Farmington Schools voters face November Headlee override

Farmington Public Schools voters will face a ballot question in November unlike any they’ve seen in quite some time.

“For the first time in about a decade, we got caught in the Headlee Amendment,”┬áSuperintendent George Heitsch said during a Tuesday meeting of Farmington area city and school district officials.

The 1978 law sets limits on how much cities and school districts can capture when property values rise. Farmington Schools has an 18 mill operating levy that will drop to just over 17.8 mills unless voters allow the district to levy the full amount.

A 2017-2018 budget document posted on the district’s website indicates that the district’s 2017 taxable value increased faster than the rate of inflation:

“For 2017/2018, Farmington can only collect $10,136 of the estimated per pupil foundation of $10,155 due to the Headlee rollback of the nonhomestead millage rate. Since the State assumes that the full 18.0000 mills is levied, they do not make up the $19 lost because of the rollback.”

Voters go to the polls on Tuesday, November 7.