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To the Editor:

This is in regards to the choice for Harper Woods School District voters — $15 million or $34.5 million.

Facts:

• Repairing only the major problems and meeting The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandatory fixes at all three Harper Woods schools will cost $15 million.

• Building a high school and repairing and meeting ADA at Tyrone and Beacon Elementary schools will cost $34.5 million.

The state will help us with the costs by advancing money to be paid back later in the loan as long as we assess ourselves at least a total of 7 mills.

We are already assessed 3.57 mills, leaving a balance of 3.43 mills being mandatory to qualify for state help. Fifteen million dollars will cost us 3.03 mills on a bond issue. Thirty-four million dollars will cost us 3.83 mills on a bond issue, first payment due in December 2004.

What do we do? The Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC) thinks it is responsible to take the state's money and build a replacement high school since the fix ($15 million cost) will not guarantee something else will not break at the high school next year or the year after. Most of our problems are a result of the water-main break under the high school a few years ago and its ongoing damage.

Joan Mannino

Harper Woods

Joan Mannino
Harper Woods
September 01, 2004

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