Bond -a -POOOL00ZA!!

August 24, 2018 · 0 comments

We have now added $97 million dollars to the existing $477 million dollar debt. We will await the promised website to track the “spending”.

Forget viewing the meetings. They will never do it themselves. You  have to get in your car and ride down Cass. Ave. to the board office to see  the meeting for yourself. Then again, why waste your gas. Anything of importance is being discussed way in the back of the building.

I predict this:$ 7-8 million will be spent where parents can ” see it”, with much of that going out to the same contractors in the form of change orders, and Barton Malow;  the remaining $90 million will be split into 6 payments to pay the minimum on the debt for about 6 years.

Any adjustment to the economy downward will result in our mills being raised. I would not be surprised to be eventually paying 10 mills. At the current rate the debt will never be paid off.

Let’s hope the taxpayers get the “safe and secure buildings” (and other fluff  they were promised).

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Let’s look at the 2018 Audit by Plant Moran of Chippewa Valley finances:

A $ 35 million dollar difference from when the Ballot was prepared.

November 6th 2018 ballot proposal $442 million dollars of debt.

 

 

 

An article from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.   https://www.michigancapitolconfidential.com/59-percent-say-no-to-school-tax-hike-18-months-later-its-back
[One parent was bothered that Chippewa Valley requested that voters take on more debt just 18 months after they rejected a similar request. “We said ‘no’ to a Chippewa Valley schools $89.9 million-dollar bond proposal last May 2017, and without regard for the $442 million dollar existing bond project debt, they have now put a $97 million dollar proposal on the November 2018 ballot,” said Grace Caporuscio, who lives in the Chippewa Valley district. She continued:“Although a district letter to parents states, ‘Security analysis found the district has kept up with security and safety best practices,’ they have repackaged this proposal for ‘safety and security,’ playing off parent’s fear of potential school violence. In addition to minor security items, the district lists other necessities such as $1,500 toilet partitions, $11,000 scoreboards and $25,000 to cover glass block windows. … We can’t trust them anymore.”According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Chippewa Valley School District had the second-highest amount of long-term debt in Michigan, behind Detroit’s public school district.Chippewa Valley taxpayers owed $488.1 million on long-term debt taken out by the district as of 2014, the latest year for which federal data is available. That came to $29,625 in debt per student]

Grosse Pointe schools are also using the “schools are not safe” approach……

NOT THIS BOND:https://www.gpresponsiblespending.com/10_reasons_to_vote_no_not_this_bond

Pushing the bond tagline again on the scoreboard at the Dakota/ Chippewa football game…..

How do we dream up ways to spend 97 million dollars?? Remember who makes up these “project “sheets.  Barton Malow and Wakely Assoc.  work on a no-bid basis and make$$$ millions and millions off these “projects” . Take a look at the allowable uses for Bond money before browsing the lists. They finely craft the wording. For the last bond attempt just over 1 year ago, Ron Roberts Tweeted they needed to fill potholes in the parking lots. Bond money usage  restrictions say you can’t do that. So instead they’ll claim they need to “replace” huge sections. Barely anything on these lists are for increasing “school safety”.  $500 Door locks? Where are they shopping for these things? Cameras, which they already have. The safety topic was dreamed up to help package the rest of the fake stuff and get this back on the ballot. Notice the proposed year format.

Here is a link to BLUEPOINT  safety alert system which is mentioned in these project sheets:  https://www.bluepointalert.com/education/

Not very expensive but packaged with the other extraneous items. They could install just this feature with the 2 million dollars still left from the last bond. Why hasn’t it been done already?

Here we go, not in any particular order: Mohegan, Admin Bldg, Little Turtle and Maintenance.

 

 

 

Next: Chippewa Valley & Dakota High and 9th Grade Centers:

 

 

 

Middle Schools Seneca, Algonquin, Iroquois, and Wyandot:

 

 

 

 

Elementary schools South of Hall rd.:

 

 

 

Elementary Schools North of Hall rd.:

 

 

 

The  current school board members…[ Remember the Incumbents are Sobah and Aquino ] VOTE THEM OUT !   …do not seem to be worried about the massive existing debt because they are coming after us for more,  claiming these schools aren’t safe. Playing on fear of school violence, they are going to tell you they need millions more to make them safer.                                

IF THIS PASSES we will owe almost 1 billion dollars [see PFM prepared bond document posted in $97 Million Big Ones] after fees and interest, and won’t be paid off  until the year 2044. A senior in high school will be 42 years old before this is paid off.

Defeating this bond for a second time will send the message we are maxed out on debt $$$$BIG DEBT ; NO BOND. Tell Ron Roberts No bond 2.0

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If this Bond Does Not Pass…Education will still go on……..

