Important information on the special elections on May 2

Posted Mar, 29, 2017

Important special elections on May 2

Deadline to register for this vote is April 3

Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor schools are each seeking renewals of existing millages, with minor changes.

Ypsilanti Community Schools:
Operating Millage Proposal:
For Ypsilanti, the levy would be extended for 5 years (through 2022.) It would also include an additional .5 mil (50 cents per $1000 valuation) to balance out a reduction required by the state since 1963. That millage would only be in effect until the reduction was paid for. Once the loss was covered the additional 50 cent millage would automatically stop.

Ypsilanti residents can find more information on where to register to vote or update their registration here.

Ballot language:
Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Ypsilanti Community Schools, Washtenaw County, Michigan, be renewed by 18 mills ($18.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) and also be increased by .5 mill ($0.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation), for a period of 5 years, 2018 to 2022, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and 18 mills are levied in 2018 is approximately $25,816,000 (18 mills of the above is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2017 levy and .5 mill is an increase in millage which will only be levied to the extent necessary to restore millage lost as a result of a reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963)?

Public Schools of the City of Ann Arbor:
Sinking fund millage:
This millage was originally approved by voters in 2013. Like the earlier version, this extension will be used for physical repairs and construction. The only change is that if approved, future revenue could also be applied to security improvements for the schools.

A sinking fund millage is explicitly forbidden from being used for teacher pay or administrative salaries.

Ann Arbor residents can find more information on where to register or update their registration here.

Ballot language: As a replacement of existing authority, shall the Public Schools of the City of Ann Arbor, County of Washtenaw, Michigan, be authorized to levy 2.50 mills ($2.50 per $1,000 of taxable valuation) to create a sinking fund for the purpose of the construction or repair of school buildings, including school security improvements, and the improvement and development of sites and, to the extent permitted by law, for other purposes, including, but not limited to, the acquisition and installation of furnishings and equipment, by increasing the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the School District for a period of ten (10) years, being the years 2017 to 2026, inclusive?  It is estimated that 2.50 mills ($2.50 per $1,000 of taxable valuation) would raise approximately $20,193,874 in the first year that it is levied.