2019 Headlee Restoration Millage Ballot Information

This section of the website contains details about the Headlee Restoration Millage Ballot Proposal, cost, ballot language, and frequently asked questions.

Headlee Restoration Millage Ballot Proposal Details

On November 5, 2019, the Berkley School District will have an item on the ballot, a Headlee Restoration Millage. The November 5 ballot proposal if approved, would allow the school district to continue to levy 18 mills of Non-Homestead millage on all commercial, business, rental properties, vacant land, and second-home properties. This millage restoration does not affect property taxes on a primary residence.

2019 Headlee Restoration Millage Proposal Important Facts

  • Election Date: November 5, 2019
  • Continue to levy 18 mills of Non-Homestead millage on all commercial, business, rental properties, vacant land, and second-home properties.
  • In order for the District to receive its full per pupil foundation allowance from the state, the District must levy 18 mills on Non-Homestead properties.
  • An increase of 3 mills on the ballot, while restricting the District to levy no more than 18 mills, to restore and maintain the 18 mills and guard against losing money due to a future Headlee Amendment rollback.
  • The Headlee reduction has resulted in a $287,700 loss of revenue to the Berkley Schools budget for the combined 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years.
  • If the millage reduction continues each year, the $287,700 loss will grow annually.

Ballot Language

Berkley School District
Operating Millage Proposal

This proposal will allow the school district to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance.

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Berkley School District, Oakland County, Michigan, be increased by 3 mills ($3.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 3 years, 2020, 2021 and 2022, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2020 is approximately $287,700 (this millage is to restore millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and will be levied
only to the extent necessary to restore that reduction)?

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my tax rates increase if this proposal is passed?

No for homeowners. This millage proposal is only for Non-Homestead properties.

Yes for businesses. Due to the Headlee rollback, businesses have not been paying the full 18 Mills they expect to pay for schools. If this measure passes, the Non-Homestead property taxes will increase slightly (from 17.5 Mills to 18 Mills) to restore the loss from the Headlee rollback.

If the Headlee Restoration Millage is not passed by voters, will my tax rates go down if I’m a homeowner?

No. The Headlee Restoration Millage is a tax on non-homestead properties, not primary residences.

What does Non-Homestead mean?

Non-homestead property includes all taxable property within the District with the exception of a family’s primary residence. Non-homestead property includes industrial, commercial and some agricultural property and ‘second homes.’

What happens if the Headlee Restoration Millage is not approved?

The Headlee rollback has resulted in a $287,700 loss of revenue to the Berkley Schools budget for the combined 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years. If the millage reduction continues each year, the $287,700 loss will grow annually.

Voting Information

Register to Vote

Learn more about registering to vote, or see if you're already registered, at the Secretary of State's Register to Vote website.

October 21, 2019

The last day to register to vote by mail.

October 22 - November 5, 2019

In-person registration with the local clerk with proof of residency.

Absentee Ballots

Learn more about absentee voting on the Secretary of State's Absentee Voting website

  • Requests to have an absent voter ballot mailed via First Class Mail must be received by the City Clerk no later than 5 pm on November 1, 2019.
  • Electors already registered to vote may obtain an absent voter ballot in person in the City Clerk's office up until 4 pm on November 4, 2019.
  • Emergency absentee voting for the general election make take place up until 4 pm on November 5.
  • Election day registrants may obtain and vote an absent voter ballot in person in the clerk's office or vote in person in the proper precinct on November 5.