Operating Millage Overview
Voters in the Forest Hills Public Schools District will consider two items on the November 7, 2023, election ballot: (1) a bond proposal and (2) an operating millage proposal.
This page is dedicated to understanding the operating millage proposal.
Forest Hills Public Schools voters will consider an operating millage proposal on the November 7, 2023, election ballot. If approved, this is a .5 mill increase ($0.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) and is a tax levied on non-homestead properties. Non-homestead properties represent industrial, commercial, and some agricultural properties as well as “second homes.” It is not a tax on a primary residence.
What Every Taxpayer Should Know about the Operating Millage Proposal
If the operating millage is not approved, FHPS will continue to lose approximately $395,000 of annual operating revenues.
- This is not a tax on one’s primary residence.
- The operating millage is a component of the Foundation Allowance, which is the district’s largest source of revenue.
- The State of Michigan assumes all school districts are levying 18 mills. When in fact, Forest Hills is not. This is because when property tax values rise faster than the rate of inflation, districts are required to reduce the number of mills being levied. A reduction in mills being levied results in lost revenue.
- If approved, it is expected that Forest Hills Public Schools will collect approximately $395,000 to support operating costs in 2024.
Operating Millage Proposal Ballot Language
FOREST HILLS PUBLIC SCHOOLS OPERATING MILLAGE PROPOSAL
This proposal will allow the school district 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.
Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Forest Hills Public Schools, Kent County, Michigan, be increased by .5 mill ($0.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 2 years, 2024 and 2025, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2024 is approximately $395,000 (this millage is to restore millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and will be levied only to the extent necessary to restore that reduction)?