2 bond proposals for Grand Haven schools

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) – – Grand Haven voters will consider two bond proposals for a total of more than $44 million for the school district in May.

The first proposal, for $35.5 million, will pay for improvements to all Grand Haven Area Public Schools buildings, roof and bus replacements, technology and security upgrades and learning equipment for students.

The bond would not increase the current mill rate, according to a Wednesday release from the district.

“We are extremely fortunate to be able to generate a large amount of revenue with no impact on taxpayers,” Superintendent Keith Konarska said in a statement. “This affords us the opportunity to relieve pressure off the general fund, which is critical during these tough financial times.”

The second bond, for $9.5 million, would  increase the current by 0.47 mills. It is meant to pay for district-wide fencing, removal of asbestos, Grand Haven High School and Lakeshore Middle School traffic area improvements, and athletic and arts improvements.

According to the release, the district has the lowest tax levy in the county.

“Even with the passage of both proposals, our district will continue to have the lowest tax levy,” Konarska said in a release. “I believe this demonstrates that we are extremely responsible with our taxpayer dollars.”

The bonds will go before voters on the May 6 ballot.

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