GH schools operating millage renewal on May ballot

Krystle Wagner • Apr 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Voters in the Grand Haven school district will see the annual operating millage renewal on next month’s ballot.

The district is seeking a one-year renewal of the 18-mill operating millage that’s levied against non-principal residence and non-exempt property.

The millage will generate more than $17 million, which is about 25 percent of the district’s revenue budget, according to Grand Haven Area Public Schools Superintendent Andy Ingall. The money goes toward day-to-day operations such as salaries, bus operations, maintenance and classroom supplies.

Grand Haven school board President John Siemion said the state doesn’t make up the funding if the millage isn’t renewed. In the past, voters have supported the renewal, which is important for the district’s budget, he said.

If voters do not approve the millage renewal on May 8, Ingall said it would be difficult to keep the district’s doors open.

“Our voters in the past have overwhelmingly supported this renewal, as they realize how important this levy is for district revenues,” the superintendent said. “They also realize this is a millage renewal, not an increase, and does not affect homestead property.”

Polls will be open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Elsewhere in Ottawa County on May 8, voters in the Hudsonville Public Schools, Kent City Community Schools, West Ottawa Public Schools and Zeeland Public Schools districts will also be asked to consider operating millage renewals. 

Voters in the Hudsonville and Kent City districts will see sinking fund millage proposals on their ballots.

Holland-area voters will be asked to consider a 1-mill, five-year renewal of the Holland community swimming pool millage.

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