Greetings #OneBenzie Community!
Tomorrow is the day! Tuesday May 7th is Election Day for Benzie Central Schools. If you haven't been aware of the bond proposal on the ballot - you can check out the web page here with information to help you learn more. Polls are open from 7AM to 8PM.
Ultimately, this bond proposal is about thinking forward. It's about generation solutions, not temporary band-aids. There is a very distinct reason the future planning committee chose the slogan Strong Schools = Strong Communities as our rallying cry for this effort. We believe that strong schools serve as a foundation for our community. Having quality school buildings and infrastructure contributes strongly to having a quality school district. And by extension, a quality school district leads to higher property values, a stronger workforce, a vibrant economy, and an attractive environment for business and economic development.
And what will this investment cost our taxpayers? A modest increase in your tax bill of 1/2 of a mill compared to the current rates.
We are fortunate to live in the Benzie County region for a lot of reasons. We have unsurpassed natural beauty, endless recreational opportunities, and an amazing group of people in our community. We also have a strong tax base which allows us to keep our tax rates low - indeed over 40% lower (even after this modest increase) than the average school district in the state of Michigan.
Please be sure to get out there on May 7th and make your vote count!