May 6, 2014 - Annual Non-Homestead Election
On Tuesday, May 6, 2014 Onsted Community Schools will hold their annual non-homestead election. The voting place this year is the Cambridge Township Hall and voting hours are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Voters will be asked to vote on a Non-Homestead Millage Renewal. Below you can find answers to frequently asked questions.
What does “non-homestead” mean?
Non-homestead represents industrial, commercial and some agricultural property and “second homes”. It does not include a family’s main residence.
I thought schools no longer received funding through property taxes, so why are they talking about a millage renewal?
Funding for school districts changed significantly in 1993/94 when Michigan voters passed Proposal A. Under Proposal A, the State pays the majority of the cost, but to receive full funding, schools must levy 18 mills on non-homestead property in their district.
Is this a new tax?
No! And this tax is on non-homestead property and does not apply to your primary residence.
What if the millage is voted down?
The revenue generated from the 18 mills totals over $2 million annually, greater than 16% of the school district’s budget. If this millage does not pass, the State does not make up the difference, and Onsted Schools will be forced to reduce or cut programs to offset the loss.
How are Michigan School districts funded?
Districts receive most of their funding on a per-pupil basis. The amount a school district receives per pupil is called the Foundation Allowance. The per-pupil Foundation Allowance for Onsted Schools is currently $7,026. This represents the major portion of Onsted Schools’ revenue and is funded from 2 sources: 1) Local Revenue – 18 mills collected on non-homestead property, and 2) State Revenue.
By law, to receive the total Foundation Allowance, Onsted Schools MUST collect a local “non-homestead” millage for this portion of the budget. The State reduces its obligation to districts by this amount and only pays the balance. Therefore, it is critical to continue to collect 18 mills on non-homestead property to attain full funding. AGAIN, THIS IS NOT AN INCREASE – IT IS A RENEWAL!
ATTACHED you will find more details and for more information, please contact the Board Office at 467-2173 .
How to contact the Superintendent
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Information related to bidding on Bond Project work at Onsted Community Schools.
This folder contains perception data that was collected regarding Onsted Community Schools and other schools in Lenawee County.
Picture Slide Show of 2010 Bond Project produced by Granger Construction. This slide show played during 2012 Back to School Picnic on Wed. August 29, 2012.
May 6, 2014 Election Information - Non-Homestead Renewal
This report was completed in March 2009 as a way to better predict the enrollment for Onsted Community Schools. The last formal projection completed for the District was in 2001-02. Obviously with tough financial times and decisons in all schools, we would like to be operating and planning with the best data available. Please take some time and review this information as it is an indicator of what we may expect in the future regarding enrollment.