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1 Hold Harmless Renewal Vote November 4, 2014

2 “To understand the future you have to go back in time” Time To Travel Back To 1994 At The Movies - “Life is like a box of chocolates” was the quote of the day as Forest Gump won best picture. On TV - Seinfeld, Home Improvement, Friends, Controversy - Tonya Harding arranged to have the knee caps of rival skater Nancy Kerrigan shattered as she took part in a competition in Detroit. World Series Champ - None, MLB was on strike Gallon of Gas - $1.09 New Car - Average $12,350 Number of Students - 14,601

3 Prior to Local property taxes paid for local schools Per Pupil Funding This method of school funding created some inequities between school districts. History Of School Funding

4 After Michigan voters approve PROPOSAL A. Local property taxes went to the state and evenly distributed on a per student basis. Per Pupil Funding This method of school funding created a guaranteed amount of per- student funding for all districts across the state History Of School Funding

5 The Problem Under the new funding method (Proposal A), several school districts across the state, including Dearborn, would receive less money per student from the state than they were collecting under the old method. The Answer The state allowed districts to ask voters to approve a Hold Harmless Millage that would make up the difference in funding. School district residents approved a 10- year, 6.17 mill Hold Harmless tax. History Of School Funding

6 In 2004 Voters Approved a 10 year Renewal of the Hold Harmless Millage. History Of School Funding THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

7 Dearborn Public Schools Total Budget - $178.7 Million State Guarantee And Other Sources Total $139.4 Million Hold Harmless Total $39.3 Million Hold Harmless Dollar RENEW November4, 2014 The Importance of Hold Harmless

8 Hold Harmless Homestead Millage 6.17 Mill RENEWAL Part of Proposal A- Non-Homestead Millage (Business and Industry) 18 Mill RENEWAL Hold Harmless Total $39.3 Million 1 5 Hold Harmless Dollar RENEW November 4, Two Ballot Questions-Two Renewals $27.8 Million $11.5 Million

9 Both millages expire in the spring of 2015 Asking residents for a 10 year RENEWAL Not a new tax- only a RENEWAL Generates $39.3 million about 1/5 of total budget Money is used for day to day operations 10 Years - My How Time Flies!

10 The loss of these funds would mean a 1/5 reduction in all areas that address the needs of students including personnel, programs, special services for students, facility needs, and capital improvements. Can You Live With 1/5 Less?

11 Hold Harm Less - HOLD- This is not a new tax, only a RENEWAL. This would HOLD the Funding at current levels. HARM- Without Hold Harmless funding, the district would face massive cuts that would HARM the quality of education and the level of service provided to students. LESS- Can you live with 1/5 less funding for the district? 1/5 less teachers, programs, services to students, and maintenance to buildings?

12 Where will you be on November 4, 2014? - If you can’t vote in person sign up for an Absentee Ballot- Important Dates Are you registered to vote? - If you are 18 years old and a U.S. citizen, you can register to vote. - To be eligible to vote in the November 4 election, you must register by October 6, Where do I sign? -Registration and Absentee Ballot Request forms are available right now at any school office, the administration building, or on-line at

13 Hold Harmless Renewal Vote November 4, 2014 Can you live with 1/5 less ?

14 2014 Renewal mill Hold Harmless RENEWAL $76 million Bond Proposal approved by voters The funds from the Hold Harmless Millage are used for the operation of all schools and teaching students. By law, the Funds from the 2013 Bond Proposal can only be used for the construction and renovation of schools. Hold Harmless Vs 2013 Bond

15 Hold Harmless - Business The state determines the amount of per-pupil funding for each school district. This amount is calculated by adding the Non-homestead (business) part of the Hold Harmless RENEWAL and an amount determined by the state. State Aid 18 mill business tax Also part of Hold Harmless Millage Total amount received from the state $8,000 51% $3,315 Total amount received from the state $7,769

16 Hold Harmless + State Aid = Per Student Funding $6,500 $7, Hold Harmless Approved 1995 $ % Local Business Homeowners 8% State Education Budget 51% $8,593 Per Student Amount $ 593 $7,769 $8,362 61% Local Business 7% State Education Budget Hold Harmless RENEWAL November, % 2014 Homeowners $ 593 $8,000 64% Local Business 7% State Education Budget 29% 2004 Homeowners Hold Harmless Approved 2004


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