Voters in Washtenaw County will consider a regional property tax for the county’s 10 public school districts Tuesday, Nov. 3. The measure is being put on the ballot by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District at the request of local boards of education.
The ballot issue asks for two mills for a five-year period. If approved by voters, it would be effective for budget years from 2009-13. The millage equates to $2 per $1,000 of taxable property value, costing the owner of a $100,000 house with a taxable value of $50,000 an estimated $100 per year.
Of the estimated $30 million that would be raised, Ann Arbor would receive $11.2 million. Other districts that would receive revenue from the millage include: Chelsea, Dexter, Lincoln, Manchester, Milan, Saline, Whitmore Lake, Willow Run and Ypsilanti. Money would be distributed based on each district’s enrollment using the most recent audited student count. Public charter schools would not receive any money.
Language on the Washtenaw County ballot will read as follows:
REGIONAL ENHANCEMENT MILLAGE PROPOSAL I
Pursuant to state law, the revenue raised by the proposed millage will be collected by the intermediate school district and distributed to local public school districts based on pupil membership count.
Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in Washtenaw Intermediate School District, Michigan, be increased by 2 mills ($2.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 5 years, 2009 to 2013, inclusive, to provide operating funds to enhance other state and local funding for local school district operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the intermediate school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2009 is approximately $30,000,000?
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