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Millage renewal on ballot for Kelloggsville this May

Kelloggsville – Kelloggsville Public Schools is asking voters to approve an operating millage renewal set to expire this year when they go to the polls on Tuesday, May 4.

The millage request is a renewal to be levied against non-homestead property, with principal-residence properties exempt from being taxed by the proposal. The tax was due to expire in 2019, but voters renewed it then in a 301-154 for two more years. This May’s request would extend the renewal for another two years.

In an April 23 letter, Kelloggsville Superintendent Samuel Wright said that because the request is a renewal on business properties and second homes, it would not cost the owner of a primary residence any additional taxes.

He added that over the years, Kelloggsville has benefited from the support of its residents who, when asked, “have supported millages that provide essential funds for our school and students.”

Eric Alcorn, director of human resources for the district, said that the renewal of the current assessment of the 18 mills on non-homestead properties reflects no tax increase and will generate almost $3.5 million, or approximately 13% of the district’s annual budget in 2022.

“This specific tax renewal helps to fund current programs and activities for Kelloggsville students.” Alcorn noted.

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Phil de Haan covers East Grand Rapids, Kelloggsville, is lead reporter for Grand Rapids and also is the point person for the SNN Facebook and Twitter feeds. He hails from Exeter, Ontario, but has called Grand Rapids home since 1985. He is the son of a longtime public school teacher who taught both English and machine shop! Phil took both classes at South Huron District High School, but English stuck, and at Calvin College, where he met his wife, Sue, he majored in English and minored in journalism. His background includes both freelance writing and public relations work, including teaching an advertising and PR course at the college level. In the summer of 2019, he began his own freelance writing and communications business. In his spare time, Phil plays pick-up hockey and pickleball and tries to keep tabs on his two adult children. Read Phil's full bio

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