Schools to seek millage renewal

August 14, 2014 —
Hudson Area Schools will be seeking a renewal of the 18-mill non-homestead property tax millage at the November election.

The millage is automatically rolled back a small percentage annually by the Headlee amendment, so the renewal actually is to roll the tax rate back up to the 2009 level.

School Superintendent Mike Osborne says that the measure will not increase homeowners property taxes. The first year impact on non-homestead property including apartment buildings, rental homes, vacation properties, some vacant land, and commercial/industrial property will be that they pay the same tax rate, 18 mills, as was in place previously.

If passed, the district will levy only that portion of the .5 mill requested when a Headlee rollback and there is a need to restore the total rate to 18 mills for non-homestead property – which is the maximum allowable by law. The total operating rate is capped and cannot go higher than 18 mills.

If the measure fails, the schools stand to lose approximately $738,074 of funding due to a Headlee rollback in future years.

Until a recent change by the state, school elections were in the spring, but they are now on the November ballot. Three six-year terms are up for election on the ballot, and a fourth, a three year position to fill an uncompleted term, will also be voted on.

Current board members Wes Rowan, Ed Engle and Bill Rupnow have all filed to run again, but the fourth seat will have to be filled as a write-in, since the deadline for filing for the seats has passed.