HFC Thanks Community For Millage Support
HFC expresses deepest thanks to our community for millage support. Both Renewal and Restoration millage proposals passed on Election Day, Nov. 5.
For Dr. Stan Jensen, president of HFC, the passage of these two very important proposals could not have come at a more pivotal time in the history of the College.
“I am deeply humbled by the message our community has sent about the importance of HFC, and more importantly, humbled by their care and love of their community college,” he said. “This millage represents a significant part of the College’s operating budget and I want to thank the voters for voting yes on both proposals. Words are simply not enough to express how happy the entire College community is. I’m very appreciative of the faith our community continues to show toward HFC, and I promise that as the College heads into its next 75 years, the best is yet to come,” he added.
The millage renewal proposal requested a 3 mill renewal/continuation for 10 years, effective 2015. Since it passed, this renewal will combine an existing 2.5 mills and 0.5 mill, both of which are slated to expire by the end of 2014. At stake was approximately $10 million of the College’s local operating budget. Taxpayers will pay $135 per year for this renewal.
The millage restoration proposal requested a 1 mill increase for the next five years, effective 2014. The restoration will raise an estimated $3.3 million for HFC in 2014, restoring operational funds. Since 2003, operational revenue has dropped due to declining enrollments, state appropriations and property tax revenue. Taxpayers will pay $45 for each year, which will equate to $3.75 per month.
With the restoration in hand, the College intends to provide greater and more comprehensive services to the community and most importantly to students. Some of these services and resources include the following:
- A University Center for students who wish to further their education and remain in the Dearborn and surrounding communities;
- Enhanced programming for international students;
- A comprehensive Student Success Center;
- Upgrades and purchases of state-of-the-art technology and laboratory equipment;
- Class-to-career programs and placement efforts; and
- Enhanced distance education courses and degree programs.
HFC provides a significant economic benefit to the community. For every $1 of state and local support for HFC, taxpayers see a return of $2.10 in the form of higher tax revenues and avoided social costs. The HFC local area economy receives roughly $70.9 million in income due to HFC operations and an additional $3.6 million in spending form non-local students, contributing to a total of $74.5 million to the HFC service area economy each year. HFC’s operating budget for the 2013-14 academic year is $79 million.
To learn more about HFC, please visit www.hfcc.edu, or call 1.800.585.HFCC (4322).