March 8 Ballot: Pontiac Charter Change and School Millage

dickeys top CATER2March 8 Ballot: Pontiac sidebar01sponsorCharter Change and School Millage

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 9, 2016)

Pontiac, MI – Voters in the City of Pontiac and in the Pontiac School District will have ballot proposals on March 8, 2016 Primary Election ballot.

A Charter Amendment would update the Election Commission to include “City Treasurer” instead of “City Assessor.” The full language is:

“Proposed Charter Revision #1

Currently the City Charter Article II Section 2.105 states “Election Commission, The City Election Commission is composed of: The City Clerk, The City Attorney, and the City HowesLocationAssessor.”

Shall Chapter 2, Section 2.105 of the City Election commission be modified to be composed of The City Clerk, The City Attorney, and The City Treasurer?”

The Pontiac School District is asking voters to approve a sinking fund millage to make improvements to school buildings. The proposal states:

“I. OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL

This proposal is a renewal of millage previously authorized by the voters. It allows the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance. The remaining 0.50 mill is only available to be levied to restore millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the “Headlee” Judy_Palmer30yearsamendment to the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and will only be levied to the extent necessary to restore that reduction.

Updated: 1/4/2016 8:48 AM

Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in School District of the City of Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan be renewed by 18.50 mills ($18.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 20 years, 2017 to 2036, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and 18 mills are levied in 2017 is approximately $27,590,391 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2016 levy)?

  1. MILLAGE PROPOSAL, BUILDING AND SITE SINKING FUND TAX LEVY

This millage proposal, if approved by the electors, will allow the School District of the City of Pontiac to levy a building and site sinking fund millage, the proceeds of which will be used to Schrock2015_SmilingFace_admake infrastructure improvements and repairs to the School District’s facilities. Pursuant to State Law, the expenditure of the building and site sinking fund millage proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for teacher, administrator or employee salaries, maintenance or other operating expenses.

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in School District of the City of Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan, be increased by and the board of education be authorized to levy not to exceed 2.87 mills ($2.87 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 5 years, 2016 to 2020, inclusive, to create a sinking fund for construction or repair of school buildings and all other purposes authorized by law and state agency interpretation; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2016 is approximately $7,199,111.00?

March 8, 2016 is also the Presidential Primary.  For more on the upcoming election, see our Election Section at http://oaklandcounty115.com/category/election-information/.

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