When did taxpayers last approve a bond levy?
Voters approved a $44 million bond issue in November 2016, which allowed for the construction of the new Whitehouse Primary building, the addition of labs/learning spaces in each school, security enhancements and office improvements in all schools, the addition of the auxiliary gym and commons areas at AWHS and other updates.
Why is the District asking for the bond issue now?
The District wants to remain preventative in making facilities repairs and improvements, proactive in responding to increases in student population, and responsive to shifting educational needs and requests from our community. Specifically:
All-day, everyday kindergarten requires additional classrooms.
Increased enrollment at Waterville and Whitehouse would lead to redistricting if additional classroom space is not available.
The District wants to provide a safe learning environment that meets the ever-changing educational needs of our students and instructional needs of our staff.
Delaying maintenance projects adds to repair/replacement costs down the road.
How much money will the bond issue generate for the District?
The new bond issue is estimated to be ~2.6 mills, generating $70.8 million for the District.
How long will the bond issue last?
The new bond issue would be for 37 years. Collections would begin in January 2024 and expire in 2061.
How much will the bond levy cost me on my property taxes?
This bond levy is expected to cost property owners approximately $49 per $100,000 of home value per year, or 13 cents per day per $100,000 of home value.
Note: If approved, the bond levy would have cost property owners $91 per year per $100,000 of home value, but a previously-approved bond issue will be expiring, resulting in a reduced overall tax. Additionally, as property values continue to rise, and new construction takes place, the overall millage amount should decrease for each taxpayer over time.
How will the bond levy funds be used?
The money generated by the bond issue will be used to complete deferred maintenance projects and provide for new and/or improved educational and athletic facilities for students. These projects were identified for completion following a recent facilities assessment and community surveys conducted by The Collaborative as a part of the Facilities Master Planning Process.
Deferred Maintenance Projects
(Estimated Cost of ~$18,434,689)
The deferred maintenance projects recommended for completion by The Collaborative during the District’s recent facilities assessment, include:
roof and masonry repairs,
HVAC, plumbing, electrical and repairs and upgrades,
ADA compliance requirement updates, and
These improvements will take place at Anthony Wayne High School, AW Junior High, Fallen Timbers Middle School, Monclova Primary, Waterville Primary and the Transportation Building.
Building Additions & Renovations
(Estimated Cost of ~$30,190,857)
In response to increasing enrollment in some areas of the District, accommodating the community’s request for all-day, everyday kindergarten and providing improved educational opportunities for students, the bond issue would support the following building additions and renovations:
Classroom additions and Waterville Primary and Whitehouse Primary
Expand the kitchen and cafeteria areas at Fallen Timbers Middle School and AW Junior High
Add classroom space and expand the band/choir room at AW Junior High
Add an additional lecture/performance area, storage area and potential classroom for the AWHS performing arts programs
Athletic Renovations and Improvements
(Estimated Cost of ~$22,195,951)
The bond levy funds will also support needed repairs and improvements to the District’s athletic facilities, including:
The construction of a new multi-use stadium for football, soccer, track and lacrosse
Renovated softball facilities
Overall site improvements to alleviate floodplain issues
More information about the facilities assessment and a full list of needed improvements can be found on the Facilities Master Planning page.