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Property Tax Information for Lake Fenton & Surrounding Area

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Why I Think Lake Fenton School Bonds Should Be Defeated

I come from a family of teachers. Our family has always supported schools. So when the bond issue was floated in early 1999 I was torn between my belief that good public schools are important to the character of American society and the reality that our family’s experiences with Lake Fenton left much to be desired. It is not easy to change my opinion, but the Lake Fenton schools have managed to alter my views about school funding.

In any event on 3/29/99 I was undecided about how to vote. After days of considering Lake Fenton's school district request for $40 million dollars I finally came down on the nay side. But being a political activist I also then enhanced my decision by calling two neighbors who are childless, and one of them called a third couple. None of them were even aware of the bond election. We all voted no. The bond request lost by five votes.

The same bond request was made the following fall, on 9/29/99. Feeling empowered by the fact that our efforts had such a dramatic effect on the 3/29/99 election we set up a pyramid calling effort where each person was responsible for recruiting ten no vote households and in turn those people were to recruit ten more and so on. This time around we estimate we brought in 500-600 no votes.

What was amazing was that when I sent the superintendent (at that time Mr. Lasky) and the whole school board a letter detailing what had happened the only response I received was a short note from Mr. Lasky saying he took exception to what I had to say.

After a month or so with NO contact from any of the school board members I called Mr. Sharp (the president). There was never any follow-up by any of the school board.

Based on the sum total of my experiences I believe that the public should continue to deny requests for additional funding until the district demonstrates that they are effectively addressing a number of problems which have existed for many years.

In the meantime, I can not help but think a better use of resources is to invest public funds in charter schools.

If you are against higher taxes join our telephone calling tree group.  We ask each person who joins to call ten other people who oppose Lake Fenton bond requests a day or two before the vote.

Ronald J. Riley LF-Bonds@QualitySchoolsNow.org

Genesee

Lake Fenton

3/12/2002

1

THA

Passed

2,126/1,555

Official

$30,325,000

Erecting, furnishing and equipping a new high school including an auditorium; developing, constructing and equipping outdoor physical education fields, and an athletic complex; acquiring and installing educational technology; developing and improving sites; remodeling, refurnishing and re-equipping a portion of the existing high school for kindergarten and early childhood purposes and developing and equipping a playground. The following is for informational purposes only: The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in the year 2002 is 3.98 mills ($3.98 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation). The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, will not exceed twenty-three (23) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 3.64 mills ($3.64 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).
 

Genesee

Lake Fenton

9/29/1999

1

URS Greiner

Failed

1,552/1,886

Official

$39,425,000

Erecting, furnishing and equipping a new high school and acquiring a site therefor; partially remodeling the existing High School for community education and central administration offices; developing and improving outdoor physical education fields, athletic facilities, and sites; erecting, furnishing and equipping additions to and partially remodeling, refurnishing and re-equipping the Torrey Hill Middle School; and developing and improving the outdoor recreational area; erecting, furnishing and equipping additions to and partially remodeling, refurnishing and re-equipping the West Shore Elementary School, developing and improving the playground; acquiring and installing educational technology; and developing and improving sites.
 

Genesee

Lake Fenton

3/29/1999

1

URS Greiner

Failed

1,359/1,364

Official

$39,475,000

Erecting, furnishing and equipping a new high school and a central maintenance and storage facility; acquiring a site; developing and improving outdoor physical education fields and athletic facilities; erecting, furnishing and equipping additions to and partially remodeling, refurnishing and re-equipping the Torrey Hill Middle School; and developing and improving the outdoor recreational area; erecting, furnishing and equipping additions to and partially remodeling, refurnishing and re-equipping the West Shore Elementary School, developing and improving the playground; acquiring and installing educational technology; and developing and improving sites.

 

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