Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about North Central's November 8 ballot proposal.
WHEN IS THE ELECTION?
Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
WHAT IS ON THE BALLOT FOR NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE?
Voters residing within the boundaries of Emmet County will vote on a 0.9946 operating millage renewal proposal, which will be found in the Proposal Section, at the end of the November ballot.
WHY IS THIS BALLOT PROPOSAL NECESSARY?
The primary purpose of the North Central Michigan College ballot proposal is to seek voter approval of a 0.9946, ten-year, operating millage originally approved by voters in 2006. Revenue from this millage provides essential financial support to North Central's programs and services. This property tax millage generates 16.8 percent of the College’s operating budget and accounts for revenues to North Central of $2,720,000 during the 2016-17 school year.
HOW WILL THE BALLOT PROPOSAL BENEFIT STUDENTS AND THE COMMUNITY?
- increasing total sales in 2015 by $253.6 million (includes purchase of all goods and services in the region)
- generating $66.1 million in personal income in 2015
- adding $120.2 million in Gross Regional Product (GRP) in 2015
- generating 1,470 jobs in the four-county region in 2015 through College employment and training activity
- sponsoring community workshops that attract over 360 community participants each year
- partnering with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and local business partners to meet the need to fill middle-skill jobs in Northern Michigan through its Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) programs
- greatly enhancing the livability of the region through North Central’s lecture series and luncheon lectures
- offering the Harris Sculpture Garden with more than 25 unique pieces of outdoor art and the College’s 195 acre natural area for the public to enjoy
- offering tuition-free classes for Emmet county residents over 60
WHY DOES THE BALLOT SAY THAT THIS IS A MILLAGE "RENEWAL"?
Emmet County voters approved a 1.0 mill operating millage proposal in 2006. In general terms, this is a request to renew that millage for another 10 years. However, the 2006 operating millage approved by voters was reduced by the 1978 Headlee Amendment to the Michigan Constitution. As a result, the North Central millage was “rolled back” to 0.9946 mill. Therefore on November 8, Emmet County voters will vote on a 0.9946 mill renewal only. Not a restoration of the 1.0 mill.
WHAT IS THE HEADLEE AMENDMENT?
Basically, the Headlee Amendment requires a local unit of government (like North Central Michigan College) to reduce its millage when annual growth on existing property is greater than the rate of inflation. The local unit’s millage rate is “rolled back” so that the resulting growth in property tax revenue, county-wide, is no more than the rate of inflation.
WHAT WILL THE BALLOT PROPOSAL COST?
If voters approve the 0.9946 ballot proposal, there will be no additional cost to taxpayers.
IF THE BALLOT PROPOSAL IS APPROVED BY VOTERS, HOW WILL MY FUTURE TAXES COMPARE TO WHAT I AM PAYING NOW?
A home with a taxable value of $100,000 has been paying $126.25 per year to support North Central. If the ballot proposal passes, this same home will be paying $99.46, or $26.70 less per year.
WHO CAN VOTE ON THIS BALLOT PROPOSAL?
Anyone can vote who resides in Emmet County, will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, and is registered to vote by October 7.
WHERE CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE?
You can register to vote at any Secretary of State office or at the Clerk’s office where you reside. You can download a voter registration application here.
Students can also pick up forms at North Central's Gaylord and Cheboygan sites.
DO I NEED TO UPDATE MY VOTER REGISTRATION?
You need to update your voter registration if you have changed your name or address since the last time you voted. You can do this at any Secretary of State office or at the Clerk’s office where you reside.
WHERE DO I VOTE?
You will vote at your regular precinct in the community where you reside. If you are unsure of your precinct, click here.
CAN I VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT?
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ELECTION?
You can visit the Michigan Voter Information Center or you can call your County Clerk's office at 231-348-1744.