School levy on May 7 ballot

Voters in the Grand Haven school district will decide May 7 on a millage renewal for their schools.
Krystle Wagner
May 2, 2013


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.



It seems kind of weird to me that they would put this to a community vote and the people paying the school millage can not vote on the ballot...


This is a standard millage renewal that they do every year. Every school district does this (because of the way that the state chooses to fund schools.) This is one reason why property taxes are higher for non-homesteaded properties.


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