Voters to cast ballot from home in upcoming bond election

Grand Blanc schools seeking May 5 approval from voters

GRAND BLANC — The clerks in Grand Blanc and Grand Blanc Township have been busy mailing out absentee ballots to all registered voters after the Grand Blanc School District opted to go ahead with its May 5 bond election during the coronavirus shutdown.

Polls will not open on Election Day, instead all voters will have to cast their ballot via mail using absentee ballots they should be receiving in the mail.

Goodrich, which was also scheduled to hold a bond election May 5, has chosen to postpone its election until August.

The Grand Blanc Community Schools bond issue is an approximately $87 million, zero-increase proposal.

If voters approve the bond in May 5, about $86.925 million will be raised to complete several projects for the aging Grand Blanc Schools.

As the name suggests, the bond will not raise taxes. The current millage will continue for the next six years, which amounts to $6.30 for every $1,000 of taxable value for residences and businesses.

“Right now, we levy 6.30 mills in Grand Blanc, and that rate will decrease due to the fact that we have been paying down that debt,” Superintendent Clarence Garner explained in a previous article. “So, if we keep the tax rate the same, we are able to capture the money that the millage rate would be reduced by due to the fact that we have reduced our debt.”

The district created a YouTube video in which Garner outlines the needs of the district and what the district hopes to accomplish with the zero-increase bond.

The bond would replace outdated furniture in every classroom with flexible furniture that is more conducive to an active learning setting. New heating and air conditioning systems would be installed at four of the remaining elementary school buildings.

The aging stadium concourse would be updated with new concessions, restrooms and an entrance that provides better crowd flow and safety. A new athletic complex would include a state-of-the-art press box and more seating. The grass football field, which limits the number of games and practices during wet weather and costs thousands of dollars to maintain, would be replaced.

The district’s two pools would be redesigned into an aquatics facility with larger bleachers, more swim lanes and a safer diving area. Softball and baseball fields would be updated. Roofs and parking lots throughout the district also would be replaced.

Work resulting from the bond, if approved, will be done in three different phases over roughly a six-year period of time. The district is working with its architects and construction firm to prioritize what order these projects will take place. Once that timeline and list are complete, officials will share it with the community.”

Additional details are outlined in the Grand Blanc Community Schools Strategic Plan 2018- 2023, which was created by more than 100 Grand Blanc Schools staff, students, Grand Blanc residents and business owners. The strategic plan can be found on the district’s website, www.grandblancschools.org. — View Staff

GB Twp. clerk offers details about voting May 5

If anyone still needs to register to vote…do not delay. A voter registration form is on the front page of the Grand Blanc Township website and on the Secretary of State’s Web Site and call the township office at 810-424-2644 to drop it off. Election day will be busy – do not wait.

The Special election is May 5, for the Grand Blanc Schools bond issue for improvements to school facilities. Because of COVID-19, the State mandated voting will be done by Absentee Ballots. You will be not be able to vote “in person” at any polling location on May 5.

To accommodate their decision, the State mailed each of the 28,805 registered voters in Grand Blanc Township a letter explaining the Absentee Ballot Application must be signed and returned to Township Clerk Cathy Lane and you would be mailed an Absentee Ballot. As of today, we have received applications and mailed 7,500 ballots to voters.

If you plan on voting in the May 5, Special Election, quickly return your Absentee Ballot application by dropping it in the “tan mailbox in the Township parking lot” or mail it in the stamped, return envelope provided by the state.

Putting the application in the “tan mailbox” is so much safer and quicker and it is available 24-7. The sooner we get your Application – the quicker you get your Ballot. If you wait too long, your Application or Ballot will not get to the Township and be counted. Your Ballot can also be “dropped in the tan mailbox in our parking lot.”

If you are a registered voter and need an Absentee Ballot Application, Google Grand Blanc Township’s Web Site and on the front page the May 5 election has an application. Complete the Application, scan, and e-mail to Township Clerk lane@twp.grand-blanc.mi.us.

Effective this week, Grand Blanc Township residents and businesses with Flint 48507 will be changed to Grand Blanc 48507.