School millage renewal vote pushed back

In March of 1994, Michigan voters decided to change how school districts pay for their operations.

Proposal A allows school districts to charge taxpayers up to 18 mills on non-homestead property: anything other than a primary residence.

But Proposal A expires at the end of this year, and school districts need to ask voters for their operations millage to be renewed.

The Marquette Area Public Schools were preparing to go to the voters this spring, but that’s now been pushed back a bit.

MAPS Board of Education president Rich Rossway says the millage renewal will now go before voters in August instead of May.

The district didn’t want the ballot issue to come up during the school year.

It also plans outreach efforts about the millage renewal aimed at many residents, especially seniors.

This afternoon’s schools board meeting was originally scheduled for Monday night but was postponed because of the snowstorm.