Brandywine millage up for renewalPublished 8:32pm Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Brandywine Community Schools will be asking voters in November to renew a millage on non-homestead property that would benefit the district’s general fund.
Director of Finance Kathy Holy said money gained through the millage accounts for 12 percent, or $1.37 million, of the district’s general operating expenses.
“It is a good chunk of our operating budget, so it is important that we renew it and that people understand that it is only a renewal and it isn’t a tax increase,” said Supt. John Jarpe.
The renewal is for 18 mills on non-homestead property, meaning land and buildings not designated as someone’s residence. That could be business property, rental property and vacation homes.
“It doesn’t affect residential homeowners tax one bit,” Jarpe said. “It’s only a renewal and not a tax increase for anyone.”
The millage expires in June 2013 and was last voted on in May 2009.
“The reason I’m considering this for the November ballot is because it would be at no cost to the district for holding a special election — we simply do it when the presidential election takes place,” Jarpe said.
The school board is expected to vote on whether or not to place the millage renewal on the November ballot at the Aug. 27 meeting.