Tuesday, August 7, 2018. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Absentee ballots will be available after June 23rd.
Registered voters residing within the boundaries of the Au Gres-Sims (AGS) School District will vote on a $8.1 million bond
Voter approval of the bond proposal will not change the current tax rate.
The primary purpose of the bond election is to remodel and upgrade schools and school facilities.
The bond proposal on the August 7 ballot was designed to provide funding for a learning environment that is safe, secure,
and up-to-date. The bond proposal was also designed to protect the community’s investment in its schools and to reflect
positively on homeowner property values.
If approved by voters, projects funded through the bond proposal
will affect every Au Gres-Sims student and every Au Gres-Sims school.
The bond proposal will affect students in several ways, including…
If voters approve the $8.1 million bond proposal, there will be no increase in the current tax rate. None! The current tax
rate will simply be extended.
If the bond proposal is approved by voters, the following projects will be completed at each school.
Replace parking lot and drives
Replace administrative lot asphalt
Construct new bus loop/drop-off
Install drop-off area sidewalk
Add handicap ramp access to playground
Replace miscellaneous concrete walks
Construct secured entry
Replace nine elementary windows (Teachers’ Lounge, Science Lab, and Classrooms 9-15)
Install new cabinets and countertops in 14 classrooms
Provide drainage in crawlspace below Classrooms 1 and 2
Replace/correct elementary connector floor tile
Replace classroom asbestos floor tile
Replace eight, K-8 toilet room doors
Replace K-2 casework and sink cabinet; add storage
Replace Multi-Media Room doors and paint door frames
Replace two entry doors and door frames
Replace exterior Boiler Room door
Repair masonry around register in Head End Room
Replace asbestos floor tile in Room 6
Renovate staff restroom; replace sink cabinet; paint exposed conduit
Remove asbestos-covered roof drain in custodial closet
Replace carpet in Business Office
Replace boys’ and girls’ toilet room partitions (two locations)
Add air conditioning
Replace four boilers
Add ventilation to Business Office
Upgrade classroom HVAC units (includes Middle School and High School)
Upgrade electrical system
Replace three circuit breaker panels
Replace parking lot and drives
Add bus drop-off on east side
Replace miscellaneous concrete walks
Anchor catch basin at southeast corner of gymnasium; add concrete pad
Add exit walkways on west side of building
Install new digital electronic sign
Construct ADA compliant boys’ and girls’ restrooms at northeast end of connecting corridor
Construct secure gymnasium entry with gathering area
Construct secured entry to Middle School/High School
Remodel boys’ and girls’ restroom in the north end of High School for ADA compliance
Replace window pane and broken seal in Room 35
Repair masonry expansion joint in Multi-Media Room
Replace exterior door and door frame in Boiler Room
Remove cabinets and sinks in Room 10
Repair window plaster jambs in Room 11
Reconfigure High School toilet room for ADA compliance
Repair structural movement above northeast door in Gymnasium
Replace partition door in girls’ locker room
Replace toilet partition in boys’ locker room
Repair structural movement in Classrooms 20/22
Correct moisture issues below Classrooms 10-22 and stage
Repair wall moisture issue in Classrooms 23-26
Replace window sill in Classroom 30
Replace carpet in six Middle School classrooms
Replace casework in Classroom 20
Renovate Principal’s Office; replace carpet
Replace/correct Middle School connector floor tile
Renovate existing Athletic Director Office into a Special Education classroom
Relocate storage facility to east side of school
Replace 180 student lockers in High School
Replace High School Media Center roof top unit
Reconfigure High School toilet rooms for ADA compliance
Install relief air hoods for Rooms 30-36
Replace floor urinal in boy’s restroom across from Room 23
Replace five Middle School boilers
Remove water supply and drain from Computer Lab
Replace six High School boilers
Add air conditioning
Upgrade to vertical unit ventilators in classrooms
Install new main electrical service
Replace pull fuse to electrical main
Remove old phone wiring from Athletic Director’s Office
Upgrade lighting in locker room/Unit C toilet rooms
Upgrade parking lot lighting
Replace two kitchen reach-in refrigerator units
Replace kitchen reach-in freezer
Replace kitchen oven/cooktop
Replace classroom furniture
Install new VOIP phone system
Install universal clock system
The August 7th bond proposal was developed to support the Au Gres-Sims School District’s strategic facilities plan. The Au
Gres-Sims Board of Education believes district schools and facilities are at the point where renovations and upgrades
are necessary to enhance security and student safety, to support the school district’s instructional program, and to
protect the community’s investment in schools and school facilities.
Work on the projects will begin immediately after voter approval of the August 7th bond proposal. It is the school district’s
intent to have all projects completed in 2-3 years.
Yes. All revenue from the bond proposal will benefit the Au Gres-Sims School District. None of the revenue will go to Lansing
or to any other school district or political entity.
History tells us that real estate values tend to be higher in communities with school districts that are perceived to offer
a quality educational program and have up-to-date school facilities.
All Au Gres-Sims bond proposal projects were designed to reflect positively on homeowner property values and the school district’s
A bond is a State-approved funding process for a set scope of projects. When voters approve a bond proposal, the school district
sells bonds in the authorized amount and uses the proceeds of the sale to pay for those projects in the bond proposal.
Bonds are usually paid back in 20-30 years.
In many ways, the bonding process is like a homeowner obtaining a mortgage and making payments over a period of years.
No. Bond proposal funds cannot be used for employee salaries. They also cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs or
other operating expenses. Bond proposal funds must be used only for purposes specified in the ballot language, and, as
required by State law, they must be independently audited.
Here is the exact ballot wording:
Shall Au Gres-Sims School District, Arenac County, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Eight Million One Hundred
Thousand Dollars ($8,100,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor for the purpose of:
erecting, furnishing, and equipping additions to school buildings, including secured entry additions for the elementary
school and high school/middle school buildings; remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, and equipping and re-equipping
school buildings; erecting, furnishing and equipping a transportation facility; and developing, equipping, preparing
and improving athletic facilities/structures, athletic fields, and sites?
The following is for informational purposes only:
The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2019 is 2.65 mills ($2.65 on each $1,000 of taxable
valuation) for a -0- mill net increase over the prior year's levy. The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding,
exclusive of any refunding, is thirty (30) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required
to retire this bond debt is 2.30 mills ($2.30 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).
(Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance
costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other opera ting expenses .)
Yes. Voters who support the Au Gres-Sims School District’s bond proposal should vote YES; voters who oppose the bond proposal
should vote NO.
The bond projects cannot be addressed as proposed.
Residents of the Au Gres-Sims School District who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day and are registered to
vote by July 2, 2018.
Go to the Michigan Voter Information website (webapps.sos.state.mi.us) or call the Clerk’s Office where you reside.
If you have changed your name or address since the last time you voted, you need to update your voter registration. Do this
at any Secretary of State Office or at the Clerk’s Office where you reside.
Registered voters can vote by absentee ballot if they meet one of the following criteria:
Absentee ballots will be available to voters after June 23rd. The Clerk will mail absentee ballot applications to residents
on the permanent absentee voter list shortly before or shortly after that date.
Between June 23rd and August 6th, voters can complete their absentee ballot application and vote in one stop at their Clerk’s
Office. The whole process takes about five minutes.