Rockford — Voters in the Rockford Public Schools district will be asked to renew a non-homestead millage that provides 6.8% of the district’s annual budget. The request comes as two questions.
Initially adopted in 1994, the non-homestead millage is not a tax on primary residences. Instead, the millage levies taxes on land and buildings such as businesses, rental properties and vacation homes. Because of the way the adopted millage proposal was structured, voters are asked to renew it every four years. The current rate is 16.5992 mills. The standard renewal request appears as “Operating Millage Renewal Proposal” on the ballot.
The second proposal, appearing as “Operating Millage Proposal” on the ballot, asks voters to approve a millage increase on non-homestead property taxes for the next five years (2022-2026). This will generate approximately $562,571 for the district’s operating budget and restore funds lost in the past four years due to Proposal A, which reduced the millage approved in 1993 from 18 mills to 16.5992 mills.
More information can be found on the district’s website.