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.
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
Charter Township of Orion
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!
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:
We're sticking to facts and presenting petitions as is required by the official notice:
That's the rough cost of the bond to the taxpayer if the "potential" revenue streams fail....again, PLEASE READ THE NOTICE!
Please reach out to us through the contact us link!