On Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at the General Election, voters in the Rockford Public School District will be asked to consider renewing the current assessment of millage on non-homestead properties.
There are two very important things to understand about these proposals:
- This is a renewal of the current assessment of 16.5992 mills on non-homestead properties and a second proposal adding millage that would allow the school district to levy not to exceed the statutory rate of 18 mills on all non-homestead property.
- This millage provides approximately 6.8%, or over $7.2 million, of the school district’s annual budget.
NOVEMBER 8, 2022
Informational webpage paid for by Rockford Public Schools, 350 N. Main Street, Rockford, MI 49341
Questions and Answers
The following questions and answers are provided for your information so that you may cast an informed vote.
WHAT IS MEANT BY HOMESTEAD AND
When Michigan voters passed Proposal A in 1993, Michigan’s property taxes for schools were restructured and reduced. Property was divided into two categories: homestead and non-homestead. A homestead property is your primary residence (the home where you live). Non-homestead properties include land and buildings such as businesses, rental properties and vacation homes that have not been designated as a primary residence.
IS THIS A NEW TAX?
No. This millage has been in place since 1994 with the passage of Proposal A. RPS voters last approved a levy for 18 mills on non-homestead property in November 2018. The current millage expires with the 2022 tax levy.
WHY IS THIS ISSUE ON THE BALLOT NOW?
Under Proposal A, approval of the operating millage is required periodically by voters in order for the district to continue collecting this millage. Because our authorization expires in 2022, we need voter approval to continue collecting these dollars, which are crucial in maintaining Rockford’s educational programs.
HOW WILL THIS AFFECT HOMEOWNERS?
If approved, homeowners will not see an increase in their property taxes. In other words, this millage renewal will not change the taxes on your primary residence. This tax is levied on non-homestead properties only, such as commercial properties and second homes.
HOW MUCH OF OUR LOCAL SCHOOL BUDGET DOES THIS NON-HOMESTEAD MILLAGE FUND?
The current assessment of operating millage that voters are being asked to consider is used to fund a significant part of the school district’s operating budget. Approximately 6.8%, or over $7.2 million, of the annual budget comes from the 18-mill non-homestead tax assessment.
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THIS MILLAGE DOES NOT PASS?
If the request for the renewal and increase of the operating millage on non-homestead were not approved, Rockford Public Schools would lose more than $7.2 million (6.8%) of funding for the 2022-23 school year and a similar amount each following year. Voter approval is the only way the district can receive these dollars. Losing over $7.2 million of the district’s operating budget would have a major impact on the educational programs offered to students and the community.
WHY IS THIS REQUEST PRESENTED AS TWO SEPARATE BALLOT PROPOSALS?
Voters will be asked to consider two separate proposals for the district’s non-homestead operating millage. When Proposal A was enacted in 1993, all public school districts in Michigan had the opportunity to request voter approval of 18 mills to be levied on non-homestead properties. Over the past four years, Rockford’s 18 mills has been reduced to 16.5992 mills due to the Headlee Amendment. Therefore, in November, voters will have the option to:
- Renew the 16.5992 mills (Proposal I), and
- Adding millage to allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all non-homestead property
WHAT ABOUT ABSENTEE BALLOTS?
Applications for absentee ballots will be available from your local township or city clerk on or before Saturday, September 29, 2022.
WHEN IS THE ELECTION?
- Tuesday, November 8, 2022
- Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Last day to register to vote in this election is October 24, 2022
WHERE DO I VOTE?
Voting will take place at the polling locations which have been designated by your local township/city clerk. Contact and precinct information are included in this brochure.
WHAT IS THE BALLOT LANGUAGE
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 2022 tax levy.
Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 16.5992 mills ($16.5992 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 Rockford Public Schools, Kent County, Michigan be renewed for a period of 4 years, 2023 to 2026, 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 2023 is approximately $6,666,361 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2022 tax levy)?
OPERATING MILLAGE PROPOSAL
This proposal will allow the school district 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.
Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Rockford Public Schools, Kent County, Michigan, be increased by 3 mills ($3.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 5 years, 2022-2026, 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 2022 is approximately $562,571 (this millage is to restore millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and will be levied only to the extent necessary to restore that reduction)?
Voting on November 8, 2022 will take place at the following polling locations:
|Township/City||Precinct #||Precinct Location|
|Algoma Township – 866.1583||1 & 2||Algoma Baptist Church – Gymnasium, 10515 Grange Ave NE|
|3||Kent County Road Commission – North, 11723 White Creek Ave.|
|Clerks Office – 866.1583||4 & 5||The City Church, 3233 – 10 Mile Rd.|
|Cannon Township – 874.6966||1, 2 & 3||Bella Vista Church, 5100 Belding Rd|
|4||Cannon Township Center, 6878 Belding Road NE|
|5 & 6||Crossroads Wesleyan Church, 8331 Myers Lake Ave|
|City of Rockford – 866.1537||1 & 2||City of Rockford, City Hall, 7 Monroe St|
|Courtland Township – 866.0622||1||Courtland Fire Station #2, 9535 Myers Lake Ave|
|2||Rockford Springs Community Church, 5815 – 14 Mile Rd|
|3||Courtland Township Hall, 7450 – 14 Mile Rd|
|Grattan Township – 691.8450||1||Grattan Township Hall, 12050 Old Belding Rd|
|2||Fire Station, 12134 Old Belding Rd|
|Oakfield Township – 754.5679||1||Oakfield Township Hall, 10300 – 14 Mile Rd|
|Plainfield Township – 364.8466||1||Belmont Baptist Church, 6446 Belmont Ave NE|
|2||Plainfield Christian Church, 7255 Pine Island Dr|
|Clerks Office – 726.8884||6||Magnify Church, 6727 Kuttshill Dr|
|9||Grace Fellowship Church, 735 Buth Ave|
|10||Assumption BVM Catholic Church, 6390 Belmont Ave|
|11||Blythfield Christian Reformed Church, 6350 Kuttshill Dr NE|
Should you have any questions regarding your assigned polling location, please contact your local township/city clerk.
WHERE CAN I GET ANSWERS TO OTHER QUESTIONS I MAY HAVE
ABOUT THE NOVEMBER 8, 2022 ELECTION?
Please call the Rockford Public Schools Administration Office at 863-6555.