Southwest Texas Junior College trustees heard only one comment Thursday during the first of two scheduled public hearings on the entity’s proposed tax rate of 16.52 cents per $100 valuation, the same as the rate for the current fiscal year.
The figure, based on an adjusted taxable value of $1,716,401,793, would increase the total tax levy by $130,000 – impacting the average home, valued at $84,922, by $4.92 a year.
It is to fund a budget with expenses of $52.73 million, an increase of $5 million from the current fiscal year budget.
The public hearing was called to order at approximately 12:05 p.m. Thursday in the Bluebonnet Room of the Matthews Student Center.
Present for the meeting were college president Hector Gonzales, board of trustees president Rodolfo Flores, board vice president Harry O. Watkins, secretary Antonio Rivera, and member Anita Shackleford.
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