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VOTE - 2024 Operating Millage

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All Michigan school districts must levy 18 mills on non-homestead property to receive their full foundation allowance, the major source of funding for Michigan schools.

On October 9th, 2023, the Portland Public Schools Board of Education approved the placement of a non-homestead millage renewal question on the February ballot.

If approved, the proposal would allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on non-homestead property, in order for the school district to receive its full revenue per-pupil foundation allowance.

What taxpayers should know about the proposal

  • All Michigan school districts must levy 18 mills on non-homestead property to receive their full foundation allowance – the major source of funding for Michigan schools.
  • The 18-mill levy costs the primary residence homeowner zero dollars ($0 per year). Owned primary residences do not pay the 18-mill tax.
  • If approved, the operating millage proposal would renew the existing levy on non-homestead properties, which include businesses, vacation homes, investment and rental properties.
  • If the operating millage proposal does not pass, PPS per-pupil revenue would fall from $9,608 to approximately $8,872, which equates to an approximate loss of $1.5 million in district funding.
  • The district is proposing a renewal of 18 mills that was last approved by voters in 2020.
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Ballot Language

This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will
expire with the 2024 tax levy.

Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 18 mills ($18.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Portland Public Schools, Ionia, Clinton and Eaton Counties, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 4 years, 2025 to 2028, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2025 is approximately $1,527,817 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2024 tax levy)?

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