Saline Area Schools Supt. Scot Graden during an Oct. 10 meeting of the board of education announced a community forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Liberty School Media Center, 7265 North Ann Arbor St. to discuss an upcoming ballot proposal that would levy a 0.85 millage to fund school facility maintenance, security and technology, as well as recreational opportunities in Saline, including the high school pool and the Saline Area Senior Center.
The district is asking voters to approve a 10-year, .35-mill sinking fund levy and a 10-year, .5 mill recreation millage. If the millage is passed that would mean that a resident living in a house that costs $100,000 would be levied $85 per year to fund recreation and facility maintenance in Saline.
Both millages would replace existing levies and would be effective from 2018 to 2027. Voters originally passed a .85 recreation millage in 2000. In 2009, the district reduced the size of the recreation millage to .5 mills because it also asked for a .35-mill sinking fund levy. Voters approved both.
In recent years, the Headlee rollback has reduced those millages to .495 and .3461. Because the district is asking for the pre-Headlee amount, the tax proposals are not legally considered renewals.
Graden said he's been asked why the millage needs to be renewed when the school system also asked voters to approve a bond proposal in 2015.
"The bond handles the envelope, while the sinking fund takes care of what goes on in the classroom," he said.