Hodge works to keep property taxes down at JCCC — KC Star, 2007

News Across Metro: Property relocations reduced on Missouri 45 project
Kansas City Star, The (MO)-November 16, 2007

Relocations cut on Missouri 45 project

Instead of 24 property relocations, there will be one — maybe even none — on a project to widen Missouri 45 in Parkville.

Randy Johnson, project manager for the Missouri Department of Transportation, recently briefed the Parkville Board of Aldermen about the project. He said the department still is working to get the number down to none.Most of the displacements that would involve tearing down buildings or taking large pieces of land were avoided when the department decided to remove shoulders from the project. Property owners will still lose some land to the project.

Missouri 45 is scheduled to be widened to four lanes from Missouri 9 to Route K. MoDOT traffic studies estimate that 53,000 vehicles a day will use the thoroughfare by 2030.

The project still is looking to save money and still is over budget, Johnson said. The initial cost of $62 million has been trimmed to $39 million.

JCCC tuition increases likely

Students at Johnson County Community College could pay more for classes come August.

The school’s trustees on Thursday took the first step toward raising tuition by approving budget guidelines for 2008-09 that include a $2 per-credit-hour increase for in-state students and $5 per-hour increase for out-of-state.

That would bring the cost per credit hour to $65 for Johnson County residents, $80 for other Kansas residents, and $149 for out-of-state students and visa holders. Out-of-county students enrolled in programs that allow them to pay the Johnson County rate would continue to do so, said college President Terry Calaway.

Trustees last raised tuition in 2005, Calaway said. Official board action on a tuition increase won’t take place until Calaway has had a chance to meet with students.

Trustee Ben Hodge last summer had proposed raising tuition for classes that began in August, an effort to keep the school’s property tax from increasing more than the cost of inflation.

However, administrators and other trustees said more time was needed to prepare students for a tuition increase.

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Index Terms: Missouri Department of Transportation; Johnson County Community College
Location(s): Missouri; Kansas
Personal Name(s): Randy Johnson; Terry Calaway; Ben Hodge Record Number: 200711160001KNRIDDERMOKCITYS_AcrossMetro_111607
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