Voters in Oakland County, which locally includes the village of Holly, Holly and Rose townships, and 16 voters in the city of Fenton (Water’s Edge homes), will decide whether to continue paying .7545 mills for Oakland Community College (OCC) operating purposes for 10 years.
The actual ballot language reads: “This proposal authorizes Oakland Community College to continue to levy 0.7545 mill for operating purposes for 10 years as a renewal of millage previously approved by the electors in 2010, which expires with the 2021 tax levy. Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be levied on all taxable property within the Oakland Community College district, State of Michigan, be renewed at a rate of 0.7545 mill ($0.7545 per $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 10 years, 2022 through 2031, inclusive, to provide funds for College operating purposes? It is estimated that if the millage is approved and 0.7545 mills is levied in 2022, it would raise $45,065,057 for the College.”
A homeowner with a taxable value of $100,000 pays $75.45 per year.
About Oakland Community College
According to the college’s website (oaklandcc.edu), voters established funding for the Oakland Community College District on June 8, 1964. The district encompasses roughly 900 square miles and has an assessed property value exceeding $25 billion.
There are currently 28 public school districts with 45 public high schools, and 37 private high schools within OCC boundaries.
The college opened in September 1965, with a record community college initial enrollment of 3,860 students on two campuses — Highland Lakes, a renovated hospital in Union Lake, and Auburn Hills, a former Army Nike missile site in Auburn Heights.
The Orchard Ridge Campus, with its award-winning architectural design, opened in Farmington Hills in September 1967, and was followed by a Southeast Campus System based in leased facilities in Oak Park. That system quickly expanded through the remodeling and purchase of buildings in Royal Oak Campus, and the Oak Park location was replaced by a new campus facility in Southfield Campus in 1980. A new campus complex was built in Royal Oak in 1982.
Across its five campuses, OCC has served one million students and become a source for community development and engagement since opening its doors.