2018-08-12 / Insight

Voters renew millage for Lapeer Schools

LAPEER — Voters in the Lapeer Community Schools district approved 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 the renewed millage, that will take effect in 2019, will generate estimated revenues to the district totaling $6.1 million next year, earmarked for general operating purposes.

Voters approved the renewal of the millage by a 6,353 to 3,474 margin.

The millage will be levied on non-homestead properties at a total of 18 mills, and typical homeowners will not see an increase in their taxes. The recently-approved millage will be in effect for 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. Without this week’s renewal of the non-homestead millage, the State of Michigan would have reduced the funding of LCS schools by more than $6 million per school year — approximately 12.4 percent of the district’s annual operating budget.

Nicholas Pugliese

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