FLINT TWP. — Creating a safe and secure environment for students to learn and grow is the focus of two May 7 millage proposals recently approved by the Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools Board of Education.
The proposals, approved at the Jan. 22 school board meeting, include a 1-mill increase in the district’s sinking fund, potentially generating $750,000 a year from 2019 to 2023; and a Headlee Amendment override not to exceed 2.1314 mills that will generate $45,000 a year for the same period.
Revenue from the levies will be used to make critical improvements to school buildings and properties in the district, said Carman-Ainsworth Superintendent Eddie L. Kindle. Potential projects include upgrades to classrooms to enhance safety for students, teachers and staff during emergencies; repairs to deteriorating parking lots; and installation of more effective and efficient exterior lighting.
“Parents entrust us to keep their children safe, whether it’s in the classroom or anywhere on school property,” Kindle said. “These improvements will foster a safe and secure environment where students can learn and grow.”
The rationale for millage levies are as follow:
Voters approved the current 18-mill operating millage and 0.5-mill sink- ing fund in 2004 and renewed them in 2013. However, since 2004, revenue has decreased by nearly 30 percent; that means the district receives $141,000 less today than it did in 2004.
The district currently does not receive the full 18 mills because the millage was reduced when annual growth on existing property was greater than the rate of inflation, due to the Headlee Override Proposition.
A “Headlee override” is a vote to return the millage to the 18 mills originally authorized by the community. Restoring the levy to the full 18 mills could generate an additional $45,000 a year, Kindle said.
Local Impact: Restoring the full 18-mill levy would not affect property taxes for homeowners; rather, it is a tax on business properties in the district.
The district’s current 0.5 mill sinking fund is one of the lowest in Genesee County. An increase of 1-mill with approval of a Sinking Millage Proposal could generate an additional $750,000 a year, Kindle said.
A 1-mill increase in the sinking fund would mean a homeowner whose property is valued at $150,000 (taxable value of $75,000) would pay $75 more a year; which is equivalent to .21 cents per day. – G.G.