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Portage Public Schools millage renewal question to be decided Tuesday


PORTAGE (WKZO) -- A non-homestead millage question on the Portage ballot on Tuesday will mean millions for Portage Public Schools.

Superintendent Dr. Rick Perry tells WKZO it is a renewal question, not a new millage.

"It's a tax that's levied on second homes, in other words, vacation homes and businesses," Perry said. "Every school district in the state has this non-homestead tax, which is 18 mills and only needs to be approved once every twenty years."

Perry said the district is most concerned about voters finding the actual question and not skipping it, considering the length of Tuesday's ballot.

"We're really, really interested in voters finding the very last on the ballot," he said, which is where the question is placed on the Portage ballot. "It's very important for our schools - about $11.8 million for us."

Perry said the amount equates to about 185 teaching positions in the district.

A "yes" vote on this question is a vote in favor of renewing the millage.

If the millage does not pass, Perry said it would be likely the district would try again, probably in February. Such an attempt, he said, would likely cost the district about $30,000.

Hear the entire Perry interview from The Lori Moore Show by clicking here.