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You’re Invited – Bond 2017 Coffee Chat on October 17

Northville Public Schools families and community members are invited to a Bond 2017 Informational Coffee Chat on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Noon-2:00 p.m., at the Northville District Library, 212 West Cady Street, Northville. Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher and Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Michael Zopf will be on hand to share details of the bond proposal and answer questions.

If approved by Northville school district voters in the November 7, 2017 Election, the $104.85 million bond proposal will upgrade school facilities and sites, enhance existing building security, and provide modern learning environments throughout the district. It is estimated that the school district will be able to maintain the existing school debt levy (3.64 mills) and issue the bonds with a ZERO INCREASE to the current debt millage rate.

The Coffee Chat will offer an informal format for school families and community member to ask questions, offer suggestions and learn more about the Bond 2017 proposal in a small group setting. Those attending are welcome to come and go at any time during the designated timeframe.

Understanding the ballot language

In recent days, questions have arisen among school families and community members regarding the “Zero Increase” in the debt millage rate, how it is described in the ballot language, and what it means for tax payers. The new bond proposal is designed to keep the current 3.64 debt millage rate by extending the number of years over which the new debt millage will be levied. This is why the ballot language states, “the estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2018 is 0.30 mills for a -0- mill net increase over the prior year levy.”

This means if approved by voters, the district’s debt millage rate will remain at 3.64 mills for about the next four years (around 2022), at which time the debt millage rate will begin to decline each year through the 25 year life of the proposed new millage. For a more detailed explanation go to Ballot Language Information on the district website.

For more information

Those unable to attend the October 17th Coffee Chat, can find information and answers to their questions about Bond 2017 by emailing or visiting and clicking on “2017 Bond Information.”

Information and the opportunity to ask questions about the Bond 2017 proposal, will also be available at the Northville High School Community Open House, 45700 Six Mile Road, Northville, on Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.