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In 2016, Mott Community College will be seeking a voter-approved renewal for its ten-year operating millage. A renewal of this operating millage was last approved by voters in 2007.
This question will appear on the August 2, 2016 election ballot. Voters living within the College’s District, which includes all school districts contained within the Genesee County Intermediate School District, are eligible to cast ballots.
Frequently Asked Questions & Their Answers
Will this increase my taxes?
The College will be asking voters for a simple renewal of the existing millage rate, and will not be requesting an increase in the rate.
Why is the College seeking a millage renewal now?
If it is not renewed by voters, the existing operating millage will expire in 2017. Mott Community College wants to be able to continue to provide the educational, economic, community, and workforce development opportunities and services we are currently offering to our students and other stakeholders. The ability to provide these programs in their current forms will be jeopardized without the revenue generated each year by the operating millage.
How much is the renewal?
Currently, property owners pay .6410 mills which is $0.6410 cents for every $1,000 of taxable value. For example, a house worth $100,000 would have a taxable value (State Equalized Value – SEV) of $50,000 and the homeowner would pay $32.05 per year.
Additional examples: A property value of = taxes/year:
$125K = $40.06/year (based on an SEV of $62,500)
$100K = $32.05/year (based on an SEV of $50,000)
$80K = $25.64/year (based on an SEV of $40,000)
$50K = $16.03/year (based on an SEV of $25,000)
$25K = $8.01/year (based on an SEV of $12,500)
How much revenue in total does the College receive from the millage?
The millage – at the .6410 millage rate — presently generates a total of $5.7 million per year for the College.
When will the election take place and who is eligible to vote?
The renewal election for the operating millage will be part of the August 2, 2016 Primary Election ballot. Voters living within the College’s District, which includes all school districts contained within the Genesee County Intermediate School District, are eligible to cast ballots (Note: In several instances, school district boundaries spill over into counties that are adjacent to Genesee, which means a relatively small number of voters who live outside of Genesee County will also be eligible to vote on the Mott millage renewal).
What are the benefits of having a strong community college in Flint and Genesee County?
Mott Community College benefits the community in numerous ways:
- Mott has been repeatedly recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the Top Community College’s in the United States (2012, 2014, & 2016).
- Mott provides students with access to a high-quality education, which is both close to home and affordable.
- Mott’s academic programs provide students with carefully and thoughtfully delineated degree pathways and are aligned with the needs of the 21st Century marketplace to ensure that lessons taught in the classroom are the skills employers want and need.
- Mott has a long record of working in partnership with labor, business, industry, and government to develop the area’s workforce and attract new jobs to the area.
- Mott offers the general community access to free programs including art exhibits; music and choral recitals; lectures and presentations by nationally known authors and public figures; film series on a variety of topics; technology such as the FABLAB for aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs; a host location for the Region IV Science Olympiad and outreach programs to K-12 Education.
- Mott – with its almost 100-year history and the largest student population of any institution of higher education locally – serves as a stable foundation, safe haven, and anchor institution for the City of Flint, Genesee County as a whole, and the mid-Michigan region broadly defined. Mott is very much “the community’s college.”
What happens if the millage is not renewed?
The College wants to be able to continue to provide the educational, economic, community, and workforce development opportunities and services we are currently offering to our students and the community. The ability to provide these in their current forms will be jeopardized without the revenue from the operating millage.