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Letter to the Editor: Vote 'Yes' on Huron Valley Non-Homestead Millage Renewal

Former Huron Valley Schools teacher Dee Stoddard voices her opinion on the Nov. 6 millage request from the district.

Dear Editor,

"Vote from the bottom up," recommends the Michigan Education Association (MEA), for a very good reason. On November 6, a YES vote on the very last item on the ballot called Operation Millage Renewal Proposal is critical for operational funding purposes in the Huron Valley School District. As suggested, I will start voting from the bottom of my extensive ballot and work my way up to the top so as to not overlook this vitally important renewal.

The 18 mills levied by this millage on commercial and industrial properties and second homes will simply be renewed, not increased and will not affect primary residences at all unless it is turned down in which case Huron Valley Schools stands to lose $9 million a year, for the next 10 years! If passed, one tenth of the school district's budget will be saved, for the next 10 years, which will also protect your own property value by avoiding massive cuts for students, impacting the quality of education offered in our community.

Remember, "Vote from the bottom up," as recommended by the MEA. Your YES vote will help to protect your property value without having to pay additional taxes and will continue to ensure the quality of the Huron Valley School District.

Sincerely,

Dee Stoddard

Retired HVS Teacher

The viewpoints in this letter are those of the writer, and Patch is not responsible for any ideas portrayed as facts. For questions and clarifications, please leave a comment below or contact editor Brooke Tajer at brooke.meier@patch.com or 248-534-7203.

Brian Perks October 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Ten years ago when Huron Valley first pushed this millage they said it would only be for ten years. After it passed, they should have begun to cut and plan on losing this millage in ten years. What did they do? Nothing. They kept on spending and expanding. Our community has been cutting personal budgets for quite sometime but Huron Valley schools continues to attempt to pass millage after millage. It is time to cut budgets significantly, not keep the status quo. MEA controls too much of the school agenda and needs to be stopped. Vote NO on the Non-homestead Millage Renewal (Renewal is like an increase because the cost gets passed on to the public.)
scott shepherd October 23, 2012 at 08:31 PM
brian i could not agree with you more, its time to tighten there belts just like everyone else in the community!
John Holmes October 24, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Good point. What gets my blood boiling every winter when it's cold, wet, and snowy is the fact that Huron Valley Schools have two (2) GIANT, over the top fitness facilities that are under used.....under used not by choice! Ever wake up on Saturday or Sunday morning looking for something to do with your family, only to find out that those HUGE new gymnasiums are empty? I AM PAYING for those facilities, yet I can't take my kids up there to shoot hoops. Why? Because there is a vollyball game at 6pm? What ever happened to janitors? They can clean that gym floor in an hour and have that facility ready for any other planned activities. When there is "Open Gym", it is so crowded, you don't dare take a smaller kid up there because it is overrun with people playing basketball games (8 or 10 guys using 1/3 of the gym each). It wouldn't be that way if it were open for more time during more days. And by the way, what's wrong with the original gym? And why do the school sports teams get to overrun the "community" fitness center? It's a joke that the tax payers are financing those "Community Fitness Centers", being so under utilized by the same people paying for them. OPEN THE DOORS AND LET US IN.....and by the way, get some more friendly help at the front desk.... I hate being treated like I'm bothering you!!!!! However BRIAN, a renewal is NOT an increase if it is NOT increased. That's a silly notion. But ya, those folks have WAY TOO MUCH say.
Kim Root November 02, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Just to be clear, this millage is part of what school districts were expected to do following the passage of Proposal A in 2003-04. Since the 2005 school year, the district has cut more than $30 million from its budget and the per pupil funding for HVS students is nearly at the same level it was 10 yea rs ago. HVS schools are tied for last with four other districts for the lowest funding in Oakland County and also among the lowest funded in the state. Non-homestead taxes are not paid by homeowners who have a single residence in the school district.

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