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 As of 11 p.m. March 10, votes were still being tallied for the MISD's Regional Enhancement millage proposal.

As of 11 p.m. March 10, votes were still being tallied for the MISD's Regional Enhancement millage proposal.

Photo by Maria Allard


MISD millage proposal passes

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published March 10, 2020

MACOMB COUNTY —The Macomb Intermediate School District Regional enhancement millage proposal got the green light March 10.

According to the unofficial results from the Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds Office, the proposal passed with 118,394 “yes” votes (56.7%), outpacing the 90,460 “no” votes (43.3%).

The enhancement millage is a 1.9-mill, 10-year countywide millage proposal that will generate funding for Macomb County’s 21 public school districts, plus the Macomb Intermediate School District, or MISD. The millage will raise an estimated $55 million per year and will be first levied in 2020.

Revenue raised by the millage will be collected by the MISD and distributed in accordance with state law to local public school districts and eligible public school academies and public charter schools within the boundaries of the MISD. The revenue will be distributed to each individual district based on the number of students, and each district will be able to use the funding to its discretion.

“On behalf of the 21 school districts in this county, we are grateful for the community support and will continue to use these precious resources to provide excellent educational opportunities for Macomb students,” MISD Superintendent Michael DeVault said in a prepared statement. “People choose Macomb County because it’s a great place to raise a family and grow a business. These additional funds will support all of our efforts to provide quality programs, as well as address individual student needs and local school districts’ collaboration. We are honored to be an integral part of this community.”

The millage will tax $1.90 on each $1,000 of taxable value from 2020 until 2029. The new tax will provide funds to enhance other state and local funding the school districts already receive.

According to information about the millage posted on the Warren Consolidated Schools website, www.wcs.k12.mi.us, the 1.9-mill enhancement millage will cost approximately $190 per year on a home valued at $200,000, or approximately $95 per year on a home valued at $100,000.

The money can be used toward improving safety measures, updating security systems, expanding career technical education, for classroom materials, literacy materials, hall monitors, updated curriculum and much more.

According to school officials, the millage is expected to raise approximately $55 million annually. School districts are scheduled to begin receiving funding in the 2020-21 school year. The money will be allocated to each school district based on their student count. Residents will first be taxed in the summer of 2020.

Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education Trustee Elizabeth Pyden was “over the moon” when the voting majority approved the millage.

“I think they saw our kids deserve as many opportunities as our neighbors. Our community came out to support us,” she said. “They did what was right by our kids. I’m grateful. I feel incredibly blessed.”

Educators have complained for years that state lawmakers are not funding public education properly.

“We start out behind the eight ball every year,” Pyden said.

According to Pyden, the millage will provide $418 per student per year.