One of the issues on the ballot early next month in Washtenaw County will be a proposal to renew and restore the Non-Homestead Operating Millage for Ypsilanti Community Schools.
Lisa Barry reports, with the future of the city hinging on the success of its schools, opposition to the ballot proposal is difficult to find.
“There are no tax implications for a home owner, or someone who actually lives in an apartment,” says Edmondson. “But if you own apartments or industry or businesses, then what we’re asking them to do is to basically go out and, quite frankly, support what they’re already doing.”
The millage renewal will be used to cover the district’s operating costs, which, school officials say, means it’s used to cover a lot of the essentials they use to teach children.
“If the millage does not pass, YCS will lose $2,371.29 per pupil,” says Erickson Elementary School Principal Kelly Mickel.
Edmondson says passing the millage will allow their district to hire and retain quality teachers, support students with additional needs, and maintain their facilities.
**NOTE** (added 04/28/17 11:54am by PC) - As noted in this article from MLive, the annual collection amount on the ballot is overstated.
3. How much money will the operating millage raise?
The ballot language incorrectly states YCS would collect about $25.8 million a year if the operating millage proposal is approved. In fact, school officials estimate the annual operating millage revenue would be around $9 million, which is about 16.5 percent of YCS total annual revenue. In 2016, YCS collected $8.55 million from its operating millage, according to a report from the Washtenaw County Equalization Department. The YCS board of education is responsible for certifying the ballot language submitted to the Washtenaw County elections division, said Ed Golembiewski, director of elections for Washtenaw County. Golembiewski told The Ann Arbor News school officials have not requested an update to the ballot language they submitted, which would require reprinting ballots.
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