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Voters approve extension of Cedar Springs millage

Cedar Springs — A request to extend Cedar Springs Public Schools’ non-homestead operating millage for another 10 years was approved during Tuesday’s election, with 2,172 voting in support and 1,044 opposing the renewal, according to unofficial results from the Kent County Clerk’s office.

As a result of the renewal, the 18-mill operating millage — which was set to expire in 2024 — will continue to levy taxes on businesses, rental properties and non-exempt industrial agricultural properties through 2034. 

Ahead of the election, Cedar Springs Superintendent Scott Smith issued a statement noting that all school districts in Michigan are required to levy operating millages in order to receive their full allotment of per-pupil funding from the state. 

Smith said the millage renewal preserves about $3.3 million in operational funding for the district. 

Funds will be used for educational programming.

The non-homestead operating millage is separate from the district’s 2020 bond, which can only fund building and facility-related projects.

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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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