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School Districts Spend Tens of Thousands On Losing Millage Requests

Districts across the state choose to hold funding requests during low turnout elections

… districts as voters passed millage, bond and sinking fund … also: Local Millages Coverage Legislators … more

District's Millage Urgency Claims Don't Match Facts

Alcona Community Schools official says money needed to stop flow of huge staff cuts

… support for an upcoming millage, Alcona Community Schools … with the headline: Millage needs to pass for Alcona … regional enhancement millage that would raise … more
John Pollard

Anatomy of How to Kill a Tax Hike

… groups fighting against millage hikes for schools, … using public safety millages is often like trying … safety enhancement millage money goes into the … these public safety millages are about preserving … more

Reject a Tax Hike? It'll Be Back

Wyoming residents soundly reject millage, school board puts it back on the ballot

… voters had passed the millage in November, the school … attempted to get rejected millages back before voters … more

Pittsfield Township to Vote on Millage for Core Services

… existing public safety millage to maintain services. … in its public safety millage from 1.00 to 1.95 mills … township. Pittsfield Township s millage is common among municipalities … said public safety millages are like used car … more

Legislators Chip Away at Proposal A Property Tax Limits

Legislation would break 1994 promise to taxpayers

… restrictions on new millage requests. According … use of sinking fund millages have been introduced, … covered by Proposal A millage limitations. Three … for technology. "A millage for school security … more

Local Police/Fire Millage Votes Show Local Politicians’ Bad Faith

… fire enhancement millages on the ballot. These … general property tax millage increase. Or … voters to approve extra millages for those lowest priority … extra police and fire millages. When you buy … more

'Taxpayer Burnout' Likely At Play In Rejection Of Grand Rapids Community College Millage Request

… favorable time for millage approvals, and more … voters would approve the millage by a 24 percent margin … an unrelated transit millage increase that was narrowly … revenue. The millage had the support of … more

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