FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2016
Joe Verkennes, Director of Marketing and Communications
Monroe County Community College
1555 S. Raisinville Rd., Monroe, MI 48161
(734) 384-4207 (O), (419) 343-3063 (M)
QUARTEY TO EMBARK ON ‘TOWNSHIP HALL TOUR’
TO DISCUSS MCCC’S 5-YEAR MILLAGE REQUEST
MONROE, Mich. – Residents across Monroe County will get the opportunity to meet with Monroe County Community College President Dr. Kojo A. Quartey and discuss the college’s 5-Year Maintenance and Improvement Millage request at one of the many stops on his upcoming “Township Hall Tour.”
Quartey will visit township halls across the county throughout July to answer questions from residents about MCCC’s proposal to voters to approve an additional property tax levy in November to fund critical maintenance and renovation projects at MCCC.
There are currently seven stops on the tour; the college is still awaiting confirmation on a possible session at Ida Township Hall.
Below are the dates and locations that are set as of now:
Each session will begin at 6 p.m.
- July 11: Ash Township Hall, 1677 Ready Rd., Carleton
- July 12: London Township Hall, 13613 Tuttlehill Rd., Milan
- July 14: Bedford Township Hall, 8100 Jackman Rd., Temperance
- July 19: Frenchtown Township Hall, 2744 Vivian Rd., Monroe
- July 20: Dundee Township Hall, 179 Main St., Dundee
- July 21: CANCELLED moved to July 25
- July 25: Monroe Charter Township Hall, 4925 East Dunbar Rd., Monroe. Corresponding Locations: Erie Township, La Salle Township, City of Luna Pier, Monroe Charter Township and Raisinville Township.
At a news conference this morning, MCCC officials announced a reduction of the 5-year millage request from .95 to .85 mills in response to the inclusion earlier this month of funding in the state’s General Fund Budget Bill for a facility project that is one component of the millage request. This move decreases the amount the additional tax would cost taxpayers over 5 years by nearly 10 percent.
If approved, the additional tax would generate an estimated 4.83 million for the college in 2016 and would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $42.50 per year – less than 82 cents per week.
Funds would be used for critical maintenance and renovation projects throughout the Main Campus and at the Whitman Center in Temperance. Included would be projects to update safety, accessibility, technology and the learning environment, as well as maintenance that has been deferred because of substantial reductions in property tax revenue over many years. A complete list of projects to be funded by the millage can be accessed at www.monroeccc.edu/millage.
About Monroe County Community College
Founded in 1964, Monroe County Community College is a public, two-year institution supported by tax monies from Monroe County, educational funds from the State of Michigan and student tuition.
The college’s mission is to enrich and transform lives by providing opportunities and excellence in higher education. The Main Campus is located at 1555 South Raisinville Road, Monroe, Mich., 48161, with easy access to Toledo and Detroit. The Whitman Center is located at 7777 Lewis Ave.,Temperance, Mich., 48182, near the Ohio-Michigan Border. Detailed information about MCCC is available at www.monroeccc.edu.