Voters make their choices in Southfield March 10.

Voters make their choices in Southfield March 10.

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Voters approve Southfield Public Schools millage

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published March 10, 2020


SOUTHFIELD/LATHRUP VILLAGE — Voters in Southfield and Lathrup Village approved an operating millage for Southfield Public Schools March 10. 

According to the unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division, 70.70% of voters, or 14,832 people, opted to approve the millage, while 29.30%, or 6,147 people, voted no. 

The Oakland County Elections Division website reports that 20,979 votes were cast for the proposal during the election, which is 36.67% of registered voters. 

According to the Oakland County Elections Division’s official ballot language, the proposal will allow the school district to restore the levy to 18 mills on non-homestead property and replace the authorized limit with 20 mills on non-homestead property. 

That portion of the proposal will not affect taxes for homeowners within the district. That portion only applies to industrial and commercial businesses, rental properties, and second home properties, according to the ballot. 

The proposal will restore, replace and extend the authority of the Southfield Public Schools to levy mills for general school district operating purposes.

The money the district receives from the millage will support the day-to-day operations of the school district, including salaries for teachers and staff,  Rosemerry Allen, the district’s millage board co-chair, said in a previous report. 

According to literature about the millage on the SPS website, due to the Headlee rollback, currently the Southfield Public Schools district is levying around 14.9377 mills on primary homeowners. 

According to the district’s information, the district can now levy up to 16.9698 mills on homeowners.  

The money from the millage represents approximately 49.35% of the overall general fund budget, or more than $42.3 million, according to information from the district.