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Jackson County voters overwhelmingly approve countywide special education millage proposal

May 3, 2023

Jackson, Mich. -- Jackson County's Special Education Millage Proposal has been renewed for another five years. Voters overwhelmingly passed the renewal in the May 2 election, with 11,107 "yes" votes to 5,703 "no" votes. Results still need to be certified by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. Jackson County Superintendent Kevin Oxley released a statement following the proposal's passage:

“We want to thank the greater Jackson County community for renewing the special education millage proposal, which will allow our local districts to continue providing a high quality education to all Jackson County students. While this millage will reimburse schools for their mandated special education costs, all students will benefit because schools won’t have to move resources from other programs to cover these costs. Our core mission is working in partnership with local schools and the community, and we are committed to the success of all students. The passage of this renewal affirms our community’s strong support of our local districts and the generous hearts of voters who continue to support our students with special needs.  Thank you so much, it is our honor to serve!”

~ Kevin Oxley, Jackson County ISD Superintendent

The facts about the millage:

  • 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.

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