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November 03, 1989 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-11-03

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which would boost sales
taxes to 6 percent and lower
property taxes, also would
lower the district's revenue.
The two statewide pro-
posals on the general elec-
tion ballot would have
different effects on various
school districts in Oakland
Oakland Intermediate
Schools assistant
superintendent Rick Simon-
son says Bloomfield Hills
and Birmingham schools
also support Proposal A and
West Bloomfield and Farm-
ington school districts have
not taken a position.
But other area school
districts like Oak Park,
Berkley, Royal Oak support
both proposals, he said. In
fact, they prefer Proposal B
which cuts the high property
taxes their residents pay.
Raising sales taxes to 6
percent in Proposal B will
generate $1.6 billion,

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Simonson said. Of that $400
million will be earmarked
for schools. The remaining
1.2 billion will go to property
tax relief.
Every school district will
receive between $250 and
$350 per pupil of state aid,
he said. The money will
make up for the loss of
revenue when property
taxes are rolled back.
Although each school
district in Oakland County
will see some millage level
reduction, it will vary wide-
ly, Simonson said.
In Bloomfield Hills or
Birmingham, residents get a
drop of up to three mills, he
said. But in poorer districts
like Hazel Park, where the
average millage rate is
higher because property
values are lower, the millage
rate is expected to drop by as
much as 19 mills.
On a statewide level prop-
erty owners can expect to see
the school millage rate drop
an average of 33 percent if
Proposal B is passed, Simon-
son said.
Dropping the millage rate
is an attempt to equal things
out, he said. In the end, each
district will have between 17
and 25 mills going toward
These new millage levels
will be permanently fixed.
But individual school
districts may ask voters to
approve up to four additional
mills for education, Simon-
son said. Those new taxes
would be subject to
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