Henry Ford College's Millage Renewal 2018
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Why is there a millage renewal proposal for HFC?
By Michigan law, community colleges are funded by state appropriations, student tuition and fees, and local property taxes. One mill of HFC’s property tax revenue expires this year. In order to continue to receive that funding, HFC must place a millage renewal proposal on the on the November 6, 2018 ballot for voters to consider.
What will this proposal cost the average homeowner?
This millage is a renewal, not an increase! According to the City of Dearborn’s Assessor’s Office, the average taxable value of homes in Dearborn is approximately $54,000. Based on this 2018 information, a one mill renewal will cost the average homeowner $54 per year, or $4.50 per month, the same amount they are currently paying. When the voters approved this mill in 2013, the average homeowner payment was $3.75 per month. As home values have increased, the monthly cost has increased by 75¢ per household, on average.
If the millage renewal is approved, how does HFC plan to use the money?
If the voters at the November 6, 2018 election renew the millage, HFC plans to use the continuing funds as follows:
- $800,000 per year toward the Integrated Energy Master Plan (IEMP) project. Upon completion, this project will reduce the College’s energy consumption by up to 60%, reduce water usage by up to 40%, and develop an energy-related curriculum to help HFC students obtain jobs in green energy fields.
- $300,000 per year in classroom investments. This includes the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that will enable our students to participate in hands-on, interactive learning experiences that simulate the realistic working environments students will find when they graduate.
- $2 million per year in employment investment, including new faculty positions in high-demand programs, enhanced student-support positions dedicated to student success, retention, and completion efforts.
- $300,000 per year to support the improvement and maintenance of our buildings and classrooms, including much-needed study and gathering spaces for students and faculty.
What will happen if voters do not approve the millage proposal?
One mill represents approximately $4.2 million per year in revenue for the College. Without this revenue, the College would experience budget shortfalls that would significantly diminish the plans stated above and would negatively affect staffing, facilities, student support services, and technology advancements across campus.
About HFC + Our History
Instead of paying taxes to another community college district, and recognizing the importance of local governance and local control of taxes, Dearborn Public School district residents decided to establish their own college. Henry Ford College is Dearborn’s college, serving the residents of Dearborn and its surrounding communities for 80 years.
HFC offers 150+ fully accredited academic programs, from workforce training and trades to business, health care, STEM, liberal arts, culinary, and others. HFC graduates may go directly to high-paying jobs, or are able to take advantage of many seamless transfer options for bachelor’s degrees through formal agreements, or guides that facilitate transfer to four-year universities.
HFC is a public college and a public campus. We offer cultural opportunities and resources for the public, including choral and instrumental concerts, live theatre, art shows, dance performances, athletic competitions, academic competitions, cultural activities, and other events year-round.
HFC’s English Language Institute offers instruction in American English, language, and culture. This intensive program prepares students for success in college-level English courses and employment that requires written and oral proficiency in English.
On average, 36% of college-bound graduates of the Dearborn Public School district attend HFC.
HFC's Impact on the Community
Dearborn Public School district residents receive a substantial tuition discount (in-district tuition is currently $99 per credit hour versus $172 for a non-resident). Out of Michigan’s 28 community colleges and 14 public universities, Dearborn Public School district residents who attend HFC pay the third-lowest tuition rate in the entire state of Michigan.
Dearborn Public School district residents age 60 or older may take classes at HFC tuition-free.
Eligible high school students can take classes at HFC through our many dual enrollment programs, which can lead to zero-cost HFC degrees. By participating in HFC’s dual enrollment programs, many students graduate from the local Dearborn high schools with their freshman and often sophomore years of college already completed, which can result in substantial savings to them in time and money to complete their studies.
Because HFC purchases goods and services in the Dearborn community and has staff and students who do the same, a 2018 socioeconomic study estimates that this spending generated $883 million in economic activity in the HFC service area during the 2016-2017 fiscal year. This is equivalent to supporting 13,191 jobs.
Video: HFC and Dearborn are at our best, together
Henry Ford College is Dearborn's College. The two-way partnership between the College and Community is central to everything we do. In this two-minute video, President Kavalhuna talks about the value in the connections and relationships with Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, and all of Southeast Michigan.