Public comments on school millage

Clarkston News Staff Writer

Clarkston Community Board of Education hosts a public hearing Monday, May 22, at 6:45 p.m. about the district’s proposed 2017-2018 property tax millage rate.
Board of Education President Steve Hyer said they’re proposing the same millage they’ve had for several years, 18 mills for non-homestead properties and seven debt mills.
Non-homestead properties include commercial, agricultural and rental properties.
“That makes up our full funding, so that’s not extra money we get, but that money is already included in our per pupil dollar amount,” Hyer said. “The seven debt mills is for our bond and capital projects and that’s the rate we’ve been at for quite some time now.”
One debt mill is a dollar for every thousand dollars of taxable value, which is half of a home’s value. Seven debt mills is seven dollars for every thousand dollars of taxable value.
“We have to certify our tax rates so the townships can bill out, so we do summer tax collection,” Hyer said.
The Board of Education can’t adopt the proposed 2017-2018 property tax millage rate until after the public hearing.
The hearing will take place at the district board room.