“We find the MAISD in a very strong position to pass a one-mill increase in support of technology issues within its schools.” Those words begin an executive summary that describes the results of a recent phone survey of registered voters within Muskegon County. The survey, prompted by local superintendents, was conducted by Denno Reseach, LLC of East Lansing between February 18 and 20, 2013. The results indicate that 68% of the 400 respondents were either very likely or likely to support the initiative. School board members are using this data to inform their discussions on the possibility of a ten-year, one-mill “enhancement millage” in August.
If local school districts representing at least half of the student population in the county petition the MAISD to run an enhancement millage, the MAISD must do so by law. Currently, ISDs are the only entity that can offer this type of millage which would require the entire four million dollars in annual tax revenue to be distributed to each district for the purpose indicated on the ballot. If approved, each district would decide how their own technology funds would be spent. As an ISD, we stand ready to support our districts in this effort as needed.
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