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Updated: April 23, 2015

Proposal 1: Frequently Asked Questions

What does Proposal 1 do?

Proposal 1 is a statewide initiative to guarantee funding for safe roads. Voters will decide on May 5 whether to:

·         Create a funding stream that the Constitution guarantees must go to roads, bridges and transportation. No longer would the Legislature be able to divert state taxes we pay at the pump to nontransportation purposes.

·         Require road builders to warranty the roads they build. (Violators of the warranty would pay for subsequent repairs.)

·         Replace the revenue local communities and schools would lose from the sales tax on gas by increasing the sales tax from 6 to 7 percent. (Groceries and prescription drugs will continue to be exempt from the sales tax.)

·         Create a constitutional protection for the School Aid Fund, directing 100 percent of School Aid Fund revenue to K-12 schools and community colleges.


What does the money raised by these increases go toward?

The funds raised will largely go toward transportation, schools, local governments and the Earned Income Tax Credit that helps low income wage earners in the state.


Will this be like the Lottery-a promise to schools that is taken away? Won't the state just continue to raid the Fund?

·         While the Lottery does deposit 100 percent of its profits in the School Aid Fund, it is a small amount of a much larger budget.

·         In the past, the Legislature removed state general funds from schools when they wanted to take money. There is no longer any real amount of General Fund dollars going to schools, just dedicated money the Legislature cannot touch.

·         The Constitution will be amended in Proposal 1 to dedicate all School Aid Fund dollars to K-12 education and community colleges. School aid money could not go toward roads or other state programs. Current language says that universities also can receive School Aid Fund money and this proposal would ban the use for higher education.


How much money currently goes to community colleges and higher education? Will this end that?

Last year, community colleges received $197.6 million and universities received $204.5 million out of the School Aid Fund. This proposal would not allow school aid dollars to fund universities. Yes, it will allow the community colleges to receive funds, but their total budget is $393.8 million. The university budget totals $1.5 billion, obviously a much bigger liability for school aid dollars.


Why is the Proposal so long and so many bills needed to pass it?

There are about a dozen bills that were needed to enact everything in this Proposal. This was due to the need to make changes in various laws so that everything would work together. It is not possible to change different laws in one piece of legislation. For example, different bills were needed to amend the sales tax, motor fuel tax, Constitution and road warranties.


Is public transit receiving money from this Proposal?

Under current law, public transit gets a small portion of transportation funding and that will continue under Proposal 1.


Does Proposal 1 affect my federal tax return?

There are some who believe that because there is a change in the motor vehicle registration process that fee will no longer be deductible on federal taxes. Gov. Rick Snyder disagrees with that analysis, but has said he would help push a legislative fix if that was deemed to be accurate.


What is the current condition of Michigan roads?

Thirty-eight percent of Michigan's state and locally owned urban roads and 32 percent of the state and locally owned rural roads are in poor condition, according to the national transportation research group TRIP.[1]


Do poor road conditions reflect unsafe roads?

Law enforcement leaders who are members of the Safe Roads Yes! coalition report their officers expressing concern about high-speed driving to emergency calls. EMTs are trying to insert needles into patients while being jolted on potholed roads. Young drivers-in-training are being taught how to address potholes along with their usual driving lessons. Overall, poor roads are creating unsafe situations for drivers. Even opponents of this proposal admit that it's time to do something. They disagree with the measures in the proposal, but don't dispute its need. They also don't offer a viable plan that will fix the roads without massive cuts to other essential state programs and services, such as education, health care and public safety.


Opponents argue that Michigan should use existing state money to fix roads and bridges. What would that look like?

·         Bringing Michigan's roads and bridges up from poor condition using today's state budget would require drastic cuts to funding for local communities, schools, public safety officers and other budget priorities-all areas that have sustained substantial reductions over the last 15 years.

·         Ohio-a state with a similar climate and road system-annually invests over $1 billion more on its roads than Michigan.[2]

·         Waiting longer to fix Michigan's roads will ultimately raise the cost of repair. For every $1 invested in maintaining our roads and bridges, they say taxpayers save at least $6 in reconstruction costs.[3] Studies show that nearly $3 million is lost daily and over $1 billion is lost annually in the value of the state's transportation due to poor and unsafe road conditions.


