Macomb County Schools Now Have the Support Needed to Put an Education Millage on the Ballot in 2020

Mount Clemens, Utica, Chippewa Valley, Warren and Anchor Bay Vote to Support MISD Millage Effort

In the past week, the Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD), led by an ad hoc committee of school administrators, union leaders and board members, has gained enough county school board support to put a much needed county education millage on the ballot in March 2020.   

The 10-year, 1.9 mil regional enhancement millage is ready to be put on the ballot as Macomb County school district boards representing Mount Clemens, Utica, Chippewa Valley, Warren and Anchor Bay have given their endorsement. Because of the population of those school districts, the millage effort now has the county student majority needed to put it in front of voters in March. If passed, the funding will reach MISD schools beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. 

The ballot effort, which began in earnest early this summer, is a response to continued cuts to state education, especially in Macomb County, which lags significantly in school funding per pupil compared to neighboring Oakland and Wayne counties. The need has brought a cooperative, collaborative spirit to the Macomb initiative with union leaders representing employee groups across the county, joining school board members and school administrators to get the proposal on the ballot.

“One of the best things to come out of this effort has been the willingness of union leadership, school superintendents and area school board members to sit at the table together with the combined goal of getting this in front of our voters,” said Michigan Education Association Local 1 President, John Duffy. “This money would positively impact every child in Macomb County for a generation. That’s a message we can all agree on.”

The millage revenues, if passed, will send area schools unrestricted funds that can be used to meet the needs of each unique challenge facing local school districts, including updated curriculum, and enhancing and sustaining current programming while cost increases continue to run contrary to continued state education funding cuts.

“This is really first and foremost an initiative about our children,” said Utica Education Association President Liza Parkinson who leads more than 1,400 union educators in Utica Community Schools. “I’m extremely excited about getting this on the ballot and beginning the process of asking our Macomb residents to support our kids.”

The revenue raised by the millage would be collected by MISD and distributed over 10 years to each individual school district based on the number of children in their respective district.