Learn more about Farmington Schools ballot question

Farmington Public Schools residents can learn more this week about a Headlee restoration millage question on the Nov. 7 ballot.

The Headlee Restoration Millage Community Information Presentation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the Maxfield Education Center, 32789 W. 10 Mile Rd. in Farmington.

For the first time in about 10 years, a significant increase in property values across the district triggered a millage reduction required by the 1978 Headlee Amendment to the Michigan Constitution. The local Non-Homestead millage – affecting only commercial, business, rental properties, vacant land, and second-home properties – dropped earlier this year from the voter-approved 18 to 17.8542 mills.

School officials say the millage reduction will cost the district $170,000 for the 2017-2018 school year. Unless voters restore it, the reduction will become permanent. Funds support the day-to-day operations of the school district, including staff.