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On March 10, 2020, Clarkston voters approved an 8 mill non-homestead millage for Clarkston Community Schools. The approved ballot proposal allows the school district to continue to levy 18 mills on all commercial, business, rental properties, vacant land, and second-home properties. This non-homestead millage renewal does not affect property taxes for primary home residences.
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 Clarkston Community Schools, Oakland County, Michigan, be increased by 8 mills ($8.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 6 years, 2020 to 2025, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2020 is approximately $67,311 (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)?
The Clarkston Community Schools non-homestead millage proposal is on Page 2 of the two-sided ballot. Don't forget to flip the ballot over to cast your vote!
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Election Day is Tuesday, March 10. Polls are open from 7am-8pm.
Non-homestead property includes all taxable property within the District with the exception of a family’s primary residence. Non-homestead property includes industrial, commercial and some agricultural property and ‘second homes.’ A non-homestead millage refers to the rate at which non-homestead properties are taxed.
There is no tax increase to homeowners. This millage proposal is only for non-homestead properties, like commercial, business, rental properties, vacant land, and second-home property owners. The ballot measure is to renew the 18 mills that are levied on non-homestead properties (commercial, business, rental properties, vacant land and second-home properties.)
The standard formula for determining millage rates as actual dollars is: One mill equals $1 of tax per $1,000 of the taxable value of a property.
Each district in the State of Michigan uses the per pupil funding allotment to plan its annual budget. The state determines the per- pupil amounts during their annual budget process.
The State of Michigan also decides how much of the per pupil funding comes from the state and how much comes from each district’s local non-homestead tax base. The state assumes each district is collecting 18 mills from its non-homestead properties. The state then backs out the non-homestead property taxes (the full 18 mills) before sending the district its monthly payments. With the full 18 Mills, Clarkston Community Schools' per pupil allowance for 2019-2020 is $8,111. Without the full 18 mills, the District cannot collect the full amount per each pupil (student).
Clarkston Community Schools has been collecting 18 mills as the non-homestead operating millage since Proposal A passed in 1994. The 2020 Headlee Restoration Millage, if passed, allows the District to renew the full 18 mills through 2025 and claim the full per-pupil allotment.
This non-homestead Headlee Restoration ballot proposal is unrelated to the district’s 2016 bond proposal for the completion of safety, technology, and building projects across our district.
The funds from the non-homestead Headlee restoration millage go directly into the District's general fund, which supports day-to-day operations, like programs, facilities, and employee salaries. As with every extra dollar received, general fund dollars are always spent focused on making the biggest impact on our students.
If the District were unable to collect the full 18 Mills allowed under Proposal A, a Headlee rollback of 3.5% in May 2020 would result in a $67,311 loss of revenue to the Clarkston Community Schools general fund, effective July 1, 2020. These losses would grow annually, negatively impacting the District's ability to fund day-to-day operations.
If .15 mills cannot be levied to bring the total from 17.85 to to 18 mills, $67,311 cannot be collected and therefore represents a gap in funding.