Kelloggsville — A millage restoration request projected to generate $3.7 million for Kelloggsville Public Schools will be decided next month by voters who live in the district.
The vote on May 2 will be to reauthorize the non-homestead millage that provides 13% of the district’s annual operating budget through the 2024-2025 school year.
Restoring the full 18 mills will allow the district to continue the full levy permitted by state law. The additional 0.4569 mills proposed will restore millage lost by a reduction due to the 1978 Headlee Amendment, enacted to counter an increase on a property’s taxable value.
It would apply only to owners of business and commercial properties, and owners of rental properties and second homes in the district. Primary homes are not included.
The money raised in its first year would pay for district-wide instructional programs and materials, and transportation and maintenance costs, among other items, according to the proposal language.
“The operating millage provides funds to support day-to-day operations. For example, we offer before school and after-school enrichment and tutoring programs,” said Eric Alcorn, assistant superintendent.
If the proposal fails, the district’s allowance of money from the State of Michigan it receives per student would decrease by $3.7 million and would not be replaced by the state, Alcorn said.
Voters overwhelmingly approved renewing the millage proposal in May 2021, 486 to 240. That proposal generated approximately $3.5 million toward operating costs in its first year.
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