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Revenue Estimating Conference: After last week's consensus revenue estimating conference, legislative leaders have determined final spending targets for most budgets, including community colleges. The final operations increase for community college operations averages 1.4%, which is down from the 2.4% that the Governor originally recommended. Including the $3.7 million increase for MPSERS funding, the total increase for community colleges averages 2.1%.

Community College Budget: On Thursday, the community college budget was the first to go through a joint House-Senate conference committee to finalize those numbers. Although legislators lamented that they could not raise funding for colleges by as much as originally projected, all conferees signed the official conference report, which now goes to the full House and Senate for approval. The conference report and fiscal agency analyses are both available on the MCCA website.

 

Bills to Block Property Taxes Are Reported From House Committee: On Wednesday, the House Tax Policy Committee reported out House Bills 5611 and 5612 by a vote of 8-3 with two passes.  These bills would prohibit a community college from collecting a property tax if the college offered a new baccalaureate degree.  HB's 5611 & 5612 are now on the House floor, where their fate is a bit unclear.  Voting yes were Representatives Farrington, Maturen, Yonker, Webber, Somerville, Townsend, Clemente, and Byrd.  Voting no were Representatives LaVoy, Glenn, and Howrylak.  Passing were Representatives Iden and Chatfield. Many thanks to all of you who have contacted your legislators so far to oppose House Bills 5611 & 5612; it is critical that colleges continue to let their legislators know how damaging these bills would be.

 

Personal Property Tax Reimbursements: Several of you have raised concerns in recent weeks as your colleges begin to see the impact of further changes to the Personal Property Tax that took effect beginning in 2016. At this point, the Department of Treasury still projects roughly a 100% reimbursement for ALL categories of losses under the formula. Please remember that reimbursements will be calculated based on the decline in commercial/industrial personal property taxable value from 2013, as reported to Treasury by county equalization directors, and based on the lowest of each millage rate levied 2012-2015. Community colleges that levy all or part of their millage in July 2016 will be reimbursed no later than November 20, 2016.  Community colleges that levy all of their millage in December 2016 will be reimbursed no later than February 20, 2017. More details are available on the Treasury website.

 
 
 

 

HELPFUL LINKS

Michigan Legislature’s website (bill tracking and committee meetings)

Michigan House of Representatives

Michigan Senate

Community College Legal Authority (Michigan Constitution)

Community College Act of 1966

 

For the map of the community college districts, click here.

 

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