Basement Beat: School millages

Precinct vote tallies
By: 
Ryan Lewis, Editor

Up next: Allegan and Wayland public school district millages. Voters passed a proposal in each that renewed the districts’ operating millages.

(If you’re curious as to why I’m bothering to post this info, read this.)

For Allegan the proposal passed 1,304 to 786. Voters approved it for two years. The 18-mill non-homestead tax will provide approximately 13.4 percent of the district’s projected budget for the 2014-15 school year—that’s $3.1 million of a projected budget of $23.3 million.

For Wayland, voters approved—1,273 to 980—a renewal of the non-homestead millage, which sets it at 18.387 mills for six years. It provides approximately $2.8 million of the district’s operating budget of $26 million.

Setting the levy at 18.387 mills insulates Wayland against reductions from the Headlee Amendment. Reductions of that sort are typically small and incremental and not likely to reduce the levy to less than 18 mills throughout the millage’s duration.

If any school district’s millage dropped beneath 18 mills, they effectively lose that money twice.

First, it would not be able to collect the full 18 mills.

Second, since state funding is calculated based on the full 18 mills being levied—whether they are or not—the district would lose that amount of state aid, too.

Non-homestead taxes do not apply to a resident’s primary home. They are levied against commercial and industrial property, rental property, second homes and non-agricultural vacant land.

The revenue the taxes collect can only be used to run the districts, such as paying salary and utility costs. It cannot be used for construction projects or renovation.

The data below is from the certified election results held by the Allegan County Clerk’s office. The list below shows the name of the precinct followed by a yes-vote total and a no-vote total.

By precinct for Allegan Public Schools:

Allegan Township, Precinct 1:  325  /  158

Allegan Township, Precinct 2:  112  /  70

Cheshire Township, Precinct 1:  103  /  75

Heath Township, Precinct 1:  34  /  31

Lee Township, Precinct 1:  0  /  2

Monterey Township, Precinct 1:  49  /  41

Otsego Township, Precinct 1:  18  /  13

Trowbridge Township, Precinct 1:  160  /  153

Valley Township, Precinct 1:  143  /  94

Watson Township, Precinct 1:  8  /  9

Allegan City, Precinct 1:  125  /  57

Allegan City, Precinct 2:  227  /  83

By precinct for Wayland Union Schools:

Dorr Township, Precinct 2:  248  /  287

Dorr Township, Precinct 3:  187  /  181

Hopkins Township, Precinct 1:  27  /  18

Leighton Township, Precinct 1:  227  /  137

Byron Township:  0  /  0

Yankee Springs:  177  /  92

Wayland Township, Precinct 1:  178  /  146

Wayland City, Precinct 1:  229  /  119

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