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Harper Creek School District Non Residential Property Tax Increase (May 2011)

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A Harper Creek School District Non Residential Property Tax Increase measure was on the May 3, 2011 ballot in the Harper Creek school district area which is in Calhoun County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 884 Approveda
  • NO 866[1]

This measure sought to increase the current property tax rate on non residential properties to the maximum amount of 18 mills for a period of two years in order to help pay for operational costs of the district.[2] This was the only levy the district is allowed to authorize, it is allowed by the Headlee Amendment of the Michigan constitution. The amendment states that if property tax growth exceeds inflation then the levy would be reduced. This measure will allow the district to exceed the limited rate and increase it back to the original 18 mills. Previously asked overrides had failed in the district.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

This proposal will enable the school district to levy the statutory rate of 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. Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Harper Creek Community Schools, Calhoun County, Michigan, be increased by 1 mill ($1.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 2 years, 2011 and 2012, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2011 is approximately $139,210 (this millage is to restore millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and will be levied only to the extent necessary to restore that reduction)?[4][5]

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