Sherman Township, KND School Districts have elections Tuesday.

November 4, 2019

Sherman Township, KND School Districts have elections Tuesday.

Two government units in Mason County will hold elections Tuesday, Nov. 5: Sherman Township and the areas within the Kaleva-Norman-Dickson School District (a portion of Meade Township).

Sherman Township voters are being asked to vote on a 1 mill tax increase to improve township roads for five years. The official ballot language states:

Shall the 15 mil tax limitation on general ad valorem taxes with Sherman Township imposed by Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution be increased by 1.0 mil ($1.00 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) for the period 2019 through 2024 inclusive, for the purpose of solid brining and improvements to Sherman Township Roads, and shall the Township levy such increase in the millage for such purpose during that period? (Estimated increase would raise approximately $44,425.55 in the first year of such levy.)

Kaleva-Norman-Dickson School District residents are being asked to approve a bond to make up to $2,750,000 worth of improvements to school buildings. The district covers a portion of Meade Township in the northeast portion of Mason County. The ballot language states:

Shall Kaleva Norman Dickson School District, Manistee, Lake and Mason Counties, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Two Million Seven Hundred Seventy-Five Thousand Dollars ($2,775,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor for the purpose of: remodeling and equipping and re-equipping school buildings; erecting and equipping a new bus barn; acquiring, installing, equipping or re-equipping school buildings for instructional technology; purchasing school buses; and preparing, developing, improving and equipping playgrounds, athletic facilities and sites?

The following is for informational purposes only:

The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2020 is .80 mill ($0.80 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a 0 mill net increase over the prior year’s levy. The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is eight (8) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 1.78 mills ($1.78 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).

(Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.)

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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