MARQUETTE - It was a small turnout Monday for a public forum hosted by Marquette Area Public Schools on its sinking fund millage request.
Just 10 people sat through the half-hour informational meeting inside a stuffy room on one of the hottest days of the year in Graveraet Elementary School, listening as MAPS Superintendent Bill Saunders discussed the reasoning behind the millage request that will appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot.
The district is asking voters for a sinking fund millage of .95 mills over 10 years, beginning this year and running through 2023.
Marquette Area Public Schools Superintendent Bill Saunders speaks Monday during an informational meeting held in Graveraet Elementary School on the district's request for a 10-year, .95 mills sinking fund millage request. (Journal photo by Jackie Stark)
The estimated revenue in the first year of tax collection would be about $1.1 million.
Saunders said the district learned a lot from the failure of a major bond proposal in 2011 and spent the time between then and now using a strategic planning process that included an in-depth look at what each school building needed in the way of upgrades and repairs.
"We made sure the things we were asking for were really and truly things we need," Saunders said.
A brief video outlining some of the bigger projects that would be done with sinking fund dollars was shown to the group, followed by a brief question and answer period.
For a full list of projects, visit www.mapsnet.org.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.