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Old 07-22-2012, 07:21 PM
 
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Hello, new to this forum. Looks like it is interesting. I have a few questions about porperty taxes and school funding. Where does most of the property taxes a person pays go to? Is it education? other? A nice breakdown would be good. Also a question about student education fundings. I read in the papers that per pupil spending in Michigan is about $7000 give or take a few hundred. Yet I was reading a local paper about a big school district spending and they listed the number of K-12 students and the school district budget for the year and it came out to be about $11,000 per student. Where did the extra $4,000 come from per pupil? How much of a school budget is spent on teacher's pay, benefits, and pension? Any help would be great. Thanks
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Old 07-23-2012, 01:40 PM
 
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Lottery is the education tax. What used to be education tax--the old property tax--is a mystery.

The better districts have additional millage / property tax to fund education. This is where some districts get the additional $4K-$6K per student.
I believe most districts average 40%--50% staff pay / benefits, and the rest for for operations (utilities) and materials. Those with additional millage have more materials and resources. But some will tell us that money doesn't matter and that a district spending $7000 per pupil should be just as good as one spending $13000 per pupil. If that is true, why would any district spend nearly TWICE as much is it does not make a difference?
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:24 PM
 
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Hello, new to this forum. Looks like it is interesting. I have a few questions about porperty taxes and school funding. Where does most of the property taxes a person pays go to? Is it education? other? A nice breakdown would be good. Also a question about student education fundings. I read in the papers that per pupil spending in Michigan is about $7000 give or take a few hundred. Yet I was reading a local paper about a big school district spending and they listed the number of K-12 students and the school district budget for the year and it came out to be about $11,000 per student. Where did the extra $4,000 come from per pupil? How much of a school budget is spent on teacher's pay, benefits, and pension? Any help would be great. Thanks
A couple of sources, sales tax, property tax, lottery money, etc.. I think every school district is different, as there was a base rate property tax millage laid out back when Proposal A was passed in the mid-90's (6 mills maybe?), and then individual districts have put up proposals for higher millage rates for expansions, upgrades, etc..

Also, since some districts have higher home values, those take in more property tax revenue and then have more revenue per child to spend.

That's how I understand it, but I could be missing something.
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Old 07-23-2012, 04:20 PM
 
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I remember a small, small, school district up north(Paradise) that had a very high per pupil spending years ago. Not sure what difference it made with the students though
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Old 07-23-2012, 05:20 PM
 
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Hello, new to this forum. Looks like it is interesting. I have a few questions about porperty taxes and school funding. Where does most of the property taxes a person pays go to? Is it education? other? A nice breakdown would be good. Also a question about student education fundings. I read in the papers that per pupil spending in Michigan is about $7000 give or take a few hundred. Yet I was reading a local paper about a big school district spending and they listed the number of K-12 students and the school district budget for the year and it came out to be about $11,000 per student. Where did the extra $4,000 come from per pupil? How much of a school budget is spent on teacher's pay, benefits, and pension? Any help would be great. Thanks
Every district is different. Most should have a breakdown of the property tax millage and what each levy goes to.

Mostly, it will be municipal services (fire, police, ambulance), overhead, roads, jails and education. In my municipality, they break it down to the mill in an itemized list.
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