By John Raffel
MARION – The Marion Public Schools will have an operating millage renewal proposal on the ballot in the special election on Aug 8.
The proposal would allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property except principal residence and other property exempted by law required for the district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowed and renews millage that will expire with the 2023 tax levy.
The estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and 18 mills are levied in 2024 is approximately $2,103,923.
Also on the ballot is the Mecosta-Osceola Transit Authority millage proposal, the request is for MOTA to be authorized to levy annually a millage in an amount not to exceed 0.5 mills (on each $1,000 of taxable value) of which 0.4666 mill is a renewal of a previously authorized millage rate that expires in 2023 and 0.0334 mill is new additional millage against all taxable property within the MOTA limits, for a period of five years 2024 to 2028.
It’s for the purpose of providing funds for all public transportation authority purposes permitted by law including all capital and operating expenses. The estimate of the revenue MOTA would collect if the millage is approved and levied in the first year, 2024, is approximately $1,153,000.