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WCC President Urges Passage Of 10-Year Millage On Election Day

Mar 5, 2020

Washtenaw Community College president Dr. Rose Bellanca
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Election day is coming up soon.  Even though voters are mainly focused on the presidential primary, other issues are on ballot as well, including a 10-year millage for Washtenaw Community College (WCC).  WEMU's David Fair has a conversation with WCC president Dr. Rose Bellanca about why this millage must be approved.


WASHTENAW COMMUNITY COLLEGE – 1 PROPOSAL WASHTENAW COMMUNITY COLLEGE MILLAGE RENEWAL AND RESTORATION 

This proposal authorizes Washtenaw Community College to levy 1.00 mill for operating purposes for 10 years.  Of the 1.00 mill, 0.9718 represents a renewal of the 1.00 mill authorization approved by the electors in 2008, which will expire with the 2020 tax levy and 0.0282 mill represents a restoration of the portion of the same authority which was reduced by application of the Headlee Amendment. 

Shall the limitation on the total amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property within the Washtenaw Community College district, State of Michigan, be increased by 1.00 mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of Taxable Valuation) for a period of 10 years, the years 2021 through 2030 inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes?  Of the 1.00 mill, 0.9718 represents a renewal of that portion of the 1.00 mill authorization previously approved by the electors as reduced by operation of the Headlee Amendment, and 0.0282 represents new additional millage in the amount equal to the amount reduced by operation of the Headlee Amendment.  It is estimated that the 1.00 mill would raise $17,500,000 for the College when first levied in 2021. 

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— David Fair is the WEMU News Director and host of Morning Edition on WEMU.  You can contact David at 734.487.3363, on twitter @DavidFairWEMU, or email him at dfair@emich.edu