The Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees will be asking voters to consider a question to renew the college’s operating millage in 2024.

 

The levy is 1.1487 mills and currently provides approximately $3.9 million annually toward MCC’s operating budget, or about 19% of the total budget. It would be a renewal of a mill levy that has been in place since 1996, when voters agreed to establish a mill levy to protect and improve the College’s programming and facilities, and to keep tuition and fees affordable. Voters renewed this modest millage, which sunsets every 10 years, in both 2005 and 2014.

 

Proceeds from the millage help the college deliver superior educational and job training opportunities that are affordable. This supports MCC's overall economy as the college continues to play a key role in economic development and support the strength and stability of the region.

 

Fast Facts:

  • This millage was approved by voters in 1996 and was renewed by voters in 2005 and 2014.
  • The size of the millage is 1.1487 mills, or approximately $115 per $100,000 of taxable value.
  • The millage funds approximately 19% of the college’s total budget to support:
    • Keeping college affordable without a tax rate increase
    • Workforce training and apprenticeship programs
    • Recruitment and retention of quality faculty and staff
    • Replacement of outdated instructional tools and technology
    • Day-to-day operations and maintenance needs
    • More than 50 associate degree, certificate and job-training programs
    • Student services
  • The millage benefits more than 3,300 students each year, including high schoolers participating in the college’s dual-enrollment program.
  • MCC has been at the forefront of higher education and job training in our region since the college was established in 1965, educating more than 125,000 learners since its inception.
  • MCC has tremendous impact on the local, regional and state economies. According to an economic impact study completed in 2021, the net impact of MCC’s former students currently employed in the regional workforce amounted to $40.6 million in added income in FY 2019-20.
  • Did you know that according to a report from the Center for Educational Performance and Information, after one year of employment a person with an associate degree earns on average $23,500 more per year than a person with only a high school diploma?

 

Voter information for election day:

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024

 

Voter information for early voting: (In-person) if registered to vote in Montcalm County:

Dates: Saturday, Feb. 17 through Sunday, Feb. 25

Location: Pandemic Readiness Building, 651 N. State Street, Stanton, MI 48888

Hours: Feb. 17-20 and Feb. 22-25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Official Ballot Language:

 

Shall there be a renewal of not more than 1.1487 mills ($1.1487 on each $1,000.00 of taxable valuation) for a period of 10 years, 2026 to 2035, inclusive, of the currently authorized charter millage rate limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property within the geographic boundaries of Montcalm Community College, Michigan, which millage will otherwise expire with the 2025 tax levy, such taxes to be used for all purposes authorized by law; if approved, the estimate of the revenue the community college will collect the first year of levy, 2026, is approximately $3,951,934?

 

Millage Renewal Letter

MCC is considering placing a levy renewal proposal on the ballot in 2024.

 

2024 Mill Levy Renewal Proposal

Learn about how millage money is used to fund education at Montcalm Community College.