70
      Friday
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      Voters weigh in on school funding

      Voters across Northern Michigan will cast ballots Tuesday on dozens of issues, many revolving around school funding.

      Voters across Northern Michigan will cast ballots Tuesday on dozens of issues, many revolving around school funding.

      In Grand Traverse County, voters will weigh in on an operating millage to increase funding for Northwestern Michigan College. The millage is for an increase of .4042 mills ($0.4042 per $1,000 of taxable value) and levied for fifteen years, 2013 through 2027. If approved, .4042 mills will generate an estimated $1.7 million for Northwestern Michigan College when first levied in 2013.

      Cadillac Area Public Schools is asking for a millage renewal. The proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of 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 2013 tax levy. The estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2014 is approximately $5,214,617.

      McBain Rural Agricultural Schools is also seeking a millage renewal. The proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on all property except principal residence and qualified agricultural property required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation guarantee. If approved, the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect the first year of levy, 2013, is approximately $1,085,864.00.

      A millage renewal is also being voted on by residents in the Marion Public School district. The proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of 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 2013 tax levy. The estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2014 is approximately $1,455,371.

      Mason County Eastern District is seeking a levy the statutory maximum rate of 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 2013 tax levy. The estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2014 is approximately $1,443,547.

      There is also a millage renewal for West Shore Community College. The renewal is in the amount of .7062 mill ($0.7062 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of eight (8) years, 2014 through 2021. The total amount of captured tax increment revenues from such millage in the first calendar year of the levy is estimated to be $45,000.

      The polls will be open until 8pm.