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Non-homestead renewal up for vote in Kentwood Public Schools

The millage provides approximately 16.9 percent, or over $18.2 million, of the school district’s annual operating budget


Voters will consider on Tuesday, May 7 renewing the current 10-year operating millage, an assessment of 18 mills on non-homestead properties.

If approved, homeowners will not see an increase in their primary residence property tax. Non-homestead properties have not been designated as a primary residence, but are businesses, rental properties and vacation homes. The millage would be renewed through 2029.

The millage has been in place since 1994. Under Proposal A, a measure that changed the funding formula for the state’s public schools, a renewal of the 18 mills is required periodically by voters in order for the district to continue collecting the millage.

The millage provides approximately 16.9 percent, or over $18.2 million, of the school district’s annual operating budget. If not approved, the district would lose more than $18 million of funding for the 2020-21 school year, and a similar amount each following year.

“The non-homestead funding is critical to our everyday operations in Kentwood Public Schools,” said Superintendent Michael Zoerhoff. “Losing over $18 million of the district’s operating budget would have a major impact on the educational programs offered to our students and the community.”

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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