INFORMATION: Special Ed Millage Renewal - Tuesday, May 4, 2021

 

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This voter information website was paid for by the:
West Shore Educational Service District
2130 US-10 • Ludington, MI  49431

Tuesday, May 4 is Election Day.

This is the TIME to decide whether to RENEW the Special Education Millage.

Every eight years since 1990, voters who live within the boundaries of the West Shore Educational Service District have renewed the special education millage that generates funds for special education in our three-county region.

The Special Education Millage Renewal proposal on May 4 is not a request to raise taxes. The millage renewal proposal on the ballot is the same one mill, eight-year levy for special education previously approved by voters in 1990, 1998, 2006, and 2014.

Based on current property values, the one mil renewal would provide $3.4 million annually to fund Special Education programs and services to more than 1400 students with disabilities in our nine local school districts in Lake, Mason, and Oceana counties.

If approved by voters on May 4, the one mill renewal would provide $3.4 million annually for special education programs and services required by state and federal law.

Nearly half of the $3.4 million in annual funding goes back to our nine local school districts to cover a portion of their special education costs. This amounts to approximately $13.3 million in direct reimbursements to our local school districts over the last eight years.

Over the last eight years, the West Shore ESD has returned $13.3 million in special education funds back to local school districts for special education programs and services.

If approved by voters, the Special Education Millage would continue to fund the WSESD working in partnership with our local districts to provide special education programs and services to students with disabilities in our region.

Tuesday, May 4 is the time for you to consider whether to renew the special education millage for the next eight years.

Thank you for your consideration of the Special Education Millage Renewal proposal.