Evart Schools seeks operating millage renewal on Aug. 2 ballot

Business manager: ‘We’re feeling positive’

EVART — Evart Public Schools is looking to renew its operating millage for another four years with a proposal on the Aug. 2 ballot. 

This proposal would 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.

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.

Evart business manager Zoe Babb said the mill would allow the district to continue its operations comfortably.  

“This is our general operating millage,” Babb said. “That is 18 mils based on how the taxable value of the district so this is just our general fund for operating. This is a guarantee for it for four years, and it's a renewal, we want to make sure everybody knows it's a renewal and we won’t be asking for an increase.”

The proposal states:

"Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 21.8850 mills ($21.8850 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Evart Public Schools, Osceola, Mecosta and Clare Counties, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 4 years, 2023 to 2026, 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 $2,297,908."

Babb said the district is looking to address education gaps caused by the pandemic as well as maintain its infrastructure into the new school year. 

“We have a lot of extra people in place still trying to recover learning loss from COVID-19 times and but everything is looking good,” Babb said. “We’re feeling positive about the millage and how things are looking financially for this school year.”