Local Group opposes Kent Co. millage hike; "These millages just keep coming"

KISD millage proposal

KENT COUNTY, MICH. - A group opposed to the upcoming school millage vote in Kent County is urging people to reject the proposal.

If passed, the millage would raise $20 million, providing each district with an additional $211 per student.

The Grand Rapids taxpayers association opposes the proposal. The group's president says voters approved a new millage for the zoo and public museum in November, and can't afford another hike in taxes. 

"These millages just keep coming, and coming and coming until taxpayers stand up  and slow this down. I don't know how many more homeowners can afford based on the fact income is not going up," said Michael Farage of the Grand Rapids Taxpayers association. 

Under  current state law, school districts can not request a millage increase to pay for operating costs; only for new buildings and maintenance.

The Assistant Superintendent of the Kent ISD, Ron Koehler tells us he can guarantee all of the money will be spent on students and costs related to classroom instruction. He says every district will also undergo an audit, to ensure the money is spent correctly. 

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