On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at the General Election, voters in the
Rockford Public School District will be asked to consider renewing the current assessment of 18 mills on non-homestead properties.
There are two very important things to understand about this request:
- This is a renewal of the current assessment of 18 mills on non-homestead properties. Non-homestead properties are primarily properties that have not been designated as a primary residence.
- The request will appear as two proposals on the ballot (explained below), and both proposals must pass in order to reinstate the full 18 mills.
- This millage provides approximately 6.8%, or over $5.5 million, of the school district’s annual budget.
NOVEMBER 6, 2018
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 2014. The current millage expires with the 2018 tax levy.
WHY IS THIS ISSUE ON THE BALLOT NOW?
Under Proposal A, renewal of the 18 mills is required periodically by voters in order for the district to continue collecting this millage. Because our authorization expires in 2018, 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 18 mills that voters are being asked to approve is used to fund a significant part of the school district’s operating budget. Approximately 6.8%, or over $5.5 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 of the 18 mills non-homestead were not approved, Rockford Public Schools would lose more than $5.5 million (6.8%) of funding for the 2018-19 school year and a similar amount each following year. Voter approval is the only way the district can receive these dollars. Losing over $5.5 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 17.1268 mills due to the Headlee Amendment. Therefore, in November, voters will have the option to:
- renew the 17.1268 mills (Proposal I), AND
- reinstate the full 18 mills through an increase of .8732 mill as statutorily permitted by the State (Proposal II)
IN ORDER TO REINSTATE THE FULL 18 MILLS, BOTH PROPOSALS MUST PASS
WHAT ABOUT ABSENTEE BALLOTS?
Applications for absentee ballots will be available from your local township or city clerk on or before Saturday, September 22, 2018.
WHEN IS THE ELECTION?
- Tuesday, November 6, 2018
- Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Last day to register to vote in this election is October 9, 2018
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 below.
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.
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 17.1268 mills ($17.1268 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 4 years, 2019 to 2022, 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 2019 is approximately $5,248,763 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2018 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 .8732 mill ($0.8732 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 4 years, 2019 to 2022, 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 2019 is approximately $267,605 (this millage is to restore millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963)?
Voting on November 6, 2018 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||Resurrection Life Church, 3233 – 10 Mile Rd.|
|Cannon Township – 874.6966||1||West Cannon Baptist Church, 5760 Cannonsburg Rd|
|2 & 3||Bella Vista Church, 5100 Belding Rd|
|4||Cannon Township Center, 6878 Belding Road NE|
|5||Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, 7979 Belding Road NE|
|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||Plainfield Township Office, 6161 Belmont Ave|
|2||Plainfield Christian Church, 7255 Pine Island Dr|
|Clerks Office – 726.8884||6||Blythefield Hills Baptist Church, 6727 Kuttshill Dr|
|9||Grace Fellowship Church, 735 Buth Ave|
|10||Assumption BVM Catholic Church, 6390 Belmont Ave|
|11||Tribes Church, 6070 Kuttshill Dr|
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 6, 2018 ELECTION?
Please call the Rockford Public Schools Administration Office at 863-6555.