Don’t forget to vote May 7
FLINT TWP. — Voters, remember to get to the polls on May 7 to vote in the Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools sinking fund millage increase and Headlee Override election.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To see a sample ballot containing proposal language, find your polling location or to check your voter registration, visit mvic.sos.state.mi.us.
Carman-Ainsworth schools are asking voters to approve a 1-mill increase in the district’s sinking fund, potentially generating $750,000 a year from 2019 to 2023; and a Headlee Amendment override not to exceed 2.1314 mills that will generate $45,000 a year for the same period.
Superintendent Eddie Kindle said security concerns are the reason for the need for a sinking fund increase, citing the district’s plans to install more than 300 quick action locks on classrooms throughout Carman-Ainsworth’s school buildings.
Currently the district levies a ½ mill for the sinking fund, generating $350,000-400,000 annually.
If approved, the one mill increase would take a home valued at $150,000, with a taxable value of $75,000, and would assess the owner an additional $75 a year, or 21 cents per day, said Kindle.
The second issue on the May 7 ballot is a Headlee Amendment override. Assistant Superintendent Russ Parks said the current operating millage is 18-mills, but the district currently does not receive the full amount because the rate is reduced when annual growth on existing property is greater than the rate of inflation, due to the Headlee Override Proposition.
A Headlee override will return the millage to the 18 mills originally authorized by the community. Restoring the levy to the full 18 mills could generate an additional $45,000 a year, said Assistant Superintendent Russ Parks.
Details: Visit www.carman.k12.mi.us.
Spring into Summer Family Fun Fair
FLINT TWP. — The Spring into Summer Family Fun Fair will be held May 18 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the Resurrection Reformed Church, 5225 Calkins Rd. (at the corner of Calkins and Dye roads). They will have Yevettes Gourmet Taco Food Truck, a bounce house, Genesee STEM Academy, Hurley Medical Center, MSU Cooperative Extension Service, Flint Institute of Arts, Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation, Bike Safety with the Flint Township Police Department, fire truck from the Flint Township Fire Department, arts and crafts, face painting, farm animals and free popcorn and treats.
Details: Call 810-732-4150. — G.G.
MDOT to close lanes on Maple Road overpass
FLINT TWP. — A single-lane closure will be in effect on the Maple Road overpass spanning I-75 in Genesee County while a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) crew installs a temporary barrier to prevent traffic from using the shoulder of westbound Maple Road. This barrier will prevent traffic from placing unnecessary weight on the bridge fascia beam, which has sustained damage from previous high-load hits. A project to replace Maple Road over southbound I-75 is planned in 2020. — G.G.