Non-Homestead Millage Renewal

Informational flyer about a non-homestead millage renewal on August 3rd 2021

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Fenton Area Public Schools Operating Millage Renewal 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 full revenue per pupil foundation allowance. The remaining 1.9195 mils are only available to be levied to restore millage lost as a 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 limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Fenton Area Public Schools, Genesee, Livingston and Oakland Counties, Michigan, be increased by 19.9195 mills ($19.9195 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 9 years, 2022 to 2030, 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 2022 is approximately $5,850,874 (this is a renewal of millage that expired with the 2021 tax levy)?

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 tax has been in place for non homestead properties since 1995.

WHY IS THIS ISSUE ON THE BALLOT IN AUGUST?

The tax is on the ballot in August because it expires December 31, 2021.

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 16% or about $5.8 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, Fenton Area Public Schools would lose about $5.8 million (16%) of funding for each school year. Voter approval is the only way the district can receive these dollars. Losing about $5.8 million of the district’s operating budget would have a major impact on the educational programs offered to students and the community.  The non-homestead millage operating proposal allows the district to continue providing a safe learning environment for all students, teachers and staff; cutting-edge technology that helps prepare our students for college, technical school, and apprenticeships or jobs right after graduation.

WHEN IS THE ELECTION?

Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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.

City of Fenton: http://www.cityoffenton.org/pages/Voter-Registration/5

Tyrone Township: https://www.tyronetownship.us/Services/Elections.aspx

Fenton Township: http://www.fentontownship.org/elections_voting.htm

WHERE CAN I GET ANSWERS?

For other questions that you have about the non-homestead millage operating proposal, please call us at: 810.591.4700

ABSENTEE VOTING

If you are unable to attend the polls on August 3rd, you may vote using an Absentee Voting Ballot.

City of Fenton: http://www.cityoffenton.org/pages/Request-Absentee-Ballot/5

Tyrone Township: https://www.tyronetownship.us/Services/Elections.aspx

Fenton Township: http://www.fentontownship.org/elections_voting.htm

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