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Vote on

Nov. 5!

THE BALLOT.

​Deadline to Register to Vote

  • By mail: Monday, Oct. 21, 2019

  • In-person at your local Clerk’s Office through election day, Nov. 5, with the required documentation.
    Find more information on how to register to vote.

What's on the Ballot?

 

Shall Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency, Michigan, come under sections 681 to 690 of the Revised School Code, as amended, and establish an area career and technical education program, which is designed to encourage the operation of area career and technical education programs, if the annual property tax levied for this purpose is limited to 1 mill ($1.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 20 years, 2020 to 2039, inclusive; the estimate of the revenue the intermediate school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2020 is approximately $8,264,827 from local property taxes authorized herein?

What does that mean?

 

Kalamazoo RESA has proposed a one-mill property tax increase to be levied for 20 years. If approved, the millage would generate approximately $8.3 million in revenue from local property taxes annually to help fund a systemic redesign of K-12+ career and technical education (CTE).

If approved by voters, the quality of K-12+ CTE programming would be enhanced by developing a centrally located career center for most programs, which will 1. substantially improve equitable access for students, 2. create economies of scale and 3. open up work study, co-op and internship opportunities for students with employers. The KRESA CTE millage would be used for operational purposes, with a portion of it devoted to facilities and updating equipment. In addition, public/private partnership opportunities are being cultivated to assist with additional capital needs. The approval of the CTE millage would mean:  

  • More students exposed to career options at earlier ages with more career readiness coaches 

  • Equitable access, economies of scale, and enhanced quality through a centrally located career center with a few strategic satellite locations  

  • More CTE teachers hired to deliver high-quality learning opportunities to students at the career center

  • Equitable access to CTE classes through efficient transportation, resulting in less time on buses and more time learning 

  • State-of-the-art technology and equipment to prepare students for high-demand, high-skill, high-wage careers 

  • At-risk students and those with disabilities supported through instructional support staff 

  • Additional training and support for students and families, particularly families in poverty 

  • Increased career planning and work-based learning experiences to assist students with career decision-making 

  • Increased number of students earning industry-recognized credentials/certificates that meet the needs of employers, particularly in areas with massive labor shortages such as health care, manufacturing, information technology, construction trades, and education 

  • Expanded opportunities for work-based learning, apprenticeships and credentials  

  • More students ready for the 21st Century job market who possess in-demand skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity and character 

  • Expanded and strengthened partnerships with area employers and colleges to help prepare students for high-demand, high-skill, high-wage careers of the future 

  • More young people equipped with the skills needed to earn a good living, allowing them to raise families in the area 

Vote on Nov. 5!

How much would the proposal cost?   

x

=

$75,000

taxable value

($150,000 market value)

one-mill

CTE proposal

one-mill for 20 years

$6.25/month

(taxable value x 0.001) / 12

  • A homeowner with a home with a taxable value of $50,000 (approx. market value of $100,000) would pay $4.17/month  

  • A homeowner with a home with a taxable value of $75,000 (approx. market value of $150,000) would pay $6.25/month  

  • A homeowner with a home with a taxable value of $100,000 (approx. market value of $200,000) would pay $8.34/month  

Who Can Vote? 

 

Registered voters who reside within the following school districts: 

  • Climax-Scotts Community Schools 

  • Comstock Public Schools 

  • Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools 

  • Gull Lake Community Schools 

  • Kalamazoo Public Schools 

  • Parchment School District 

  • Portage Public Schools 

  • Schoolcraft Community Schools 

  • Vicksburg Community Schools 

Absentee Ballots 

Due to the passage of a statewide ballot proposal, all registered voters in Michigan may now request an absent voter ballot without providing a reason. 

 

You can check on your voter registration and absentee voter status at the Michigan Voter Information Center website, michigan.gov/vote

Learn more about the election process in Kalamazoo County at https://www.kalcounty.com/clerk/electfaq.htm