Proposal S would lead to better schools, no new taxes

DETROIT — Voters can learn more about Proposal S, a bond referendum that will use $500.5 million in stimulus dollars to build new schools and modernize existing schools, through the Detroit Public Schools' website and a series of upcoming town hall meetings .

The website ( http://www.detroitk12.org/proposals ) states that taxes will not increase if Proposal S is approved. The funds, part of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan, would be available to the district at no- or low-interest bonds.

If Proposal S is approved, the local economy stands to benefit as well. The State of Michigan estimates that nearly 11,000 jobs will be created and $500.5 million will be spent in Detroit neighborhoods within a 3-year period.

DPS emergency financial manager Robert Bobb is discussing Proposal S at various town hall meetings:

  • King High School, 3200 E. Lafayette St., 5 p.m. Wednesday
  • Marcus Garvey, 2301 Van Dyke St., 7 p.m. Wednesday
  • Cooley, 15055 Hubbell Ave., 5 p.m. Oct. 20
  • Duffield, 2715 Macomb St., 7 p.m. Oct. 20
  • Durfee, 2470 Collingwood St., 5 p.m. Oct. 21
  • Northwestern, 2200 W. Grand Blvd., 5 p.m Oct. 27
  • Noble Elementary, 8646 Fullerton St., 7 p.m. Oct. 27
  • Bethune, 10825 Fenkell St., 5 p.m. Oct. 28
  • Mark Twain, 12800 Visger St., 7 p.m. Oct. 29

Visit http://www.detroitk12.org/proposals for more information, including a frequently asked questions section.