School levy on May 7 ballot

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:33 PM

The one-year renewal would extend the current 18 mills on nonprincipal residential properties and other non-exempt property. It is not levied on principal residences.

It amounts to a levy of $18 for each $1,000 of a property's taxable value.

Donna Bylenga, director of business for Grand Haven Area Public Schools, said the income from the millage goes toward funding general operations for the district. If approved, she said it’s estimated to bring in more than $17 million in the first year toward the district's $61 million in operating expenses.

Bylenga said the community has been supportive in the past, and they hope to see sustained support as state funding continues to shrink.

Bylenga said it’s critical the renewal passes.

“Without passage, we could not open our school doors,” she said.

Note for Grand Haven Township voters: Precinct 1 polling has moved to Watermark Church (which will now host both precinct 1 and 5), 13060 U.S. 31. The township's precincts 2 and 4 are at Hope Reformed Church, 14932 Mercury Drive. Polling for precinct 4 is at Haven Shores Community Church, 9608 Hiawatha Drive.

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