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Replacement Operating Millage Renewal Proposal

This proposal would restore, replace and extend the authority of the Birmingham Public Schools to levy up to 18.00 mills for general school district operating purposes on taxable property in the School District to the extent that such property is not exempt from such levy and would restrict the levy on principal residences (owner occupied homes) to no more than 14.24 mills.  The original authority to levy 18 mills, which currently expires with the School District’s 2021 tax levy, has been rolled back to 17.5821 mills by application of the Headlee Amendment to the Michigan Constitution.  If approved, this proposal would restore and extend the authority of the School District to levy the statutory limit of 18 mills on non-homestead (principally industrial and commercial real property and residential rental property) and allow the School District to continue to levy the statutory limit of 18 mills on non-homestead property in the event of future Headlee rollbacks of up to 3 mills.  Under existing law, if approved, this proposal would also limit the levy of the authorized mills on principal residences to that portion necessary to allow the School District to receive the full revenue per pupil foundation allowance permitted by State law. The School District levied 7.1948 mills on personal residences in 2019. 

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the Birmingham Public Schools, County of Oakland, Michigan, be increased to 21 mills, with 18 mills being the maximum allowable levy ($18.00 per $1,000 of taxable value), to the extent such property is not statutorily exempt, and of which not more than 14.24 mills may be imposed on principal residences, for ten (10) years, the years 2019 to 2028, inclusive, to provide funds for operating expenses of the School District?  This millage would raise approximately $51,393,404 in the first year of levy.

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Some Clarifications of Required Legal Language on Ballot Language

The millage impacts business and non-homestead properties only. The state assumes all districts level 18 mills and adjusts funding accordingly. The funds raised by the millage would total approximately $51,393,404 IF APPROVED, and approximately $50,893,404 if rejected. The difference of approximately $500,000 represents the recapture of the Headlee rollback.  

The Headlee rollback occurs when property values increase faster than the inflation rate.  This happened in 2019 and resulted in a loss of district revenues as the maximum allowed to levied on commercial properties was 17.5821 mills as opposed to the assumed 18 mills embedded in state funding formulas.  

The existing homestead millage will be renewed through 2028 and will NOT increase homeowners taxes. But wait, why does it say the homestead rate rate 14.24 even if only 7.1948 is levied? Won’t that allow the District to increase the rate?  NO, the 14.24 was the homestead millage rate in 1994 when Proposal A (school funding) took effect, that was the districts “hold harmless” millage which allowed for the continued funding residents supported.  As property values have increased the millage rate HAD TO GO DOWN because the amount collected under “hold harmless” has been capped since 1994 at $3,877 per student per year. That allowable amount ($3,877/student) will never go up under current state law.  

 

 

 

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