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Superintendent's Message
Matt  From the Superintendent's Desk
by Matt Schmidt, Superintendent of Schools

 

Dear Bangor Township Schools Community,

On February 25, 2014 an important vote is taking place that will have a huge impact on our district and our students. Voters will be asked to renew our non-homestead operating millage.We sincerely hope you will go to the polls on Election Day to renew this millage. Below is some history on the operating millage:

In May of 2005 the voters of Bangor Township School District overwhelmingly approved a non-homestead operating millage. Because of "Headlee" reductions, the voters also authorized in 2007 an additional 2 mills to offset those reductions. Of the 19.5896 mills currently authorized by law, the District may only levy 18 mills. That non-homestead millage expires November 2014.

As such, Bangor Township School District is requesting resident voters to renew our current nonhomesteadrate of 19.5896 mills. If approved, that millage will be in place through 2019.

This issue is important to our school district. The State of Michigan requires school systems to levy 18 non-homestead mills in order to receive the full state foundation allowance. If the millage is not passed, the State does not make up the value of that millage. It is just lost. As a result, the Board of Education is requesting a renewal of our current non-homestead property rate.

If passed, this issue does not affect personal property tax on principal residences or qualified agricultural property. It is only levied on non-homestead property. It will prevent the loss of $2,850,000 million (14% of our operating budget) from the Bangor Township School District
general fund.

If you have any questions about the millage, or if you would like to discuss it in detail, please do not hesitate to call me. Thank you so very much for continuing to support our great school district and our students. Have a safe and wonderful holiday season.

Sincerely,

Matt Schmidt
Superintendent