**Update: Following the narrow defeat of the proposal on August 2, the LCS Board of Education voted unanimously to place the proposal on the ballot on November 8, 2022.**
At a regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Lapeer Community Schools, held Tuesday evening, the Board unanimously approved a no-tax-increase bond proposal that will go to district voters on August 2, 2022.
The no-tax-increase bond, if passed, would maintain the existing millage rate (2.75) which is the lowest in Lapeer County. In 2019, voters rejected a $94.9 million school bond proposal which would have raised the tax rate by 1.94 mills.
“We heard the community loud and clear in 2019,” said LCS Superintendent Matt Wandrie. “There was support for infrastructure, security and the absolute necessities required to operate our programs every day, but the tax increase was a non-starter. We have put together a plan that does not increase the burden on taxpayers but does address the basic needs of our aging facilities.
“It’s a nuts and bolts plan.”
The approved proposal offers voters the opportunity to vote on a no-tax-increase school bond that would provide approximately $44 million in funding for improvement projects across the District (increased security, new paving, roofs, heating and cooling improvements, etc.).