2020 Bond Proposal
NO TAX INCREASE - $61 MILLION BOND PROPOSAL – AUGUST 4TH, 2020
A bond proposal is being brought to our JPS taxpayers to address urgent needs in our school district. If approved by voters, no tax rate increase is expected for property owners. The tax rate will remain the same and the current tax rate would be extended. In the face of a significant reduction in state funding, this bond proposal is needed more than ever before to address district infrastructure issues.
In an effort to protect the investment our community has made in our school facilities, Jenison Public Schools conducted a very thorough analysis of the infrastructure of our buildings. Additionally, a study was undertaken to determine the future needs of our growing school district. A professionally conducted survey of a random sampling of Jenison residents played a key role in determining which projects were deemed to be the most important.
Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation
Replacement of the heating and air handling systems in our district is an urgent need. Our maintenance supervisor is currently buying parts on eBay to keep our heating/ventilation systems operational. Homeowners who have had to replace a furnace in their home, understand the need to so. It is an investment that most people rarely see, but it certainly can be felt. Proper ventilation and air conditioning is essential for the health and well-being of our students and district employees, especially in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately $29 million will need to be allocated to address the heating, ventilation, and cooling needs for our district school buildings.
Security and Technology
Upgrading of our security systems with better cameras, improved entrances & exits, a shatterproof film on our vestibule windows, and keyless doors is essential. In addition, in this rapidly evolving technological age, our district must continue to invest in new devices for our students and teachers. It is imperative for us to provide our students with the necessary technology to be used for their learning when our schools are shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Revenues from this $61 million NO TAX INCREASE Bond Proposal will be used to address security updates and purchase new technology.
Instructional Space, Playgrounds, and Parking
To meet the needs of our students and teachers as our student enrollment continues to grow, we are in need of additional instructional space at Bursley Elementary, the Junior High, and the High School. Additionally, in order to continue providing a safe and secure environment for our students and their parents, it is necessary to replace aged playground equipment at our elementary schools. Finally, to address the double parking on 20th Avenue, which creates a traffic hazard, a parking lot will be built on the south side of the Junior High. The current playing field will be moved further to the west in the available green space.
With our community’s investment in our facilities and educational programming, we will continue to provide a program of excellence for all students of Jenison Public Schools.
PROJECTS TO BE COMPLETED WITH REVENUES
FROM THE AUGUST 4, 2020 BOND PROPOSAL
- REPLACEMENT OF FAILING HEATING & VENTILATION SYSTEMS
- ADDITION OF AIR CONDITIONING TO OUR SCHOOL BUILDINGS
- UPGRADING SECURITY AND VIDEO MONITORING SYSTEMS
- NEW MAIN OFFICE AND SECURITY ENTRANCE AT SANDY HILL ELEMENTARY
- PROTECTIVE FILM ON GLASS PARTITIONS AND DOORS IN SECURITY VESTIBULES
- UPDATED FIRE ALARMS, CLOCKS, AND INTERCOM SYSTEMS
- ADDITION OF CLASSROOMS AT BURSLEY ELEMENTARY & THE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
- BUILDING MULTIPURPOSE SPACE FOR BAND & ATHLETICS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL
- DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY IMPROVEMENT & ENHANCEMENTS
- REPLACEMENT OF UNSAFE AND OUTDATED PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT
- DISTRICT BATHROOM RENOVATIONS (NEW STALLS, CEILING PANELS, FLOORING, FIXTURES, & MIRRORS)
- ADDED PARKING LOT ON 20TH AVENUE TO ADDRESS UNSAFE PARKING ISSUES
- BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS (PAINT, CLASSROOM BOOKSHELVES, CEILING TILES, ETC.)
Facebook Live Event
Join Superintendent Tom TenBrink through two Facebook live events to discuss the importance of the August 4, 2020, bond issue to the future of Jenison Public Schools!
Tuesday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m. & Thursday, July 23 at 11:00 a.m.
Bond Millage Analysis
The District’s debt millage rate of 8.50 mills in 2020 will not change with or without the passage of this bond issue. If the bond issue is successful, the first year the millage for the new bond will appear on the tax bills is 2020, which together with the existing debt is not expected to be higher than the current millage rate of 8.50 mills. In response to the question, yes, it is anticipated that the debt millage will decrease without the passage of the bond issue. The exact amount of the decrease will be based on a number of factors including the funds on hand, and the actual 2021 taxable value. However, we anticipate it would decrease to approximately 6 to 6.50 mills in 2021 without the passage of the new bond.
The proposed bonds are structured around the existing bond payments so as to minimize the impact on taxpayers. The graph below provides the initial estimated projected debt millage for the existing bonds and the proposed bonds over the life of the proposed bonds. As shown in the graph, the District anticipates the millage will begin dropping below 8.50 mills by its fiscal year 2027/28 (ie 2027 levy year).
The maximum anticipated term of the new bonds is 25 years, with an anticipated final debt levy in 2044 (for the District’s fiscal year ended 2045).