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May 4, 2021 Election

Northville Public Schools Non-Homestead Operating Millage Renewal; Vote on May 4, 2021
Northville Public Schools Non-Homestead Operating Millage Renewal
Vote on May 4, 2021
On May 4, 2021, all registered voters in the Northville Public School District will have the opportunity to vote on an Operating Millage proposal that would renew the current millage rate of 19.2383 mills on all non-homestead property for five years, 2022 to 2026. This millage applies only to non-homestead property such as businesses, rental properties, and second homes. Even though owners of primary residences are not affected, state law requires a district-wide election to approve the Operating Millage.
This millage generates about $10 million annually for Northville schools, representing 13% of the overall General Fund budget. The money received from the Operating Millage supports the District’s day-to-day operations, including payment of salaries and benefits, classroom supplies and materials, and student transportation and building maintenance. Failure to pass the millage renewal would result in a significant loss in operating revenue for the school district beginning in 2022.
This is not a new tax. This millage was last approved by voters in November 2011, when voters approved a millage rate of 20.9100 mills. That millage has been reduced to 19.2383 through subsequent Headlee Amendment adjustments as noted below.  The District is seeking to renew the reduced rate of 19.2383 mills.
Additionally, this millage is vital to ensuring the District receives the full per pupil allocation from the state. In order to receive this full allocation, school districts must levy the statutory maximum operating millage of 18 mills. Although the current ballot proposal requests 19.2383 mills, the District cannot levy more than 18 mills, just as occurring today. The remaining 1.2383 mills would serve as a hedge against future Headlee adjustments, thereby ensuring the District can continue to levy 18 mills and receive the full per pupil allocation from the state.
In summary, this millage maintains the current school tax for business owners, is not levied on primary residential property -- but represents a significant source of operating revenue for the District.
Questions regarding the May 4, 2021 Non-Homestead Operating Millage Renewal may be directed to
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
revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire
with the 2021 tax levy.
Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 19.2383 mills ($19.2383 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Northville Public Schools, Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw Counties, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 5 years, 2022 to 2026, 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 2022 is approximately $10,000,044 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2021 tax levy)?
In November 2011, Northville voters approved an operating millage of 20.9100 mills for a period of 10 years. Through subsequent Headlee ‘rollback’ adjustments, the levy has been reduced to 19.2383 mills for the 2020 Tax Year, as shown below:
Tax Year Operating Millage Year-Year "Roll Back"
2020 19.2383 -0.0754
2019 19.3137 -0.8995
2018 20.2132 -0.3831
2017 20.5963 -0.3137
2016 20.9100 0
2015 20.9100 0
2014 20.9100 0
2013 20.9100 0
2012 20.9100  
Although the current operating millage is 19.2383, the District may only levy up to 18 mills. The difference between the current millage and the statutory maximum is often referred to as a “Headlee hedge”, which can be used to offset future Headlee ‘rollback’ adjustments through the duration of the levy.