Two-Year Education Mill Levy Election Information
Mill Levy Question as stated on the November 5, 2013 ballot
SHOULD THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS BE AUTHORIZED TO MAKE A LEVY OF ONE AND ONE HALF MILLS IN ORDER TO RAISE $369,856 PER YEAR BASED ON THE 2014 FISCAL YEAR MILL RATE FOR THE PURPOSE TO FUND THE COST OF OPERATIONS FOR GALLATIN COLLEGE MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY, GALLATIN COUNTY'S COMPREHENSIVE TWO-YEAR COLLEGE?
Ballot must be received by November 5
Gallatin College purpose
Gallatin College offers two-year associate degrees and one-year professional certificates to area residents.
Annual cost of mill levy to Gallatin County property owners
$2.08 per $100,000 in assessed property value*
$4.15 annually for $200,000 in assessed property value*
*Assessed property value is generally less than market price
Why is the request being made?
- The funding would support the enrollment and program growth plans of the college and meet the needs of Gallatin County students and local employers.
- The funding supports the development of the skilled local workforce that is integral to our county's economic development.
- The addition of the local funding to the state funding and student tuition that the college already receives will help keep the cost affordable.
- Gallatin is the only Montana County with an established Comprehensive Two- Year College that does not levy at least 1.5 mills for local two-year education.
How will the county funding be used?
- The county funding will be used to create additional workforce related one and two-year programs. In a recent needs assessment county businesses identified 26 high-priority programs they would like Gallatin College MSU to offer.
- Programs that are being planned include: Small Business Management, Advanced Manufacturing and Machining, IT Support Technician, Culinary Arts and more than 20 other programs in healthcare, business, hospitality, technology and manufacturing industries.
- These programs can require a significant investment in machinery and equipment, software, specialized facilities and program development work.
- The funding will allow the college to serve hundreds more students and create local employment opportunities for students.
How Much Will it Cost?
- The annual amount raised by the county-wide 1.5 mills is projected to be $369,856.
- Impact on property owners is $2.08 annually for a $100,000 in assessed property value or $4.15 annually for $200,000 in assessed property value. (Assessed property value is generally less than market price)
A $4.15 annual investment* will support one- and two-year professional programs and general education that will ensure access to college for generations of Gallatin Valley residents to come.
*Approximate amount based on a Gallatin County property
assessed at $200,000. Assessed property value is
generally less than market price.
The mill levy only impacts property owners.