Re: Facilities Loss
Scott Begin (0005555440@MCIMAIL.COM)
Tue, 24 May 1994 23:44:00 EST
Steve Sousa talked about approval of tax increases in areas where they
wanted services bad enough. I agree.
I went to the Galien Township Schools, offering K-12 for a total of
about 500 students, graduating in 1987. It was almost an annual school
election where millage increases or renewals were voted on.
Milage is how Michigan taxes property for services. Each Mil is
1/1000th of a percent (.00001) of assessed value, with assesed value
being 50% of "market value." Up to 15 mils can be assesed without being
approved by voters. Voters can approve a maximum of 50 total mils for
all taxing units (schools, village, township, etc..). Millage increases
must be renewed as specified in the original milage. It seems really
complicated, but I'm going off of memory of a Jr. high class where we
discussed it (12 years ago). I haven't had to deal with it in a while.
Anyway, the Galien Twp. Schools are small, with two slightly larger,
similarly sized school systems immediately to the east and west (about 7
miles each way). Both school systems wouldn't mind absorbing part of the
district (and giving them reason to expand their facilities). As often
as the Galien schools have come into financial difficulty, the voters in
the district have NEVER rejected a milage increase.
The town of Galien is about 700 residents (many students, including
myself, have addresses outside Galien). Most of the school district is
agricultural land (corn/wheat/soybean fields). There are some small
industries in the town, but they do not contribute much to the tax base.
The school is the town's main identity (even if it is the first school
to annouce closing due to bad weather). The farmers in the district are
the hardest hit by increases.
My parent's theory on why every millage increase has been approved is
that the residents are afraid that the town will lose it's identity if
the millage is rejected and the school is closed. Even as tough as tax
(millage) increases are, the residents want the schools bad enough to
approve the increases. I doubt there is much that could happen to the
school to cause it to close.
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin ASM, T-348, Oak Forest, IL, Calumet Council
firstname.lastname@example.org GHS Class of 1987
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