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Bloomfield Hills, 48301
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What portion of the ballot language relates to principal residence taxpayers?

A: The latter portion of the ballot addresses the renewal of the maximum millage rate to be levied on all principal residences and other property not exempted by law.


Q: Why is the rate on my recent tax bill for my principal residence less than the 11.6525 noted in the ballot language?

A: It is less because we levied less than 11.6525, which represents the maximum authorized millage rate. Why do we levy less? The actual rate is calculated annually and is driven by our enrollment and taxable values. Over the period of the last millage renewal we have levied less than the maximum amount. The 2014 rate levied was 8.1563. In addition, millage levies occur twice within the year, first in July and second in December. Half of the rate is applied with each levy. Therefore, the July and December property tax statements should be added together to arrive at the total taxes and rates.


Q: What might cause the principal residence rate to change?

A: Since the rate is driven by an amount per student, an enrollment increase would allow additional taxes to be collected and possibly increase the rate. However, taxable values are also a factor in the calculation. Generally, when taxable values increase, the calculated rate will decrease.

Q: What portion of the ballot relates to non-principal residences, including businesses and investment property?

A: The first portion of the ballot language with 18 mills being the maximum allowable levy on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law.

Q: Why can't the ballot wording be more clear?

A: We are required, by law, to phrase the ballot in the manner in which you see it on our website and at the polls on May 5, 2015. Unfortunately, we have little control over how the ballot wording is phrased and this often causes confusion on millage issues. If you have a point of concern or need additional clarification, please feel free to reach out to us directly with your question through the "Contact Us" link at the very top of this website (in green in the top right corner), emailing: tkostiuk@bloomfield.org, or by calling: 248-341-5422.

Q: If the principal residence rate changes with enrollment, can I expect to see an increase?

A: While significant enrollment increases would add additional allowable tax revenue for the principal residence levy, we, like other Michigan districts, are experiencing overall enrollment declines. Current projections show additional enrollment decline over the next few years, attributed to the decrease in birth rates and other various factors. In short, we do not expect any significant increase in the actual rates being levied.

Q: What is the millage language?

Q: Who is eligible to vote on May 5th?

A: All registered voters living in the Bloomfield Hills Schools boundaries are eligible to vote. This millage renewal is based upon the boundaries of the school district, not the individual municipalities.
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