Bond 2023 Frequently Asked Questions
What is on the May 2, 2023 ballot?
What are the major features of this bond proposal?
- Program enhancements including dedicated STEAM spaces at all learning levels, major upgrades and additions at Meads Mill Middle School to provide comparable spaces and opportunities, and enhancements to playgrounds and multi-activity fields to support students as well as our entire community;
- Technology enhancements to address both instructional tools and infrastructure needs across the District; and
- Upgrades to address the aging infrastructure of buildings to improve environmental quality and efficiency of our buildings, as well as reduce operational expenses.
How was this bond program developed?
- A Facilities Condition Assessment, Program Assessment and Technology Study were completed outlining the needs across District buildings with emphasis on needs identified for the next six years.
- The District convened a group of 27 community members (parents, staff, Board members, students, and other community members) to serve on the Facilities and Technology Assessment Review Committee (FTARC). The Committee’s charge was to provide input into a plan to upgrade Northville Public Schools’ educational facilities and technology to support learner-centered school communities that meet the vision and goals of the school district and to make a recommendation to the Board of Education regarding a potential bond proposal.
- The Facilities and Technology Assessment Review Committee held meetings from September 2022 through December 2022, at which time a recommendation was brought to the Board of Education.
- Early in the process, the Committee listened and learned about the state of NPS facilities and programs and also learned about modern learning environments and what it would take to bring NPS facilities up to those standards. The committee then prioritized Guiding Principles, which were tenets to guide their thinking as they began the rigorous process of analyzing concepts and ideas to meet those principles. They also learned about the financial picture regarding a future bond program. As a final step, a broad community survey was conducted to gain feedback on the direction the committee was considering.
- On December 6, 2022 the Facilities and Technology Assessment Review Committee presented its findings and recommendation to the Board and on December 13, 2022, the Board unanimously supported placing a $134.4 million bond initiative on the ballot, which would be an estimated zero mill net increase over the current debt millage rate.
What are some of the key project highlights in this proposal?
- Critical Infrastructure at all Buildings
- Technology Upgrades across the District
- Bus Purchases
- STEAM/Innovation Centers at All Elementary Schools
- Additional Enhancements at Amerman and Moraine (multi-purpose/dining addition, collaboration areas)
- Entry Canopies at Amerman, Moraine, Silver Springs and Winchester
- Playground Upgrades at All Elementary Schools
- Major Program Improvements at Meads Mill (STEAM/Robotics addition, multi-activity/gym upgrades, entry canopy, new windows)
- STEAM/Innovation Center and STEAM Technology at Northville High School
- New and Expanded Grandstands at the Eight Mile Stadium (4,500 new and replacement seats and handrails)
- Select NHS Natatorium Renovations
- Upgrade NHS Baseball + Softball Fields to Synthetic Turf
What are some of the Technology Upgrades in the bond program?
- Replace student devices (Chromebooks & iPads)
- Replace staff devices
- Replace classroom interactive technology
- Replace AV systems in gym, cafeteria and media center
- Replace teaching space audio enhancements and document cameras
- Fiber Network replacement
- Network Switches
- Server SAN System
- Wireless System
- Phone System
Why doesn't the proposed bond program include allocations for Hillside Middle School, Old Village School and Cooke School?
Why is it important to attract and retain students to the District?
What are the benefits of the bond proposal for residents who don't have students in the District?
Why are we planning to purchase buses with bond proceeds?
Will this ballot proposal increase homeowners' taxes?
What is the difference between a bond and a sinking fund millage?
Can the money from the Bond be used to pay teachers or other employee salaries and benefits?
Explain what bond money can cover and what it can't.
- Staff salaries and wages;
- General operating expenses, repairs and maintenance;
- Classroom supplies and textbooks; and
- Administrative costs.
- Construction and remodeling of facilities;
- Purchase of technology equipment and infrastructure;
- Purchase of equipment and furniture;
- Site improvements; and
- Purchase of buses.
What is the breakdown of total estimated costs for the bond program by school?
|Estimate of Costs|
|Amerman Elementary School||$10,530,000|
|Moraine Elementary School||$8,776,000|
|Ridge Wood Elementary School||$6,679,000|
|Silver Springs Elementary School||$8,847,000|
|Thornton Creek Elementary School||$3,024,000|
|Winchester Elementary School||$8,520,000|
|Hillside Middle School||$63,000|
|Meads Mill Middle School||$20,861,000|
|Northville High School||$29,680,000|
|Old Village School||$60,000|
|Educational Tech & Operations||$1,377,000|
|Amount of Proposed Bond Issue||$134,400,000|
How do Northville's school taxes compare with other neighboring districts?
Does all bond proposal revenue stay in the Northville Public Schools?
Can I deduct these property taxes on my income tax return?
What exactly is the Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit?
What are the key dates leading up to the May 2, 2023 election?
- Final day to register to vote is Election Day.
- Final day to vote absentee is 8pm on Election Day if turning your ballot in in-person or dropping it in a secure drop box in your jurisdiction. To avoid the potential for mailing delays, it is strongly recommended that you mail your absentee ballot at least 14 days prior to an election to ensure it is received in time and can be tabulated.
- Election Day is Tuesday, May 2, 2023.
Where and when do I register to vote?
What is the process for voting by absentee ballot?
- At your local clerk’s office
- On-line at www.michigan.gov/vote (available 75 days before Election Day)
How will the proposal appear on the ballot?
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The following is for informational purposes only:
The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2023 is .7 mill ($0.70 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 of any series may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is twenty-two (22) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 1.69 mills ($1.69 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.)
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