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Voters approve headlee override, generates more funds for Schoolcraft

by Christian Hollis, Editor-in-Chief

Voters approved the Schoolcraft ballot proposal 58 percent to 41 percent to restore the millage rate from 1.78 to 2.27 mils on November 6. Homeowners inside the district with a valued home at $200,000 will pay an additional $50 per year in property taxes to support Schoolcraft College. The restored rate will bring in an additional $7 million in property tax revenue, resolving $7 million deficit. The new rate will take effect in summer 2019.

“While passage of this proposal is not a windfall, it does help provide the college with financial stability going forward and enables us to sustain and enhance programs and services that are valuable to our students and the community,” said President of Schoolcraft Conway Jeffress. “Assuming no emergencies arise, there should be no more cuts going into the 2019-2020 (fiscal) year. The college will have to continue to develop revenue streams with private developers as well as putting more emphasis on philanthropy. The millage money only replaces most of the annual shortfall. It is not a ‘silver bullet’.”

These results are a major difference to the college’s proposal in 2015 when voters disapproved the proposal by 51 percent. In comparison to the last time Schoolcraft was on the ballot, the college campaigned stronger.

The district’s mils rate will be set at 2.27 until 2028. For more information on the millage restoration, read the proposal breakdown at schoolcraftconnection.com/2018/10/31/schoolcraft-on-midterm-ballot/