Capital Improvement Bonds and Notice of Right to Petition for Referendum Thereon – Washtenaw County





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NOTICE OF INTENT OF THE COUNTY OF WASHTENAW

TO ISSUE NOT TO EXCEED $5,400,000 IN

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BONDS AND



NOTICE OF RIGHT TO PETITION FOR REFERENDUM THEREON

TO ALL ELECTORS AND TAXPAYERS OF

THE COUNTY OF WASHTENAW:

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Commissioners of the County of Washtenaw, Michigan (the “County”), has authorized the issuance of not to exceed $5,400,000 in Capital Improvement Bonds to provide for the remodeling of a building including equipment and furnishings for the Washtenaw County Central Dispatch and the County Sheriff which will co-locate in the lower level of an existing County Building at 705 Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan located in Township described in Exhibit A attached hereto (the “Capital Improvement Project”). The Bond Resolution provides further that the County will finance all or a portion of the total cost of the Capital Improvement Project by the issuance of one or more series of capital improvement bonds (the “Bonds”) pursuant to the provisions of Section 518 of Act No. 34, Public Acts of Michigan, 2001, as amended (“Act 34”).  The maximum amount of Bonds to be issued in one or more series shall not exceed $5,400,000, the term of the Bonds shall not exceed 8 years and the Bonds shall bear interest at a rate or rates that will result in a net interest cost of not more than 7% per annum.  The maximum Capital Improvement Project cost is estimated at not to exceed $5,400,000.

FULL FAITH AND CREDIT AND TAXING POWER OF

THE COUNTY OF WASHTENAW WILL BE PLEDGED

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that in the Bond Resolution the County will obligate itself to make payments to the Bond Holder in amounts sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on the Bonds.  The limited tax full faith and credit of the County will be pledged for the making of such bond payments.  Pursuant to such pledge of its full faith and credit, the County will be obligated to levy such ad valorem taxes upon all taxable property in the County as shall be necessary to make bond payments, which taxes, however, will be subject to applicable statutory and constitutional limitations on the taxing power of the County.  In addition to its obligation to make payments on the Bonds, the County will agree in the Bond Resolution to pay all costs and expenses of operation and maintenance of the Capital Improvement Project and all expenses of the County incidental to the issuance and payment of the Bonds, to the extent such expenses are not payable from the proceeds of the Bonds.

RIGHT TO PETITION FOR REFERENDUM

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN to the electors and taxpayers of the County to inform them of the right to petition for a referendum on the question of issuing the Bonds.  The County intends to issue the Bonds without a vote of the electors thereon.  If, within 45-days after publication of this notice, a petition for referendum requesting an election on the Bonds, signed by not less than 10% or 15,000 of the registered electors of the County, whichever is less, has been filed with the County Clerk, the Bonds shall not be issued unless and until approved by a majority of the electors of the County voting thereon at a general or special election.

This notice is given by order of the Board of Commissioners pursuant to Act 34.  Further information may be obtained at the office of the Washtenaw County Clerk, 200 N. Main, Suite 120, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48107.

 

 

EXHIBIT A

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The project will consist of the following:

Recommendation to Relocate Washtenaw Metro Dispatch (WMD) and Co-locate the   Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to the County owned Zeeb Road Facility

Space and Security: The County building located at 705 N. Zeeb Road provides much needed space for existing and potential expansion of Metro Dispatch Operations including adequate staff facilities, space for training, and secure parking.  The facility would be designed and constructed to be a secure emergency communications center with the ability to accommodate growth and future collaborations with business and educational partners to enhance emergency response when needed.

New Phone Switch Installation: The anticipated new phone switch is a foundation piece for much of the related telephony which is referenced as the Next Generation 9-1-1 system. It is key and an essential strategic community/public safety initiative. This system consists of hardware, software, and data that cannot “fit” into the current location where Metro Dispatch resides.  It also provides improved mutual aid and coordination with the other dispatch centers in Washtenaw County and surrounding Counties.

Back-Up Center: A properly equipped backup center is an essential part of a high-functioning emergency communications infrastructure.  Our back-up center is securely located at the Sherriff’s Office on Hogback Road.  However, the phone equipment is older than the current phone equipment at Metro Dispatch; and, is also not supported by the vendor with parts almost impossible to find.  As part of the Next Generation phone system installation, the backup center will be equipped with an identical phone system allowing users all of the same features and functionality.

Additional Connectivity: The Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) is currently working on a grant that would fund fiber connectivity from their adjacent building to 705 N. Zeeb Road.  This high-speed connectivity would afford Metro Dispatch direct access to the Road Commission’s cameras and traffic control systems.  Through this partnership, potentially life-saving resources can be deployed in a swift, seamless and coordinated manner.

The total Dispatch and EOC move is estimated at $6.27million.  The funding for this project has been identified from; 800 MHz Millage $872K, and the CMH/PS Millage $5.4 million.  Due to most of the cost of the project being incurred during Year 1 of the project, and the supporting millage revenue being spread across eight years there is a need for a upfront pool of cash.

Bonding would resolve the need for a pool of cash up front and would allow for the utilization of millage revenue over the time period the millage is authorized. Additionally, bonding can be tied to the CMH/PS Millage to be paid back in increments over the course of the millage as an allowable expense whereas the millage does not allow for pay back to the general fund if the general fund were to front the initial cash infusion.

Bonding amount would be for $5.4 million, this is the amount of the CMH/PS Millage commitment.  The estimated annual bond payment over the course of 8 years would be approximately $761,000.  This payment would be made utilizing the PS portion of revenue collected through the

proceeds of the CMH/PS Millage. The Sheriff’s Office portion of this millage to be collected in 2019 is estimated at $6.1 million based on 2018 taxable value.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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