Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

November 3, 2013

Record-Eagle's Nov. 5 school, TC endorsements

TRAVERSE CITY SCHOOLS

Traverse City Area Public Schools has created a pair of bond requests that meet critical, ongoing infrastructure and technology needs at a reasonable cost to taxpayers.

Voters will be asked Tuesday to approve two bonds. The first is a 0.2-mill issue that would raise $35 million for crucial reconstruction projects at Eastern, Glenn Loomis and Interlochen elementary schools, school security improvements at Central High School and West Middle School, and district-wide bus replacements and technology upgrades. It would cost the owner of a home with a $200,000 market value about $20 a year.

A 0.09-mill issue would raise $13 million to reconstruct and upgrade Central High School’s dilapidated auditorium. It would cost a homeowner $9 a year.

Last year the district asked for $100 million and voters said no. Since then the school board has held feedback sessions and talked to hundreds of voters to ask what went wrong. After all that listening, the board created the two new requests. The district and its 10,000 or so students deserve a “yes” on both; $29 a year is a bargain.

TC COMMISSION

City voters will choose between seven candidates to fill three city commission seats Tuesday.

n City Commission incumbent Jody Bergman, 59, vice president of estimating for Comstock Construction, was first elected eight years ago and is the commission’s longest-serving member.

Bergman has proven to be an independent thinker who takes an “if-it’s-not-broken” approach. She will stand her ground and does her homework.

She wants the city to do a better job of scheduling and overseeing festivals, won’t support efforts to dictate changes to the National Cherry Festival and says she hasn’t seen a proposal concerning the merger of the city fire department with Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department that she’d support.

She deserves another term.

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