by Graham Sturgeon, co-editor

The Byron Area Schools (BAS) is one of two Shiawassee County school systems with election proposals on the Tuesday, May 8 ballot. The BAS non-homestead operating millage will allow the school system to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, excluding principal residences and other property exempted by law, for a period of seven years. Should the millage be renewed, voter tax rates would remain the same. The non-homestead operating millage is levied on business properties and secondary residences.

The funds, which are necessary to restore millage dollars lost by Michigan school systems as a result of the reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963, would be used for classroom instruction and programs, and other operating expenses. The estimated revenue BAS would collect in 2019 if the millage renewal is approved is $455,820.

Byron Area Schools voters first approved the 18-mill non-homestead millage in 1994, after Proposal A significantly reformed and reduced taxes for school operations in Michigan. The Byron Area Schools Board of Education requested and received a renewal of the operating millage in 2012, for a period of seven years, despite the statewide trend of school systems requesting the maximum millage term of 30 years.

Byron Area Schools to Request Operating Millage Renewal was last modified: May 7th, 2018 by Karen Elford