Sinking Fund Millage

Thank You, Voters!

Southfield Public Schools Sinking Fund Millage Passes on May 8, 2018

The unofficial Sinking Fund Millage election results have been posted by Oakland County:
57.77% voting in favor of the proposal.

See the unofficial Sinking Fund Millage voting results

Sinking Fund Millage Ballot Proposal Details

WHAT IS A SINKING FUND MILLAGE?

  • Tax on ALL properties for 10 years to fund infrastructure improvements and repairs to school district facilities
  • The tax revenues that are generated are exclusively used for the purposes stated in the ballot language
  • No money is borrowed, so there is no debt is issued or interest paid by taxpayers

WHY IS A SINKING FUND MILLAGE IMPORTANT?
Investing in the district’s infrastructure will help achieve the district’s goals of:

  • Assuring that its facilities are safe, secure, up-to-date and attractive for the overall well-being of students, staff, and the community.
  • Protecting the community’s investment in its schools, attracting students and maintaining property values.

WHAT WILL THE SINKING FUND COST?
This will result in a ZERO net increase over the school debt millage rate paid by  Southfield taxpayers in 2017.

  • The refinancing of the bonds in 2017 reduced the district’s borrowing costs, resulting in a .7 mill reduction in the school debt millage rate going forward.
  • Replacing the 0.7 debt mill reduction with a 0.7 mill sinking fund provides funds to improve district infrastructure.
  • 0.7 mill sinking fund would provide approximately $1,680,000 of annual resources for repair of school buildings, school security improvements, and technology.
  • 0.7 mill equals 70 cents per $1,000 of taxable value.  For example, the tax on a home with a $50,000 taxable value would be $35.