As I've followed the proposed merger of the Northville and Mayfield school districts, I've wondered how the difference in base tax rates between Mayfield and Northville would be handled.
Mayfield has a base rate of $17 per $1,000 of assessed property value, while Northville's is $9. If I understand this correctly, the merged district would be required to fall in the middle, or $13.
What this means is that Mayfield residents would be taxed at $4 (or 23 percent) less per thousand, and Northville residents would be taxed at $4 (or 44 percent) more.
I bring this up because of the way two questions were answered in the flier sent to voters. When asked what taxes in the first year would be, the answer was given in straight dollar terms based upon a $100,000 assessment. When the question was posed about the second year, the answer was that both Northville and Mayfield would now have the same base rate, with no dollar estimate provided. This means a very large increase for Northville residents in year two.
All Northville residents should ask the school board to give them an estimate in dollars of what the tax bill would be for a home with a $100,000 assessment in the second year, instead of just mentioning a common base rate. Then, compare that to the year-one number they have given.
This is a huge decision for all. We deserve more clarity from the board before we vote.