West Shore Community College holds special meeting to levy 2013 taxes

SCOTTVILLE –The West Shore Community College Board of Trustees convened in a special meeting on Monday afternoon in the administrative and conference building to consider giving taxing municipalities the right to collect the 2013 taxes.

This is an annual step the college board must take if they want to collect the college’s taxes from the district. Without approving the resolution it wouldn’t allow them to levy 100 percent of the taxes for the summer and winter collections from the taxpayers inthe college district.

People living in the Bear Lake, Onekama, Ludington and Manistee school (City of Manistee) districts will have those taxes collected on their summer tax bills. All other districts will have it added to their winter tax bills.As college president Charles Dillon pointed out, those funds are vital to the college’s operating funds.

“West Shore Community is grateful to the taxpayers of our district because it is the local tax revenue that makes up about 50 percent of our operating budget,” said Dillon. “Without those funds we wouldn’t be able to do the kinds of things that we are able to do throughout the year.

What the resolution proposed was for the taxing municipalities to levy the full permitted 2.1175 mills for operations and .9732 mills for capital improvements.

“There is no Headlee Amendment rollback this year,” he said.

By not having a Headlee Amendment rollback it will mean the college tax levels will remain at the 2012 numbers and not be reduced for taxpayers of the district. The Headlee Amendment requires a local unit of government to reduce its millage when annual growth on existing property is greater than the rate of inflation. As a consequence, the local unit’s millage rate is “rolled back” so that the resulting growth in property tax revenue, community-wide, is no more than the rate of inflation.

Board members gave unanimous approval on Monday for the levying of these taxes within the district.

Administrative committee chair Bruce Smith told the full board that the millage is vital to the college’s budget.

Smith said the college plays a major role to the communities it serves. He cited the nursing, police training, the Business Opportunity Center, Wellness Center, ice arena and the theater as some of those impact areas.

Smith pointed out that 25 percent to 30 percent of local high school graduates enroll in West Shore Community College to start their college education.

“Our mission is to make our community a better place to live, work and prosper,” said Smith.

 

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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