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Operating Millage Renewal and Restoration

On May 8, 2018, Macomb County voters will consider an operating millage renewal and restoration for Macomb Community College.  The current operating millage, which accounts for 26 percent of the college’s revenue, will expire in 2020.


In 2000, Macomb County voters approved a 20-year operating millage and a technology millage for the college totaling 1.464 mills.  Since then, the college has been subject to seven Headlee rollbacks, reducing that millage rate to its current 1.4072 mills. This reduction equates to approximately $1.5 million annually.

This millage is vital to the operations of the college.  Property tax revenue accounts for approximately $36 million (26%) of the college’s overall operational budget. Without this revenue, the college would be forced to greatly reduce programs and services for students and/or substantially increase tuition.

This proposal would permit the College to levy 1.464 mills for a period of twenty years, which will support general operations including technology. This proposal combines, restores and continues prior operational and technology millages at the same level as initially approved by voters in 2000, which are set to expire in 2020.