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Utica Community Schools
November 6, 2018 Bond Proposal

1. When is the election?
Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Absentee ballots will be available after September 22.

2. What is on the ballot?

Registered voters residing within the boundaries of the Utica Community Schools (UCS) will vote on a $155 million bond proposal. The bond proposal was designed to maintain the current tax rate. There will be no change in the tax rate UCS residents are now paying if voters approve the bond proposal.

3. Why has the school district scheduled this bond election?
The bond proposal addresses four district priorities: safety and security, infrastructure improvements as part of the district’s strategic facility management program, technology improvements, and replacement of school buses.
If approved by voters, projects funded through the bond proposal will affect all UCS students and every UCS school.

4. What’s included in the bond proposal?
The bond proposal projects fall into four major categories:
• making safety and security improvements, including cameras and door systems, in UCS buildings
• equipping, furnishing, reequipping and refurnishing UCS buildings, facilities and structures, and acquiring school buses and technology equipment
• constructing additions to and/or remodeling UCS buildings
• and, improving and developing sites, including playgrounds, athletic fields, facilities and structures in the UCS

5. How will the bond proposal affect students?
The bond proposal will affect students in several ways, including…
✓ enhancing student safety by expanding the use of cameras and door locking systems
✓ remodeling, renovating and upgrading the learning environment
✓ updating instructional technology

6. What will the bond proposal cost?
The bond proposal has been structured to allow the district debt millage rate to remain at or below the tax rate currently paid by property owners. In short, voter approval of the bond proposal will not change the tax rate residents are now paying.

7. How does the bond issue address the educational needs of the UCS?
The November 6 bond proposal was developed to support the Utica Community Schools strategic facilities management program. The renovations and upgrades support the school district’s efforts to enhance security and student safety, to support the district’s instructional program and to protect the community’s investment in schools. The renovations and upgrades were scheduled to avoid a change in the current tax rate.

8. What is the schedule for bond proposal projects?

Work on the projects will begin shortly after voter approval of the November 6 bond proposal.

9. Will all bond proposal revenue benefit the Utica Community Schools?

Revenue from the bond proposal will be used to improve Utica Community Schools.

10. Can any of the bond proposal funds be used for operating expenses, such as salaries?
No. Bond proposal funds cannot be used for operating costs, such as staff salaries and benefits (as indicated at the bottom of the ballot proposal). They also cannot be used for repair costs or other operating expenses. Bond proposal funds must be used only for purposes specified in the ballot language and, as required by State law, they must be independently audited.

11. If the bond proposal is approved by voters, will property values be impacted?
The bond proposal was designed to continue protecting the community’s investment in its schools. According to area realtors, the strength of the UCS is a primary reason that home buyers are interested in residing within the boundaries of the UCS.

12. Who can vote in this bond proposal election?
Residents of the Utica Community Schools who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day and are registered to vote by October 9, 2018.

13. Where can I get information about voting (such as how to register, where to vote and absentee voting)?
Go to the Michigan Voter Information website (webapps.sos.state.mi.us) or call the Clerk’s Office where you reside.

14. Do I need to update my voter registration?

If you have changed your name or address since the last time you voted, you need to update your voter registration. Do this at any Secretary of State Office or at the Clerk’s Office where you reside.

15. Can I vote by absentee ballot?

Registered voters can vote by absentee ballot if they meet one of the following criteria:
1. They expect to be out of town on Election Day.
2. They are 60 years of age or older.
3. They are unable to vote without assistance at the polls.
4. They cannot attend the polls due to religious reasons.

Absentee ballots will be available to voters after September 22. The Clerk will mail absentee ballot applications to residents on the permanent absentee voter list shortly before or shortly after that date.

Between September 22 and 4:00 p.m. on November 3, voters can complete their absentee ballot application and vote in one stop at their Clerk’s Office.

To get more information about the bond proposal and
answers to your questions...
● Go to www.uticak12.org and click on School Bond Proposal Information
● Call any school principal
● Use this form or contact the school bond proposal hotline at 586-797-BOND