Voters deny millage request

Photo taken by Julia Wells

MCCC's first millage request in 34 years has been denied by Monroe County voters.

The results of 60.7% votes against the proposal to 39.3% in support came late on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

MCCC President Kojo Quartey said he was disappointed in both voter turnout and the trend, further saying there is more work to be done.

"We're going to look at the entire organization," he said. "And ask, what are we going to do in the future to keep tuition low?"

In early fall, the MCCC Board of Trustees approved the millage, which would have raised $5 million a year for the college.

This money was needed to help keep tuition affordable and maintain the quality of the campus, supporters of the millage maintained.

Monroe County voters also voted for one new member and two incumbents for the MCCC Board of Trustees.

Lynette Dowler, a DTE executive, will be new to the Board of Trustees, and Mary Kay Thayer and William Braunlich are returning members.

Each said they were in support of the millage in a Candidate Forum held at MCCC three weeks ago.