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Three millage requests on Aug. 8 ballot.

Hastings Area School System and Barry Intermediate School District non-homestead millage renewals are on the Aug. 8 ballot, along with a request for millage for fire equipment in Orangeville Township.

 

Hastings Area School System:

Voters will decide a request for a 10-year renewal of the current 17.9262 mills ($17.9262 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation), reduced from 18 mills by the Headlee Amendment, on non-homestead property.

 

The non-homestead millage renewal is for industrial, commercial and ‘second homes,’ and does not include a family’s primary residence.

The renewal is required for the school district to receive its per pupil foundation allowance from the state and renews the millage that will expire with the 2017 tax levy.

 If approved, an estimated $3,044,300 will be collected by the district in 2018.

 

Barry Intermediate School District:

This proposal requests additional millage to permit the levy by the Intermediate School District of the maximum mills for special education previously approved by voters.

 

The ballot language:

“Shall the current limitation on the annual property tax rate for the education of students with a disability in Barry Intermediate School District, Michigan, be increased by .7 mill ($0.70 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 10 years, 2017 to 2026, inclusive (.3631 mill of this increase will restore millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963, and will allow the intermediate school district to levy the maximum rate of 2.1875 mills previously approved by the electors; the remaining .3369 mill will only be levied to the extent necessary to restore a reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963); the estimate of the revenue the intermediate school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2017 is approximately $366,143.29?”

 

Also on the Aug. 8 ballot, Orangeville Township is asking an additional 0.75 mills for five years to purchase fire department equipment and apparatus raising an estimated $102,403 in the first year the millage is levied.

 

 

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