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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a school operating millage?
A school operating millage is a local property tax that is levied by a school district on taxable property in the district to help operate the district and make repairs and improvements.
Didn’t the passing of Proposal A in 1994 eliminate the need for school Operating Millages?
This is a common misconception. School Operating Millages are still needed to receive the full per-pupil Foundation Allowance. A local Operating Millage requires voter approval.
How does this tax compare to other Wayne County Schools?
All Wayne County School Districts have received approval from their respective communities to levy a non-homestead millage on industrial and commercial properties.
How is the non-homestead millage different from a Bond Millage or a Site Sinking Fund?
By law, the Building and Sinking Funds can only be used to pay for identified major repairs and/or improvements. Bond proceeds may only be used for capital projects and site improvements. In contrast, the non-homestead renewal has the flexibility to be used to pay for the day to day expenditures of operating a school district.
Is this a new tax?
No. This non-homestead millage is a renewal of a levy supported by Trenton voters twice before (1995, 2004).
How does this tax affect the property tax on my home?
Renewing this operating millage will have no impact on the property tax you pay for your primary residence.
Will this increase taxes on Non-Homestead properties?
No. This is a renewal so businesses will pay the same millage rate they are currently paying.
What is the impact if the Operating Millage renewal proposal is not approved by the voters?
If the non-homestead renewal fails, Trenton Public Schools will lose approximately $3.8 million annually or 15% of its operating budget. The revenue source currently represents $1,466 per year for each and every student in the School District.
How will the revenue collected on non-homestead properties be used?
The $3,839,700 generated by the renewal of this significant revenue source represents approximately 15% of the School District’s Operating Budget. The revenue will be used to continue funding the District’s operating costs and programs, such as, classroom instruction, technology, textbooks, utilities, maintenance of facilities, transportation, and food service.