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FPS Operating Millage Proposal

Non-Homestead Millage Proposal 
  • What is it?
    • THIS IS NOT A BOND & DOES NOT APPLY TO HOMEOWNERS. This is Fennville Schools' ongoing renewal request for the operating millage (general fund-regular, day-to-day operations) that is part of how the State of Michigan organizes school funding as set by Proposal A in 1994.
  • Who pays this millage?
    • This millage, if approved, would be paid by owners of second homes, businesses and all other non-principal residence properties. If you own one home, you WOULD NOT PAY this millage.
  • What does it change?
    • NOTHING. This is a renewal for the 18 mills that is expected by the State of Michigan.  The renewal is for 18.2 plus an extra .5 mills to allow for anticipated reductions from Headlee over the next four (4) years.
Why right now?
The operating millage was renewed 2 years ago and will expire in December 2024. The State of Michigan assumes that all schools collect 18 mills. 
Why does Fennville Public Schools have this millage?
All State of Michigan schools have an operating millage as it is part of how the State of Michigan organizes school funding, starting when Proposal A was passed in 1994.
Does it raise my home taxes?
NO, the proposal includes a renewal of 18.2192 mills ($18.2192 on each $1,000 of taxable value and an increase of 0.5 mills ($0.50 on each $1,000 of taxable value) to protect against Headlee Amendment rollbacks. In addition, if you own one home, you do not currently pay this millage and you would not pay this millage if passed. Therefore, if you own one home, no matter the result, this will not affect your taxes. 
Doesn't the State of Michigan fund school operations?
Each year, the State of Michigan sets a per pupil foundation allowance for Michigan which is the main revenue source for general operations. For example, if a school has 1,500 students and the per pupil foundation allowance is $9,500 then the school will receive 14.25 million. However, this is not all paid for by the State of Michigan. The 14.25 million will be made up of local tax and state funding. The State of Michigan assumes each school district will collect 18 mills of local property tax and subtracts that amount from the amount given in state funding. If the 18 mills is not collected from local taxes, the State of Michigan will not make up the difference and the school district simply loses that revenue. 
Why does it say not to exceed 18 mills but then authorize 18.2 + .5 mills?
By law, Michigan Schools can levy a maximum of 18 mills. The State of Michigan assumes all schools will collect 18 mills whether they do or not. If a school collected less than 18 mills their revenue is reduced. The amount authorized of 18.2 mills is Fennville Schools current millage, even though we only collect 18 mills. We authorize more than we collect to make sure that we do not fall below 18 mills and lose revenue. Headlee Rollback (Headlee Amendment to Michigan Constituition in 1978), will reduce the mills when annual taxable growth on existing property is greater than the rate of inflation. Thus, each year if Headlee reduces the 18.2 mills, Fennville Schools should fall below 18 mills and risk losing revenue.

What does the ballot look like?

Local School District
Fennville Public Schools Operating Millage 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 full revenue per pupil foundation allowance and restores millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963.

Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Fennville Public Schools, Allegan County, Michigan, be renewed by 18.2192 mills ($18.2192 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 4 years, 2025 to 2028, inclusive, and also be increased by .5 mill ($0.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) 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 18 mills are levied in 2025 is approximately $3,948,913 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2024 levy and the addition of millage which will be levied only to the extent necessary to restore millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the “Headlee” amendment to the Michigan Constitution of 1963)?

When are the polls open?

August 6, 2024