Marion schools in need of millage renewal

The operation millage provides about 30 percent of the Marion Schools budget.

The Marion Public School District which serves parts of Osceola and Clare counties say Tuesday's special election is critical in keeping the school open.

The district is asking for the renewal of a five-year 18-mill operation millage, which provides about one third of the district's budget.

The millage is based on non-homestead properties, which include businesses and vacation homes, permanent Marion residents would not be asked to pay an additional tax.

"Well it's important to get people out to the polls because this is our community," said Martin Meier, Marion Schools Superintendent . "We want to have them vote what they think is the right thing to do, and for our school system it's a good chunk of money that helps us operate."

If the operational millage is not passed , Meier says the school would eventually be forced to close.