Overwhelming Majority Supports School Millage Renewal

 11/05/2013 - 20:58

Saline Area Schools voters have passed the district's request to renew a 10-year, 18-mill levy on non-homestead properties. Unofficial vote totals from Washtenaw County show that nearly 80 percent of voters supported the proposal (2,847-739).

Unofficial results continue to trickle in, but the proposal was passed by a large majority the City of Saline and York, Saline, Pittsfield and Lodi townships.

Saline Board of Education President David Holden said the overwhelming support was humbling,

"We're pleased and humbled. I think the results demonstrate how much this community values public education," Holden said. "Saline schools get great support from the parental community and from the business community. The endorsement from the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce helped us a lot."

The 18-mill tax is not levied against most homeowners. Instead it's levied against industrial and commercial properties, rentals and second homes. The tax is expected to be worth nearly $8 million for the district next year -- or about 15 percent of the general fund, which is about what it takes to operate two elementary schools.

Holden also thanked employees of the district who came out in support of the millage.

He said the overwhelming support for the proposal might be an indication that the public sees and appreciates the board's efforts to get costs under control.

"It may be that the community recognizes that this district is back on sound financial footing," Holden said. "With this type of support for the millage, voters are sending us a positive signal."

Nov. 5  Unofficial Election Results

Saline Area Schools

This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of 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.

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Saline Area Schools, Washtenaw County, Michigan, be increased by 22.2867 mills ($22.2867 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 10 years, 2014 to 2023, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2014 is approximately $7,972,045 (this is a renewal of millage which expired with the 2013 tax levy)?

Saline Schools Millage Yes No
Total 2,847 739
City of Saline 1&2 + 679 163
City of Saline 3 113 47
Lodi Township 1. 2 & 3 582 196
Pittsfield Township 1 58 8
Pittsfield Township 8 345 43
Pittsfield Township 9 170 26
Saline Township 150 74
York Township 2 & 3 477 253

Saline Township Road Maintenance

Shall the expired previous voted increase in the tax limitations imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution in Saline Township, of 1.0 mills ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value), be renewed at the original voted 1.0 mills ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) and levied for three (3) years, 2014 through 2016 inclusive, for maintenance of roads within Saline Township, raising an estimated eighty-four thousand dollars ($84,000) in the first year the millage is levied.

Saline Township Roads Yes No Turnout
  198 42  

Saline City Council Election (3 Elected)

  Precinct Votes Absentee Votes Total Votes
James Roth 290 294 584
Terri Sibo-Koenig 253 253 506
Linda TerHaar 272 271 544
Write In 14 3 17


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