Headlee Reset - We Need You!

We need you for the Benzie County Tax Limitation Advisory Committee! 

On April 9, 2024, the Board of Commissioners finalized the creation of the Tax Advisory Committee. Please visit the Committee page for member details and additional information. 

The Benzie County Board of Commissioners is seeking individuals interested in serving on the newly created Tax Limitation Advisory Committee. The Tax Limitation Advisory Committee will be charged with reviewing and making a recommendation to the Board of Commissioners to alter the current fixed general operating millage limitation.    

An eligible applicant will not be officially connected with or employed by any local or county unit of government, should be a resident of Benzie County, and have an interest in serving their community. 
Applications can be printed from our web site at www.benzieco.gov
Interested persons should send their application to:  Katie Zeits, Benzie County Administrator, 448 Court Place, Beulah, MI  49617.  

In 1982, Benzie County set its general operating millage at 5.29 mills and in an indefinite status. In the State of Michigan, there are two laws, Headlee and Proposal A, which limit how much your local government can tax residents. This does not include what you are taxed at the State, County, or Federal level. This is critical to understand because while you as a property owner may see your taxes going up, we do not see any of that revenue. We are capped to whatever the general fund millage rate is which goes down every single year. That means for 2023, Benzie County was only able to levy 3.3378 mills, decreasing our potential revenue. 

Many residents have asked why there are such a great deal of special tax millages on our ballots. The answer to this it  that since 1982 our general operating millage has rolled back and in order to provide the services needed to the community, we have sought special tax millages to fund those services. 

If Benzie County were to approve a Headlee Reset, the original tax millage rate will be restored and there is opportunity for Benzie County to lessen the number of special tax millages on the ballot. It would also give Benzie County an opportunity to enhance and expand the services currently provided to the community and the local townships. 

It's important to note that a Headlee Reset would not just effect Benzie County. It will impacts all townships within Benzie County who have also rolled back since 1982. Below are handouts to learn more about this topic. 

Headlee and Benzie County 

Guide to Property Taxes, Proposal A and the Headlee Amendment

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