This is a renewal of the non-homestead operating millage which has been in place since 1994 with the passage of Proposal A. Okemos voters last approved an operating millage in 2007. This is not a new tax.
Under Proposal A, renewal of our operating millage is required periodically. Because our current authorization expires in 2021, we need voter approval to continue collecting these funds which will help to maintain district programs.
What is a non-homestead property? Non-homestead properties include land and buildings such as businesses, rental properties, and vacation homes, that are not designated as a primary residence. This millage would maintain the current levy of 18 mills for non-homestead properties.
The millage would make up approximately $9.3 million, or 17%, of the district’s $54.9 million annual operating budget. Losing approximately $9.3 million each year would have a significant impact on district programs. Voter approval is the only way the district would receive these funds.
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What is the Ballot Language?
OKEMOS PUBLIC SCHOOLS OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL
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 2021 tax levy.
“Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 19.8661 mills ($19.8661 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 Okemos Public Schools, Ingham County, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 10 years, 2022 to 2031, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and 18 mills are levied in 2022 is approximately $9,317,800 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2021 tax levy)?”
Where Can I Find Out More?
To find out more information see the Frequently Asked Questions about this Operating Millage Renewal on the Okemos Public Schools website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org