Carman-Ainsworth to hold Town Hall Meeting regarding millage election

FLINT TWP. — Carman- Ainsworth Community Schools is holding a Town Hall Meeting, April 29, regarding the May 7 millage proposals.

The meeting will be held in the auditorium at Carman-Ainsworth Middle School at 6:30 p.m.

Carman-Ainsworth schools will ask voters May 7 to approve 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.

Superintendent Eddie Kindle said security concerns are the reason for the need for a sinking fund increase, citing the district’s plans to install more than 300 quick action locks on classrooms throughout Carman- Ainsworth’s school buildings.

Voters approved the current 18-mill operating millage and 0.5-mill sinking fund in 2004 and renewed them in 2013. However, since 2004, officials said revenue has decreased by nearly 30 percent; that means the district receives $141,000 less today than it did in 2004.

Currently the district levies a ½ mill for the sinking fund, generating $350,000-400,000 annually.

If approved, the one mill increase would take a home valued at $150,000, with a taxable value of $75,000, and would assess the owner an additional $75 a year, or 21 cents per day, said Kindle.

The second issue on the May 7 ballot is a Headlee Amendment override. Assistant Superintendent Russ Parks said the current operating mill- age is 18-mills, but the district currently does not receive the full amount because the rate is reduced when annual growth on existing property is greater than the rate of inflation, due to the Headlee Override Proposition.

A Headlee override will 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, said Assistant Superintendent Russ Parks.

Carman-Ainsworth has 18 mills, that generates approximately $6,450,000 in revenue, but in 2018, a Headlee Override reduced mills by .1314, losing $45,000 in revenue, he said.

When Michigan voters approve Proposal A in 1994, it established a statutory rate of 18 mills for non-homestead, that goes directly to the schools. This is assessed only on businesses, rental properties and vacation homes.

Parks said in 2018, the district had a Headlee Override – which happens when taxable values go up over the rate of inflation. The override is a rollback on the rate of inflation. This rollback caused the reduction in the 18 mills, thus creating a $45,000 loss in revenue.

With the May 7 election, the district is proposing the millage be set at 20 mills – which gives it the rolled back amount of 17.8686 mills, plus 2.1314 mills to equal 20 mills. This way, when a rollback happens it comes off the 20 mills, then Proposal A sets the millage at the 18-mill cap — making it so Carman-Ainsworth schools keeps the $45,000 annually it would lose due to the Headlee Amendment.

For more information about the town meeting, visit the Carman- Ainsworth website www.carman.k12.

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