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Non-Homestead Millage

2021 Hartford Public Schools 
Non-homestead operating millage proposal
 
On May 4, 2021, the Hartford Public Schools Community will be asked to consider voting on the
non-homestead operating millage for Hartford Public Schools. The continuation of the millage on
non-homestead properties and businesses accounts for about $967,000, or about 5.8% of the
School District’s total general fund revenue. The proposal is a “renewal plus.” It renews the current
18 mills non-homestead millage and also allows for an increase of up to 0.5 mill. The additional 0.5
mill will permit the School District to continue to levy the maximum 18 mills on non-homestead
property, in the event that the operating millage is rolled back by operation of the Headlee
amendment to the Michigan Constitution. This will permit the School District to continue to receive
the full per-pupil foundation allowance allocated to it each year by the State of Michigan.
IMPORTANT FACTS
  • Election Day: May 4,2021 from 7am-8pm.
  • The proposed millage is not levied on homestead property, such as primary residential
    or agricultural property.
  • The proposed millage would be levied a period of 5 years on non-homestead property only.
  • This is not a new tax, only to hold funding at current levels. In order for the District to
    receive its full per pupil foundation allowance from the State of Michigan, the District
    must levy the maximum 18 mills on non-homestead properties.
  • The tax revenue generated by the millage is used for District operations.
  • If the proposal is defeated, the lost tax revenue will not be replaced by other sources.
  • All of the tax revenue generated by the millage will be tracked to ensure transparency
    and accountability.  
  • Even though the proposed millage is not levied on homestead property, Michigan law
    permits all registered voters in the School District to vote on the millage.
  • Because the proposed millage can be rolled-back by operation of the Headlee
    amendment to the Michigan Constitution, the School District will not continue to receive
    the full per-pupil foundation allowance allocated to it each year by the State of Michigan
    if anything less than the maximum 18 mills is levied on non-homestead properties in the
    School District.
  • This proposal is for a renewal of the currently authorized 18 mills that voters approved
     in 2016, and a request for an additional 0.5 mill to protect the District in the event that
     the millage is rolled-back by operation of the Headlee amendment to the Michigan
     Constitution.
 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 your primary residence (the home where you live). Non-homestead properties 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?

The 18 mills, which have been in place since 1994 when Proposal A was adopted, is not considered a new tax. Hartford voters last approved a levy for 18 mills on non-homestead property 5 years ago. The current millage expires with the 2021 tax levy.  The additional 0.5 mill, which would be levied only to the extent necessary to permit the School District to continue to levy the maximum 18 mills, is considered a new tax.

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 2021, voters must approve the millage proposal in order to permit the School District to continue collecting these dollars, which help maintain Hartford’s educational programs. 

HOW WILL THIS AFFECT HOMEOWNERS?

This millage renewal will not change the taxes on your primary residence. It is a renewal on non-homestead properties only, such as business properties and second homes.

HOW MUCH OF OUR LOCAL SCHOOL BUDGET DOES THIS NON-HOMESTEAD MILLAGE FUND?

The current levy of 18 mills that voters are being asked to consider is used to fund a significant part of the School District’s operating budget. Approximately 5.8% or about $967,000 of the annual budget comes from the levy of the 18-mills non-homestead operating millage.

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THIS MILLAGE DOES NOT PASS?

If the request for the renewal of the 18 mills non-homestead operating millage is not approved by the voters, Hartford Public Schools would lose about $967,000 (5.8%) of funding for each school year. Voter approval is the only way the District can receive these dollars. Losing about $967,000 of the District’s operating budget would have a major impact on the educational programs offered to students and the community.  The non-homestead operating millage proposal allows the District to continue providing a safe learning environment for all students, teachers and staff, along with technology that helps prepare our students for college, technical school, and apprenticeships or jobs right after graduation. 

WHEN IS THE ELECTION?

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE DO I VOTE?

Voting will take place at the regular polling locations for all elections which have been designated by your local township clerk.

WHERE CAN I GET ANSWERS?

For other questions that you have about the non-homestead operating millage proposal, please call us at: 269-621-7000

 

 

 

 

BALLOT LANGUAGE

Hartford Public Schools

Operating Millage 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 and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its full revenue per pupil foundation allowance and restores millage lost as a result of the reduction required by Michigan Constitution of 1963. 

 

Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Hartford Public Schools, Van Buren County, Michigan, be renewed by 18 mills ($18.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 5 years, 2022 to 2026, inclusive, and also be increased by .5 mill ($0.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 5 years, 2022 to 2026, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and 18 mills are levied in 2022 is approximately $966,731 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2021 levy and the addition of millage which will be levied only to the extent necessary to restore millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the “Headlee” amendment to the Michigan Constitution of 1963)?