Tomorrow Bessemer voters will determine whether or not to continue a millage
Written by Jesse Baroka on May 6, 2019
BESSEMER – Tomorrow Bessemer voters will determine whether or not to continue a millage for the Bessemer Area Schools. The Bessemer board of education is promoting the suggested 2.05 millage rate in order to fund long-delayed maintenance at both of its schools; as well as technological upgrades, security needs and construction of a garage to protect buses used by the district. Bessemer Schools Superintendent Dave Wineburner has described the proposed millage as a “no-tax-increase bond proposal” or “a continuation of our current levy” because, if approved, it will follow on the heels of a separate millage that just succeeded in paying off the district’s outstanding bonds which also was based on a rate of 2.05 mills. According to the school board, the millage translates to estimated annual taxes of $205 per year for a home valued at $100,000 or $51.25 per year for a home valued at $25,000. That will translate to $1.3 million that the board expects to share fairly evenly between Washington Elementary School and A.D. Johnston Junior and Senior High School for projects like roofing, foundation work, security upgrades, boiler system repairs and upgrades among others. Polls for tomorrows election will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. in the Bessemer City Hall in Bessemer and in the Bessemer Township Hall in Ramsay.