Community colleges are the only public institutions of higher education that construct and maintain campus facilities without state funding assistance. Local community colleges have taxing authority for this purpose.
Trustees called for a vote on increasing the college’s maintenance and operations (M&O) property tax cap by 3 cents, also phased in over time. M&O tax revenues would fund necessary maintenance and new programs, among other uses.
M&O Tax Proposed Uses
- Maintenance and operations of facilities and programs
- Deferred and preventative maintenance of existing buildings
- Stabilize in-district tuition to keep college affordable
- Expand veterans programs, services, and tuition waivers
- Maintain high school dual credit (Early College Start) tuition waivers
- Establish workforce dual credit academies in health sciences, IT, and construction
- Develop the Career Expressway program, a community-based partnership focused on reconnecting with former college students, getting them to completion, and into well-paying jobs
- Establish the college’s first R.N. to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program
- Attract and retain quality staff & faculty, with a ratio of 60 percent full-time faculty and 40 percent adjunct faculty
M&O Tax Cap Proposal
The M&O tax cap is the maximum amount to which trustees can set the tax rate. If the tax cap increase is approved by voters, it will occur in increments of 1 cent over six years, from 9 cents to 12 cents by 2020.
|1 cent||1 cent||1 cent|
For a home valued at $200,000, the maximum monthly tax impact of the M&O tax cap change would be:
|Standard homestead*||Seniors, homeowners with disabilities**|
|M&O tax cap increase (max)||$4.88||$1.75|
*ACC taxpayers receive a standard $5,000 homestead exemption.
**Seniors and residents with disabilities receive an additional $125,000 exemption.