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Kalamazoo Schools may put a $62-Million bond issue on the May ballot.


KALAMAZOO  (WKZO) -- A 34-member bond committee appointed by the Kalamazoo School Board to look into the district’s infrastructure needs for the next few years, is recommending that the board seek a 7/10’s of a mil increase this May to fund a $62-million bond issue for school maintenance and improvements.

Half the money would be spent on routine maintenance; fixing roofs replacing boilers and buses, computers, playground equipment and all the other things that wear out or break or become obsolete.

The bond would also fund relocating their bus transportation center away from Edison Elementary, replacing the north building at Milwood Elementary, add an Auxiliary Gym at Kalamazoo Central, and make improvements at over a dozen other schools.

The Committee was made up of school officials, parents, teachers, local business representatives, and citizens.  The group also presented the results of a survey conducted by Public Sector Consultants that showed considerable community support and satisfaction with the operation and performance of the Kalamazoo Schools, and an indication that voters would not only support this millage request, but an even larger one.

A 7/10’s of a mil increase would cost the homeowner with a 100-thousand dollar home about $35 in additional taxes each year.

Trustees heard the report, but will wait until their February 14th board meeting to take action on the recommendations. They want to give the public a chance to react to the proposal first, and take public input.