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March 2020 Millage Proposal

Mid Michigan College will present a millage proposal on the March 10, 2020 ballot for voters in Beaverton, Clare, Farwell, Gladwin, and Harrison school districts.

Mid Michigan College was established and approved by taxpayers from the above school districts in 1965 and became Michigan’s 25th community college. In 1965, voters passed a millage of 1.5 mills to support College construction and operations. Since that time, the millage rate has dropped due to impacts from the Headlee Amendment to 1.2232 mills, the second lowest college millage in the State.

Proposal Details

Out of all 28 Michigan community colleges, Mid collects the lowest tax revenue per fiscal year equated student (FYES)*, is the most dependent on tuition and fees for revenue, and operates with the fourth lowest expenditures per FYES. At $949 per FYES, Mid’s rate is considerably less than the State average, as well as its neighboring community colleges.

Mid's Revenue Sources vs State Averages, FY 18-19
Revenue vs State Averages
Property Tax Revenue per FYES, FY 18-19
State Aid Chart for Millage Site 2020

Although there is so much more the College would like to do for the students and communities it serves, Mid has always lived within its means. The College operates well below the State average in both revenue and expenses.

Mid’s Operational Efficiency, FY 18-19
College Revenue and Expenses vs State Chart

The millage proposal would increase Mid’s operational millage by 0.6268 for ten years.

If passed, the College’s total millage rate would be 1.85 mills. Revenue from this increase will be used for operating purposes. Largely, it would fund advanced technology for students and academic programs, including for the health sciences and skilled trades areas.

Who would this millage effect?

Taxpayers who own property or live in the school districts of Beaverton, Clare, Farwell, Gladwin, and Harrison, currently and would continue to contribute to Mid Michigan College’s operational funding.

Taxpayers and their dependents realize a lower tuition rate as a result of their tax contributions: $129/contact hour vs. $217/contact hour for out-district students based on 2019-2020 tuition rates.

Ballot Language

This proposal will allow the community college to restore its charter millage to the full amount previously approved by the electors and to increase the same.

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property within the district boundaries of Mid Michigan College, Michigan, be increased by .6268 mill ($0.6268 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 10 years, 2020 to 2029, inclusive, to provide funds for operating and other legally permissible purposes, including but not limited to acquisition of technology to support students and programs; the estimate of the revenue the community college will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2020 is approximately $1,261,822 (this millage is to restore millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and to increase the same)?

The College’s unstable revenue situation, due to its heavy reliance on tuition and its low revenue overall, have made Mid a very efficient institution.

*Fiscal year equated student (FYES) standardizes enrollment counts by equating one FYES for every 30 credit hours of total annual enrollment.

~ Chart data in this publication is from the 2018‐2019 Michigan Community College Data Inventory Report prepared by Michigan School Data using audited numbers.

Informational material paid for by Mid Michigan College - 1375 South Clare Avenue Harrison, MI 48625.

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