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Contact: Ann Hatch214-378-1819; firstname.lastname@example.orgFor immediate release — Sept. 5, 2012
(DALLAS) — Members of the board of trustees for the Dallas County Community College District approved DCCCD’s 2012-2013 proposed budget during the group’s regular monthly meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at the district’s downtown system office. Key elements of that budget included a tax rate increase for Dallas County property owners, a tuition increase, funds for deferred maintenance, a competitive market salary adjustment for faculty members, an across-the-board salary adjustment for employees and items that dealt with distance learning, technology and other operational areas.
Citizens who both supported and opposed the tax rate and tuition increases spoke during public hearings on Aug. 21 and 28, as well as at the Sept. 4 meeting. Following discussion and comments by trustees, the board voted to pass the budget with a vote of 6 to 1.
The tax rate increase of $20 per year, based on the average Dallas County home value of $130,199 — approximately $1.66 per month or 5.5 cents per day — will appear on ad valorum tax statements that are due by February 2013. The new tax rate is a two-cent increase over the effective tax rate, which puts DCCCD’s maintenance and operations tax rate at 9.86 cents per $100 valuation.
The $7-per-semester-credit-hour increase begins with the spring 2013 semester; students who live in Dallas County will pay $52 per semester credit hour starting next January. Out-of-district and out-of-state students will pay a higher rate, as they do now. (Discussion occurred about an additional $7-per-credit-hour increase that may be proposed for the spring 2015 semester; such an increase would need to be approved by the DCCCD board of trustees in the district’s 2014-2015 fiscal year’s budget.)
DCCCD employees have not received a cost-of-living increase since 2008. In 2011 and 2012, 361 employees were affected by either voluntary retirement or reduction-in-force initiatives.
District officials provided a number of reasons for the budget measures, tax rate increase and tuition increase:
DCCCD’s total budget for 2012-2013 is $501,428,578, which includes $6.3 million in additional tuition revenue and $32 million in additional tax revenues for current operations.
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