School Funding

Morenci schools ask for the renewal of the operating mile in the ballot of May 3

MORENCI – Voters in the Morenci Area Schools District are being asked to renew the district’s non-family operating mileage.

The renewal of 18 mills is on the ballot on Tuesday, May 3. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Morenci City Hall, 118 Orchard St.

The 18 mills are levied on businesses, rental properties and secondary residences, and not on the principal residences of the owners. The owner of property with a taxable value of $100,000 would pay $1,800 in taxes.

The renewal would be for one year.

If passed, the mileage is expected to fetch about $840,000 in 2022, according to the language of the ballot. This would represent approximately 10% of the district’s total revenue for the school year. It goes into the district general fund, which is used to pay salaries, purchase textbooks, and pay for other running costs of running the district.

The mileage is regularly renewed by voters. It was renewed in 2021 with 196 “yes” votes against 63 “no”.

This operational mile was created in the 1990s when Proposition A was adopted in Michigan. Proposal A shifted most school funding to sales tax in order to provide tax relief to homeowners, but established this operating mile to go toward the total funding amount per student set each year by the Legislature. of State.