August 22, 2018

What happens if the 2018 Chippewa Valley bond does not pass? We will still have safe and strong schools. Here’s why: The Michigan 2019 K-12 School Aid Budget just passed includes a funding increase of between $120 and $240 per student. This budget also sets aside $58 million for school safety.  This includes money for […]

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MI DEPT OF TREASURY (didn’t want us to know)

August 20, 2018

Why would the Michigan Department of Treasury want to keep the Chippewa Valley bond application a secret from the voters for 4 months? They denied 2 of my Freedom of Information Act requests  while they had a document fitting the description of my request in their possession.The Treasury has done the voters of this district a […]

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It’s Going to Be an Epic [MRA] year.

April 3, 2018

An Epic year. November 2017 something interesting happened. I received a phone call from a research firm inviting me to an event. It was to test if voters would support a bond (or repackaged as a sinking fund) if placed on the November 2018 ballot.       I scoured the meeting minutes looking for any discussions […]

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Out of Order Change Orders Part II ~Fire pumps Plural

January 22, 2018

More spread sheets arranged by Company and Site[ Again, Not alleging any wrongdoing by any named Companies; just asking questions] This company has many change orders out of sequence ; duplicate numbers: 2 –#6’s, 2-7’s,2- 8’s, 2-9’s           The  electrical company in the following spread sheet has one major change order out of […]

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Seneca Middle School Storm Piping [ Drain Commission Vs DPW ]

January 11, 2018

  Back in late 2008 after spotting this Change order in the December 2005  summary, a change ordered by the “Drain Commission” for the sum of $ 55,470.00, I submitted a standard FOIA to the DPW (AKA drain commission) looking for the name of the inspector and any other info on this.   I received […]

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Dirt and Pipes

December 10, 2017

Dirt: It seems some of the 2004  bond project sites had really bad dirt; unstable and improper. One would think soil testing would have gone on by the engineering firm/Barton Malow before any project was begun. Boiler plated  language is really apparent here on this spreadsheet: BadDirt   ———————————————————————– Pipes:Change orders relating to gas pipe on top of […]

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O-O-O- Extra Manholes-O-O-O

November 16, 2017

Extra manholes. Did we pay for one extra of each highlighted size?  The contract was between the Department of Public works and the named company with Chippewa Valley listed as the developer.     supporting documents.  

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Out of Order Change Orders

November 10, 2017

Just asking questions and my Disclaimer: In no way do my comments/observations  posted on these informational spreadsheets allege or accuse the companies listed of any wrongdoing. These spreadsheets consist of company specific change orders pulled from the monthly  summaries approved by the CV board. We can assume the numbers to the immediate left of the change […]

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All the World’s a (Wyandot) Stage.

October 30, 2017

A line taken from Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”. The Wyandot Middle School stage was the focus of quite a few change orders in July 2006 and again in January 2007 relating to it’s enlargement. Roughly $253,000 in change orders. Here are the original monthly change order   summaries :           Putting these contractor’s […]

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7 Reasons Why Not.

September 15, 2017

It seems ‘bond’ was the very last topic discussed during the (Board Workshop) meeting that took place on August 14, 2017. The minutes . Is the plan to come back for less money (say 65 million, so it sounds less expensive) in February, 2018 when they think the voters aren’t watching? The glossy flyer sent out pre- election by the […]

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Back to Business

May 4, 2017

Thanks to all who got out to vote. Now that the May 2, 2017 tax increase has been overwhelmingly defeated, we can get back to the business of tracking where some of the 1/2 billion dollars has gone. Even with every tactic the school board and administrators threw at this proposal, the savvy voters still weren’t buying […]

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2017 BOND PROJECT SHEETS a.k.a.Dream a little ($89 million) Treasury dream…..

February 4, 2017

NEW!  READ the Tuesday May 2, 2017 Ballot HERE:       CVBallot52017 It  has very precise wording as mandated by a change in the law that happened  based on Chippewa Valley’s bad borrowing practices. Financial experts have crunched the numbers  The .5 mills will not be enough to pay off the $ 89 million dollars on […]

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$472 Million Reasons to Vote No………..

January 22, 2017

      The Chippewa Valley school district in Clinton Township, Michigan, has a $472 million debt, and has spent $257 million dollars in the last 12 year for “construction” and “tech “updates. Now Chippewa Valley Schools wants to borrow $89 million more  and stick it to the taxpayers yet again. They want to hold a general- […]

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Tell RON No BOND

November 29, 2016

UPDATE :  The Chippewa Valley school board has just voted YES  on the Resolution to Approve Application for Preliminary Qualification of Bonds. Here are two sets of documents relating to the current bond proposal and previous bonds: 1.) These show that they will  borrow [ scan0026] $31,543,200 from the State, and other various financial documents. Will they shop for […]

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Safety and Security Letter to Parents

August 21, 2018

“School safety is Important”. Certainly, but in this letter to parents, they state that their “Security analysis found the district has kept up with security and safety best practices”.  They just negated their entire claim of needing 97 million dollars because the schools are unsafe. “If passed this proposal would not cost you one extra penny”. The […]

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