(The following column was submitted by the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce)
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Saline Area School Board and citizens of the Saline Area School District: On behalf of the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce, a 450 member organization of area businesses and civic groups that serves primarily the City of Saline, the five adjacent townships and parts of Ann Arbor, it is our pleasure to address you and offer our thoughts on the upcoming bond funding request that will be before you on November 3, 2015.
The Chamber and its Board of Directors have examined in detail the purpose, long term effect and efficiency of this bond request involving $67.5 million with a one (1) mill increase and recommended an endorsement on behalf of the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce. At this point in time, it makes good sense and represents a positive step in assuring high quality facilities in our community for the education of our children. We also believe it to be a good financial strategy in today’s economic environment.
In most respects, growing deficits and economic challenges in public funding are going to remain and we all need to be honest about it. Local financing for all types of publically funded services is a problem nationwide. Those who are smart will be proactive. We commend the decision makers in the Saline Area School system for recognizing the process and hope that all involved in the school system will see it as well.
With the passing of the Bond Proposal on November 3, we look forward to improved safety & security, secure building entrances, updates to the HVAC systems, improved traffic flow, a Campus Parkway turn lane, a filtered internet and a plan to replace the aging bus fleet. So, as stated, a YES vote on this key bond issue not only fits into the plan but is essential for positioning Saline Area Schools for future sustainability. We agree that the vision of responsible spending and honestly looking at what is needed to maintain a quality facility is imperative for the future.
We urge all Saline voters to vote “YES” on this proposal on November 3, 2015.