Washtenaw County voters to decide on special education millage renewal Tuesday
Voters will take to the polls Tuesday to decide on the countywide special education millage renewal proponents say is one of the most crucial local votes of 2011.
The Washtenaw Intermediate School District is asking voters to approve a .985-mill renewal of the special education millage that will provide about $14 million for local school districts for special education services. Close to 7,000 students in the county receive special education services through local school districts and charter schools in the county, about one out of every seven students.
Local school officials have emphasized that the vote is on a renewal of the millage and is less than the original 1-mill levy passed by voters in 2004. The millage will run for seven years and will cost the owner of a home with a taxable value of $100,000 about $98.50 per year.
Special education services are mandated by the federal government, so if the millage fails, Washtenaw County districts will have to pay for those services from their general funds.
The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Following are links to articles with more information on the special education millage renewal.
- For a story on local school officials preparing for the election, click here.
- For Lucy Ann Lance’s Q & A with WISD officials on the special education millage renewal, click here.
- For AnnArbor.com’s editorial on the special education millage renewal, click here.
- For one AnnArbor.com reader’s thoughts on why voters should turn down the special education millage renewal, click here.
Some Washtenaw County voters will also approve or deny local public safety millage requests and elect school board members.