Ingham County to Vote on Millage Monday

By: Lori Dougovito
By: Lori Dougovito

Teachers and supporters of Monday's special election regarding Ingham County's Regional Enhancement Millage met Sunday to make last minute phone calls inviting voters to the polls.

They called voters in 12 mid-Michigan school districts and asked them to say yes to a property tax increase that would help raise close to $8 million annually. The money would be distributed to districts based on student enrollment. That's $160 per student, per year.

Williamston High School teacher Nancy Nelson says because of state budget cuts and Proposal A, cuts to schools have become severe, and this is one way to help raise money. Larry Neitzert, a Webberville High School Teacher, says if passed, the millage would bring in about $100,000 a year, and that's money that's desperately needed.

The passage of Monday's Millage would be good for Ingham County schools, but what about property owners that don't want their taxes increased? Nelson says, it won't make a huge difference for most people, but it will make a difference for the students.

A home valued at $100,000 will be taxed an additional $50 a year. Polls open throughout Ingham County Monday morning at 7 a.m.


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