The Roseville Community Schools district's non-homestead operating millage will be up for renewal on the Tuesday, Nov. 6 ballot. It accounts for $7.3 million of the district’s annual budget.

The Roseville Community Schools district's non-homestead operating millage will be up for renewal on the Tuesday, Nov. 6 ballot. It accounts for $7.3 million of the district’s annual budget.

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Non-homestead school millage up for renewal on November ballot

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 26, 2018

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ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Community Schools district is getting the word out that its non-homestead operating millage will be up for renewal Tuesday, Nov. 6.

The measure will not be a tax increase but a renewal of the millage that was previously passed in 1999. Roseville Community Schools Superintendent John Kment said that this renewal will not affect the majority of residents, only businesses and homeowners who own more than one house.  

“This tax renewal will not affect families that own one home in any way, and it is not an increase for those that own multiple homes or business owners. It is only a renewal of what was originally passed in 1999,” Kment explained. 

Kment said that the money from this millage accounts for $7.3 million of the district’s general fund budget annually. He said a non-homestead millage is in place in every district in Michigan, and several local districts have recently had to renew their millages, including the Eastpointe, Mount Clemens and Almont school districts.

He stressed that the money garnered from the millage is crucial in maintaining the school district’s annual budget. Were the millage to fail, Kment said, the community as a whole would take a monumental hit.

“Without this renewal, Roseville Community Schools would be facing a major crisis. All area districts need this to survive,” Kment said. “This renewal keeps the schools up and running, which helps maintain property, which in turn helps the local businesses thrive.

The millage funds will benefit the district’s general fund budget. This includes the majority of the district’s basic expenses to maintain its operations.

“It goes toward our general fund, which we can use for anything we like each year,” said district spokesperson Joe Genest. “This is generally teacher salaries, upgrades, maintenance and so forth.”

The ballot will offer those within the boundaries of the school district the option to renew the prior operating millage authorization and will allow Roseville Community Schools to continue to levy mills previously authorized and levied for the general operating purposes on non-homestead property at the statutory rate of 18 mills. The 18-mill levy is required for the school district to receive revenue at the full foundation allowance permitted by the state. It would extend for another 20 years and would expire in 2038.

This will primarily affect industrial and commercial rental property.

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