By Angelo Parlove, firstname.lastname@example.org
Saline Area Schools will hold a special election on November 7, 2017, for millages for a Sinking Fund and Recreation Fund. The board of education approved the elections during its regular meeting at Pittsfield Township Hall August 8.
Due to the existing county-wide election this year, the district believes it is the right year to put the issue before voters to let them determine if they want to extend it for another 10 years, Superintendent Scot Graden said.
The ballot for the Sinking Fund millage would authorize the district to levy an amount not to exceed .3500 mills for a period of 10 years, 2018 to 2027. This would replace the current sinking fund and allow the district to capitalize on recent changes in allowable purchases under sinking fund law.
Under the new millage, the district would be able to use sinking fund dollars for school security improvements as well as acquire and upgrade technology.
The ballot language for the Recreation Fund would allow the district to levy an amount not to exceed .5000 mills for a period of 10 years, 2018 to 2027. This would replace the current recreation millage. The recreation millage provides funds to operate a public recreation system and playgrounds.
If approved by voters, the new Sinking Fund would return to its original levy, up from the current levy of .3461 mills due to the Headlee Rollback. The Recreation Fund would also return to its original levy, up from the current .4945 mills due to the Headlee Rollback.
At this point, the vote on the district millages would join the City of Saline council election as well as a special education vote in Washtenaw County on the November 7 ballot.