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Voters to consider extension of district operating millage

Cedar Springs — When they go to the polls on Nov. 7, Cedar Springs Public Schools voters will be asked to renew a non-homestead operating millage for another 10 years.

The 18-mill non-homestead millage approved in 2012 is set to expire after the summer 2024 tax levy. If the November ballot proposal is approved, the millage would continue through 2034. 

In a release from the school district, Superintendent Scott Smith noted that the proposal would allow Cedar Springs to continue to levy taxes on businesses, rental properties and industrial non-exempt agricultural properties. 

Smith said every school district in Michigan is required to levy an operational millage in order to receive the full allotment of per-pupil funding from the state.

“Failure to renew this tax would mean the loss of $3.3 million in operational funding,” Smith stated in the release. “These funds are used to educate our students and would significantly impact the programs and services currently offered to them.” 

The millage is separate from the district’s bond passed in 2020, the funds from which are used for facility projects and cannot cover educational programming.

More information can be found on the district’s website.

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Riley Kelley
Riley Kelley
Riley Kelley is a reporter covering Cedar Springs, Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids and Sparta school districts. An award-winning journalist, Riley spent eight years with the Ludington Daily News, reporting, copy editing, paginating and acting as editor for its weekly entertainment section. He also contributed to LDN’s sister publications, Oceana’s Herald-Journal and the White Lake Beacon. His reporting on issues in education and government has earned accolades from the Michigan Press Association and Michigan Associated Press Media Editors. Riley’s early work in journalism included a stint as an on-air news reporter for WMOM Radio, and work on the editorial staff of various student publications. Riley is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. He originally hails from western Washington.


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