May 4th Ballot Proposal Passes! - A Note from the Superintendent:
On behalf of the Board of Education, I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to the voters of the West Bloomfield School District on the successful passage of our May 4th ballot proposal with nearly 75% of the votes being cast in favor. Approval of our school district’s non-homestead millage proposal allows the school district to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on non-homestead property which was originally approved by voters in 2014.
This will generate $691,000 to the General Fund beginning next school year with approximately $8.2 million or about 12 percent of the West Bloomfield School District’s operating budget throughout the remainder of the millage.
I am grateful to the parents, students, and other members of the community who helped us inform residents about the millage proposal. Thank you for helping to make the greater West Bloomfield area an even better place to live and raise a family.
Again, we extend our thanks to the people residing in the West Bloomfield School District for supporting their schools.
The May 4th Ballot Proposal was passed by the voters of the West Bloomfield School District with 3,238 (75%) YES votes and 1,090 NO votes.
For more information visit the Oakland County Elections webpage.
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?
- Headlee Restoration FAQ in Spanish
- Headlee Restoration FAQ in Arabic
- Headlee Restoration FAQ in Japanese
- 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