2020 Oakridge Operating Millage Renewal On March 10, 2020, the community will be asked to consider voting on the renewal of the operating millage for Oakridge Public Schools. The continuation of this millage on non-homestead properties and businesses accounts for about $1 million, or about 4.6% of the school district’s total general fund. The proposed renewal is to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills, which is required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance. Frequently Asked Questions What is meant by homestead and non-homestead properties? When Michigan voters passed Proposal A in 1993, Michigan’s property taxes for schools were restructured and reduced. Property was divided into two categories: homestead and non-homestead. A homestead property is your primary residence (the home where you live). Non-homestead properties include land and buildings such as businesses, rental properties and vacation homes that have not been designated as a primary residence. Is this a new tax? No. This millage has been in place since 1994 with the passage of Proposal A. Oakridge voters last approved a levy for 18 mills on non-homestead property 5 years ago. The current millage expires with the 2020 tax levy. Why is this issue on the ballot now? Under Proposal A, renewal of the 18 mills is required periodically by voters in order for the district to continue collecting this millage. Because our authorization expires in 2020, we need voter approval to continue collecting these dollars, which help maintain Oakridge’s educational programs. How will this affect homeowners? This millage renewal will not change the taxes on your primary residence. It is a renewal on non-homestead properties only, such as business properties and second homes. How much of our local school budget does this non-homestead millage fund? The current assessment of 18 mills that voters are being asked to approve is used to fund a significant part of the school district’s operating budget. Approximately 4.6% or about $1 million of the annual budget comes from the 18-mill non-homestead tax assessment. What would happen if this millage does not pass? If the request for the renewal of the 18 mills non-homestead were not approved, Oakridge Public Schools would lose about $1 million (4.6%) of funding for each school year. Voter approval is the only way the district can receive these dollars. Losing about $1 million of the district’s operating budget would have a major impact on the educational programs offered to students and the community. When is the election? Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The last day to register to vote by mail is February 24 The last day to register in person is the election day March 10 Where do I vote? Voting will take place at the regular polling locations for all elections which have been designated by your local township clerk. Where can I get answers to other questions I have about the 18 mills operating millage election? Please call or email us at: Kyle Gilbert, Director of Communications, at 788-7102 or firstname.lastname@example.org Tom Livezey, Superintendent, at 788-7108 or email@example.com Ballot Language This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance. The remaining .3952mill is only available to be levied to restore millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the “Headlee” amendment to the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and will only be levied to the extent necessary to restore that reduction. Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Oakridge Public Schools, Muskegon and Newaygo Counties, Michigan, be renewed by 18.3952 mills ($18.3952 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 5 years, 2021 to 2025, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and 18 mills are levied in 2021 is approximately $1,024,000(this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2020 tax levy)?