Election Day Information

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 and voters will see several races associated with Tecumseh Public Schools on the ballot. The first is a proposed renewal of the district's Non-Homestead Operating Levy. Voters will also see fourteen candidates who are running to serve as a trustee on the TPS School Board. More information about these races is below.



Who can vote?

Any registered voter who resides within the Tecumseh Public Schools district may vote on Nov. 6. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Where do I vote?

You can determine your voting precinct location, confirm your voter registration, and see a sample ballot by visiting www.michigan.gov/vote.


Tecumseh Public Schools Issues and Candidates

Non-Homestead
Operating Millage Renewal

Residents of the Tecumseh Public Schools district will see a Non-Homestead Operating Millage Renewal on the ballot this fall.

State law requires schools levy 18 mills on non-homestead properties to receive full State Foundation Grant funding under Proposal A. The revenue generated by this levy supports the operation of Tecumseh Public Schools.

This is NOT a tax increase. It is a renewal of the millage that has been supported by voters since 1994. Renewal does not affect the primary residence of homeowners. A renewal would cost the typical homeowner nothing. The levy is assessed on non-homestead properties such as industrial, commercial, some agricultural properties and second homes.


Frequently Asked Questions

What will I see on the ballot?
This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its full revenue per pupil foundation allowance and restores millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963.

Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Tecumseh Public Schools, Lenawee County, Michigan, be renewed by 17.8309 mills ($17.8309 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 5 years, 2020 to 2024, inclusive, and also be increased by .5 mill ($0.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 5 years, 2020 to 2024, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and 18 mills are levied in 2020 is approximately $2,609,000 (this millage is to renew millage that will expire with the 2019 levy and to restore millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the “Headlee” amendment to the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and will be levied only to the extent necessary to restore that reduction)?


What does “non-homestead” mean?

Non-homestead properties include industrial, commercial, some agricultural property, and second homes. They are not a homeowner’s primary residence.


Why do we need the operating millage?

An operating millage is a critical source of funding for Michigan public schools, and the non-homestead millage is required by Proposal A. The state requires schools request operating millage so that they can receive full per-pupil funding from the state. The law requires that the millage cannot be collected without the approval of voters in an election.


What is Proposal A?

Proposal A was approved statewide by Michigan voters in 1994, shifting a large portion of public school funding from local property taxes to an increase in sales tax and a state education tax on non-homestead properties. Under the plan created by the passage of Proposal A, public schools must levy 18 mills on non-homestead properties to receive full State Foundation Grant funding.


Is this a new tax?

No. This is a renewal of current millage on non-homestead property that has been supported by voters since 1994.


What will the millage renewal cost homeowners?

Nothing. This non-homestead renewal only applies to local business, industrial, and commercial property and property which is not considered a primary residence. There is no impact to homeowners.


How long will this millage last?

If renewed, this millage would be for a period of four years, 2020 to 2024. The current non-homestead tax levy expires Dec. 31, 2019. The District has chosen to place this issue on the Nov. 6, 2018 ballot as to avoid the additional costs of a special election at a later date.


How much money does TPS receive from this millage?

One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 of a property’s taxable value. This millage generates approximately $2.6 million in operating funds for the district. TPS is required to levy the 18 mills in order to receive its full per-pupil funding from the state.


If approved, how much will this proposal cost me each year?

Primary homeowners will not pay any tax under this millage, and this renewal will not appear on your tax bill. As this levy is a renewal, there will be no increase in tax for commercial, industrial, or non-homestead properties.


What will happen if the renewal does not pass?

Without the non-homestead millage, the state of Michigan would reduce our funding and these operating funds cannot be recovered. The passage of the millage is an essential part of continuing to provide exceptional learning opportunities for our children.


TPS School Board Candidates

The Tecumseh School Board of Education consists of seven trustees who are elected by residents to serve a 6-year term. Fourteen candidates will appear on the ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Will I See on the Ballot?

Precinct ballots will differ slightly, but you will see five different opportunities to select School Board Trustees. Please read your voting ballot carefully, as the candidates may not appear in this order, depending on your polling location.

The ballot language is presented below.

Tecumseh School Board 6yr Term (Elect 2)
The Tecumseh Public Schools Board of Education consists of 7 trustees. The school board ensures the mission and goals of the district are met through formulating policy, which is its primary function. The board appoints and guides the superintendent, reviews and approves the district operating budget, and negotiates and approves employee bargaining unit contracts. Trustees relay educational issues to their constituency to gain input and support necessary to effectively operate the district. Trustees serve 6-year terms.

John BenzingRoger HartWilliam McGillTim Simpson

Tecumseh School Board Partial Term Exp. 12/31/20 (Elect 1)

The Tecumseh Public Schools Board of Education consists of 7 trustees. The school board ensures the mission and goals of the district are met through formulating policy, which is its primary function. The board appoints and guides the superintendent, reviews and approves the district operating budget, and negotiates and approves employee bargaining unit contracts. Trustees relay educational issues to their constituency to gain input and support necessary to effectively operate the district. Board members serve 6-year terms.

Becky BrooksLori Spotts

Tecumseh School Board, Recalled Partial Term Exp. 12/31/22 (Elect 1)

The Tecumseh Public Schools Board of Education consists of 7 trustees. The school board ensures the mission and goals of the district are met through formulating policy, which is its primary function. The board appoints and guides the superintendent, reviews and approves the district operating budget, and negotiates and approves employee bargaining unit contracts. Trustees relay educational issues to their constituency to gain input and support necessary to effectively operate the district. Trustees 6-year terms.

Kimberly Amstutz-WildSuzanne Moore

Tecumseh School Board, Recalled Partial Term Exp. 12/31/22 (Elect 1)

The Tecumseh Public Schools Board of Education consists of 7 trustees. The school board ensures the mission and goals of the district are met through formulating policy, which is its primary function. The board appoints and guides the superintendent, reviews and approves the district operating budget, and negotiates and approves employee bargaining unit contracts. Trustees relay educational issues to their constituency to gain input and support necessary to effectively operate the district. Board members serve 6-year terms.

Milton F. AbbottSteven Linn

Tecumseh School Board, Recalled Partial Term Exp. 12/31/20 (Elect 1)

The Tecumseh Public Schools Board of Education consists of 7 trustees. The school board ensures the mission and goals of the district are met through formulating policy, which is its primary function. The board appoints and guides the superintendent, reviews and approves the district operating budget, and negotiates and approves employee bargaining unit contracts. Trustees relay educational issues to their constituency to gain input and support necessary to effectively operate the district. Board members serve 6-year terms.

Deborah J. Johnson-BergesMichael James McNamara

Tecumseh School Board, Recalled Partial Term Exp. 12/31/20 (Elect 1)

The Tecumseh Public Schools Board of Education consists of 7 trustees. The school board ensures the mission and goals of the district are met through formulating policy, which is its primary function. The board appoints and guides the superintendent, reviews and approves the district operating budget, and negotiates and approves employee bargaining unit contracts. Trustees relay educational issues to their constituency to gain input and support necessary to effectively operate the district. Board members serve 6-year terms.

Kevin P. JohnsonJimmie Rice

Where Can I Learn More?

To find more information from the Michigan Association of School Boards (MASA) regarding the responsibilities of a school board and its members, please visit the Board of Education page.


Where Can I Find More Information About the Candidates?

The League of Women Voters has asked each of the candidates a series of questions and published their answers on their website at Vote411.org.

The league will also host a Candidate Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 30 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts. The event is open to the public.

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