Tell RON No BOND

November 29, 2016 · 0 comments

 

He doesn’t care if you pay more. 

Ronald Roberts is our Superintendent. He is pushing for this Tax Increase [Let’s call it what it is] and does not live in the Chippewa Valley school district;

not even in Macomb County. He lives in a $600,000 french villa style condo in Oakland County. Mr Roberts and the Chippewa Valley School Board must think the voters have a short memory.Remember! In 2014 the State Treasury mandated the district to raise our mills by .99 Mills  from 7.65 to 8.64  because they are not paying down our current debt fast enough.  Incredibly, they are in the  consideration phase of proposing a  90 million dollar New bond . On the schedule is meeting  with the Michigan Department of Treasury in Lansing in January, 2017.

May 2nd, 2017 is the target date for a vote on an  half a mill  increase to 9.14  mills.

Here is a clip from the November 21, 2016 meeting with discussion (actually, no real discussion). I taped and broadcast this myself. This board refuses to tape and broadcast their meetings.

Some highlights:

-Mr Roberts is clearly driving this push for more borrowing. Is he feeling pressured to keep Barton Malow and their select contractors rolling in the dough? The board sits fairly quiet.

He also asks for a motion from the board. He is not an elected board trustee.

-The bond idea was run by a district wide PTO  focus group. Trustee Pyden admits there were a ” few dissenters”. The newly Elected Ms. Pyden hides behind some papers.

-They will work up some “themes” to make this  palatable to the taxpayers and give special thought on how to package it for the non- child households.

The most recent Chronicle article is here/Macomb Daily version here  outlines the plan(s). It’s another nebulous money grab to “update technology”, in other words, give every kid a handheld device.  They may have “infrastructure” and roofs that may or may not need fixing…..Didn’t we just update technology with the last 90 million and did that get paid down?

You can calculate your 1/2 mill  increase in dollars by multiplying your home’s value by .0005. A $200,000 valued home will pay $100.00. 

Let’s consider this August 24, 2015  article in Debtwire. It’s a publication which does something unique by reporting on debt situations before credit ratings are downgraded.

This article was written in response to what Chippewa Valley was doing in the bond market.  Basically, they have a practice of borrowing to pay back their loan debt from the state of Michigan.

Chippewa Valley Board went to the outside market to borrow: We have $233 Million in bond debt obligation.

To compare mills with surrounding districts:

New Haven- 3.68    Utica Schools 1.927       L’Anse Creuse 7         Mr Ron Roberts pays 2.95 for his schools.

Top 6 reasons to Tell RON NO BOND™ :

1.) We are in dangerously high debt. Where is it all going? Someone needs to investigate.

2.) Every update possible has been done to these schools. Student population has dropped from 16,539 to 16,470 .

None of this “new” technology or  top of the line furniture makes students any smarter.

3.) Millions of dollars in changes, mistakes and add-ons have gone out after contracts. This works out  great for Barton Malow and their selected contractors. Not so much for Taxpayers.

4.) High mills on our homes decreases our resale potential.

5.) The economy has still not recovered and many households are still struggling financially.

6.) This upcoming special election will cost at least $47,000.

Checks paid out from CV schools for the 2010 bond vote. This could have paid for a lot of sidewalks or crossing signage.scan0027

The board is looking for feedback- Call –Tell Ron No Bond ™

 (586) 723-2000.

 

 

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It’s a matter of trust. These  Q&A  statements are taken from the District’s own website:

Q. Will the proposed 2010 Bond Issue increase my taxes?

A. No. If approved on February 23, there will be no increase in property taxes for the residents of our community. By approving the bond, residents are simply allowing the district to extend its current bond indebtedness by five years (from 2026 to 2031). Residents will continue to pay the same 7.65 debt mills they have been paying since 1979. A vote against the proposal will not lower your property taxes.

Promise broken.  The State Treasury mandated they raise our mills by .99 because they were not paying down the debt fast enough:

http://www.voicenews.com/news/chippewa-valley-millage-rates-increase/article_df19eae6-38f1-54ef-89dc-1b69aa0876e4.html

My comments  in red.

“Ten districts out of Macomb’s 21 school districts participate in the SBLF,” Blain said.

[No mention of the reckless borrowing on their part for years.]

“We anticipate that this increase will be temporary, approximately three years, based on modest property growth,” Blain said.

[ They anticipate this is a temporary increase yet we should vote ourselves into more debt?]

 

“In 2004 and 2010 voters in the Chippewa Valley district approved bond proposals”

[That is a whopping 257 million dollars over a 12 year span. What entity is driving this construction frenzy?].

This is what we were told we were getting in 2010:

  • Algonquin Middle School science room addition.
  • Community Education Center/Mohegan High School classroom/multipurpose addition.
  • Dakota High School multi-purpose/physics classroom addition.
  • Iroquois Middle School auxiliary gymnasium addition.
  • School safety – Installation of new surveillance systems and security cameras in all school buildings. Fire alarm panel upgrades.
  • Replacement of school buses.
  • Replacement of outdated computers, furniture, and equipment.
  • Upgrades to computer servers and telephone lines.
  • New, interactive classroom technology for every school.
  • Replacement of outdated lighting systems with new energy efficient ones. Motion sensors and auto-shut off systems designed to save on utility costs.
  • Student enhancements like athletic field improvements and new playground equipment.

All provided by Barton Malow, the district’s no bid contract manager. The district does not hire an impartial 3rd party firm to watch over these projects as Macomb Township does.

They profit from everything they recommend. Henhouse, meet Fox.

2012 Macomb Township Chronicle article about how Chippewa Valley forced the State of Michigan to enact new laws regarding borrowing. Follow the circle: CV’s bad borrowing practices forced the State to enact laws that then forced them to raise our mills.

Here are 2 links for an in depth look at our bond situation:

 Municipal bond search.

 88 page Document covering bond ratings prepared by Clark Hill.

YOUTUBE Video-I am asking questions about the 2004 bond projects and to find out if they were planning the 2010.

How can we trust this board with another 90 million dollars??

We CAN’T.    Tell Ron No Bond™

 

 

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