Don't believe the misleading over dramatic propaganda,
we are by no means on the fast track to doom, gloom and urban decay!
Learn the TRUTH, scroll down lower on this page to get the scoop!
Let us know what questions you have about
how a yes vote means Higher Taxes!
We are OUT of Signs!
While that may seem like a bad thing, it's actually a good thing!
We started out with the first batch on a shoestring budget, dontaions from that let us run a second bigger batch, which rolled into a third even bigger batch of signs!
Had we known there would be such an amazing demand we would have run 2,000 signs right from the get go...but we didn't have the deep pocket special interests writting us $1,000.00+ donation checks!
So when you see the giant yes signs think about the big money special interest groups that funded them. When you see the little Vote NO signs remember, these were paid for by actual residents in our community $2, $4 and $5 at a time!
While the NO signs may be smaller, they are everywhere all across Georgetown which we think speaks volumes about our concerened resident's who are fed up with wasteful spending and higher taxes and want to see common sense solutions that won't cost $19.000,000.00!
If you have an inkjet or laser printer and want to voice your opposition to more wasteful spending and higher taxes click the links below and print off a PDF sign of your own! Tape them to your car, staple them to a tree in front of your house or nail them to a stick and put it in your yard!
Prefer Jpeg Files, click below
|Voting No on a bad plan is by no means saying no to the future of our community. We have the funds on hand and the fiscally responsible solutions to take steps to improve our current situation. Our residents have offered many suggestions as to how we can meet our communitys needs for services as well as beautification, while at the same time still being good stewards of our township residents money. Each solution has been ignored or dismissed by our township board. The only solution they seem to offer is to ask us to put our township 19 million dollars in debt for a new oversized building without providing a single factual study that reflects an actual need. Meanwhile they have already spent over $5 million of our money on failed projects that they threaten will remain a blighted eye-sore if we dont agree to 19 Million Dollars of Future Debt.
The proposed 200 Chicago Dr. Multi-Use office will be 70,000 square feet. The township has yet to provide a breakdown of how the $19 million will be divided and state they will figure out how to spend the money after it is procured through a vote.
DID YOU KNOW?
Current Library: 1525 Baldwin - 15,500 sq feet
Built in 1989 when our population was 35,000, it was designed and constructed for a population growth reach of at least 45,000. With a vision for the future, architects intended building expansion for a population of up to 70,000 by doubling the facility size.
Township Office: 1515 Baldwin - 25,000 sq feet
Built in 1998, our township staff currently uses less than a 1/3 of the building.
In the past 25 years we have only grown by 12,159 residents. Our current 2014 population is 47,159.
Where is the proof/studies behind claims that the library space is not large enough and the studies showing that growth is limited on that site? We could use our Georgetown ingenuity and frugalness by swapping use of the library and township building where they are now. There could even be enough room in the current township offices to house both the senior center and the offices.
Senior Center: Many seniors we have talked to have stated they dont know anyone who uses it. Seniors who do use the center have said there is no issue with overcrowding. Seniors have also told us they like the current location and who wouldnt? Its a lovely spot on the lake.
Most of the senior population lives in private senior communities. Allen Springs, Oak Crest and Sunset which all have their own activity centers. Most all of our churches have senior programs as well.
We are not opposed to fixing the building, renovating it or even tearing down and constructing a new building at the 8th Avenue Park location. We would just like to see a study reflecting the actual usage and need. Bundling a new senior center into a $19 million plan without a breakdown of the costs is disingenuous.
Purchased by the township two weeks ago for $3 million.
The empty building has brought in more than $600,000.00 in property taxes over the last 10 years.
In 2012 the board had a closed door meeting to vote on the purchase the K-mart building for $1.6 million. All but two of the Township Board Members voted at that time to not purchase. Two weeks ago they purchased the Kmart building for $3 million and state they are relying on the bond passing in order to demolish it. When questioned if they have a Plan B if the bond doesnt pass, they stated they didnt have one. They want you to think we will be stuck with this building as it is if we dont pass the Bond, when in fact we have a $5 million cash reserve left that we can use to demolish it. Over the past 10 years Kmart has paid an average of $62,000 a year in taxes to the township, 77% of which goes to public education. Someone has to make up for that money and it will be the residents reaching into their wallets yet again.
We are greatly dismayed that the Board purchased this building before the Bond has even been voted on by you.
200 Baldwin: the Township has spent $2 million on buying out familys homes, evicting businesss in the former Jenison Office building, cutting down age old trees and knocking down the church which some consider to be a Jenison landmark, leaving us with a field of weeds. They told us it would be made into a Veterans Park and collected money for bricks. After the township put forth the $8.1 million new township offices plan and the residents loudly proclaimed their disapproval, they abandoned the project altogether. The Township has stated they have NO PLANS currently for that site. Township officials have stated there are some businesses interested in it, but no matter what, we will take a severe financial loss on that failed plan. $250,000 was spent on architectural plans that are now worthless. We have lost almost $40,000 a year in tax revenue by purchasing those properties.
This is not a School Bond and attempts by the Township to frame it as such are misleading and confusing to voters. The sale of the current township offices and library to JPS for its ECC business has not been finalized or confirmed. JPS is still looking at other locations for the ECC business. Plan is to sell to JPS for $1.2 million which is a fraction of the building and propertys actual value.
Current locations neither central to, nor serve as a community core the new location is located on the edge of our township and is even farther from the township core than the current location. Roughly 99% of Georgetown residents live west of proposed site.
New Location is NOT a good location
Its in a flood plain that has
flooded many times over the
A path leading behind the
location to 8th Avenue would
require children and seniors to
still cross Cottonwood, a high
traffic 4-lane road.
Bikers and pedestrians would
need to cross both Chicago
Drive, a 4 lane divided state
highway and railroad tracks to
get to the location.