Your Property Taxes Are Probably Going Up. So Is Community College Tuition.

dcccd.jpg
Dallas, both city and county, has held the line on property taxes in recent years despite dwindling revenues and shrinking budgets. Still, your property tax bill is probably going to increase after September 1, when Dallas County Community College District's new budget goes into effect.

DCCCD spokeswoman Ann Hatch said the district has cut its budget to the bone over the past several years, deferring maintenance, freezing salaries and offering buyouts to veteran employees and can cut no further. It's looking at $44.3 million in unmet needs for the coming year -- a combination of facilities improvements, cost-of-living increases, technology upgrades, and increased benefit costs -- that it will fund with phased tuition and property tax increases over the next three to four years.

"The fact is the district is in the bottom three in the state in terms of what our cost is per credit hour," said spokeswoman Ann Hatch. "We're so low our trustees are now telling us they" need to be increased. The tax rate is also low compared with other community college districts in the state, and the board supports an increase there as well.

Ed DesPlas, executive vice chancellor for business affairs, presented a handful possible scenarios to the district's board of trustees earlier this month.

A likely scenario would raise the maintenance and operations tax by 25.9 percent, from $.0789 to $.0994 per $100 of property value, between 2013 and 2015. That would mean a homeowner with property valued at $131,780 would pay an extra $21.57 per year. The proposals call for tuition to jump nearly a third over the same time period, from $45 per credit hour to $59 per credit hour.

The DCCCD board will get an update on the numbers on August 7 and pass its budget later that month or on September 1. It will likely adopt one of DesPlas' proposals, which you can read here.


Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
17 comments
Travis_Rex
Travis_Rex

Even if community colleges charged double what they currently do, students would still get college credit  a lot cheaper than if they went to a four year institution in their freshman and sophomore terms. 

 

And BTW, no one wants students to fail.  In fact, the teachers I know at El Centro try very hard to ensure the success of their students.  It is a lot easier to fail classes when you have one hundred students in a class versus thirty five.  You are the only one responsible for failing college classes.

big_oj
big_oj

For what? All it is it's the same as the City, County and ISD. I thinking El Centro some reason wants students to fail. Many people I knew failed classes there, but when they go to the other schools, they love it! Heck, they gave me a bunch of loophoes and turn-arounds I decided it wasn't worth it.. "Sometimes the debt is worth it."

Nickster
Nickster

Excuse my french, but F*CKKKKK!!

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

How can I be overdrawn?  I still have checks?!?

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Why aren't the other districts looking at DCCCD and going, why can't we be more effective with our money?

darrylrs
darrylrs

wait a minute, I thought we lived in a red state where every republican was going to keeo taxes low??? as far as those darn community colleges go, let them die off. it's the free enterprise system and all that.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @Travis_Rex FRESHMAN AND SOPH YEARS IN FOUR YEAR COLLEGE TODAY ARE ALL REMEDIAL FOR THE DUMMAS KIDS THAT CAME OUT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLING WITH NO KNOWLEDGE OF ANYTHING AT ALL.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @big_oj HECK...I NEVER GOT ANY "LOOPHOES" WHEN I WENT TO COLLEGE.....NOT EVEN A MASSAGE OR ESCORT...

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

you go girl . . .

Travis_Rex
Travis_Rex

 @darrylrs that's the standard teabagger response if I ever heard it.  The "free market" would leave a large majority of our population uneducated, which is the way angry teabagging republicans like it.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @Travis_Rex  @darrylrs THOSE SAME UNEDUCATED FOLKS WOULD JUST DROP OUT OF SCHOOL ANYWAY....YOU CAN LEAD A GORILLA TO WATER, BUT YOU CAN'T MAKE HIM LEARN.

 

BOOGIE BOOGIE....

Now Trending

Dallas Concert Tickets

Around The Web

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...