SWTJC debates tax increase

College president says nixed building upgrades are needed

Jennifer Fry

Staff writer

Increasing the tax rate was debated Thursday when the Southwest Texas Junior College board of directors weighed several options.

Though trustees could not take action on the tax rate, pending upcoming public hearings, they weighed in on the matter through lively discussion.

College president Hector Gonzales suggested the board adopt the rollback rate of 17.21 cents, .69 cents above its current rate of 16.52 cents, for the coming fiscal year.

The figures presented are all based on an adjusted taxable value of $1,716,401,793.

“It would make a tremendous impact,” he said. “There are a lot of different maintenance [items] that keep getting deferred because there’s not enough dollars going around.”


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