On May 7, 2024, Adrian Public Schools will hold their Non-Homestead Operating Millage Renewal election on the primary ballot.
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Renewal of Non-Homestead Operating Millage

March 4, 2024


Dates of Importance

< ELECTION DAY -  May 7th, 2024 >

March 23 - Absent Voter Ballots
must be available for issuance to voters

April 22Deadline to register by mail or online and be eligible to vote for the May 7 ballot (you still have the option to register in person until Election Day.)

May 7th - Election Day

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City - 135 E. Maumee St
          Adrian MI, 49221

County - 425 N. Main St
               Adrian MI, 49221

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On May 7th, 2023, Adrian Public Schools will hold their Non-Homestead Operating Millage Renewal election on the primary ballot. This will be a 10-year (10) renewal on the Non-Homestead Operating Millage.

This proposal will NOT impact the taxes on owner-occupied homes in our district. Only second or rental homes, commercial properties and industrial properties are affected. 

The non-homestead millage makes up an estimated $4,715,596 million, nearly 10.4%, of the Adrian Public Schools’ roughly $46 million annual budget for the 2023-2024 school year.

Renewal of the non-homestead millage would help maintain the current programs offered by the district. If this funding is lost, the district would lose a portion of the Foundation Allowance, would not be able to replace it with any other funding source. While primary households are not affected by this millage, state law requires a district wide election to approve the millage renewal. 

To summarize:

  • on the Non-Homestead operating Millage.The Non-Homestead operating millage is part of the basic school funding system in Michigan

  • Primary homeowners do not pay this millage ($0 per year)

  • Renewal of this millage would allow the District to continue to receive the full per-pupil Foundation Allowance


  • The current authorization to levy a non-homestead millage expires December 31, 2024

  • In the 2024-2025 school year, the state expects the District to collect an estimated $4,715,596

  • In the 2024-2025 school year, the non-homestead millage accounts for $1,767 of the per-pupil Foundation Allowance

  • The non-homestead millage accounts for 18.4% of the total per-pupil Foundation Allowance in the 2023-2024 school year

Ballot Language:


This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2024 tax levy.

Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 18.2517 mills (on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Adrian Public Schools, Lenawee County, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 10 years, 2025 to 2034, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and 18 mills are levied in 2025 is approximately $4,801,643 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2024 tax levy).


Important note: The district will never levy more than 18 mills as the ballot question and Michigan law strictly forbids it. The 18.2517 mills has a contingency should the millage dip below 18 mills. Again, the district can only levy up to 18 mills.

For more information regarding the ballot proposal, please read the BALLOT PROPOSAL AT A GLANCE document.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does non-homestead mean?

Non-homestead represents industrial, commercial, second homes, and some agricultural properties. It does not include a family’s primary residence.

Is this a new tax?

No. The non-homestead operating millage was last approved by voters in May 2014 and went into effect July 2015. The current millage expires December 31, 2024. 

Why is Adrian Public Schools asking for 18.2517 mills, when by law, it can only levy 18 mills?

The 1979 Headlee Amendment to the Michigan Constitution added a provision to require a “roll back” in millage rates if the local non-homestead tax base (taxable value) increases more than the rate of inflation. Like most districts in the state, the millage proposal includes additional mills even though we can only levy 18 mills per year. Thus, if we experience a “Headlee Rollback,” we would not have to have another expensive election to restore the non-homestead tax to 18 mills.

I thought schools no longer received funding through property taxes. Why is Adrian Public Schools asking for this millage?

Funding for Michigan school districts changed significantly when voters passed Proposal A in 1994. Under Proposal A, the state funds a portion of public school districts, but to receive full funding from the state, schools must levy 18 mills on non-homestead property in the district.

I live in the Adrian Public Schools district. Will my property taxes increase if the non-homestead millage renewal and replacement passes?

No. The tax applies to non-homestead properties like commercial, industrial, or rental property, not your primary residence. In addtion, if approved by the voters the millage renewal would allow the shool district to continue to levy 18 mills. There would be no tax increase.

What if the millage does not pass?

If the non-homestead millage is not renewed, Adrian Public Schools would be unable to assess the full 18 mils that voters approved in May 2014. Due to the Headlee rollback, the district currently assesses 18.2517 mills.

The State of Michigan will not replace the lost revenue; therefore, Adrian Public Schools would likely have to reduce programs and staff to reach a balanced budget.