Non-Homestead Millage Renewal Information
18 Mills Non-Homestead RENEWAL
On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, at the General Election, voters in the Greenville Public School District will be asked to consider renewing the current assessment of 18 mills on non-homestead properties. There are two very important things to understand about this request:
- This is a renewal of the current assessment of 18 mills on non-homestead properties. Non-homestead properties are primarily properties that have not been designated as a primary residence.
- This millage provides approximately 10%, or over $3.8 million of the school district's annual budget.
NOVEMBER 6, 2018 - GENERAL ELECTION
Informational webpage paid for by Greenville Public Schools, 1414 Chase Street, Greenville, MI 48838
Applications for absentee ballots will be available from your local township or city clerk on or before Saturday, September 22, 2018.
WHEN IS THE ELECTION?
- Tuesday, November 6, 2018
- Polls will be open from 7:00am to 8:00pm
- Last day to register to vote in this election is October 9, 2018
WHERE DO I VOTE?
Voting will take place at the polling locations which have been designated by your local township/city clerk. Should you have any questions regarding your assigned polling location, please contact your local township/city clerk.
Greenville Public Schools Operating Millage Renewal Proposal
This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence, qualified agricultural property and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2019 tax levy.
Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 18 mills ($18.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence, qualified agricultural property and other property exempted by law, in Greenville Public Schools, Montcalm, Kent and Ionia Counties, Michigan, to be renewed for a period of 5 years, 2020 to 2024, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2020 is approximately $3,865,000 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2019 tax levy)?
Questions and Answers
The following questions and answers are provided for your information so that you may cast an informed vote on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
WHAT IS MEANT BY HOMESTEAD AND NON-HOMESTEAD PROPERTIES?
When Michigan voters passed Proposal A in 1993, Michigan's property taxes for schools were restructured and reduced. Property was divided into two categories: homestead and non-homestead. A homestead property is generally your primary residence (the home where you live). Non-homestead properties generally include land and buildings such as businesses, rental properties and vacation homes that have not been designated as a primary residence.
IS THIS A NEW TAX?
No. This millage has been in place since 1994 with the passage of Proposal A. GPS voters last approved a levy for 18 mills on non-homestead property in November 2015. The current millage expires with the 2019 tax levy.
WHY IS THIS ISSUE ON THE BALLOT NOW?
Under Proposal A, renewal of the 18 mills is required periodically by voters in order for the district to continue collecting this millage. Because our authorization expires in 2019, we need voter approval to continue these dollars, which are necessary in maintaining Greenville's educational programs.
WHAT WILL THE MILLAGE RENEWAL COST HOMEOWNERS?
Nothing. The 18 mills Non-Homestead Millage Renewal generally applies to local business, industrial and commercial property or property that is not the owner's primary residence (the home in which you live). There is NO IMPACT on homeowners.
WON'T THE STATE MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE IF THE MILLAGE IS DEFEATED?
The state assumes that the full 18 mills on non-homestead properties is levied, and will not make up the difference if it is not collected. Renewal of the millage is necessary for GPS, because we receive over 10% of our funding from this source, and GPS will lose about $3.8 million in revenue annually if the millage is not renewed.
HOW MUCH OF OUR LOCAL SCHOOL BUDGET DOES THIS NON-HOMESTEAD MILLAGE FUND?
The current assessment of 18 mills that voters are being asked to approve is used to fund a significant part of the school district's operating budget. Approximately 10%, or over $3.8 million, of the annual budget comes from the 18-mill non-homestead tax assessment.
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THIS MILLAGE DOES NOT PASS?
If the request for the renewal of the 18 mills non-homestead were not approved, Greenville Public Schools would lose more than $3.8 million (10%) of funding for the 2020-2021 school year and a similar amount each following year. Voter approval is the only way the district can receive these dollars. Losing over $3.8 million of the district's operating budget would have a major impact on the educational programs offered to students and the community.