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August 20, 2013

Blinn’s property tax rate expected to remain the lowest in the state

Proposed rate of $0.06 per $100 valuation will be placed on September board agenda

LOWEST 2012   TAX RATES IN TEXAS  1.	Blinn*		$0.0567  2.	North Central Texas	$0.0663  3.	Collin		$0.0863  4.	Trinity Valley	$0.0890  5.	Hill			$0.0894  6.	Austin 		$0.0951  7.	Houston 		$0.0971  8.	Northeast Texas	$0.1000  9.	Texarkana		$0.1052  10.	Cisco College	$0.1079    * Blinn will propose a property value tax rate of $0.0600 at its September Board of Trustees meeting.  Blinn College will vote on a property value tax rate at its regular September Board of Trustees meeting that will garner additional maintenance and operating funds on the College’s Brenham campus while maintaining the lowest tax rate in the state.

On Tuesday, Blinn’s board voted to place a proposal on its September agenda to adopt a Washington County tax rate of $0.06 per $100 of property value. The effective tax rate, the rate that would generate essentially the same revenue as the previous year, was set by Washington County Chief Appraiser Willy Dilworth at $0.0557. This is the first time Blinn has proposed to exceed the effective tax rate since 2008.

Blinn’s 2012 tax rate was set last August at $0.0567, almost a full cent lower than the second-lowest tax rate in the state, the North Central Texas district’s $0.0663. Last year’s state average of $0.1626 was more than 10 cents higher, and Blinn officials expect the proposed tax rate to once again be the lowest of the state’s 50 community college districts.

If the proposed rate is approved, the owner of a $100,000 property would pay an additional $4.30 in property taxes each year.

In accordance with state law, Blinn may only use revenues generated through the property tax for the maintenance and operations of its Brenham campus. Property tax funds may not be utilized for faculty/ staff salaries or for projects on the College’s other campuses outside of Washington County.

Adoption of the $0.06 tax rate would generate $1,610,655, which represents roughly 1.8 percent of the $89.1 million budget adopted by the board during Tuesday’s meeting and less than 21 percent of the College’s $7.7 million Brenham campus facilities budget. The proposed rate would generate $101,290 more than the effective rate.

Blinn will hold public hearings regarding the tax rate at noon on Sept. 3 and 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 before putting the issue to a board vote during its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24. Both hearings and the September board meeting will be held in the board room on the third floor of the Brenham campus Administration Building.

Blinn enrolled 17,989 students last Fall and has experienced 28.3 percent growth since 2006. Founded in 1883, the College’s tuition and fees average about one-third the cost of the same classes at most four-year public universities in the state. In addition to its four campuses in Brenham, Bryan, Schulenburg and Sealy, the College teaches online courses, dual credit for high school and prepares students for quick employment through its workforce education, technical training and vocational education programs. For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.