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Macomb County voters approve Macomb Community College operating millage proposal

– Wednesday, May 9, 2018 12:00AM

In yesterday’s election, Macomb County voters approved an operating millage proposal for Macomb Community College, renewing the college’s millage for 20 years and restoring it to the rate previously approved by voters. The college’s millage rate had been subjected to seven Headlee rollbacks since 2000, equating to $1.5 million annually.

The college’s millage is 26 percent of the college’s $135 million operational budget and is vital to ensuring that college has the faculty, staff and resources necessary to provide the education and training that connects residents to workplace opportunity. The approved millage will update and replace the current operating millage and will run from 2018 – 2038.    

“We appreciate the community’s support and commitment to preserve Macomb Community College’s longstanding role as Macomb County’s indispensable education and training resource,” said Dr. James O. Sawyer IV, president, Macomb Community College.  “Our residents’ willingness to continue to invest in the college to ensure local access to training in high-demand fields as well as an affordable start to a bachelor’s degree underscores the true nature of partnership between the community and the college, and our shared dedication to bolstering economic vitality.”


About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 40,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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