Residents seeing higher taxes in winter bill due to bond issue

DAVISON AREA — Maybe you’ve noticed an increase in your winter tax bill? It’s because the $71.39 million bond proposal for Davison Community Schools, approved by voter in March, has hit the tax rolls.

Davison Township Treasurer Tim Green told the board Dec. 14 his office had received several phone calls from residents who were questioning why they were seeing an increase on their winter taxes.

“A lot of residents called and said their taxes had gone up,” he said. “For some it was an increase of as much as $300-600.”

Julie Pray, treasurer for the City of Davison, said residents there had also called to ask about the increase.

She said the first few days after the winter bills went out, many older residents called because they are used to their taxes being about the same from year-to-year.

First few days older people same every year – they were the calls

“On a home valued at $40,000, that’s a $120 increase over the year before,” she explained. “Most of the other millages stayed the same.”

Passed by a vote of 4,894-4,527 in March, the bond means a 2.9 mill increase in property taxes, which, for a home valued at $150,000 that’s an annual increase of $218, or $18 per month.

The bulk of the improvements being made with the bond money are $56 million in upgrades and improvements to the 50-year-old Davison High School, an $18.8 million performing arts center, a connector corridor between the Alternative Education Building and other security upgrades, new artificial turf at Cardinal Stadium at a cost of about $750,000 and new surfacing for the track at $169,000 and other stadium improvements.

A variety of other improvements are planned at other Davison schools, including a second gymnasium at Gates Elementary and new instructional technology that will be added district-wide.