ALPENA - The Alpena Public Schools Board of Education passed a resolution for an enhancement millage through the Educational Service District on Monday, in order to enhance other state and local funding for school district operations. Superintendent Brent Holcomb said the revenue generated by the millage would be determined by student count and assessed property values, but estimated APS would receive approximately $1,000 per student.
"Finances for school districts is not good," Holcomb said. "The enhancement millage allows the community the choice to self-tax itself at a higher rate for education."
Holcomb said if the called for enhancement millage - three mills over 10 years - passes, it will have a significant impact on the budget. However, he said at this time the resolution should be broad without limits to the ESD communities.
"APS are arbitrators to move this forward, based on student enrollment," he said. "We make 60 percent of the ESD population, we have to vote affirmative to make this a ballot issue."
According to Holcomb, the millage would be used for a variety of school necessities including transportation, technology, building maintenance, and to fund other larger projects, but it will not be used for wages.
"I'm not sure we have any more options," Holcomb said.
The Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District Board of Education will not take action on this until after November, but if approved it will be seen on the February ballot.
"The enhancement millage will replace what the state has cut and continues to cut ... it's a budget relief," board member Mike Barnett said.
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