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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