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Hello! Here's some bond details as presented:

BOND ISSUE

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The Official Notice:

 

NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS AND ELECTORS

OF THE CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF ORION

OF INTENT TO ISSUE BONDS

AND THE RIGHT OF REFERENDUM RELATING THERETO

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Charter Township of Orion, County of Oakland, State of Michigan (the “Township”), intends to issue and sell its general obligation limited tax bonds pursuant to Act 34, Public Acts of Michigan, 2001, as amended, in an aggregate principal amount of not to exceed Fifteen Million Dollars ($15,000,000), in one or more series, for the purpose of paying all or part of the cost of acquiring, constructing, furnishing and equipping a new Township Hall Facility, together with all related site improvements, appurtenances and attachments.

SOURCE OF PAYMENT OF BONDS

THE PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON SAID BONDS SHALL BE PAYABLE from the funds of the Township lawfully available for such purposes including property taxes levied within applicable constitutional and statutory tax rate limitations.

BOND DETAILS

SAID BONDS will be payable in annual installments not to exceed twenty (20) in number and will bear interest at the rate or rates to be determined at a public or private sale but in no event to exceed the maximum rate permitted by law on the balance of the bonds from time to time remaining unpaid.

RIGHT OF REFERENDUM

THE BONDS WILL BE ISSUED WITHOUT A VOTE OF THE ELECTORS UNLESS A PETITION REQUESTING SUCH A VOTE SIGNED BY NOT LESS THAN 10% OF THE REGISTERED ELECTORS RESIDING WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE TOWNSHIP IS FILED WITH THE TOWNSHIP CLERK WITHIN FORTY-FIVE (45) DAYS AFTER PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. IF SUCH PETITION IS FILED, THE BONDS MAY NOT BE ISSUED WITHOUT AN APPROVING VOTE OF A MAJORITY OF THE QUALIFIED ELECTORS RESIDING WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE TOWNSHIP VOTING THEREON.

THIS NOTICE is given pursuant to the requirements of Section 517, Act 34, Public Acts of Michigan, 2001, as amended.

Penny S. Shults

Township Clerk

Charter Township of Orion

Our initial call to action:

There have been several social media posts and we started a campaign on change.org, but that petition won't hold up alone. We need township residents to sign hard copy versions of the petition for submittal to the township clerk's office! We're walking the petitions door to door in order to gather signatures every day!

Find out more!

Statements from "some" township officials in response:

The township board held a special presentation meeting at 6:00pm August 8, 2019 to "quell" the sudden argument to their having voted 6-1 for moving forward with a $15,000,000.00 bond, "no public vote necessary". They showed us what's wrong with the current building (it does need repairs) and then offered "plans" without any significant level of detail for a NEW complex of buildings that would be built on a 76 acre property the township had acquired. They offered the following:

  • In verbiage only "the repayment of the bond will come from landfill money and POTENTIAL additional revenue gained through the medical marijuana facility" - RED FLAG! - they didn't provide any budget information for the project, only that they expected the overall cost to come in lower than $15MM, so they're being judicious in their judgment, right? WRONG! - Read the OFFICIAL NOTICE, it ONLY SPEAKS TO TAXES FOR REPAYMENT!
  • There were several questions laid out in the 7/15/19 meeting that should've swayed the officials to vote no from the start, problem was, they already had their minds made up and this is the problem with silo'd group think. Check out the video archive from that meeting, one of the trustee's (John Steimel) plainly stated "...I'm an insider and I don't even understand this...."
  • The Township will provide additional details on 8/19/19. We'll be listening. We can't wait to see three bids, we can't wait to see proposed budgets, we can't wait to see proposed schedules, we can't wait to see how they're using the space the fire department used to take up in the building since they received new offices.
  • "There's a lot of misinformation being presented on social media" - that statement was actually made by a township official. We don't dispute that can happen. But when your township officials actually try to pass a bond of this size without a vote, who do you think might be in the wrong?

Our response

We're sticking to facts and presenting petitions as is required by the official notice:

  • NO SMOKE, NO MIRRORS, NO BULL!
  • WE BELIEVE OUR DEPUTIES NEED IMPROVED FACILITIES! OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS SHOULDN'T BE USING THEM AS PAWNS TO OBTAIN A NEW BUILDING!
  • WE BELIEVE THE TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS SHOULD HAVE BEEN PRESENTED WITH A BETTER PLAN BEFORE THIS WENT TO A VOTE!
  • WE BELIEVE THERE ARE UNEXPLORED OPTIONS THAT PROVIDE BETTER VALUE FOR THE TAXPAYING CITIZENS AND REGISTERED VOTERS OF ORION TOWNSHIP!
  • WE KNOW OUR AREA IS DEPENDENT ON A CYCLICAL MANUFACTURING BUSINESS MODEL, WHO ON OUR BOARD TOOK THAT INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN THEY VOTED YES?
  • WHERE ARE THE WRITTEN PROTECTIONS THAT GUARANTEE OUR RESIDENTS NO TAX INCREASE BECAUSE OF THIS BOND?

$508.47, per registered voter, plus interest

That's the rough cost of the bond to the taxpayer if the "potential" revenue streams fail....again, PLEASE READ THE NOTICE!

Questions?

Please reach out to us through the contact us link!

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