WHAT EXACTLY IS SCHOOLCRAFT REQUESTING?
The College is currently operating at a level approved by the community more than 30 years ago. All community colleges are funded through a combination of local property tax, tuition appropriations from the State of Michigan. Several economic factors have created a shortfall in the annual funding for Schoolcraft College. The college is currently receives about the same funding amount of property tax as it did 12 years ago. The College is asking citizens to restore their investment in Schoolcraft College’s operating budget to it’s 1986 level.
WHO CAN VOTE YES?
To vote, you must be a U.S. Citizen; at least 18 years of age by Election Day; a resident of Michigan and the Schoolcraft College district; and registered to vote. The College district includes residents in the Clarenceville, Garden City, Livonia, Northville and Plymouth-Canton public school districts. To register, please visit your city or township clerk or visit any Secretary of State office at least 30 days prior to the election. The last day to register is Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. You can also register to vote, request an absentee ballot or update an address online with TurboVote at www.turbovote.org.
Why They Need a Millage:
The College has eliminated waste, cut costs and raised revenue. It instituted buyouts in 2010, 2013 and 2017, as well as a salary freeze from 2008-2012. Since 2013, it has deferred critical maintenance of $2 to $3 million per fiscal year. The reality is, Schoolcraft still operated with a $6 million deficit in 2017. Schoolcraft has no choice but to turn to students and the community.
Why the Millage Must Pass:
Tuition already accounts for a much larger percentage of Schoolcraft’s revenue than it did in 1991. Failing to approve this initiative would cause even higher tuition, difficulty offering the courses to foster skills for successful career changes, and a decrease in services for the community. Schoolcraft’s Business Development Center, which helps small businesses grow by developing their workforce, offering seminars and providing free government contracting assistance is just one of its many community-centered programs in danger.
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