A divided Plymouth-Canton Board of Education voted 4-3 on May 22 to urge Wayne RESA, the intermediate school district, to place a millage on the Nov. 6 ballot.
The millage, which would levy 2.2 mills over five years, would make up a $5 million deficit in the Plymouth-Canton budget, as well as help the 34 member schools under Wayne RESA.
Plymouth-Canton would receive about $7.19 million over the course of the millage's five years, if approved, but would raise about $10.52 million from district taxpayers. The rest, Superintendent Jeremy Hughes said, would benefit the county's other schools. The percentage of distribution, Hughes said, is based on per-pupil distribution.
Board members Mike Maloney, Mark Horvath and Judy Mardigian voted against the recommendation.
"I think this is the worst kind of tax," Maloney said. "It's a bad deal for us, with one-third of the money going to other people."
Sheila Paton, John Barrett, Arienne Davis and Barry Simescu supported the measure.
Paton said the millage could spare some district programs and prevent further cuts with the added revenue.
"I think I was pretty clear in our budget meeting, we need to give our taxpayers an opportunity to vote on this," Paton said. "I think we need to let people weigh in. This is our opportunity to maybe not have to cut some things."
In order to appear on the ballot, Wayne RESA will need the support of 51 percent of its member schools. It was unclear if Detroit Public Schools would support the measure, so Plymouth-Canton, Dearborn and Livonia would have to show support to achieve the 51 percent figure, Hughes said.
Hughes emphasized an affirmative vote is not supporting the millage, but rather supporting the question appearing on the ballot for voters to decide.
The following chart shows the approximate cost of the millage for a homeowner, based on their home's property value:$40,000 $80 $60,000 $120 $75,000 $150 $100,000 $200 $200,000 $400