2018-08-05 / Insight

Dryden Schools seek new sinking fund millage


Dryden Community Schools Superintendent Mary Finnigan takes a break from getting ready for school opening to show off the high school’s paving project, which is expected to be done by Aug. 27. She’s hoping Dryden area voters support the district’s sinking fund millage, which will allow more school repairs and upgrades. 
Photo by Phil Foley Dryden Community Schools Superintendent Mary Finnigan takes a break from getting ready for school opening to show off the high school’s paving project, which is expected to be done by Aug. 27. She’s hoping Dryden area voters support the district’s sinking fund millage, which will allow more school repairs and upgrades. Photo by Phil Foley DRYDEN — Anyone who owns an older house knows sooner or later the roof will need fixing and the water heater will fail. Dryden Community Schools Superintendent Mary Finnigan said schools are no different.

That, she said, is why the district, which includes Dryden and parts of Attica, Metamora and Almont townships, is asking voter to approve a 0.75-mill sinking levy for five years when they go to the polls Tuesday.

Dryden’s junior/senior high school opened in 1976 and parts of the elementary school are a century old.

She said the high school’s roof and boiler need to be replaced. Finnigan added, in today’s changing climate, the district also wants to do security upgrades including security cameras, and alarms at all building doors as well as add a key fob system — a small security hardware device with built-in authentication used to control and secure access to school buildings.

Finnigan said the district can’t say it’s a millage renewal, but the district is asking for the same 0.75- mill tax for a sinking fund that voters approved by a 64-vote margin in March 2016.

The sinking fund measure would raise an estimated $690,000 over its life. For a resident with a home with a market value of $200,000 and a taxable value of $100,000 the measure would cost the same $75 a year they’ve been paying annually since 2016.

The district has an annual operating budget of $5.1 million for two buildings, which serves 485 children.

Voting on the proposal will be done at the Dryden Township Hall, 4849 Dryden Rd.; Almont Township, Almont Elementary School, 401 Church St., Almont; Attica Township, Hall, 4350 Peppermill Rd.,; and Metamora Township Hall, 730 W. Dryden Rd.

— Phil Foley

ASKING FOR

5 years

.75 mill

Total $690,000 for maintenance and security upgrades

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