Opponents characterize Proposal 1 as a "special interest money grab" because it sends money to places other than roads. Is this true?

Proposal 1 does fund several other state priorities along with transportation-some intended to reduce the impact of the Proposal on low-income families. For instance, the Earned Income Tax Credit for working families would be restored to 2010 levels, to help ameliorate the regressive impact of the sales tax on low-income wage earners. Additional resources will go to state schools and revenue sharing for townships and cities, which have suffered in recent years, to help provide important services to Michigan citizens.


When was the last time Michigan raised taxes to pay for roads?

·         The last time Michigan raised taxes to pay for roads was 1997-18 years ago. Since then, inflation and more fuel-efficient automobiles have eroded the value of the gasoline tax in providing revenues for road repairs. In FY 2000-2001, the gasoline tax brought in $2.103 billion. Fifteen years later, in FY 2014-2015, gasoline tax revenues were $2.154 billion-virtually no growth at all. (If revenues had increased just by the rate of inflation, they would be at nearly $3 billion today.)

·         Proposal 1 promises to modernize our road funding system. Under Proposal 1, all state gas taxes we pay at the pump are guaranteed in the Constitution to go to transportation.


What role do heavy trucks play in destroying Michigan's roads?

·         The Michigan Department of Transportation has thoroughly studied this issue, and has found that the most important factor when it comes to truck weight is the amount of weight distributed on each truck axle.

·         Engineers and researchers say that the effect of heavy trucks is overestimated. They say that if truck weight were a major factor, roads outside of heavy shipping corridors such as I-94 and I-96 would be in better condition. They further argue that reducing truck weight limits could cause more damage to Michigan's road system, since more trucks would be needed to move the same cargo-increasing traffic congestion and raising safety concerns. After examining data and research, other states are considering adopting truck axle weight laws like Michigan's.


How would this Proposal promote public safety?

·         Fixing Michigan's roads will make them safer by repairing dangerous potholes and improving roadway design. Today, many drivers swerve to avoid dangerous potholes or lose control of their vehicles as a result of flat tires. According to TRIP, roadway design is a contributing factor in about one-third of fatal traffic crashes.[4]

·         Between 2008 and 2012, 4,620 people died in Michigan car accidents-an average of 924 fatalities per year. 4


Opponents argue that there is already enough money in the state budget to fund bridge and road improvements.

·         According to statements by Gov. Rick Snyder-as well as Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-West Olive) and Republican House Speaker Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant), two of the Legislature's most respected and conservative members-there is not money available in the existing budget.

·         The vast majority of Michigan's $52 billion budget comprises federal funds that must be used for some purpose other than roads. Michigan now spends less per resident on roads than any other state. What's more, Michigan's roads and bridges have suffered neglect from state legislators who have for years used road taxes to balance the budget in other areas. Proponents say this Proposal solves two problems-it guarantees funds for safer Michigan roads by guaranteeing that every penny of state fuel taxes goes to transportation.

[1] TRIP, News Release, 12/3/14:

[2] Michigan Department of Transportation; 2010 U.S. Census Data.

[3] American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and The Road Information Project. (2009). "Rough Roads Ahead: Fix Them Now or Pay for It Later."  

[4] TRIP, Michigan Transportation by the Numbers, January 2014:

School of Choice Openings 2015-2016

Updated: April 23, 2015

School of Choice Applications
For 2015/2016
Limited Seats in Grades K-12!

Application Packets may be picked up at the
Board of Education Office
14600 Dix Toledo

May 4  through June 6, 2015

Monday thru Friday
Between the hours of 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
And 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

