FLINT TWP. — Larry Gawthrop. Chief Financial Officer for Mott Community College, attended the July 18 township board meeting to seek support for the MCC millage renewal on the August 2 ballot.
Gawthrop noted that MCC has served the community for many years and is ranked as one of the top community colleges in the nation. MCC also partners with local school districts to provide educational opportunities.
“We are asking voters for renewal of an existing operating millage; this is not new or an increase,” he said, adding that funds will benefit Genesee County exclusively.
The MCC renewal is one of four countywide ballot proposals voters will be asked to consider in next week’s primary election. Three are renewals and one is an increase According to Genesee County ballot language, they are as follows:
Mott Community College Millage Renewal (10 years) — For the amount of taxes that may be levied by Charles Stewart Mott Community College against all property in the community college district to be renewed for a total of .6410 mill (which is equal to $.6410 per $1,000 of taxable value of real and tangible personal property), for a period of 10 years, from 2018 through 2027, to provide funds for community college purposes. If the .6410 mill increase is approved, it is estimated that the college will collect approximately $5.7 million of revenue in the first calendar year it is levied. The proposed millage is a renewal of a previously authorized millage.
Emergency Medical Services Millage Renewal (10 years) — A renewal of the previously approved authorization of the Genesee County Board of County Commissioners to levy a tax of 0.4847 mills ($0.4847 per $1,000.00 of taxable property valuation) upon the taxable valuation of property within Genesee County, as finally equalized, for each of the ten years from 2017 through 2026, inclusive, to support Emergency Medical Services throughout Genesee County through the County Health Department.
The Emergency Medical Services Millage will expire after the 2016 levy. The estimated revenue that will be collected during the first year this renewal millage is authorized and levied is $4,164,532.
In Genesee County, there are local authorities that capture and use for authorized purposes tax increment revenues from property taxes levied by the County. Such captured revenue would include a portion of the proposed millage levy. The total amount of captured tax increment revenues from the proposed millage levy in the first calendar year of the levy is estimated to be $79,328. The following such local authorities presently are expected to capture and receive disbursement of a portion of the County’s property tax levy: City of Clio Downtown Development Authority (“DDA”) (for the Clio Tax Increment Finance Authority); City of Davison DDA and Local Development Finance Authority; City of Fenton DDA and Local Development Finance Authority; City of Flint DDA; City of Grand Blanc DDA; City of Linden DDA; City of Montrose DDA; City of Swartz Creek DDA; Genesee County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and Land Bank Authority; Davison Township DDA; Hill Road Corridor Improvement Authority; Mt. Morris Township DDA; Vienna Township Business Development Authority; Village of Lennon DDA; Village of Otisville DDA; and Village of Otter Lake DDA. Other such local authorities could be created in the future.
Genesee ISD Proposal (20 years) – To increase by .25 mills the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all taxable property in Genesee Intermediate School District. A levy increase of ($.25 on each $1,000 of taxable value) is for twenty years, from 2016 to 2035 for the purpose of funding lifelong education, adult education, community education, training, and enrichment, and other GISD operating purposes. It is estimated that the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2016 will be approximately $2.3 million. Revenues will be disbursed to the Genesee Intermediate School District.
Genesee District Library Millage Renewal (10 years)– To continue the same level of public library services as currently provided Including the McCarty and Genesee Valley branches of the Genesee District Library, voters are asked to approve a millage renewal in the amount of 0.9981 mills (99.81 cents on each $1,000 of taxable value) on all property subject to taxation in the Library District for a period of ten years – 2017 through 2026 .Said millage is estimated to raise approximately $8,031,619 in the first year of renewal, subject to the tax capture provisions identified below. There are local authorities that are presently authorized to capture and use for authorized purposes tax increment revenues from property taxes. Such capture, to the extent permitted by law, would include a portion of the proposed millage levy. The following local authorities in the Library District presently capture a portion of the District’s property tax levy: the Downtown Development Authorities of the Cities of Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flushing, Grand Blanc, Linden, Montrose and Swartz Creek; the Downtown Development Authorities of the Village of Lennon, Otisville and Otter Lake, the Downtown Development Authorities of the Townships of Davison and Mt. Morris; the Local Development Finance Authorities of the Cities of Davison and Fenton; the Vienna Township Business Development Authority; the Hill Road Corridor Improvement Authority; and Genesee County’s Brownfield Redevelopment and Land Bank Authorities. Other local authorities could be created in the future.