Regional Enhancement Millage
Wayne County Helping Wayne County
Since the passage of Proposal A in 1994, school operating revenues come primarily from the state through a foundation grant allocated to each school on a per pupil basis. The only other avenue to generate additional operating revenues to meet student needs is through a Regional Enhancement Millage levied by an Intermediate School District (ISD) or Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA).
In order for an enhancement millage to be placed on a ballot, the boards of education for school districts representing a majority of the students within the region must pass identical resolutions asking the RESA (or ISD) board to do so.
100% of Funds Distributed to School Districts and PSAs
By law, 100% of the revenues generated by an enhancement millage must be distributed to all of the local school districts and eligible public school academies within the county based on the most current student count.
Eligibility for public school academies is defined under the The Revised School Code (Act 451 of 1976).
Wayne RESA receives no funding from the enhancement millage.
How Districts and PSAs Use Enhancement Funds
Funds distributed from the revenue generated by the enhancement millage can be used for any legal purpose. Here are just some of the ways that Wayne County local school districts and eligible public school academies have used their disbursements to benefit students, teachers and administration since the millage was initiated in 2016.
Reduce Class Sizes
Enhance Student Wellness Services
Offer High-Quality Breakfast & Lunch
Improve Safety & Security
Hire Additional Teachers & Staff
Retain Substitute Teachers
Increase Teacher Salaries
Provide Professional Development
Stabilize District Budget
Update Technology & Instructional Materials
Maintain School Bus Fleet
Renovate & Maintain Facilities
Wayne County Regional Enhancement Millage History
Voters Renew Millage
The voters in Wayne County first approved an enhancement millage of 2 mills for 6 years in the November 2016 Election. This provided funding to the constituent public school districts and academies of Wayne County for the 2016-2017 fiscal year through the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
Because of specific language in the state laws around elections, Wayne RESA is required to have its millage proposals in even years during August primaries or the November general election. Given those restrictions, Wayne RESA put the proposal of renewing the, 2 mill, 6 year enhancement millage on the ballot in November of 2020 and it passed. The renewed millage provides funding to the constituent public school districts and charter schools in Wayne County for the 2022-2023 fiscal year through the 2027-2028 fiscal year.