Wednesday, May 8, 2013
About 16 percent of registered voters showed up at the polls to pass Tuesday's sinking fund millage; last fall's turnout was 74 percent.
About 16 percent of West Bloomfield School District's 25,740 registered voters turned out to vote on Tuesday's sinking fund millage, which passed by a 190-vote margin. By comparison, the November 2011 school board election drew 19 percent of registered voters, and the last sinking fund millage request, on the ballot with the presidential and state-wide elections in November of 2012, failed by more than 800 votes with about three-quarters of registered voters going to the polls. West Bloomfield Patch reader Richard Goldman, commenting on Facebook, called the turnout percentage "horribly low." "The major problem here in this economy is that so many homes are now abject worthless that homeowners can nary afford an increase let alone being …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
While election results are unofficial, Oakland County's elections website reports millage supporters score a 190-vote victory.
Update 8:46 p.m. With all precincts reporting, voters have approved the sinking fund millage by a narrow margin, 2,224-2,034. Elections results remain unofficial until they are certified. We'll have additional coverage and an in-depth look at precinct by precinct results Wednesday morning. Update 8:36 p.m. With 10 of 16 precincts reporting: Yes, 1982, No, 1805. Update 8:30 p.m. With half of all precincts reporting: Yes, 1763, No, 1521. Update 8:15 p.m. With four of 16 precincts reporting: Yes, 949, No, 753. If it was up to West Bloomfield Public Schools voters in Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake and Orchard Lake, there would be no sinking fund millage; all three voted it down. Update, 8:09 p.m. With two of 16 precincts reporting here's where …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
West Bloomfield Patch invites you to share your opinion about the May 7 election by submitting a blog post.
West Bloomfield Public Schools voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of a a 14-year, 1.25-mill levy proposal that would provide funding for building upgrades and repairs. If you have an opinion about the millage, in support or opposition, share it with a blog post! Your submission will be featured on our site and in our newsletter, and we'll close election-related blog submissions after Friday. Ready to share your thoughts? Start here: Start a Blog. Read our guide to the May 7 election to find links and more information about the ballot question.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Voters will decide the fate of a 14-year, 1.25-mill levy proposal to provide more than $30 million in repairs to district buildings.
West Bloomfield Public Schools (WBPS) voters will decide whether to approve a 14-year, 1.25-mill levy proposal in a May 7 special election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at WBPS precincts in West Bloomfield Township, Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake and Sylvan Lake. If approved, the $1.25 per $1,000 of taxable valuation would increase property taxes $125 per year on a home with a taxable value of $100,000, starting July 1, 2013. (If your home has an assessed value of $200,000, it has a taxable value of $100,000.) The millage is expected to raise a total of $30.25 million for use primarily on upgrades or repairs. The district's school enrollment and facilities committee identified $23.1 million in needed repairs, including $4.1 …
Friday, April 5, 2013
Residents hoping to vote in the May 7 election have until April 8 to register.
The deadline to register to vote in the May 7 West Bloomfield School District election is just around the corner. On the ballot is a 1.25 mill Building and Site Sinking Fund, which will provide about $2 million annually for the next 14 years. Read more about the proposal on the district's website. Voters have until April 8 to register at their hometown government offices in Sylvan Lake, Orchard Lake, Keego Harbor or West Bloomfield, the Oakland County clerk's office in Pontiac, any Secretary of State office or by mail. This year, there is a new requirement to register to vote in Michigan. As of March 28, anyone wishing to register to vote must have a photo ID or a signed affidavit with proof of citizenship. If they do not have photo ID, …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Voters will decide on 1.25-mill, 14-year building and site sinking fund proposal in special election.
The 2013 election picture got a little clearer at the West Bloomfield School Board meeting Monday with the approval of a building site and sinking fund millage proposal. The district will ask voters to pass a 14-year, 1.25-mill ($1.25 per $1,000 of taxable valuation, or $125/year for taxpayers in a home with a taxable value of $100,000) proposal in a special election May 7. The first levy will, if approved, take place on July 1, 2013. The millage is expected to raise $30.25 million if approved for the district to use primarily on upgrades or repairs. The district's school enrollment and facilities committee identified $23.1 million in needed repairs, including $4.1 million of work at the high school, $9 million at the district's two …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
The West Bloomfield School Board will consider placing a building site and sinking fund millage proposal on the ballot in 2013 or 2014.
Edited: 1:55 p.m., Dec. 17 to remove information regarding building and site sinking fund The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at West Bloomfield High School. Follow along on Twitter at @WBloomfldPatch or Facebook at West Bloomfield Patch. View the proceedings by tuning in to Civic Center TV or watch the live stream online. View the complete agenda packet on Broadbook. The board will consider a resolution which would allow the Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society (GWBHS) to apply for state and national historic designation for Apple Island, the 35-acre island in Orchard Lake owned by the district since 1970. The board will also consider a resolution which would allow Western Michigan University students to conduct an …
Monday, November 26, 2012
First Chaldean-American elected to state legislature, Klint Kesto, rallies support in West Bloomfield.
Personally walking door-to-door introducing yourself might seem like tedious work for a candidate running for office, but for elected State Representative Klint Kesto (R-39th District) it marked a path to history. When Kesto announced victory Nov. 6 in the hotly-contested race for an open seat over Democrat Pam Jackson, at Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield, he said it wasn't about him as much as the community which made him the first Chaldean-American elected to the position of House representative in Michigan. There are more than 120,000 Chaldeans in Michigan (a colloquial term referring to Iraqi Christians, of whose ancestry dates to Historical Babylon) and growing in a time when many are leaving the state, said Chaldean-…
Monday, November 12, 2012
The Oakland County executive proved he's a stand-up guy during an Election Night appearance in Royal Oak.
As Democrats celebrated election victories Tuesday in Michigan and across the country, the mood at the Emagine Royal Oak theater complex, where more than 200 Oakland County Republicans gathered, was a mixed bag. That is, until L. Brooks Patterson, 73, changed the energy of room. “He gave some remarks and then he told us he had a surprise for us – and then he stood up on his own,” said former Royal Oak Mayor Dennis Cowan. “Everyone burst into applause.” Patterson, elected to his sixth term as Oakland County Executive on Nov. 6, was injured in a crash in August that left him hospitalized at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac for five weeks after suffering almost a dozen broken bones. He returned to work in October using a wheelchair and …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
The 'emergency manager law' was the only one of six statewide ballot proposals which West Bloomfield voters supported Nov. 6.
Could the Greater West Bloomfield area be considered a new election bellwether? Seventy-four percent of registered residents voted in the majority on five of six statewide ballot proposals, among other votes presaging winners. West Bloomfield residents turned out at a total rate of 74.66 percent, including 37,866 ballots cast from 50,721 registered voters. Most of those physically went to the polls on election day: 22,251 voters visited a precinct, while 15,615 turned in absentee ballots. Most supported proposal 1, to allow the approval of the Emergency Manager Law in Michigan. Victories for the Democratic Party possibly establishing West Bloomfield voters as trendsetters included incumbent President Barack Obama over Gov. Mitt Romney (56-…