Aug. 2 ballot includes Reed City operating millage renewal proposal

Superintendent confident in proposal passing

REED CITY — The Reed City Area Public Schools administration is aiming to renew its four-year operating millage on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot. 

This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 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 and renews millage that will expire with the 2022 tax levy.  

The remaining 1.1031 mills are only available to be levied to restore millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the “Headlee” amendment to the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and will only be levied to the extent necessary to restore that reduction.

Local school districts generate a portion of school funding through a property tax called a millage. A millage rate is made up of a certain number of “mills.” All Michigan school districts are required to collect an 18 mill, millage to pay for operations or day-to-day functions from employee salaries to utilities.

Superintendent Michael Sweet said the passage of the millage would support school operations. 

“This is the business and non-homestead renewal,” Sweet said. “What that does is it allows the district to continue to levy 18 mills, which is the requirement the state of Michigan in order to get your full per pupil funding amount, so important for the district to be able to continue to levy the full amount so that we get full per pupil funding for the state. We’re confident that the voters will support it.”

The proposal states:

"Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Reed City Area Public Schools, Osceola, Mecosta, Newaygo and Lake Counties, Michigan, be renewed by 19.1031 mills ($19.1031 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 5 years, 2023 to 2027, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and 18 mills are levied in 2023 is approximately $2,393,387."

Sweet said the administration has a lot planned in terms of addressing concerns within the district.

“We're going to continue to work with curriculum instruction in high-performing groups, those are the big pieces,” Sweet said. “We're also going to continue refining our safety protocols to ensure that we have a secure facility for students and staff.”

For more information on RCAPS, visit the district website at www.reedcityschools.org