Westwood hoping for millage renewal this month

By BOB OLIVER
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — The administration and board of education at Westwood Community Schools will be looking for a millage renewal in the Feb. 25 election and are starting to spread the word about it.

At the Jan. 30 board meeting, Supt. Sue Carnell said the administration is trying to get information into the community regarding the renewal, which would be for non-homestead property for 18 mills.

She said the district will send out a mailing regarding the renewal soon and has scheduled a public forum for a discussion on the election, which will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Equilla Bradford Administrative Center, 3335 S. Beech Daly.

Carnell stressed that it is not an increase to taxpayers.

“This is not a tax increase, just a renewal,” Carnell said. “This is something that the district already has and we are looking for support from the residents in Inkster and Dearborn Heights to get it renewed.”

Carnell also said the millage generated approximately $3 million for the district and that if it is not renewed, the money cannot be recouped from the state.

She said the money is vital to the district because a majority of it goes directly to student instruction rather than administration costs.

Director of Finance Brian Jones said about 65 percent of the money brought it from the mills goes into student instruction.

City Clerk Walter Prusiewicz said the voting precincts for the election will be 19 through 22, all of which are in the Westwood district. They are at Robichaud High School (19), St. John the Baptist Church (20) and William Thorne Elementary School (21 and 22).

He saw absentee ballots for the election are available from the clerk’s office inside City Hall, 6045 Fenton.

(Bob Oliver can be reached at boliver@bewickpublications.com.)