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      Marquette Area Public Schools asks voters for millage renewal

      The Marquette Area Public Schools (MAPS) is asking voters to continue funding the district at its current level.

      On August 6, an operational millage will come up for renewal.

      Homeowners in their primary residence will not see a property tax increase, however, those who own businesses and second homes may see a difference.

      "It's about a half a mill increase, and what happens is, if property values go up, for the businesses and these non-homestead owners, we collect a little bit less so there's actually going to be now up to an extra mill on top of that," said Bill Saunders, interim superintendent, Marquette Area Public Schools.

      The district cannot collect more than 18 mills, so if the mill drops to 17.5, part of the extra mill would be used to make up the difference.

      "This millage has been in place since 1994. The current business owners and the non-homestead property owners have been paying the 18 mills since 1994, so we're not looking to increase or collect anymore other than those current 18 mills," Saunders said.

      The general fund budget for maps is between $26 and $27 million. The current millage generates around one third or $8.4 million.

      "This goes to pay for utilities, educational costs, teacher cost, extra curricular programs. It really goes to 'into the pot' to pay for everything Marquette Area Public Schools does," Bill Saunders said.

      To see the complete ballot proposal, click here.