Bay College to discuss millage request

ESCANABA — The Bay College Board of Trustees will discuss language for an operating millage proposal during its next regular meeting on Wednesday, June 19. The language that will be addressed by the board at the meeting focuses on a potential millage increase of almost 1 mill.

The board will not officially vote on the language during Wednesday’s meeting.

“We’re only going to talk about it … they aren’t going to be accepting it,” Bay College President Laura Coleman said.

However, at the board’s July 17 meeting, a vote is expected to be taken on a resolution to approve the language for submission to Delta County.

“We don’t know if the language will change or it won’t change,” Coleman said.

If the language included in the board packet for Wednesday’s meeting is eventually approved in its current state, Delta County voters would be asked whether or not they are in favor of increasing the limitation on the amount of taxes that can be assessed against all property in Bay’s district boundaries by .9924 mills ($0.99 per $1,000 of taxable value) for 20 years from 2019 to 2038, inclusive. The additional funds would be used to support the college’s operation and other legally permissible purposes.

According to the language, the approval of the proposal by voters would allow for the restoration of millage funds lost to Bay as a result of the Headlee Amendment and for an increase in the college’s millage funding.

An estimate of the revenue the college would collect in the increased millage’s first year was not listed in the version of the language included in the board packet. This is expected to be added in time for Wednesday’s meeting.

Coleman said the college is aiming to have the proposal included on the ballot for Delta County’s November election.

The Bay College Board of Trustees’ regular meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday. It will be held in the Catherine Bonifas Building’s boardroom.