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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the millage renewal/restoration necessary?

The world of work is changing. Macomb Community College needs to continuously adapt its programs to address these changes and provide residents with the education and training that connects them to in-demand career pathways and jobs with sustainable futures.  Macomb Community College is the county’s only indigenous institution of higher education.  Providing learning opportunities to nearly 40,000 individuals annually, the college offers an affordable and accessible education to all residents.

Without an operating millage, the college will lose one of its major sources of revenue, which will have a significant impact on current programming and cost of attendance. Therefore, this funding is crucial to sustain the future of Macomb Community College, our students and various community programs.

What is the timeframe for this millage?

The college’s operating millage is up for renewal every 20 years.  The last renewal occurred in 2000.  If approved, this millage proposal will expire in 2038.

The current millage does not expire until 2020. If approved, will this new millage replace the current millage?

Yes. If approved, the current millage will no longer exist, and will be replaced with the millage rate approved by voters on May 8th.

How will the millage renewal/restoration affect my taxes?

Restoration of the original millage rate will result in an increase of .0568 mills (5.68 cents per $1,000 of taxable value).  For a home with a taxable value of $50,000 (sale price of approx. $100,000), this will result in an increase of less than $3 per year.

What is the average home value in Macomb County?

According to the 2017 Equalization Report, the average taxable value on a Macomb county home is $78,048 and the average true cash value is $156,783.

What is a mill?

A “mill” equates to one dollar ($1) in tax for every one thousand dollars ($1,000) of taxable value on owned property.  The taxable value of a home is roughly one-half of the saleable value of a home. 

What is the “Headlee Amendment?”

The Headlee Amendment to the Constitution of the State of Michigan requires a local unit of government to reduce its millage when annual growth on existing property is greater than the rate of inflation, resulting in the millage rate being “rolled back.”  A Headlee restoration is a vote by the electors to return the millage rate to the amount originally authorized by the voters.

How is the college currently funded?

The majority of Macomb Community College’s revenue is generated from three sources:  local property taxes, state appropriations and tuition/fees.  Local property taxes account for 26 percent of the budget while state appropriations account for 25 percent.  Tuition and student fees account for 43 percent of the college’s overall budget.  The remaining 6 percent comes from other revenue, such as grants and investment income. 

Why is the election in May?

May is one of three months in which the State of Michigan allows for scheduled elections. The May election will allow Macomb County voters the opportunity to vote on a millage renewal focused exclusively on the college.