Cadillac Area Public Schools Bond Proposal, Back on the Ballot

Voters in Wexford County hit the polls Tuesday to decide on the heavily debated Cadillac Area Public Schools bond proposal.

The original proposal failed in November, so the district made some changes and put it back to a vote.

The new proposal asks for a 3.3 mill increase, totally $65.6 million over the next 25 years.

That means, if your home has a taxable value of $50,000, your taxes would go up about $66 a year.

That money would go toward a number of infrastructure upgrades and an effort to restructure the district, taking the 10 buildings they currently operate out of down to 6.

The C.A.P.S. bond proposal has been a polarizing issue for the better part of a year, now.

Some voters, like Randy Ball, are still concerned about the cost.

Ball said, “I don’t think the money is being spent wisely. I think there’s enough burden put on retirees and working people. There’s not that much money in this town and they can cut some corners and hopefully it won’t pass.”

Others, like Amanda Siggins, worry about the future.

“I have a son and he’s 5. He’s just now entering the school system and I’m seeing a lot of the problems they have. I want to support the teachers and the faculty and I want my son to have the best environment for learning, ” Siggins explained.

The measure failed by 45 votes in November, primarily because Cadillac’s surrounding townships didn’t support it.

This time, C.A.P.S. Superintendent Jennifer Brown says they worked to better include everyone involved in this vote.

Brown said, “I’ve been to every township hall meeting. I’ve made myself available where they can come and ask questions and we’ve also done some mailing, some door to door. We hope that we’ve done a better job making sure that the larger Cadillac community feels informed and feels part of this process.”

If the proposal passes, Brown says they would prioritize replacing the school’s heating and cooling systems.

If it fails Brown said, “we’d have to look at how do we generate revenue and cut programs, potentially. Depending on what our needs are, what the immediate needs would be.”