MARESA Special Education Millage

Tomorrow is School Election Day, and it’s your chance to have a say in what’s going on in your area.

One issue will be on the ballot everywhere in Marquette County.

It’s a special education millage proposal for the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency.

It would be 0.25 mills next year.

MARESA Superintendent Steve Peffers says the funding would only be collected by MARESA — MARESA wouldn’t spend any of it.

They’d distribute it to local school districts.

The measure would raise more than half a million dollars over the next 20 years.

All 13 school districts in Marquette and Alger Counties would get a share of it based on student enrollment.

Peffers says that since the Marquette Area Public Schools have the largest district, MAPS would get a third of the funding.

The measure would restore the 2-mill funding level for special education that Marquette County voters approved in both 1988 and 1995.

The 2-mill amount has been reduced by the state’s Headlee Amendment.