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Millage Election Information

Macomb County Education Enhancement Millage
March 10, 2020

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       Quick Facts      

A 1.9 mill, ten year educational enhancement millage for all Macomb County students

Approximately $11 million in stable funding for UCS students beginning July 2020

Cost for average Macomb County home valued at $200,000 - $190 per year

 For additional information visit the links on this webpage or call 586-797-2663

Letter to the Community

Dear Utica Community Member,

Our school district has a tradition of strong partnerships with community members and business leaders.  With a shared commitment to excellence, we have created a legacy of success. One example of this is our graduation rate of 93% - 12 points higher than the state average.  The fabric of our community continues to be actively woven together with the grandparents, parents and residents who support and volunteer in our classrooms on a daily basis.

Yet there is work to be done.  On March 10, during the presidential primary, the voters of Macomb County will be asked to consider an educational enhancement millage that directly supports their community’s students.  Additional millage information on this webpage.  Unlike the school aid fund, which is allocated by state lawmakers and distributed to districts across Michigan, this funding will remain in our community to engage the following areas:

1.  Career, technology, vocational and skilled trades:  This training provides a direct path for our students to the high paying jobs directly available right in our backyard.  The programs give UCS graduates the needed skills to make a meaningful contribution to our community while strengthening area businesses and the local economy.  Our students and our communities need these programs.

2.  Reading achievement:  Reading is linked to educational success and more importantly, life success.  Research shows that reading programs fast track student learning.  Advancing a student’s reading skills immediately opens a new world of engagement and prepares them for long-term success.  We need to build stronger readers by supporting students with specialized resources, such as reading consultants/specialists and summer school.

3.  Student safety and mental health:  This issue goes beyond security staff, cameras and secure entryways; districts must proactively engage students experiencing distress or mental health issues.  Anxiety has become a national problem resulting in behaviors of despair. Social isolation and mental health are directly linked to school violence.  We must provide greater professional support for students experiencing these traumas. We must continue the extra-curricular programs that give students positive forms of expression and involvement, such as art and music, after-school activities or sports. These are issues our schools and communities can and must address.

Excellence impacts everyone.  UCS graduates have attended all of the military service academies and continue to provide leadership within our nation’s military.  Our graduates are leading companies that provide employment to the people of our region.  They are leading nonprofits that provide global assistance.  Strong schools and strong communities attract new businesses, support existing small businesses, and draw new families to the region—creating a cycle of vibrant community life. 

Thank you again for your continued support of our students and community.  If you have questions, feel free to call (586) 797-2663.  Together we are building a strong and vibrant community where students make a difference locally and globally!


Christine M. Johns, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

How will the funds be distributed?

  • More than $11 million will be invested directly into our classrooms.
  • Funds remain in our community to support UCS students.

How will this proposal invest in kids?

  • Career, technology, vocational and skilled trades training.
  • Supports positive forms of expression and involvement, such as art and music, after-school activities or sports.
  • Build stronger readers by supporting students with specialized resources, such as reading specialists, reading consultants and summer school.
  • Greater student safety and mental health support such as counselors, social workers and nurses.

Who will this proposal impact?

  • All 27,000 UCS students by supporting student needs.
  • Every UCS homeowner - Strong schools mean higher home values.
  • Strong schools and strong communities attract new businesses, support existing small businesses and draw new families to the region - creating a vibrant community life.

Links for More Information

How will the ballot read?
Pursuant to state law, revenue raised by the proposed enhancement millage will be collected by the Macomb Intermediate School District and distributed in accordance with State law to local public school districts and eligible public school academies within the boundaries of the Macomb Intermediate School District based on pupil membership count.

Shall the limitation on the amount of ad valorem taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the Macomb Intermediate School District, State of Michigan, be increased by 1.90 mills ($1.90 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of ten (10) years, 2020 to 2029, inclusive, as new additional millage to provide funds to enhance other state and local funding for intermediate school district, school district or eligible public school academy operating purposes? This millage would raise an estimated $55 million ($55,000,000) if approved and first levied in 2020.

The revenue from this millage will be disbursed to the following school districts and intermediate school district and any public school academies eligible to receive enhancement millage revenue under the Revised School Code:

Anchor Bay School District

Mount Clemens Community Schools

Armada Area Schools

New Haven Community Schools

Center Line Public Schools

Richmond Community Schools

Chippewa Valley Schools

Romeo Community Schools

Clintondale Community Schools

Roseville Community Schools

Eastpointe Public Schools

South Lake Schools

Fitzgerald Public Schools

Utica Community Schools

Fraser Public Schools

Van Dyke Public Schools

Lake Shore Public Schools

Warren Consolidated Schools

Lakeview Public Schools

Warren Woods Public Schools

L'Anse Creuse Public Schools

Macomb Intermediate School District


What will be the impact on Utica Community Schools funding?
The proposal will generate $418 per pupil, or approximately $11 million in annual funding for UCS. The funding will be available beginning in July 2020.

How will this impact a homeowner?
According to the 2019 Equalization Report, the average Macomb County home is valued at close to $200,000. The 1.9 educational enhancement millage would cost approximately $190 on a home valued at $200,000

How can I vote?
The election will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Absentee ballots and precinct information is available from your local clerk’s office.