Voters pass measures in special election

GLADSTONE – Residents of the Gladstone School District voted to pass a millage proposal Tuesday which was reintroduced after failing during the November General Election. The proposal will provide the district with more than $1 million.

“It’s a great day for kids,” said Gladstone Superintendent Jay Kulbertis.

The millage proposal passed by 147 votes, with 736 supporting the proposal and 589 voting against the measure. Sixteen percent of voters turned out for the special election.

“We may spend part of this evening patting ourselves on the back, but tomorrow I’ll be meeting with stakeholders to prepare for next year so it’s the very best it can be for our kids,” said Kulbertis.

The proposal will allow the district to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills ($18 on each $1,000 of taxable value) on all property except principal residences and other property exempt by law.

The 18 mills is required for the district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance from the state. The funds raised by the millage and the contribution from the state will provide the district with approximately $1,097,402 in 2014 for operating purposes. Had the millage failed, the district would have received no funding from the state’s foundation allowance.

The majority of the millage, 17.5669 mills, is a renewal of a millage which will expire with the 2013 tax levy, and .4331 mill is a restoration of millage lost as a result of a millage reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963. The 18 mills which have been renewed will be collected for nine years, from 2014 to 2022 inclusive.

When the millage was first brought to voters last November the proposal failed by a vote of 2,652 to 1,846.