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Welcome to the Friends of BPS citizens campaign. We are supporters of the Birmingham Public School District and their request for a zero tax rate increase millage renewal on the November 8, 2016 ballot. Please explore this site and learn about the district and how public schools are financed. You can find all the municipalities that are covered by the BPS district, and what a millage renewal means to you as a homeowner. Click the Volunteer button and join our mailing list to stay informed. Thank you!
No Increase In Tax Rate
Zero rate increase. On November 8, 2016 we are asking voters to approve a renewal of the districts operating millage. All schools in Michigan are funded with local and state millages. This renewal is part of that millage and is just a continuation of existing millage without any increase in the existing operating millage rate. Strong schools support strong communities, thank you for your interest and support.
No Rate Increase
Great Schools = Great Communities
The residents of the Birmingham School district have always know the power of supporting great schools. This renewal simply holds the existing millage rate at the same level to ensure we continue to fund our schools in a manner that protects smaller class sizes and diversity of programing.
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Frequently Asked Questions
On November 8, 2016 voters in the Birmingham Public School District will be asked to renew the existing operating millage. If approved this will result is a 5 year extension of the existing operating millage and WILL NOT increase any taxes.
The panels below summarize the most frequently asked questions (click panel to open individually).
What is being renewed?
School Operating Millage
All Michigan school district operations are funded through a mixture of local and state millages. This renewal will a part of those millages and will have ZERO increase on individual or business millage rates.
What About the Recent Bond?
Bond = Assets, Millage = Operations/People
The Bond, which passed with a 68% percent approval rate, addressed the physical infrastructure needs of the district. This included improvements to safety entrances, upgrades to computer and communications networks, boiler replacements and numerous other “physical asset” improvements. None of the bond funds can or will be used to fund operations as prescribed by state law. The millage funds the day to day operations of the district and includes costs for teachers, programs, and curriculum materials.
Why Renew Now?
By electing to secure the millage renewal now, the district is able to add the measure to the General Election ballot cycle and save the costs associated with a regular or special school election process at a different date.
What are the benefits for residents without children?
ccording to realtor statistics, the quality of a school district’s programs and the condition of its facilities are two factors that people consider when choosing where to purchase a home. Realtors in the District’s communities agree that people are drawn to the Birmingham area because of the strong academic foundation our schools offer. The District continues to provide a rigorous academic experience along with a focus on character education and service learning as noted in our Strategic Plan. Renewing the existing millage rate ensures continued preservation of smaller class sizes and excellence in programming. Additionally, our school facilities and sites are regularly used by community members for recreational/athletic opportunities and events, meetings, performances, and senior citizen activities. Although this video was made for the bond, the point linking home values and school performance remains valid.