in the bond?

Investment in Your Schools: $19.5 million
Which buildings would be impacted? All School Buildings

What are some of the projects the bond will fund?

Download a more detailed list HERE

 

 


What will it cost?

Cost to taxpayer: .83 mills ($83 dollars a year or $6.91 a month on a $200,000 home)

Assessed Value of Your Home divided by 2 = State Equalized Value (SEV) > SEV * .00083 (.83 mills) = Annual Cost


Community Forums

Do you have questions or comments about the bond? Join us at an open forum to get your questions answered. All Community Members Welcome

January 21st 6:30pm at the I-TEC Center (609 S. Ortonville Rd, Ortonville, MI 48462)
February 18th 6:30pm at the I-TEC Center (609 S. Ortonville Rd, Ortonville, MI 48462)

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If you are unable to vote in person, absentee ballot applications are available through your township, city, or county clerk offices.

Vote March 10th, 2020 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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I. How much is the bond for? $19.5 million

II. What day is the election? March 10

III. What is the current tax rate for the school? 12.16 mills

IV. How much is the increase? .83 mills

V. How much does that cost in real dollars? $83 a year on a $200,000 home.

VI. When would this bond expire? 2039/2040

VII. When was the last bond, how much was it for and what were some of the big projects? 2006, $73 million, Oakwood was built, athletic stadium, ITEC center and many infrastructure projects such as boilers, water treatment systems and more.

VIII. Did the tax rate change from 2006 to now? Yes. Voters in 2006 agreed to an 8.24 mill levy. Due to the housing market crash of 2007 and the introduction of PA 437 of 2012, Brandon’s rate was increased to 13 mills. It has been reduced to 12.16 through refinancing by the district. The maximum millage rate permitted by the State is 13 mills.

IX. Can the rate on this bond change? Yes, it could get lower if property values increase significantly or if more building began in the community. If we had another crash, the maximum remains at 13 mills based on current law.

X. How many students are enrolled in Brandon? 2,300 + 150 preschool students.

XI. What has the district done to address major infrastructure projects on its own? The Brandon Board of Education has saved, reduced, consolidated and has been very creative to address projects up-to-this point. The decision to ask for assistance came after the district had exhausted all other reasonable options.

XII. What are some of the big cost savings measure Brandon has done to help address infrastructure and budget challenges? Consolidated schools, sold buildings, closed programs, cut staff, cut wages (7.5% in 2012), outsourced services and much more.

XIII. Is it true that the State of Michigan does not give district’s money for capital projects? This is true. The funding mechanisms for schools to address infrastructure and building include voted bonds and sinking funds. Unlike all other State’s, Michigan leaves this up to local voters.

XIV. Why did the district build Oakwood and then closed Belle Ann and few years later? Oakwood was planned and built during a boom in Brandon. When the housing market crashed, so too did the trajectory of student enrollment. In 2006, Brandon had over 3,600 students and was expected to continue to grow for many years.

XV. What happens if this bond was to fail? The district has no less than $11 million in essential projects. These projects will not be able to be addressed through the year-to-year budget.

XVI. How old is Harvey-Swanson? It opened in 1949.

XVII. What local districts have passed bond recently? Lake Orion ($160 million), Clarkston ($75 million), Oxford ($28.2) and Holly ($38 million). Districts across the State of Michigan have been taking advantage of the low interest rates that we are seeing across the nation at this time.

XVIII. Who do I contact with questions? Feel free to contact superintendent, Dr. Outlaw, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. There will be a community forum on 1/21 and 2/18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Brandon ITEC center as well.