• Dear Voters,

    Grass Lake Community Schools will ask voters to approve the renewal of the district’s non-homestead operating millage at a special election in May. 

    The 18.4419 mill renewal will not be a new tax or an increase in taxes, and would only apply to non-homestead properties. (Principal residences and certain other properties are exempt from the tax).

    This is the same rate that those individuals who own this type of property have been paying for the past 20 years.

    The current millage will expire at the end of 2013.  This ballot proposal is necessary to sustain the same rate of funding we have had since the inception of Proposal A in 1994.

    The millage would be renewed for a period of 20 years, from 2014 to 2033, providing funds for the operating budget. 

    Not renewing this millage would likely result in a nearly $1 million loss of operating revenue for the school district.  The State of Michigan will not replace lost non-homestead funding.  Instead, the State would pay the district the foundation allowance less the 18 mill levy on non-homestead property.

    Again, this is not a tax on regular households and would not be an increase in taxes for those already paying this millage on non-homestead properties.

    Brad Hamilton


    Grass Lake Community Schools





    This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory maximum rate of 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 currently authorized millage rate limitation of 18.4419 mills ($18.4419 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Grass Lake Community Schools, Jackson and Washtenaw Counties, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 20 years, 2014 to 2033, 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 2014 is approximately $969,861.26 (this is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2013 tax levy)?