dave campbell


The Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency says a millage on the May 5 ballot would close the gap in its special-education budget.

Voters in KRESA’s nine districts will decide whether to approve a six-year, 1.5 mill increase on the current 2.8 mill rate. That works out to an extra $75 a year on a property whose taxable value is $100,000.


Nearly ten years ago, the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Services Agency asked voters to support a three-year millage to help pay for school operating costs. It was meant to be temporary.

“Then you had the housing crisis hit in ‘08,” says KRESA Superintendent Dave Campbell. “You had massive reductions in revenues hit multiple levels of government.” The economy is vastly different from when the millage was introduced, he says.

Since 2005, voters have renewed KRESA’s millage twice – and now it’s up for a third time.