By Jared Field, Director of Communications
UPDATE: We’ve made it as simple as possible to calculate your cost for the 2019 School Bond. Simply click this link, enter your taxable value and hit enter.
One of the goals that formed the foundation of the 2019 Lapeer Community Schools Bond Proposal was made clear from the outset of the strategic planning process: Our students should have facilities to match the District’s world-class academic programs we offer. This was the consensus of every community engagement we hosted over the course of many months. Our students deserve the best and safest facilities our community can provide, and this proposal offers a vision of what that could look like:
- New, state of the art high school at the West Campus with Performing Arts Center (current high school was built in 1975).
- Additional security upgrades at all buildings
- Renovation of East Campus as Lapeer Elementary School (grades 1-4) with dedicated spaces for music, theater, art, STEM, robotics and a secured, state of the art park-style playground.
- Air-conditioned classrooms for all students and staff
- Renovation of the Bus Garage and 40 new buses to refresh our aging fleet
- District-wide technology upgrades
So how much will it cost? Maybe not as much as you think. Property taxes in Michigan are calculated by multiplying the taxable value of your property by the number of mills levied. So, in this case, the estimated cost of the bond proposal is 1.94 mills or, in plain English, that’s $1.94 for every $1,000 in taxable value.
To calculate your cost, simply find the taxable value on your property tax statement (if you do not have it, you can contact the assessor’s office of your city or township) and grab a calculator. You can also go online and download your taxable value information for free, here.
Reminder: Taxable value is never more than the assessed value of your home (which is determined to be 50% of market value, though many homes are worth much more than double their assessed value in today’s market).
This can be very confusing, so let’s just do some math on a few local example properties. First, a property belonging to one of our employees who lives in Elba Township. For reference, the market value of the property is estimated at $200,000:
- Taxable Value from Tax Year 2019: $45,978
- Calculation: Divide $45,978 by 1,000 and multiply that number by 1.94 (mills)
- $45,978/1,000 x 1.94 = $89.19
- To get the monthly cost, simply divide by 12. In this case, the cost would be $7.43 per month
The taxable value on this property is relatively low because the property owner has lived there since 1988, and taxable value can only increase year-to-year by 5 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower.
Here’s an example of another property in Attica that was purchased most recently (2011) with an estimated market value of $163,000:
- Taxable Value from Tax Year 2019: $52,237
- Calculation: Divide $52,237 by 1,000 and multiply that number by 1.94 (mills)
- $52,237/1,000 x 1.94 = $101.33
- To get the monthly cost, simply divide by 12. In this case, the cost would be $8.44 per month
Finally, here’s an example of a home on a lake in Metamora Township that was purchased in 2000 with an estimated market value of $385,000:
- Taxable Value from Tax Year 2019: $131,042
- Calculation: Divide $131,042 by 1,000 and multiply that number by 1.94 (mills)
- $131,042/1,000 x 1.94 = $254.22
- To get the monthly cost, simply divide by 12. In this case, the cost would be $21.18 per month
The District currently levies 2.75 mills, which is the lowest millage rate in Lapeer County. If the bond passes, the rate would still be the second-lowest in the County.
For more information, check out this Key Takeaways document or visit LapeerSchools.org and click on the Bond Proposal graphic on the main page.
3 thoughts on “2019 School Bond: What is it and how much will it cost?”
If you really want this Bond to pass, my suggestion along with hundreds maybe thousands of other people, would be to go back to the High Schools original school mascot, colors, fight song.
By going back to what we are fimiliar with will bring a tremendous amount of voters to booth, to vote “Yes”.
Please put this into action ASAP!
We just moved to the district. Out of curiosity, what was the original mascot and colors?
Stop justifying this bond through comparison. Sell it on it’s merits through examples and facts. Show WHY you need to spend tens of thousands on new PA systems in every building. Show WHY buying all new computers for every student, teacher, and admin person is better than leasing. Show WHY we have to invest in buildings we are going to abandon. Show WHY tens of thousands in land line systems is needed over cellular plans for employees. Show WHY we need these things and base it on it’s facts and merits and not what other districts have or how we compare. We don’t care what they have. The fact that they have it, doesn’t make it the right thing to do here.