It’s not often a school district has the chance to upgrade technology or a key service without asking cash-strapped taxpayers to increase their tax burden. Officials would be remiss if they didn’t take the chance.
Mancelona Public Schools will ask voters this week to approve a $1.93 million bond for technology and new buses that will cost taxpayers 0.3 mills. But because an existing 3.85-mill debt levy is shrinking by that same amount — 0.3 mills — there will be no net property tax increase for taxpayers.
The district intends to purchase 13 buses over the next nine years and buy projectors and sound systems for classrooms. The money will also go to computer lab upgrades and other tech tools.
Smaller districts like Mancelona owe it to their students to keep current on the technology that will be so much a part of their lives. The district absolutely must take this opportunity to keep current. And busing is an absolute must.
This is a chance for voters to invest in the future without paying more in taxes; it’s an opportunity not to be missed.