LETTER: Non-Homestead Millage Vote on May 8th
On Tuesday, May 8, Dowagiac Union Schools will have our non-homestead millage renewal on the ballot for a vote. This renewal only affects second homes and businesses and accounts for approximately $5 million (23 percent) of our annual budget.
This is not a new tax.
In 1994 when the Michigan Legislature passed Proposal A and changed how public schools were
funded, a non-homestead millage was part of the proposal. Each school district was required to levy 18 mills from Non-Homesteads to receive full funding (again this affects second homes and businesses not primary residences).
This renewal is a very large part of the Dowagiac Union Schools’ budget and necessary for the proper operation of the school district.
Voters have approved the 18 mill non-homestead renewal since its inception in 1994. The last vote was in 2014 and is up again for renewal. Please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 8th. Thank you and On Dowagiac!
Dowagiac Union Schools
While the 2017-18 school year will soon come to a close, Niles Community Schools and local community organizations offer programs... read more