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Voters approve Headlee Override proposal

Voters Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a Headlee Override millage proposal — with 4,060 yes and 1,926 no votes to bring the district’s operating millage back up to 18 mills on non-homestead properties.

The approval, which will allow the recapture of a projected loss in revenue of $250,000 next year and increased amounts after that, also adds a 1-mill buffer in the event of future reductions to the operating millage through 2026.

Superintendent Craig Hoeskstra thanked the community for getting out to the polls and supporting restoration of the rollback, allowing the full rate of funding.

“This allows us to best support the quality experience our students absolutely deserve,” he said.

The district’s revenue was  reduced by the Headlee Amendment, a 1978 law that automatically rolls back the millage rate to equal the rate of inflation in order to keep property taxes from increasing more than that. It decreases the amount of mills a district can levy, or collect, when property values increase faster than the rate of inflation. 

Because of that, this year Wyoming only levied 17.5508 mills, even though 18 mills is the norm and state-authorized maximum millage that can be levied on non-homestead properties. This equates to a loss of approximately $180,000 this year, or $42 per pupil, said Matt Lewis, assistant superintendent for Finance and Administrative Services.

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Erin Albanese
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 or email Erin.

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