Non-Homestead Millage Proposal

On August 4, 2020, voters in the Wayland Union School District will be asked to renew the current 18.387 mill Non-Homestead millage. This proposal will allow the district to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on non-homestead properties within the district.  Approval or disapproval will NOT result in a change to the taxes you pay on primary residences. 

What you need to know about the operating millage renewal proposal:

  • The non-homestead renewal only applies to rental properties, business properties and vacation homes - homeowner and agricultural property taxes will not be impacted.

  • A four-year millage renewal of the current 18.387 mills will support day-to-day operations, such as instructional materials, teachers, support staff and school counselors.

  • This is not a new tax but a continuation of the current rate. 

  • Without the operating millage, the school district would experience an estimated $3.6 million loss in revenue each year and require significant cuts to programs and services for our students.

 

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions?

What does non-homestead mean?

Non-homestead properties include businesses, investment properties, vacation homes and rental properties. It is not levied on primary residences, so there is no cost to homeowners.

I thought schools no longer received funding through property taxes so why are we talking about a millage renewal?

Funding for school districts changed significantly in 1993/94 when Proposal A was passed by the Michigan voters.  Under Proposal A, the State pays the majority of the cost, but to receive full funding, schools must levy taxes locally on non-homestead property in their District.

Is this a new tax?

No. This millage was last approved by the voters in 2014.  The current millage expires with the 2020 tax levy.

Will my residential school taxes increase too?

No. This tax is on non-homestead property and does not apply to your primary place of residence.

What happens if the millage doesn’t pass?

The revenue generated from the tax on non-homestead property totals approximately $3.66 million annually.  Failure to renew the non-homestead mills would change our state school aid foundation amount from the current $8,111 per student to a much lower $6,883 per student.  The State will not replace the funding and the Wayland Union School District will be forced to reduce or eliminate instructional and support programs for our students to offset the reduction of revenue.

How are Michigan school districts funded?

Districts receive most of their funding on a per-pupil basis.  The amount that a school district receives per pupil is called the Foundation Allowance.  The per-pupil Foundation Allowance for the Wayland Union School District is $8,111.  This represents approximately 80% of Wayland Union School’s revenue and is funded from two sources: 1) local revenue collected on non-homestead property and 2) state revenue.

Why the 18.387 and not just 18 mills?

The district is only legally allowed to levy a  maximum of 18 mills.   We are seeking renewal of the 18.387 mills as a means to protect against any future Headlee rollback. In the event of a Headlee rollback the district would then still be able to levy the full 18 mills but would never be able to levy more than 18 mills.

What else will I see on the ballot?

For the August 4, 2020 election, you will see the three proposals for Allegan Area ESA and one for Wayland Union Schools.  The AAESA proposals are a Headlee restoration millage that if passed will be assessed to primary residences.  The WUS operating millage renewal is a Non-Homestead millage renewal that does not affect primary residences but only applies to rental properties, business properties and vacation homes - homeowner and agricultural property taxes will not be impacted.

Absentee Voting

It's easy to vote using an Absentee Voter Ballot!  Due to the passage of the statewide ballot proposal 18-3, all eligible and registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason. Check your voter registration at Michigan Voter Information Center Michigan.gov/Vote. You may also download an absent voter application at Michigan.gov/sos. Requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election. Registered voters will need to return their absentee ballot application in order to receive a ballot by mail. Absentee ballots will be due no later than 8pm on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 -Election Day!

Absentee Ballot

It’s easy to vote using an Absentee Voter Ballot!  Check your voter registration at Michigan Voter Information Center Michigan.gov/Vote to see if you are registered. Absentee Voter Applications will be sent to all registered voters who are registered prior to June 20, 2020. If after this date requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed to you must be received by your clerk no later than 5 p.m. the Friday before the election. Registered voters will need to return their absentee ballot application in order to receive a ballot by mail. Absentee ballots will be due no later than 8pm on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 -Election Day! More info at michigan.gov/sos.

Voting in Person

You may register to vote in person at your local city or township clerk office on or before August 4, 2020. Polls are open 7:00am to 8:00pm.

How do I vote Absentee?

Absentee Voting

  • Absentee ballots are available as early as June 20, 2020
  • Applications for an absentee ballot will be mailed to all voters who are registered to vote before June 20, 2020.  After June 20, register to vote and request an absentee ballot from your local city or township clerk to be mailed to you. This can be done online at michigan.gov/sos
  • Registered voters will need to return their absentee ballot application in order to receive a ballot by mail
  • Absentee ballots will be due no later than 8pm on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 -Election Day!
  • You may return your ballot by mail or drop off at your local city or township clerk's office
  • Election Day hours are 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at your local precinct

Ballot Language

Official Ballot Language

WAYLAND UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT OPERATING MILLAGE PROPOSAL

This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its full revenue per pupil foundation allowance and restores millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963.

Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Wayland Union School District, Allegan, Barry and Kent Counties, Michigan, be renewed by 18.1773 mills ($18.1773 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 4 years, 2021 to 2024, inclusive, and also be increased by 0.2097 mill ($0.2097 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 4 years, 2021 to 2024, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and 18 mills are levied in 2021 is approximately $4,187,613 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2020 levy and the addition of millage which will be levied only to the extent necessary to restore millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the “Headlee” amendment to the Michigan Constitution of 1963)?


WAYLAND UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

OPERATING MILLAGE PROPOSAL

EXEMPTING PRINCIPAL RESIDENCE

AND OTHER PROPERTY EXEMPTED BY LAW

18.1773 MILLS FOR 4 YEARS AND

0.2097 MILL FOR 4 YEARS FOR

HEADLEE RESTORATION PURPOSES, IF NECESSARY