Community Update - 3/23/18

How Does Coloma Schools Rank in Terms of Taxation?


 On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, the Coloma Community Schools Board of Education will ask voters to approve a 1.25 mill sinking fund request for the renovation and repair of district facilities, along with site and safety/security improvements.  The Building & Site Sinking Fund would be used for specific repairs and improvements in our district.


 Coloma Community Schools currently levies one of the lowest tax rates in Berrien County and throughout Southwest Michigan.  Tax rates for debt service in our area are as follows:

District

Tax Levy

District

Tax Levy

Lawton

9.1 mills

Dowagiac

5.9 mills

Hartford

7.5 mills

Lakeshore

5.7 mills

Lawrence

6.8 mills

Buchanan

4.95 mills

Brandywine

5.98 mills

St. Joseph

4.9 mills

Watervliet

5.95 mills

South Haven

4.8 mills


 Coloma Community Schools currently levies 3.7 mills for school debt service.


 School districts levy these millages to take care of their school facility needs.  With the approval of this 1.25 mill sinking fund Coloma Schools would still levy one of the lowest tax rates in Southwest Michigan, yet it would allow the Board to address the biggest facility needs in our district and take care of our schools for the next 10 years.


 Taking care of our schools is a top priority for our Board of Education and part of our strategic plan!!  We encourage you to join us on Monday, March 26 at 7:00 PM in the high school auditorium for our first community forum on the upcoming Sinking Fund.  We hope to share information, answer any questions, and gather feedback from our community about the improvements we would all like to see in our schools and facilities.  We hope to see you there!!

Source: Coloma Community Schools