On November 8, Taylor School District voters will have an opportunity to consider two ballot initiatives that would directly impact all students in the district. Each will be on the Presidential Election ballot.
The first is the Taylor School District School Improvement Bond.
The district, working in conjunction with Mayor Rick Sollars and the City of Taylor, took the opportunity to ask voters to consider a school improvement bond with a rate of 0.96 mills.
This rate was chosen specifically to match an expired city of Taylor millage levy to ensure that this school improvement bond, if approved, would have a net zero impact on residents' tax bills. The former 20-year bond levy, which expired in August 2015, targeted purchase and renovation of large sites in the southwest corner of the community.
Funds from this school bond, if approved, would generate approximately $1.19 million per year for the next five years.
These funds are specifically targeted to support the purchase of new school buses, repair and upgrade school buildings, and purchase instructional technology.
The second question is the Wayne County RESA enhancement millage. The enhancement millage, if approved, would levy 2 mills for six years, and would bring approximately $2.6 million per year to the Taylor School District.
This millage would cost the average homeowner about $8 a month. These funds, if approved, would be used to improve district technology infrastructure; purchase instructional technology for students and teachers; repair, replace and upgrade roofs, boilers, windows, exterior doors and parking lots; and to maintain low class sizes for our students.