Frequently Asked Questions About the Regional Enhancement Millage

The enhancement millage renewal is a request to voters to continue a current 2 mill property tax, first passed in 2016, that will generate revenue for all 33 Wayne County public school districts as well as public school academies in Wayne County.

The enhancement millage means every Wayne County public school district and public school academy can maintain key programs that help kids learn, achieve and compete for jobs. That’s why we need to vote YES on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

You will be able to vote YES for the renewal on the Nov. 3, 2020, ballot. It is a 6-year proposal that will continue the current millage that expires the fall of 2022.

This is not a tax increase. Voting YES to renew this important proposal will simply continue the current rate and the average Wayne County homeowner will continue to pay less than $8 per month, with 100% of funds going to Wayne County public schools and public school academies so they can keep schools safe, and improve programs and services for students.

School districts delivered on their promises over the past four years since this millage was first approved in 2016. Because of the enhancement millage, districts have been able to improve schools in a variety of ways, including lowering class sizes, improving technology and security, adding valuable STEM and career education programs, making facility improvements and attracting talented teachers.

The current regional enhancement millage is providing schools with resources that would otherwise not be available to help address new costs related to the current health crisis and a safe return to school for both online and in-school instruction. Voting YES means they can continue to use this millage to improve programs, safety and opportunities for students moving forward.

Every penny generated from this proposal will be distributed on a per-student basis to local school districts and public school academies to help keep schools safe and improve programs for Wayne County students. We estimate this will be approximately $300 per student.

Wayne County’s public school districts have been fiscally responsible stewards of the enhancement millage for the past four years, and the funding provided by this renewal will continue to be spent wisely and transparently.

If passed, this renewal will continue to undergo independent audits and all spending will be tracked on a public website to ensure tax dollars are being spent transparently and with accountability.

In these unprecedented times, we need to vote YES to renew our support for Wayne County schools because keeping our schools strong is a key part of keeping our community strong. The Wayne RESA enhancement millage has provided critical financial support for local districts faced with state budget cuts – allowing them to promote safety, prepare students for jobs and provide world-class programming for both special education and general education students.

The millage renewal allows public schools to support all Wayne County students and give them the opportunity to succeed, especially our most at-risk populations, including students with disabilities.

By law, only Wayne RESA can ask voters to renew the regional enhancement millage. Wayne RESA is Wayne County’s constitutionally required intermediate school system, in place to support local school districts in a variety of ways.

The millage is not for the intermediate school system, but for every local school system across the county. Every penny generated from this proposal will be distributed on a per-student basis to local school districts and public school academies to help keep schools safe and improve programs for Wayne County students.

This millage renewal will allow Wayne County public schools and public school academies to lower class sizes, expand technology and STEM programs, and a variety of other very necessary services that would not be available except for the added funding this renewal provides.