Kent Intermediate School District Regional Enhancement Millage Proposal
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KENT INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT
REGIONAL ENHANCEMENT MILLAGE PROPOSAL
Pursuant to state law, the revenue raised by the proposed millage will be collected by the intermediate school district and distributed wholly and completely 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 Kent Intermediate School District, Michigan, be increased by .9 mill ($0.90 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 10 years, 2017 and 2026, 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 2017 is approximately $19,931,466, which funds will be disbursed wholly and completely as required by statue to the following school districts: Byron Center Public Schools, Caledonia Community Schools, Cedar Springs Public Schools, Comstock Park Public Schools, East Grand Rapids Public Schools, Forest Hills Public Schools, Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, Godwin Heights Public Schools, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grandville Public Schools, Kelloggsville Public School District, Kenowa Hills Public Schools, Kent City Community Schools, Kentwood Public Schools, Lowell Area Schools, Northview Public Schools, Rockford Public Schools, Sparta Area School, Thornapple Kellogg Schools, and Wyoming Public Schools?
Local News Information Stories about the Enhancement Millage
- WOODTV News Story: Kent County Voters to Decide Millage for 20 Schools May 2
- mLive story by Jan Holst: Kent County Voters to Decide on Millage
What is it and what does it mean for Forest Hills Public Schools?
In December of 2016, all 20 public school districts served by the Kent Intermediate School District (Kent ISD) each passed a resolution by their boards of education calling upon Kent ISD to ask for voter approval of a community wide 0.9 mill enhancement millage to provide the resources needed to help support public schools. The Kent ISD board of education unanimously approved this request from the 20 public school districts, and is therefore bringing the request forward to voters. Public school districts submitted this request to Kent ISD because public schools don’t have sufficient resources to maintain current programs, meet their community’s desire for higher academic achievement, and to provide students with more exposure to college and career opportunities. Strong Schools, Strong Communities is the name given to a regional enhancement millage that will appear on the May 2, 2017, ballot. 100% of all funds generated by this proposal will go to the 20 local public school districts within Kent ISD. It is a 10-year-proposal that would begin in the summer of 2017.
What every taxpayer should know about this enhancement millage
- Voters in each of the 20 Kent ISD public school districts will be asked to consider an enhancement millage proposal of 0.9 mill for 10 years.
- A majority of voters within Kent ISD would need to approve the proposal for it to pass.
- An enhancement millage is the only option for school districts to request operational funding from the public beyond funding provided by the State.
- Since 2008-09, State funding has not kept up with inflation, causing districts to reduce or eliminate programs, classroom materials and staff.
- If approved, each of the 20 public school districts within Kent ISD would receive an additional $211 per student for operations starting with the 2017-18 school year.
- If approved, Forest Hills Public Schools would receive approximately $2.1 million annually for the next 10 years.
Commonly-asked questions about the enhancement millage
Infographics about school spending
Ballot and voting information
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