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Operating millage up for renewal in Thornapple Kellogg

Thornapple Kellogg — Voters will consider renewing the district’s non-homestead, 18-mill operating levy on Tuesday, May 7.

The non-homestead operating millage equates to more than $3.8 million in funding each year and represents more than 8% of the district’s annual general fund budget.

Voters approved a similar 10-year non-homestead operating tax levy renewal in 2014.  

Assistant Superintendent Chris LaHaie said the renewal is not a new tax, nor will it increase current tax rates, in an informational video shared with the Thornapple Kellogg community.

“This is a renewal at the current rate of 18 mills on non-homestead property, including industrial, commercial, business, rental (properties) and second homes,” LaHaie said. “Primary residences will continue to be exempt from this levy.”

For more information on the proposal and ballot language, visit the district’s website.  

“This renewal is essential for Thornapple Kellogg schools to continue to have the full funding necessary to continue to thrive and improve,” Superintendent Craig McCarthy said. “Losing these funds would have a major impact on the quality of the educational programming offered to our students.”  

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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