2018-06-24 / Insight

LCS district voters asked to renew operating millage

LAPEER — Lapeer-area voters will find an operating millage renewal proposal from Lapeer Community Schools (LCS) on their Aug. 7 ballot. The district’s current millage is set to expire this year, and should the renewal be approved, will generate estimated revenues to the district totaling $6.1 million next year, earmarked for general operating purposes.

The millage will be levied on non-homestead properties at a total of 18 mills, and for typical homeowners, said LCS Director of Communications Jared Field, there will be no additional cost for the renewal. “This is levied on non-homestead property — industrial, commercial, business, rentals and second homes,” he said. “It does not impact the taxes of owner-occupied primary residences.” Field said the last renewal was passed without issue in November 2013.

Authorizing the millage will allow LCS to continue to receive revenues at the full per-pupil foundation allowance permitted by the state as well, so failure to pass the renewal “would have a tremendous financial impact on the district,” said Field. “We have had success in recent years with the non-homestead renewal. On our end, it is vital that we share the message with the community that it is not a tax increase nor does it impact the vast majority of taxpayers in the community.”

Nicholas Pugliese

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