Tax hike appears to have more opposition than tuition increase
The video below shows the Community College Governing Board discussing Dr. Clint Ewell’s tentative budget increase suggestions for 2017-18. The discussion took place January 16 during the regular Board meeting on the Prescott Campus.
It appears that at least three members were uneasy with the Administration’s suggestion that it consider approving in February a 5% tuition increase and in May a 4% property tax increase. (Representative Connie Harris was seen occasionally nodding, which suggests she may have also been concerned.)
Chair Ray Sigafoos seemed most concerned with the property tax rate hike. Representative Deb McCasland pointed out that there was a questionable need for more money to increase deferred maintenance and alluded to the College’s large reserves. Representative Pat McCarver seemed concerned with both the tuition and tax rate hike. The video is about four minutes in length.