BRPS millage renewal proposal election to take place Tuesday

BIG RAPIDS – The Big Rapids Public Schools Operating Millage Renewal Proposal special election will take place on Tuesday, May 6.

The proposal allows BRPS to continue levying the statutory rate of 18 mills on all property except primary residences and other property exempted by law.

“This is a renewal of our operating millage we do every year,” said BRPS Superintendent Tim Haist. “The state expects us to collect this millage as part of our foundation allowance. When you see $7,000 per pupil coming to the schools, this operating millage is part of that $7,000. The state expects us to collect it. If this were not to pass, we would be less that amount on our foundation allowance.”

If the millage does not pass, the district would lose about $1,640 per student in per pupil funding.

“Our community has been supportive in the past and we appreciate the fact that they have continuously approved this and supported our school,” Haist said. “It’s something we hope they will continue to do this year.”

The millage brings in more than $3.2 million to the district, which is used for operation costs.

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