Registered voters may cast a ballot at the polling location established by their city/township. If you have questions or do not know where you vote, please contact your city/township office. The election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Absent voter ballots are available to any registered voter. Registered voters must complete and submit an application for an absent voter ballot. Your request for an absent voter ballot must be in writing and can be submitted to your city or township clerk. (For assistance in obtaining the address of your local clerk, see Michigan.gov/Vote) You must request an absent voter ballot by mailing the application, a letter, a postcard, or a pre-printed application form obtained from your local clerk's office. Requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election.
Applications are available from your local clerk's office. You also may obtain an application online at www.mi.gov/sos. Click "Elections in Michigan" on the top menu, and then click on "Information for Voters" then click on "Obtaining an Absent Voter Ballot." Absent voter ballots are available by September 21 through November 4, 2019.
If I rent a house, can I vote? How would my taxes increase if I rent a house?
Yes, if you rent a house you can still vote. As a renter, unless you are responsible for paying the property taxes, your taxes would not increase. You do need to be a registered voter in the city or township you are living in. What are the key dates leading up to the Tuesday, November 5, 2019 vote?
• Absentee Voting: Contact your city/township; absentee voter ballots are available from September 21 until November 4, 2019 • Vote Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
What is the ballot language?
CEDAR SPRINGS PUBLIC SCHOOLS COUNTIES OF KENT AND NEWAYGO STATE OF MICHIGAN BOND PROPOSAL
Shall Cedar Springs Public Schools, Counties of Kent and Newaygo, State of Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Eighty-One Million One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($81,150,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds, in one or more series, for the purpose of paying the costs of the following projects:
• Acquiring and constructing a school building and additions to school buildings and other facilities; • Remodeling, furnishing, refurnishing, equipping and reequipping school buildings and other facilities, including for security purposes; • Constructing, equipping and reequipping, developing and improving play fields, playgrounds, athletic fields and athletic facilities; • Acquiring, improving and developing sites at school buildings and other facilities; and • Acquiring and installing technology infrastructure and equipment in school buildings and other facilities?
The estimated millage that will be levied to pay the proposed bonds in the first year of levy is 1.88 mills ($1.88 per $1,000 of taxable value); and the estimated simple average annual millage rate required to retire the bonds of this issue is 4.95 mills ($4.95 per $1,000 of taxable value). The maximum number of years the bonds of any series may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is thirty (30) years from the date of issue of such series.
If approved by the voters, the bonds are expected to be qualified for participation in the Michigan School Bond Qualification and Loan Program (the "Program"), which will make a loan to the School District to pay debt service on these bonds if for any reason the School District does not have sufficient funds available for that purpose. The School District currently has $30,905,000 of qualified bonds outstanding and $5,923,919 of qualified loans outstanding under the Program. The School District expects to borrow from the Program to pay debt service on these bonds. The estimated total principal amount of additional borrowing is $1,821,234 and the estimated total interest thereon is $7,272,276. The estimated duration of the millage levy associated with that borrowing is 18 years and the estimated computed millage rate for such levy is 7.90. The estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in circumstances.
(Under State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and bond proceeds may not be used to pay teacher or administrator salaries, routine maintenance or repair costs or other School District operating expenses.)
If you have additional questions, please contact Scott B. Smith, Superintendent, at Scott.Smith@csredhawks.org or 616-696-1204