On Tuesday, March 8, Benton Harbor Area
Schools will have two proposals on the ballot.
Proposal 1: To renew a current operating millage.
Proposal 2: To allow the District to levy a full 18 mills on
Voters will be asked to renew the District’s
levy of 18 mills on non-homestead property
for a period of 10 years (from 2017-2026).
• The current non-homestead millage
expires in 2016.
• The renewal will continue the current
tax on non-homestead properties
(commercial property, industrial property,
vacant property, rental homes and
• This is NOT A NEW TAX.
Voters will be asked to allow the District
to levy the full 18 mills on non-homestead
• This proposal includes a provision for
a “Headlee hedge.” A Headlee hedge
could be used in multiple-year renewals
when the District might face a Headlee
rollback. A Headlee rollback occurs when
property values grow faster than the rate
of inflation. Should that occur, it would
result in a loss of revenue for the District.
• With a Headlee hedge in place, the District
can use up to two mills to restore the 18
mill collection, so no State School Aid
revenue is lost. Again-this proposal only
affects commercial property, industrial
property, vacant property, rental homes
and apartment buildings.
• THE PROPOSAL WILL NOT INCREASE
TAXES OVER THE CURRENT 18 MILLS.
For more information, please contact Chief Financial Officer, Scott Johnson at 269.605.1076 or