School Election Information
In February/March 2024, Lake Orion Community Schools residents will be asked to approve two (2) different millages; the Non-Homestead Operating Millage and the Sinking Fund Millage. Both of these millages, if approved, will result in no tax rate increase to primary homestead homeowners. The Operating Millage will be for a period of 10 years, 2024 through 2034, and the Sinking Fund Millage will be for 10 years, from 2024 through 2033.
The Non-Homestead Operating Millage is the school district's operating millage and has a direct affect on the per pupil foundation allowance that the district receives from the state. This renewal, if approved, will keep the existing 18 mill tax levy on businesses, rental properties, and second homes, a levy required to allow the school district to receive its full state funding.
The Sinking Millage provides funding for maintenance and upkeep of district's recreational facilities in order to make them available for a variety of public activities. Some of these activities include construction or repair of school buildings, school security improvements, the purchase of school buses and transportation vehicles, and for the acquisition or upgrading of technology.
- When is the election?
- What is on the ballot?
- What is a non-homestead millage?
- How is revenue from the non-homestead replacement millage used?
- What will happen if voters don't approve the non-homestead replacement millage?
- Why does the proposal on the ballot ask voters to approve a 21-mill non-homestead replacement millage?
- What is a sinking fund?
- How is revenue from the sinking fund replacement millage used ?
- What will happen if voters don't approve the sinking fund replacement millage?
- How will sinking fund projects be identified?
- A YES vote typically means that a voter supports a ballot proposal. Is that the case in this election?
- How will the proposals benefit residents who don’t have students attending Lake Orion Community Schools?
Who can vote in the election?
Residents of Lake Orion Community Schools who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day and are registered to vote can vote in this election.
Where can I get information about voting (such as how to register,where to vote, and absentee voting)?
Go to the Michigan Voter Information website (michigan.gov/vote) or call your local Clerk’s Office.
Do I need to update my voter registration?
You need to update your voter registration if you have changed your name or address since the last time you voted. You can do this at any Secretary of State Office or your local Clerk’s Office.
Can I vote by absentee ballot?
Registered voters do not need a reason to vote by absentee ballot. You can request an absentee ballot application from your Clerk’s Office or by going online to michigan.gov/vote and clicking on Vote at home. Applicants will receive an absentee ballot in the mail.
Absentee ballots will be available to voters six weeks prior to the election and can be cast through Election Day.
Where can I get more information about the ballot proposals?
Contact Superintendent Ben Kirby at 248-693-5400 or email him at Ben.Kirby@lok12.org
Where can I voice my opinions—pro or con—on the ballot proposals?
Simply scan the QR code below or go to research.net/r/LakeOrionmillageproposals to complete a brief survey.