Summer money

Grand Haven schools will be collecting taxes just once a year, beginning next summer.
Krystle Wagner
Nov 6, 2012


The taxes are currently collected twice a year for Grand Haven Area Public Schools — 50 percent in the summer and 50 percent in the winter.

On Monday, the school board approved collecting 100 percent of the property tax levy and debt levy on summer property tax bills, beginning in 2013.

Superintendent Keith Konarska said the district has been considering this option for the past five years for cash-flow reasons.

Donna Bylenga, the school district's director of business services, said the switch would prevent the need for borrowing money.

If the district had to borrow money, the amount paid in interest would take away from funding that could be used in classrooms, Konarska told the school board at Monday night's meeting.

“We’re at a point now where it’s in the best interest of our district and kids to do this,” he said.

Last year, the district used $3 million from its fund balance for operations. They are planning on using $2 million this year, Bylenga said.

The district's policy is to maintain 7 percent of the total general fund expenditures in its fund balance.

“Since expenditures have gone up, we have had to dip into our fund balance and make efficiencies to not go below 7 percent,” Bylenga said.

Before voting on the recommendation, school board President Chris Houghtaling reiterated that the change wouldn’t mean an increase in taxes.

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So one question I would ask is... the local school board has the authority to decided when to collect the school tax. But the State of Michigan decides how much the employees pay into retirements and benefits... So the question still is are the employees of the state or the local government. It seems to me we are using only the rules that benefit the state. I think the question that needs to be address, is opinion from the Michigan Supreme Court is really who does the public education personnel really work for. Does this also include State of Michigan Universities... if so then why has the governor NOT taken issues with the wages and benefit packages of them. This would also included the voiced complaint from the public about public teachers work schedule of 9 mos. We also know that the public school teachers do not see overtime for work conducted over 8 or 80 hrs. Public school teachers work a 8 hr day usually 830a-430p. College professors hardly teach any classes.. but I would like to see the same planning field across the board the same. SO getting to the real issues.. Does a school board have the authority to change when a tax is collected or does this become part of Prop #5 on the current ballot. With the recent changes in the State of Michigan public education agreements that Gov Snyder has signed into law... that took the State Government to change... which I question was legal or unconstitutional.


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