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CAPS - May 8, 2012 Election Frequently Asked Questions
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CAPS - May 8, 2012 Election Frequently Asked Questions

What am I being asked to consider?
The district is asking for a 5-year renewal of the district's 18-mil non-homestead property tax rate.

What does this do to the property taxes on my home?
Nothing. Homes will not see any increase nor any decrease in their property tax rate regardless of whether the millage renewal request passes or fails. The renewal affects only non-homestead property such as second homes, and businesses.

Why is this on the ballot?
Schools can only receive full funding under Proposal A from 1994 if voters approve the levy of 18 mills on nonhomestead properties. The state aid received by the district from its foundation grant is based on the assumption that the local district levies the18 mil non-homestead tax. If the district does not levy the full 18 mills, the district will have to operate with less than the full foundation grant.

What is the history of this proposal?
Coopersville Area Public Schools voters have authorized this millage levy since Proposal A began in 1994. In the past, this proposal has been approved for multiple years or as an annual request. In recent years, this proposal has been on the annual ballot along with Board elections in May. Because of the change in election law by our state legislature, moving board elections to November of even years, the request for approval of this proposal is for a 5 year period.

How many years will this be in effect?
The ballot question asks the public to set the millage rate at 18 mills on non-homestead property for a period of 5 years. This will save the district from an annual election expense.

What happens if the millage request fails?
The district stands to lose about $ 1.23 million in state aid, which would mean drastic cuts across the board for our schools. Remember, this is not a new tax, only a continuation of a tax that is considered to be part of the district's base funding plan as set forth in Proposal A which was approved statewide by voters back in 1994.

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