Monday, June 30, 2014

Mattawan v Taxpayers, Round Three

Mattawan School District is back for a third try at raising taxes.

Mattawan school board moves to put $75M-$80M in bond requests on November ballot
Proposal 1 would seek $59 to $62 million for new construction to replace Mattawan Early Elementary and Mattawan Later Elementary schools.

Proposal 2 would seek $16 to $18 million to build additions at the middle and high school, and upgrade building technology and security systems as well as the purchase of new school buses.

Proposal 1 would increase taxes by 2.4 to 2.7 mills, and Proposal 2 by 1.1 to 1.2 mills. On a home with a taxable value of $100,000 and a market value of $200,000, Proposal 1 would increase taxes by $240 to $270 and Proposal 2 by $110 to $120.
This is Mattawan's third try at a tax increase.
In May 2011, 55 percent of voters rejected a $88 million bond proposal that would have raised taxes by 3.88 mills and paid for construction of two new elementaries plus upgrades to the middle and high school.

Six months later, in November 2011, 55 percent of voters rejected a $60 million bond proposal to replace the two elementary schools.
Why are Mattawan's facilities 'overcrowded'?  Well, as of two years ago, Mattawan took in 469 students from outside the district.  Despite the supposedly terrible facilities, Mattawan is still considered to have 'good schools', since this is really a function of who the students are, not what the facilities are.

Yes means yes; no means try again.

Vote NO on the Mattawan Tax Hike
No Means Try Again
Mattawan Lies about Kindergarten Mandate
Mattawan Schools Enroll 469 Outside Students
Arlen Winther for Mattawan School Board

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