BIG?BAY - Voters in the Powell Township School District will decide the fate an operating millage request in Tuesday's primary election.
The request is for a renewal of the district's 20-year-old operating millage of 18 mills along with a 2 mill increase to account for Headlee Rollbacks.
If approved, the levy will generate a little more than $913,000 in revenues its first year.
An operating millage is used by a school district to fund its general operating needs and accounts for a large portion of a school district's budget. According to information on the district's website, the operating millage provides funding for classroom materials, facility upkeep and utilities, food service, transportation and staff salaries and benefits.
In Michigan, schools are largely funded through a per pupil foundation allowance that is comprised of both local and state tax revenue. When the state is determining its portion of the foundation allowance for each individual school district, it always assumes that district is collecting an 18-mill operating millage, regardless of whether it actually is.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.