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Voters renew non-homestead operating millage for another two years

Kelloggsville — By a count of 486-240, or 67 percent, district voters Tuesday soundly approved an operating millage renewal that was set to expire this year. 

The renewal is for non-homestead property such as businesses and second homes, with principal-residence properties exempt from being taxed by the proposal. The 18-mill tax was due to expire in 2019, but voters renewed it then for two more years. The May 4 approval extends the renewal for another two years.

Related story: Kentwood voters approve major bond request 

In an April 23 letter, Kelloggsville Superintendent Samuel Wright said 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.”

The same was true again in 2021, and Eric Alcorn, director of human resources for the district, told SNN that this most-recent approval is not taken for granted by anyone in the district. His message to voters was succinct: “Thank you for your continued support of Kelloggsville Public Schools and the trust you have in us to make sound educational decisions for the district and our students.”

The renewal of the current 18 mills assessed 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, adding that the funds will support important district priorities such as maintaining small class sizes and before- and after-school programming.

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Phil de Haan covers East Grand Rapids and Kelloggsville and is the lead reporter for Grand Rapids. He hails from Exeter, Ontario (but has called Grand Rapids home since 1985) and 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 journalism and public relations, including teaching an advertising and PR course at the college level for almost a decade. In the summer of 2019, he began his own writing and communications business, de Haan Communications. 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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