To the Ovid-Elsie Community:
I am sure that over the past few weeks you have seen the blue and gold signs with the checkmark that says “O-E Students First”. These signs are encouraging our community to support the two school millage proposals on the November ballot.
The Headlee Restoration will increase the general operating millage back to its’ original 18 mills (from 17.46) and the Sinking Fund proposal will generate 1 mill for 5 years to conduct much needed repairs to specific parts of the District.
The property tax on the Headlee Restoration does not apply to residents’ primary homes or to certain farmland parcels, but it is assessed on second homes, commercial and industrial property. In other words, if you own your home and live there, the non-homestead millage does not affect you. The non-homestead millage (Headlee) has been around for years and helps ensure that local schools get the appropriate funding.
As far as the Sinking Fund is concerned, this is a generalized term that schools use to generate funds that are above and beyond the scope of its regular operating budget. Again, the main purpose of this millage is to generate funds for roof replacements, science lab updates and bathroom updates.
Many presentations and informational meetings have been conducted throughout the community over the last few weeks, but if you would like more information, please contact any Ovid-Elsie official or visit askoe.weebly.com.
With the Presidential race and a bevy of local, state and federal races – not to mention six statewide ballot issues – it is important for voters to take time to locate the specific school ballot questions. Most importantly – we ask that you please vote on November 6!