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On Aug. 7, 2018, St. Clair County voters will consider two St. Clair County Community College millage resolutions — a renewal resolution and a supplemental resolution — to help maintain and improve college infrastructure and facilities. 

Millage renewal resolution

Since 1999, St. Clair County voters have approved a millage totaling one-half mills (reduced to 0.4951 because of Headlee Amendment rollback requirement) every four years to support buildings and programs. This renewal is for another four-year period (2019-2023).

A renewal of this millage will not increase the current tax rate and is vital for the college in its efforts to meet student and community needs. Without this revenue, the college may be forced to reduce programs and services and/or increase tuition.

Supplemental resolution (Facilities improvement proposition)

The second proposal is an addition of one-half mills for a four-year period (2019-23) to supplement the renewal millage for college buildings, program maintenance and innovation.

This proposal would fund new opportunities that support career training options not currently available at the college, particularly in health care and skilled trades. Additionally, this resolution would assist initiatives that further help the community, such as interactive learning centers and continued preparation and transition paths for student transfer to universities.

Based on a home with a market value of $100,000, this proposal would amount to approximately $2 a month. 


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Shall the increase of the maximum annual tax rate previously approved by the electors of the St. Clair County Community College District, State of Michigan in the amount of one-half mill ($0.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) as reduced through 2017 to .4951 mills by the Headlee Amendment, be renewed for four (4) years July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023, to be used to provide job training and retraining for workers in the College service area; repair and update the College’s technology, equipment and buildings; and to maintain and expand junior-senior/four year college offerings? If approved and levied in its entirety, the millage would raise an estimated $2,641,212 in its first year.

  • Approved by voters since 1999
  • No increased tax rate for voters
  • One of the lowest community college operating millages in Michigan
  • Crucial to the college’s budget and ability to meet student and community needs

 

Millage Renewal Frequently Asked Questions

When is the election?
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.

What is the millage request?
It is for the renewal of approximately one-half mill (0.4951 mills because of Headlee Amendment rollback requirement) for a four-year period, 2019-2023. The one-half mill originally was approved by voters in 1999 and renewed in 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2014. 

What is the purpose of this renewal?
The college will use these funds to continue providing programs and services that meet community needs and prepare students for successful careers. The millage is essential to keep pace with the technology, equipment and buildings needed to remain competitive, meet instructional and student needs, and stay ahead of industry trends to keep our students well-prepared for the work force.

Who votes in this millage renewal election?
Voters in the St. Clair County Community College District, which roughly follows the same geographic boundaries as the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency.

How much does the one-half mill (0.4951 mills) cost taxpayers?

The roughly one-half mill works out to almost 50 cents per $1,000 of taxable home value, which is about $25 a year (a little more than $2 per month) for a homeowner whose home has a market value of $100,000.

Market value of home          Approximate cost (not a new tax – a renewal)
$75,000                                   $18.75 per year
$100,000                                 $25 per year
$150,000                                 $37.50 per year
$200,000                                 $50 per year

Will this increase tax rates?
No. This is a renewal of one-half mill for operating purposes. It will not increase tax rates. In fact, it actually will continue to be a little less than half a mill (0.4951 to be exact) because of the Headlee amendment “rollback” requirements.

How much money does this generate for the college?
The renewal of this one-half mill would raise an estimated $2.6 million for the 2019 college tax year.

 

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Shall the maximum annual tax rate previously approved by the electors of the St. Clair County Community College District, State of Michigan be increased in the amount of one-half mill ($0.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) for four (4) years July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023 inclusive? If approved funds from this millage will be used to improve College facilities and to maintain quality and provide support to programs offered by the College. If approved and levied in its entirety, the millage would raise an estimated $2,667,352 in its first year.

  • Needed to fund new career training options in health care, skilled trades and transfer pathways
  • Supplement the renewal millage to help keep programs, buildings and technology updated
  • Help support community through initiatives, such as interactive learning centers
  • An increase in taxes of about $2 a month based on a home with a market value of $100,000

Supplemental Millage Frequently Asked Questions

When is the election?
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.

What is the millage request?
It is for one-half mill (0.5 mills) for a four-year period, 2019-2023.

What is the purpose of this renewal?
The college will use these funds to supplement the renewal millage for college buildings, program maintenance and innovation to help maximize student success. The millage is essential to keep pace with the technology, equipment and buildings needed to remain competitive, meet instructional and student needs, and stay ahead of industry trends to keep our students well-prepared for the work force.

Who votes in this millage renewal election?
Voters in the St. Clair County Community College District, which roughly follows the same geographic boundaries as the St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency. 

How much does the one-half mill cost taxpayers?
The one-half mill works out to 50 cents per $1,000 of taxable home value, which is about $25 a year (a little more than $2 per month) for a homeowner whose home has a market value of $100,000. 

Market value of home          Approximate cost (not a new tax – a renewal)
$75,000                                   $18.75 per year
$100,000                                 $25 per year
$150,000                                 $37.50 per year
$200,000                                 $50 per year

Will this increase tax rates?
Yes. This would amount to an increase in taxes of about $2 a month (based on a home with a market value of $100,000).

How much money does this generate for the college?
This one-half mill would raise an estimated $2.6 million for the 2019 college tax year.

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Our alumni presence

St. Clair County Community College students and alumni are in every corner of our region — living, working and serving our communities in health care, education, manufacturing, hospitality, government, public safety, design, retail and more.

Whether they earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year institution or take summer classes as guest students, their choice to attend St. Clair County Community College at a third of the cost of a Michigan public, four-year university is smart, and their presence in our community is immeasurable.

  • 75 percent of graduates remain in our community and work in our region

A driving force

The only institution of higher education in the five-county Thumb region, SC4 has been making a positive impact on the city, the county and the region for nearly a century. 

  • 95 years of education and service
  • Long-time community partner and advocate 
  • 5th largest public employer in St. Clair County (Data source: St. Clair EDA)
  • College annual economic impact is $227.9 million or 3,927 jobs supported in our county (Data source: EMSI Economic Impact Study)
  • Host to more than 40,000 community residents of all ages to campus this past academic year. The Fieldhouse recently was awarded a NJCAA championship, bringing in more than $750,000 to our community over three years, beginning in 2020.
  • Major player in downtown revitalization efforts thanks to efforts such as college housing, which will provide affordable, safe and convenient options for students, help fill local job openings, and add more energy to the community.

Economic value

SC4 creates a significant positive impact on the business community and generates a return on investment to its major stakeholder groups—students, taxpayers, and society. Using a two-pronged approach that involves an economic impact analysis and an investment analysis, a recent EMSI economic impact study calculates the benefits received by each of these groups. 

 

St. Clair County Community College students and alumni are in every corner of our region — living, working and serving our communities in health care, education, manufacturing, hospitality, government, public safety, design, retail and more. Their presence in our community is immeasurable and is what our #SC4Community campaign aims to highlight. 

Please take a moment to tell us how you positively impact our community via our online form. We'll potentially highlight these on our website and our social media channels in the coming weeks and months.