“Trustees vote to trim tax levy”

PDF: 2006 August, Johnson County Sun, ‘Trustees vote’

The following article appeared in the Johnson County Sun.

“Trustees vote to trim tax levy”
Elaine Bessier
Johnson County Sun Johnson County Community College trustees unanimously approved a 2006-07 budget of $168.4 million, an increase of 10.8 percent over the 2005-06 total of $152 million, and lowered the property tax levy by .1 mill.

The mill levy assessed county taxpayers in 2006-07 for the college will be 8.860. Trustee Jon Stewart had suggested the reduction at the July meeting when the county’s assessed valuation increased and made the motion Aug. 8.

The owner of the average Johnson County house, valued at $229,934, will pay about $234 in property taxes for the college, $3 less than last year.

The cost-per-credit hour for students will not change in 2006-07. Johnson County residents this fall will continue to pay $63 a credit hour, Kansas residents $78 a credit hour and nonresidents $144 a credit hour.

The college’s 2006-07 operating budget includes five new full-time teaching positions.

No citizens commented during the budget hearing.

Budget Director Don Perkins said the mill levy may need to be increased in coming years to maintain cash reserves. Projections included increases of .2 mills in 2008-09 and 1 mill in 2009-10.

Interim President Larry Tyree said next year’s budget contained “a very solid bottom line.”

Stewart said the future holds “a lot of unknowns,” including whether the county’s assessed valuation will continue to increase, the amount of delinquencies and the loss of machinery and equipment taxes.

“I anticipate that, in the next years, we may have to consider increasing tuition,” Stewart said.

The college charges less for tuition than other community colleges in the metropolitan area by $3 to $5, he said.