BEDFORD TOWNSHIP, MI (Toledo News Now) - On Tuesday night, Bedford School leaders closely watched election returns as more than $3 million was on the line.
One issue on the ballot in Bedford Township was the non-homestead tax, which is an $18 million levy that businesses, anyone with rental property and anyone who has a vacation home has to pay. It definitely brought people to the polls. All voters helped decide the issue, but the tax is only paid by those specific property owners.
If the renewal of the tax issue failed, Bedford Schools would be in an additional $3.3 million hole. Fortunately, district election officials in the township said the non-homestead tax was approved by voters.
The tax has been renewed every five years since it was originally passed back in 1994. It usually passes by a 2-1 or 3-1 margin. On Tuesday night, it passed by a 3-1 margin.
"This community has supported our school district for many, many years and as the community goes, is also how the business goes, and vice versa. So we have to be supportive of each other and our businesses are very supportive, not only with taxes, but with other donations and contributions," said Dr. Ted Magrum, Bedford Schools superintendent.
Magrum is very relieved. If the tax had been rejected, it would have added to the agony of issuing layoff notices to 45 teachers.
The levy will not have to go back on the ballot for another five years.