Clinton schools to seek millage renewal

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CLINTON — Clinton Community Schools is seeking the annual renewal of the 18 mill, non-homestead tax, which will appear on the May 6 ballot. The estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2014 is approximately $936,073.19.

Often residents wonder what the term “non-homestead” means. According to Clinton Community Schools Superintendent Sean McNatt, non-homestead represents industrial, commercial, some agricultural property, and “second homes” in the Clinton School District.

The non-homestead tax is not levied on a family’s main residence.

McNatt also emphasized residential taxes will not increase. “This tax is on non-homestead property and does not apply to your main place of residence,” said McNatt.

Even though schools no longer receive funding through property taxes, this millage must be renewed every year. According to McNatt the funding for school districts changed in 1993-94 when Proposal A was passed by Michigan voters.

“Under Proposal A, the state pays the majority of the cost, but to receive full funding, schools must levy 18 mills on non-homestead property in their district,” McNatt said.

For further information contact McNatt in the Clinton Superintendent’s office at 456.6501.

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