Saline Area Schools has begun work to get the word out about the non-homestead millage renewal proposal on the Nov. 5 election ballot.
The 10-year, 18-mill tax is assessed on commercial and industrial properties, and second homes and rental units within the Saline Area Schools district. It's worth an estimated $7.9 million annually to the district.
The school district has scheduled three public forums for residents who want to learn more. They will be held:
- 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28 in the Brecon Room at the Saline District Library.
- 9:15 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Brewed Awakenings.
- Noon, Wednesday, Oct. 30 at My Favorite Cafe.
Board of Education President David Holden emphasized that the millage doesn't impact the typical homeowner.
“It does not affect any individual homeowners. It's a renewal. There is no increase in taxes,” Holden said at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting. “We need a yes vote to stay Saline strong.”
Heidi Pfannes is leading a low-key campaign in favor of the millage. Pfannes spoke at Tuesday's board meeting.
“It's about 15.75 percent of our operational budget, which is equivalent to two elementary schools. That's how significant this election is,” Pfannes said. “It doesn't cost anyone anymore. It's something we're already paying. We need to get out to the community and let them know how important that it is to renew that non-homestead millage on Nov. 5.”
Besides the community forums, Pfannes said she and school officials will be glad to meet with people or groups to speak about the millage renewal proposal.
To talk to a school official about the proposal, call 429-8000 and ask to speak to Superintendent Graden or assistant Superintendent Janice Warner.