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Operating Millage Proposal Information

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All Michigan school districts must levy 18 mills on non-homestead property to receive their full foundation allowance, the major source of funding for Michigan schools.

On Nov. 27, 2023, the Rochester Community School District Board of Education passed a resolution to submit a proposal for a special election to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024.

If approved, the proposal would allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on non-homestead property, in order for the school district to receive its full revenue per-pupil foundation allowance and restore millage lost as a result of the Headlee Amendment.

What every taxpayer should know about the operating millage proposal

  • All Michigan school districts must levy 18 mills on non-homestead property to receive their full foundation allowance – the major source of funding for Michigan schools.

  • The 18-mill levy costs the primary residence homeowner zero dollars ($0 per year). Owned primary residences do not pay the 18-mill tax.

  • If approved, the operating millage proposal would renew the existing levy on non-homestead properties, which include businesses, vacation homes, investment and rental properties.

  • If the operating millage proposal does not pass, RCS per-pupil revenue would fall from $9,608 to $8,060, which equates to a loss of $24.5 million in district funding.

  • The district is proposing a renewal of 18.5004 mills and restoration of 0.5000 mills, even though the district cannot levy more than 18 mills. If approved, the 1.0004 mills above 18 mills would be used to protect against future Headlee erosion, which can lower the millage rate to adjust for inflation. If the RCS millage rate falls below 18 mills, the district will not receive its full foundation allowance.

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Ballot language

ROCHESTER COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT OPERATING MILLAGE PROPOSAL

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 Rochester Community School District, Oakland and Macomb Counties, Michigan, be renewed by 18.5004 mills ($18.5004 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 5 years, 2025 to 2029, inclusive, and also be increased by .5000 mill ($0.5000 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 5 years, 2025 to 2029, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district would collect if the millage is approved and 18 mills are levied in 2025 is approximately $24,568,063 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2024 levy and a restoration of millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the “Headlee” amendment to the Michigan Constitution of 1963)?

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Non-homestead operating millage proposal

Voter information

School funding

Additional information

A printable copy of the non-homestead operating millage proposal frequently asked questions is available.

For questions or concerns, please use the Talk to RCS link on our website.

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