Headlee Restoration - May 4, 2021
The West Bloomfield School District Board of Education unanimously approved a 2.0 mill non-homestead millage restoration proposal during their Jan. 25 regular meeting. This proposal will appear on the May 4, 2021 ballot.
The ballot proposal calls for a 2.0 mill increase in the non-homestead millage rate. This will raise the current non-homestead tax rate from its current rolled back rate of 16.9544 to 18.9544 mills. While the school district can only levy 18 mills on non-homestead property, the millage above 18 mills will protect the school district from future rollbacks.
This proposal seeks restoration of the non-homestead tax rate that was approved by voters in 2014.
Frequently Asked Questions
The following FAQ document was compiled to assist in answering the most common questions related to a the May 4 ballot.
THE BALLOT LANGUAGE
The following document outlines and provides context to the official ballot proposal language as it will appear on the May 4 ballot.
In recent surveys, parents have been asking these questions. Here are the answers.
- What exactly is a non-homestead millage?
- What is the purpose of the non-homestead millage?
- How does the non-homestead millage affect all students?
- What is a Headlee roll-back?
- What have Headlee roll-backs meant to Michigan’s school districts?
- If I don’t have kids in the school district, why would I vote on May 4th?
- What exactly will this do for the students and the schools?
- What are the non-homestead funds earmarked for?
- Why the need for more money?
- If the mileage does not pass how will we obtain funds or how will it affect the distinct?
- How do business owners in the area feel about it?
- Will the funds earned from the milage be guaranteed to increase funding for new staff and decrease school classroom size?
- What is the approximate dollar amount that each non-homestead parcel should expect to pay?
- Why can't you send students back in person and get some of the relief money from the state?
- With the shift to virtual learning, will any schools be closed?
- How are Michigan School districts funded?
- Why do school districts want to levy 18 mills on non-homestead property?
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- WBSD Letter to Absentee Voters - March 2021
- West Bloomfield School District planning May 4 non-homestead election - Press Release
- WBSD May 4 Election - Oakland Press Article
- Non-homestead millage restoration proposal to appear on May ballot - West Bloomfield Beacon Article