JCCC budget will allow hiring of more staff
Kansas City Star, The (MO)-August 23, 2008
Author: JIM SULLINGER, The Kansas City Star
Johnson County Community College will be spending $25 million more this school year and adding 28 full-time staff members.
Those items were included in a $193.7 million budget given final approval this week by the college’s board of trustees.
Eleven of the new employees are faculty, needed to meet growing enrollment. Last year the college had 944 full-time employees.
To pay for the increased spending, the college is increasing tuition by $2 per credit hour for in-county and in-state students and $5 for out-of-state students. College officials also said the school will receive more dollars from a larger enrollment and more state funding.
Johnson County residents will pay $65 a credit hour this fall, other Kansas residents $80 a credit hour and nonresidents $149 a credit hour.
The new budget maintains the same property tax levy as last year — $8.75 for each $1,000 of assessed valuation.
Last year the owner of a $240,000 home in Johnson County paid $241 in property taxes to the college. If the appraised value of the same house increases by 4.2 percent, the county average for a single-family home, the college property tax will increase $11 this year.
The board gave unanimous approval to the budget.
Benjamin Hodge, a trustee from Overland Park, suggested that the college place all spending items on the Internet for taxpayers to view. Earlier this year, the state placed all spending and revenue on an on-line site called KanView.
Terry Calaway, college president, told Hodge that officials were contacting the company that installed the state’s system.