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May 8, 2013

West Bloomfield voters approve new school millage

By Sherri Kolade
C & G Staff Writer

Voters approved the West Bloomfield School District building and site sinking fund millage proposal with a 52-47 percent vote during a special election May 7, according to the Oakland County Elections Division website.
      
According to the website, 2,224 voters, about 52 percent, approved the 14-year millage; 2,034, about 47 percent, rejected the tax, which will last from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2027.   

The owner of a home with a $200,000 market value will be paying an additional $125 in taxes annually, which, over 14 years, comes to $1,750 in total.

The millage proposal comes on the heels of a sinking fund proposal that failed at the polls last November in a 46-54 percent vote. That proposal sought to levy a 10-year, 1.5-mill tax.

Superintendent Gerald Hill said earlier in the month that the new proposal will be easier on homeowners.

“With the lower millage, we will need to reschedule our projects over a longer period of time, and those costs could increase over time,” he said.

The plan will raise about $30.2 million, district officials said.

The district will use the millage to help upgrade and modify schools in the district, replace boilers, parking lots and roofs, and add technology infrastructure, including wi-fi. The approximated costs are about $23 million.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Sherri Kolade at skolade@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1046.