By Charles Sercombe
School officials will have to wait a few months to see if voters will approve a $35 million bond proposal.
It’s another setback caused by the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the country and the world.
At a special meeting last Thursday, the Hamtramck Board of Education decided to postpone the election, which had been scheduled for May 5, until the August 4th Primary Election.
The action was taken at the urging of the Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, who told communities that were holding special elections on May 5 to either postpone them until the primary election, or have voters vote by absentee ballot only.
There is a concern that the coronavirus will still be active even in May, and at this point health officials have no firm idea when it will subside.
As of Thursday, when we went to print, there were 300,000 cases worldwide and over 20,000 deaths caused by it.
In the US, there are over 60,000 cases, and 800 deaths, and in Michigan there are over 2,300 cases and over 40 deaths.
There is one case, so far, in Hamtramck.
Health officials expect the spread of the virus to swell in the coming days.
As for the school bond proposal, the public school district is seeking voter approval of 7 mills over the next 30 years. That will raise about $35 million.
The money raised will be used to make numerous repairs and renovations to school buildings, as well as to construct a new three-story school next to Kosciuszko Middle School.
It has been estimated that the bond will cost the average homeowner an additional $200 to $300 a year in property taxes.
Anyone who already voted by absentee ballot for the May election will automatically get another absentee vote (AV) ballot for the August primary, said City Clerk August Gitschlag.
If you have not yet returned your absentee ballot for the May election, there is no need to do so.
March 27, 2020