Sinclair Community College will seek November renewal of $27M levy

Sinclair Community College is asking Montgomery County voters to renew a 3.2 mill levy.

The school’s 10-year levy, which is projected to bring in around $27 million in annual revenue for Sinclair, will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot. Revenue from he levy makes up about 20 percent of the college’s funding.

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Since Sinclair is seeking a renewal, Montgomery County homeowners will not see an increase in property taxes. Sinclair passed its first levy in 1966 has passed every renewal since then.

“Sinclair has had a great and historic 130 year partnership with the people of Montgomery County,” Sinclair president Steve Johnson said in a prepared statement today. “The Montgomery County levy provides Sinclair with resources that we use to make sure that this community has access to the best higher education services that we can provide.”

The original 10-year levy expires in December 2018. Montgomery County residents pay a lower tuition cost than out-of-county students, because of the levy.

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No levy funds are ever used outside of Montgomery County, according to Sinclair, which is subject to state law and verified by regular audits performed by outside auditors.

The levy that will appear on the November ballot is one of two the school has in place.

In 2015, Montgomery County residents passed the second levy with 54 percent of the vote. That levy was projected to generate around $8.5 million per year and lasts for eight years.

“The Board of Trustees believes strongly in the value that Sinclair provides to the people of Montgomery County and in the power of the levy to improve the lives of students and the economy of this community,” Sinclair board of trustees chair Rob Connelly said. “We are very excited to move forward this fall.”

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