For more information contact
734-246-4600 x 6208


School of Choice


Limited seats are available in grades K-12

Applications will be accepted from May 4 through June 6, 2015


Southgate Board of Education Offices

14600 Dix Toledo Rd.

734-246-4600  x-6208


Monday thru Friday

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Available openings

Anderson Announcements

Updated: April 23, 2015

"Create your best mask and come celebrate "A Night of Mystery" at this year's junior / senior prom, proudly hosted by the class of 2015 on May 8 from 7-11 at Burton Manor in Livonia. Tickets are $60 / single and $100 / couple. Tickets will be on sale from April 20-April 24 during 2nd lunch in the cafeteria & after school in Mrs. Furkas's room. "
Attention INCOMING varsity football players.  Your away jersey money is due Friday, April 24 to Coach Vilardi.  The cost is $75.  Please make checks payable to Southgate Football.
Attention all AP English 11 students: There is a free, optional practice exam on Saturday, May 2nd at 8am in the Media Center.  See Mrs. Warren with questions.
Attention all Juniors: Class Congress needs you!  Attention active members: you must actually be ACTIVE to earn activity credits for this year.  See Mrs. Warren or Mrs. Doyle if you have questions.  Our next meeting is TODAY, Wednesday, in Mrs. Warren's room at 2:45 for 20 minutes.

All students who are attending prom must pick up a prom registration form from the main office or Mrs. Furkas's room. This form also has the guest pass which must be filled out before you purchase your prom ticket. Guest passes require a building principal's signature so PLEASE get the form this week. Thanks!

The next Big Brothers activity is Thursday, April 30th in the multi-purpose room. Please report directly to the multi-purpose room for 2nd hour and attendance will be taken.

Final library due date for Seniors to return all books to the library is May 11.

A representative from Eastern Michigan University will be available during both lunches on Tuesday, May 5th.  Any interested student is welcome to stop by for information!

Powder Buff Players & Coaches, please get your form and $ into Mrs. Furkas ASAP. She's ordering shirts on Thursday! Stop by before or after school or between classes.

Job Posting

Updated: April 21, 2015

  Position:    Social Worker - Full time, ½ time Special Education, and ½ time General Education
Location:   Asher Adult and Alternative Education 
Grade Level(s):  9 - 12th grade

Candidate must be certified by the Michigan Department of Education in Social Work.
Qualifications:  Licensed LMSW or LLMSW and MDE approval for School Social Worker.

Candidate will assist General Education and Special Education students to reach academic and effective behavioral goals by providing crisis intervention and resources/referrals for daily living needs. Social Worker will also interview and inform students and families regarding program and enrollment.

Starting Date:                August, 2015
Posting Dates:               April 21, 2015 - Until Filled

APPLY TO: website under
Human Resources Department.
Questions or concerns may be directed to
Geri Shivel at 734-246-4600 ext. 6229.

Annual Heritage Cup Golf Outing

Updated: April 21, 2015

6th Annual Heritage Cup Golf Outing
Proceeds provide scholarships to  graduating high school seniors residing in Southgate.
June 12, 2015
12:00 noon
Southwinds Golf Course-Southgate
For more Information:

Kindergarten Enrollment

Updated: March 06, 2015

Children who are five years old on or before September 1, 2015, are eligible to attend Kindergarten. If your child will be turning 5 before December 1, 2015 please contact your local elementary school or central office for more information at 734-246-4600.
Registration packets may be picked up at any elementary school or the board office beginning February 23, 2015. Please return completed registration packets before March 20, 2015, to ensure a spot at your neighborhood/local school. Before registration can be completed you will need to provide:
1. Birth Certificate
2. 2 Proofs of Residency
3. Child’s Record of Immunization

4. District Enrollment Forms
Full-day Kindergarten is being offered at all elementary schools.
Kindergarten Orientation Meetings
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 @ 6:00 p.m.
At the Elementary where your child/ren will attend.
Kindergarten Registration Flyer

District-Wide Title I Parent Meeting

Updated: February 25, 2015

District-Wide Title I Parent Meeting
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Grogan Elementary
13300 Burns
6:00 p.m.

Lunch Survey for Anderson and Davidson

Updated: February 23, 2015

Students, please complete this survey from Food Services about the school lunches:


Please vote on May 5th!!
Updated: April 23, 2015

School of Choice Openings 2015-2016
Updated: April 23, 2015

Anderson Announcements
Updated: April 23, 2015

Job Posting
Updated: April 21, 2015

Annual Heritage Cup Golf Outing
Updated: April 21, 2015

Kindergarten Enrollment
Updated: March 06, 2015

District-Wide Title I Parent Meeting
Updated: February 25, 2015

Lunch Survey for Anderson and Davidson
Updated: February 23, 2015