By David Fleet
On Nov. 5 Oakland Community College will ask Oakland County voters for a 10-year renewal of a millage that provides 27 percent of the school’s operating budget.
The 0.75-mill tax raises $45 million annually toward OCC’s $160 million operating budget, and is critical for the college that has granted more than 90,000 degrees and certificates and offers programs in a robotics, health care, emergency service and advanced manufacturing. OCC officials say 1 in 41 jobs in the county is supported by the college and students.
For the owner of a home with a $200,000 market value, or $100,000 in taxable value, the millage would cost about $76 annually.
“Oakland Community College is the top college destination for Brandon High School seniors after graduation,” said OCC Chancellor Peter Provenzano. “We are proud they choose OCC to find their passion and their pathway.”
“Our training in emergency services and health professions is important to the safety and well-being of this community. OCC trains the 911 dispatchers, EMTs, paramedics, police officers, firefighters, and hospital staff, who help you in an emergency.”
In-District Resident will pay $94.50 for one billable contact hour, that’s 12 credit hours in-district for $1,234 (includes $100 Student Support fee). Out-of-District Resident $183/Billable Contact Hour, 12 credit hours in-district $2,296 (includes $100 Student Support fee)