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Voters Pass Schools Technology Bond and Library Tax Increase

Clawson taxpayers approved tax hikes for library operations and new technology for the school district.

will receive brand-new technology this year, and will be able to continue with its regular operations after voters passed two millages Tuesday.

Clawson taxpayers will fund a 0.3-mill tax increase for library operations and a 1.3-mill schools technology bond. 

The passed 1,329-1,096, and the passed 1,362-1,069. The city clerk's office reported a 26 percent voter turnout; the city originally predicted that only 18 percent of Clawson's registered voters would show up at the polls.  

"I am delighted that the citizens of Clawson are dedicated to their community," said Clare Mann, president of Friends of the Library.

Mann and a group of city, school and library officials gathered Tuesday night at to await election results from City Clerk Machele Kukuk and precinct volunteers. 

School board member Cyndi Peltonen cheered when Kukuk announced that both proposals had passed.

"I am ecstatic," she said. "Without the technology, our kids would have been handicapped."

The technology bond will generate the $4 million the district said it needs to purchase such as smart boards, clickers and new computers. The bond will cost the average homeowner an additional $65 a year, based on an  average home assessment value of about $100,000.

Blair Memorial Library will collect about $100,000 more from taxpayers, increasing library tax revenue to the $430,000 it needs to sustain itself. The average homeowner in Clawson can expect to pay about $16.49 more in taxes for the city's library.

"This will keep us operating the way we are," said Eva Burns, president of the Library Board.

Mayor Penny Luebs said both proposals passing is a "sign of a recovering economy."

Luebs said a good reputation for the school district and public library will help home values go up and make Clawson a more attractive city.

"It's wonderful news," Luebs said.

michael J May 25, 2011 at 02:08 PM
John L. you have disappeared or who ever you are, I asked for you to send email or meet,, so your ficticous, trying to sound like your from Clawson which is a true slap at the City. The editor should make sure people are real and not pretenders. you should reread the artical, the editor used the million as an eye opener, she got the idea from me, when I said 139 girls collected over 12 million ......... as far as you saying the million came from with in Clawson, just look around, do you really thing that is possible?
John L. May 25, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Michael J., I appreciate your offer to meet or email, however, I simply wanted to know where you were getting your facts/figures. I don't believe that is something that needs to be discussed privately, if you are willing to offer your "facts" up in a public forum, I would assume that you would be willing to back them up the same way. I do have young children in the district. As I said previously, that is wonderful that you were able to send all four of your children to private school. That is not, however, something my wife and I are able to do. It is something we have thoughtfully looked into, and it is not currently possible. It appears from your comments that your children are much older, so I am not sure if you have looked into current tuition rates for the closest private elementary and high schools. As I also stated, my wife and I work full time, so after school childcare is an additional expense, and we must take into consideration the location of a private school that we would join, as we would obviously have to drive the kids back and forth. As for the 2011 graduate scholarships, I was simply quoting the article. This is what it says, quoted word for word: "Students at Clawson High School received a total of more than $1 million in scholarships this year from the school district and community." Take it however you want.
michael J May 25, 2011 at 09:15 PM
alias John L. or Sharon L, If you want to pick my brain, my price for that service is a meet and greet, I found what I know by investigating, a face with such delving questions, I was a single parent for yr's and made it, was it easy nope, but we did it, dinner was cooked after 6.00 p/u and then private school HOME WORK, and high school is 2 1/2 hr's a night, or you get behind, but when done with H S, most start college, at freshmen 1/2. you don't think it should be said privetly, that is where you are wrong. as far as cost now days. IT IS ALL RELATIVE IS IT NOT, depends when you get into the cost of living rat race. when I bought into clawson, I had a 10 1/2 % morgage, folks had never heard of that, they all had 2, 3 % mogt. MY DAD, one night, AS I was waiting to double date, could not under stand how any one could go out on a date, cause a show was a .25 and pop and pop corn was .10, a hot dog was .10, back when he and Mom, were hitching up the team, to go out to 3 mile creek, for a picnic, that is in Traverse city, 3 mile creek, is right at the TC State Park, if you were really in Love, your would go out to Chum Corners, for an all day, date. sunday at city park a vendor was charging 5.00 for an over size hot dog. it is all reletive You if you want can wean off of the system, if you want as you say, your kids to go with kids with no vision , a parents choice, has to live with that choice, there is a lot of dead time after they leave to second guess your self.
michael J May 25, 2011 at 09:23 PM
I stand by what I say, reporting by watching a local news cast is one thing, what I have found, are the reports here are not very deep, they are spoon fed, another words they report what they are told, and do not find a counter point, so why don't you ask the school who funded all the 1 mil. and it looks like a select few received, and with as at a lot of schools some received multiples. I will guess this, if you look at a house and the asking price is 200K and you offer 200k shame on you, unless it is about a business and it is loc. loc. location, then and only them would it be ok, to pay asking price. At private schools there are ways around tutiton, full price. if by need, such as ............. till you want to meet.
michael J June 07, 2011 at 03:56 PM
John L, Sharon your sneakey, why not be up front, insted of behind the scenes, why doesn't patch make people be or use rightfull name?

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