non homestead millage

Non-Homestead Millage Renewal

thank you, tecumseh

Thank you to everyone who voted in the election.

The non-homestead millage renewal passed by a wide margin, with nearly 74% of voters in favor.
The unofficial results are 2,621 votes in favor and 921 votes against.

We appreciate the support from our community and your commitment to our district.

On November 7th, 2023, Tecumseh Public Schools will hold their Non-Homestead Renewal election on the primary ballot. This will be a five-year renewal on the Non-Homestead Millage.

This proposal will not impact the taxes on owner-occupied homes in our district. Only second or rental homes, commercial properties and industrial properties are affected. 

The non-homestead millage makes up an estimated $2,837,000 million, nearly 8%, of the Tecumseh Public Schools’ roughly $35.5 million annual budget for the 2023-2024 school year.

Renewal of the non-homestead millage is essential to maintaining the current programs offered by the district. If this funding is lost, the district will lose a portion of the Foundation Allowance, which cannot replace it with any other funding source. While primary households are not affected by this millage, state law requires a district wide election to approve the millage. 

To summarize:

  • The Non-Homestead millage is part of the basic school funding system in Michigan

  • Primary homeowners do not pay this millage ($0 per year)

  • Renewal of this millage would allow the District to continue to receive the full per-pupil Foundation Allowance


  • The current authorization to levy a non-homestead millage expires December 31, 2024

  • In the 2023-2024 school year, the state expects the District to collect an estimated $2,837,000

  • In the 2023-2024 school year, the non-homestead millage accounts for $1,145 of the per-pupil Foundation Allowance

  • The non-homestead millage accounts for 11.92% of the total per-pupil Foundation Allowance in the 2023-2024 school year

Letter to TPS families
Official Non-Homestead Millage Renewal press release

Important Dates

November 7, 2023

September 28 - Absent voter ballots must be available for issuance to voters

October 23 - Deadline to register by mail or online and be eligible to vote for the November election (you still have the option to register in person until Election Day.)

November 3 - Last day to register for an absentee ballot - 5 pm

November 7 - Last day to cast an absentee ballot in person at the clerk's office

November 7 - Election Day - polls open 7 am-8 pm

Clerk's Office

309 E. Chicago Blvd.,
Tecumseh, MI 49286

Polling Location

AJ Smith Recreation Center
810 N. Evans Street
Tecumseh, MI 49286

Ballot Language:


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 revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2024 tax levy.

Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 18.3309 mills ($18.3309 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) 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 for a period of 5 years, 2025 to 2029, 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 2025 is approximately $2,918,556 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2024 tax levy)?

Important note: The district will never levy more than 18 mills as the ballot question and law strictly forbids it. The 18.3309 mills has a contingency should the millage dip below 18 mills. Again, the district can only levy up to 18 mills.

For more information regarding the ballot proposal, please read the BALLOT PROPOSAL AT A GLANCE document.

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