November 5th Election
Anchor Bay has a non-homestead millage restoration on the November 5th ballot. This two-mill restoration will allow the district to restore the 18 mills levied on non-homestead properties and hedge against future Headlee rollbacks through 2024.
The Anchor Bay School District Board of Education unanimously approved placing a non-homestead millage restoration on the November 5th ballot. This two-mill restoration will allow the district to restore the 18 mills levied on non-homestead properties and hedge against future Headlee rollbacks through 2024. The Headlee Amendment to the Michigan Constitution states that a rollback must occur when the growth on existing property is greater than the rate of inflation. As a result of the Headlee rollback, the district is seeking this restoration to ensure full funding is received.
Under Proposal A, all property is taxed at 6 mills by the State of Michigan. Non-homestead property is taxed at 18 mills by the local district to create the per-pupil foundation amount. The State assumes the full 18 mills are collected locally and when they are not, the district faces a loss in student funding. Anchor Bay is currently facing a loss of approximately $70,000 due to the Headlee Amendment.
“It is important to understand the millage request is not a tax increase for homeowners, this election will restore and maintain that 18 mills continue to be collected on non-homestead properties,” states Board President Jon DeRoo. Non-homestead properties include industrial, commercial and second homes. It does not include a family’s primary residence.
If approved by voters on Tuesday, November 5th, Anchor Bay will receive full funding for students and maintain the maximum tax levy under Proposal A. The district is seeking a 2 mill increase to ensure that any future rollbacks will not keep the district from collecting the maximum amount of 18 mills.
For more information, please call the Administration Building at 586/725-2861
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the millage restoration cost the homeowner?
No, there is no additional cost to primary homeowners. This 2-mill request ensures that the district can levy the previously approved 18 mills, only on non-homestead properties.
Will this increase taxes on Non-Homestead properties?
Non-homestead properties will continue to pay the same 18 mills they paid in 2018, and the district will receive full funding from the State.
What are non-homestead properties?
Non-homestead properties include second homes, local businesses and industrial, commercial or rental properties.
Why do school districts have to hold elections for non-homestead properties?
As a result of Michigan’s school funding structure detailed in Proposal A, districts are required to collect 18 mills on non-homestead properties for the district to receive its full per-pupil foundation amount from the State. The law requires voters to approve the collection of the 18 mills.
Why is the district losing money if voters approved the 18 mills in 2014 for 10 years (through 2024)?
The Headlee Amendment to the Michigan Constitution states that a rollback must occur when the growth on existing property is greater than the rate of inflation. In Anchor Bay, this has caused the 18-mill levy on non-homesteads to roll back approximately .97 in 2019. This rollback will cause the district to lose approximately $70,000 in funding in the first year.
Why does the ballot state a maximum levy of 18 mills while seeking a 2-mill increase?
The district is seeking this 2-mill increase to restore the 18 mills approved in 2014 on non-homestead properties and to hedge against future Headlee rollbacks through 2024. This proposal ensures that the district is able to collect full funding for all Anchor Bay students. The district may never levy more than 18 mills.
Who can vote in this election?
All residents in the Anchor Bay School District who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day and are registered to vote.
When is the election?
The election will be held on Tuesday, November 5th. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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