Voters reject $222 million Farmington Public Schools bond proposal

By: Sherri Kolade, | Farmington Press | Published August 6, 2013

Voters in the Farmington Public Schools district denied a $222 million bond request 8,043 votes to 7,084 during the Aug. 6 special election, but FPS Superintendent Sue Zurvalec said the district “is not done.”

“This (the bond) is important for our students and teachers,” she said during an election-viewing event Aug. 6 at 32789 W. 10 Mile Road.

According to the Oakland County Election Division website, www.oakgov.com, a total of 15,127 voters turned out at the polls.

 Farmington Public Schools Superintendent Sue Zurvalec addresses the residents, parents and students who came to view the results of the bond issue. After it was clear the bond was rejected, Zurvalec declared "We are not done. This (the bond) is important for our students and teachers."

Farmington Public Schools Superintendent Sue Zurvalec addresses the residents, parents and students who came to view the results of the bond issue. After it was clear the bond was rejected, Zurvalec declared "We are not done. This (the bond) is important for our students and teachers."

Photo by Patricia O'Blenes

The voters shot down a proposal that would have brought about a 1.44-mill annual tax increase, a cost to average homeowners of approximately $7-$9 per month — or, if going by the estimated monthly average, $84-$108 per year for 25 years. District officials said they needed the money for upgrades to infrastructure, security, technology and learning environments.

The August election is estimated to cost the district between $65,000 and $85,000. District officials said that if they had waited until November, there wouldn’t be enough time to go through the request for proposals process for construction work to begin construction in June 2014, and construction would be delayed for a year, which could be costly if infrastructure fixes are needed before then.

The school district covers Farmington and Farmington Hills, and a portion of West Bloomfield.