Jon Stewart and Greg Musil campaigned against tax increase, then raised property taxes 11%

Link to KC Star survey –

The Star asked:

The college’s property tax levy should be increased to keep a lid on further tuition increases.

Richard SchroderRepublican Candidate forJohnson County Community College Trustees The college wastes a lot of money on various items. They have proposals looking at “rehydration stations” which the college really do not need. They have installed an excess number of big screen TVs in various building on campus supposedly to provide information to students in case of an emergency or lockdown. While I have no problem with the concept of the TVs in general, do we really need three TVs within 120 ft of each other on the second floor of the Science Building or two in the lounge area on the third floor of the GEB? The college administration has involved the college in a number of legal issues that, if they had a policy or followed a policy already in existance, could have been avoided and saved the college money. The nursing student issue is only the most recident to which I refer. The taxpayer should not be expected to bail out the college for stupid decisions that it has made. The Board of Trustees are elected by taxpayers and have a fiduiary responsibility to the taxpayers to spend its money wisely.
James NelsonRepublican Candidate forJohnson County Community College Trustees JCCC’s operating budget for the 2010/2011 school years was approximately $140 million. At current property tax rates, this equated to roughly $250 per residence in taxes paid to the school. It is essential that we find ways to reduce costs by cutting spending rather than raising taxes on those already suffering in these tough economic times.
Ron PlattNone Candidate forJohnson County Community College Trustees Well first it must be determined what percent of the college expenditures go toward the core mission of teaching and learning. Any other expenses must be subject to serious review and reduction before taxes are increased
Jon StewartRepublican Candidate forJohnson County Community College Trustees Not necessarily. It is important to analyze all cost factors before raising the mill levy. I would not vote to raise the mill levy until the administration has exhausted all cost reduction efforts/program evaluation. Once mission critical areas are at risk then it would be time to consider a mill levy increase.
Benjamin HodgeRepublican Candidate forJohnson County Commission See #1.
Don WeissNone Candidate forJohnson County Community College Trustees The property tax levy is only one part of the college’s funding. State aid and tuition account for the majority of the rest. If the funds the college receive from the state continue to decline, there may come a time in the next few years when the only way to prevent long-term harm to the college’s ability to serve the county is a modest increase in the levy to historical values we have seen during the last 10 years or so.
Greg MusilRepublican Candidate forJohnson County Community College Trustees I do not support a property tax increase at this time and under the current economic conditions. Perhaps the most important role of the Board of Trustees is to review all of the costs and revenue options available to the College and to ensure the College is run efficiently and effectively. That process has to involve all of the stakeholders, including the administration, faculty, staff, students and taxpayers. I believe the college has done a good job of managing its finances and doing more with less, and will likely have to continue to do so. Local property tax revenues have declined by nearly $8 million (or over 10 percent) from fiscal year 2009 to fiscal year 2011. State tax revenues have declined $2 million in that time period (or just under 10 percent). At the same time, enrollment has increased almost 2,000 students, or by 16 percent. The Board of Trustees and the administration have addressed declining revenues and increasing enrollment carefully and rightly – finding ways to reduce costs, doing things more efficiently, and identifying and eliminating expenses. Future budgets will have to find a common sense and reasonable way to balance revenues from taxes and tuition with the expenses required to maintain JCCC’s position as a top ten community college in America.