Most tax increases pass, increases for schools least popular

LANSING, Mich. – About 90 percent of millages proposed statewide this summer passed, according to an analysis by Bridge Magazine.

Millages for transportation, seniors and public safety were the most popular, with pass rates of more than 95 percent, according to numbers posted by Bridge.

However, millages for schools were the least popular, with an average 71 percent passage rate.

A spokesperson for the Michigan Association of School Boards told Bridge that many school districts try several times to raise taxes. For example, Lakeville Community Schools was recently successful on its fourth try.

SOURCE: Bridge Magazine, “Voters Sign Off on 90 Percent of Millage Requests,” Aug. 16, 2012
FURTHER READING: Michigan Capitol Confidential, “Reject a Tax Hike? It’ll Be Back, June 3, 2011