2018-08-05 / Insight

LCS seeks millage renewal Tuesday

LAPEER — On Tuesday, voters in the Lapeer Community School district will be asked to vote on a proposal to renew the current millage levied on non-homestead property (industrial, commercial, business, rental, and second homes). 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. “Primary homeowners, the vast majority of residents in the district, do not pay any tax under this millage,” he said. “This renewal would cost the typical homeowner nothing.” Field said the last renewal was passed without issue in November of 2013.

If renewed, the proposed millage would be for a period of 10 years — from Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2028. The current non-homestead tax levy expires on Dec. 31, 2018.

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.”

Without the nonhomestead millage, the State of Michigan would reduce the funding of Lapeer Community Schools by more than $6 million per school year — approximately 12.4 percent of the district’s annual operating budget.

Nicholas Pugliese

ASKING FOR

10 years

18 mills on non-homestead properties

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