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Districts seek millage renewals

October 23, 2012
By JACKIE STARK - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The Ishpeming School District and Mid-Peninsula School District are both asking for a renewal of an 18 mill operating millage that's been in place for the past 20 years.

"These funds go to teacher salaries, textbooks, school supplies, paying of utilities for buildings," said Stephen Piereson, superintendent of the Ishpeming School District.

Piereson said the 18 mills accounts for about $552,000 of the operating budget.

"If that (18 mills) is not renewed, it would be catastrophic to make up $552,000 out of the budget," he said. "It would be very, very difficult. It would certainly require substantial cuts of personnel and programs. ... It's really important and the voters have approved this in previous years. So, if they could look at the quality of the programs and teachers in our schools, I would certainly encourage the people to support this again."

Ishpeming's proposal is asking for a renewal of 18 mills for 20 years, from 2014 through 2033. The proposal also states that .3838 mills could be collected "to restore millage lost as a result of any 'Headlee rollback' required by the Michigan constitution of 1963 and will only be levied to the extent necessary to restore that reduction to be able to continue to levy 18 mills."

The millage would collect about $552,000 in its first year.

Mid-Peninsula School District is also asking for an 18 mill operating millage 20-year renewal, from 2014 through 2033. Its renewal would generate approximately $837,369 in its first year.

"This is the money that we typically depended on for the last 20 years to operate," said Mary Brayak, Mid-Peninsula superintendent. "It's a good, solid basis for our school district, so it's very important. We're reminding people, again, it is only a renewal."

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.



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