Voters to decide tax renewals May 3

South County voters in a May 3 election will vote on a request to renew a county-wide law enforcement millage. They’ll also vote on renewal of operating millages on non-homestead property in Vicksburg and Climax-Scotts school districts.

The county tax question, if approved, would renew a tax of $1.438 per $1,000 taxable value for six years through 2027. The tax would raise approximately $13.6 million in the first year of the levy. It is used “in the areas of prosecuting attorney, sheriff, circuit and district court, animal services and enforcement and corrections.” Voters have approved the tax at six-year intervals since 2004.

Michigan school districts are permitted by state law to levy up to $18 per $1,000 taxable valuation on non-residential property and on non-homestead residential properties if approved by voters.

Climax-Scotts voters will be asked to renew two such taxes: One is a tax of $17.5864 per $1,000 taxable valuation on non-homestead property for a five-year period, 2024-2028. The tax, replacing one which expires with the 2023 levy, will raise approximately $339,000.

Voters in the district will also be asked to increase the district’s rate by $2 per $1,000 taxable valuation, also on non-homestead property, to restore millage lost as a result of a reduction in the tax rate required by the Michigan Constitution. Approval is expected to raise $7,814 in the first year.

Vicksburg school district voters will be asked to continue the tax on non-homestead properties, a renewal of $18.0902 per $1,000 taxable valuation for the years 2023-2027, and increase the tax by 50 cents per $1,000 taxable valuation for years 2022-2027 to restore tax revenue lost by the Headlee Amendment.

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