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Community recreation millage on Forest Hills’ November 8 ballot

Forest Hills — A ballot proposal to fund a system of recreation for everyone from senior adults to youth will be put to Forest Hills’ voters on November 8. If passed, the funds will be used to pay for recreation program costs such as staffing, equipment and materials; building cleaning, maintenance and utilities; and administrative services.

The 20-year, 1-mill allocation was approved by voters in 2004; it expires in 2023. The November 8 proposal asks voters to renew that millage and restore funding back to the original 1 mill level; the renewal is for .9815 mill and the restoration is for .0185 mill. This millage would be in effect for 10 years. 

If approved, the district will receive approximately $4.1 million in 2024. 

The potential tax impact for a primary residence with a value of $200,000 and a taxable value of $100,000 would see a payment increase from $98.18 to approximately $100.

The Forest Hills system of recreation includes a wide variety of community opportunities, including preschool aquatics, cooking and nutrition classes for adults and senior day trips. Events for all include music and theater performances. Programs held at the Aquatic Center and Fine Arts Center will be supported as well. 

Questions about the millage proposal can be directed to contact@fhps.net.

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Carol Lautenbach
Carol Lautenbach
Carol Jasperse Lautenbach served in many roles during her 29 years in Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, most recently as assistant superintendent for teaching and learning design, a role she retired from in 2021. She is co-author of “Making Schools Work: Bringing the science of learning to joyful classroom practice” and has written for The Alan Review, The Rapidian, and Midwest Living. She was honored to be appointed to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's 2021 Student Recovery Advisory Council’s Innovation and Redesign subcommittee. Carol is inspired by the students, educators, families, community partners, cultural institutions, and philanthropists who work together to design and build joyful, equitable learning communities.

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