The Craig Fahle Show

Wayne County Residents Face Millage Decision for Education

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Residents in Wayne County will decide weather to raise their property taxes countywide for schools. The millage increase would benefit some districts more than others.

The Detroit News reports: "That’s because the 2-mill, six-year revenue enhancement millage on the Aug. 5 ballot would be collected according to taxable property values, but distributed on a per-pupil basis. Wayne County educates about 213,000 students in K-12. All of the county’s 32 school districts would get extra revenue if the millage passes, but districts such as Plymouth-Canton would pay more in taxes than they would get back in collections. And districts such as Detroit Public Schools would pay less in taxes than they would receive because of higher enrollment."

Craig speaks with Chris Wigent, superintendent of Wayne RESA; Dr. Thomas Harwood, superintendent of Grosse Point Public Schools; and Steve Wasko, assistant superintendent of Detroit Public Schools. The panel discusses how their districts regard the ballot question.

"The stakes are high for some districts," says Wigent, who stresses the diversity in districts throughout Wayne County. "For some schools districts that continue to operate at a deficit, this could be a lifeline for the future of those districts."