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 Benton Harbor Area Schools are CLOSED for Wednesday February 10, 2016.

Snow day  
 
2016 Millage  
 
 
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
non-homestead properties.
 
Proposal 1: Operating Millage Renewal
 
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).
 
Facts:
• 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
apartment buildings).
 
• This is NOT A NEW TAX.
 
Proposal 2:  Operating Millage "Headlee Hedge"
 
Voters will be asked to allow the District
to levy the full 18 mills on non-homestead
property.
 
Facts:
• 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
scott.johnson@bhas.org