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Jackson County Intermediate School District Special Education Millage Renewal - May 2, 2023

Fast Facts


  • NO NEW TAXES: This is a renewal of the 1.5408-mill property tax millage that voters last approved in May 2017. This is a request of whether to renew this millage for another five years.
  • 100% of FUNDS DISTRIBUTED: 100% of the revenue generated by this millage will be distributed to all of the local school districts. Jackson County ISD receives no funding from this millage.

  • ALL KIDS BENEFIT: Without this millage in place, local school districts would lose millions in funding for mandated special education costs, resulting in fewer dollars to support programs for all students

Brief Explainer

Michigan law requires school districts to provide special education services to individuals with disabilities from birth through age 26 or upon graduation from high school. Students are eligible for services under one of 13 disability areas, including:
 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

 

 

Physical Impairment

 

 

Cognitive Impairment

 

 

Severe Multiple Impairment

 

 

Deaf-Blindness

 

 

Specific Learning Disability

 

 

Deaf or Hard of Hearing

 

 

Speech and Language Impairment

 

 

Early Childhood Developmental Delay

 

 

Traumatic Brain Injury

 

 

Emotional Impairment

 

 

Visual Impairment 

 

 

Other Health Impairment

 

 

Jackson County Intermediate School District and its partner districts have, in part, been able to meet the needs of special education students because of a voter-supported enhancement millage that began in 1997. Currently, more than 4,000 students ages birth to 26 years old receive some form of special education services. 

Local districts rely on the reimbursement funds this millage provides. Without this millage, mandated special education costs will still exist and the funding to pay for these costs will have to come from other programs funded by districts’ general funds. Voters must determine whether to continue this funding through May 2028.

What kind of special education services does the Jackson County ISD provide?
By concentrating the wide range of special education services under the umbrella of the Jackson County ISD, county taxpayers have saved millions of dollars in providing state-and-federally mandated services to students. These services include:
 

Autism Support

 

 

Social Work Services

 

 

Early Childhood Intervention

 

 

Specialized Classrooms & Programming

 

 

Physical & Occupational Therapy

 

 

Speech Pathology & Audiology Services

 

 

Psychology Services

 

 

Teacher & Classroom Aides

 

 

Qualified Learning Disabilities

 

 

Teacher Consultant Services

 

 

Regulatory Oversight & Records Management

 

 

Transportation

What does this proposal mean for my local school district?
The millage renewal enables the Jackson County ISD to continue reimbursing local districts for a portion of their mandated special education expenses. In 2022-23, these reimbursements to local districts totaled:
 

School / District

 

 

Total 2022-23 Special Ed Reimbursement

Received from JCISD 

 

 

 

Hypothetical Special Ed Reimbursement

without millage

 

 

 

Columbia

 

 

$628,027

 

 

$171,273

 

 

Concord

 

 

$333,519

 

 

$90,956

 

 

East Jackson

 

 

$682,866

 

 

$186,229

 

 

Grass Lake

 

 

$428,480

 

 

$116,854

 

 

Hanover-Horton

 

 

$420,872

 

 

$114,779

 

 

Jackson Public

 

 

$2,924,989

 

 

$797,692

 

 

Michigan Center

 

 

$902,721

 

 

$246,187

 

 

Napoleon

 

 

$567,371

 

 

$154,731

 

 

Northwest

 

 

$1,511,467

 

 

$412,202

 

 

Springport

 

 

$478,053

 

 

$130,373

 

 

Vandercook Lake

 

 

$517,276

 

 

$141,069

 

 

Western

 

 

$1,596,675

 

 

$435,439

 

 

da Vinci

 

 

$132,747

 

 

$36,202

 

 

Paragon

 

 

$135,746

 

 

$37,020

 

 

JPEC

 

 

$32,660

 

 

$8,907

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

$11,293,468

 

 

$3,079,913

For more information, check out the Millage Q&A.

Remember to Vote on May 2!