Maricopa College board raises your property taxes…again

Easy come, easy go….it’s only other people’s money

The Maricopa County Community College District governing board met earlier this week and approved yet another property tax increase. The daily reports this is the fourth tax increase in seven years and the second in a row for the 10-college district —- increasing taxes $128.24 yearly per $100,000 in property.

We reported just last month on the governing board increasing tuition by $3 per credit hour, to $84 per credit, noting MCCCD tuition has skyrocketed nearly 60 percent in just 10 years. 

This latest 2 percent increase in the tax levy, along with the tuition increase and taxes on new construction in the county, will generate about $21 million in additional revenue for the insatiable colleges.

The vote on the tax increase was 4-1. Only board member Debra Brimhall Pearson voted against the hike, although she voted for the previous increase. Pearson, who served in the state legislature as Debra Brimhall representing Snowflake from 1997 to 2004, said the state Legislature “has been derelict to the community colleges” for decreasing funding over the last several years. State aid went from 10 percent of the district’s revenue a few years ago to about 1 percent now, at $7.4 million for 2014-15.

“But I don’t believe the answer is in property taxes,” she said. Later in the meeting Pearson announced she would not run for re-election to the District 3 seat, saying, “I have a moral objection to property taxes.”

About 60 percent of the district’s revenue is from property taxes, and the community colleges account for about 12 percent of property owners’ annual bill.

After the tax vote, the members voted 5-0 to give a 1 percent pay increase to residential and adjunct faculty and most other employee groups. The board also approved the 2014-15 budget. The $774 million operating budget is about 8 percent higher than this year’s budget. The total budget, including the auxiliary, restricted and capital funds, is $1.7 billion.

Arizona’s Constitutional mandate for the state’s higher education to be as “nearly free as possible” is becoming increasingly quaint. These are the words contained in Article 11 Section 6 of the Constitution of the state of Arizona: Section 6. Admission of students of both sexes to state educational institutions; tuition; common school system.

5 Responses to Maricopa College board raises your property taxes…again

  1. Seen It All says:

    Brimhall Pearson wants it both ways. Instead of standing firm against this repetitive taxation by an out of control college district, she emulates liberal politicians by being against it before she was for it. She was a nitwit when at the legislature, gleaning news coverage for showing up dressed as ‘Xena the Warrior Princess’ complete with cone shaped breast coverings! Conservatives need a strong candidate with brains and a backbone to replace her. Don’t leave this important position to chance.

  2. MacBeth says:

    This is shameful. Vote these board members out, folks! They care nothing about us other than viewing us as cash cows. The MCCCD is sitting on a boatload of money and still remain unsatisfied.

  3. Vince says:

    As “nearly free as possible” is a sick joke today. It only works if you’re an illegal alien.

  4. Angie says:

    I retired from teaching. Our School District had a program called
    ‘ACE’ This was an access to a college education to the High School students who came from other countries….most of them illegally, or of illegal parents. The cost is prohibitive to most American’s children, unless they’re of a certain criteria. I recall one very bright young (Caucasian) girl in the 11 grade. Most of the students who were admitted to this program were 10-12 graders, and not very motivated. The socialization was their primary ambition. I continued to have them in my classes. They were driven by bus to the Community College after our classes were over. They were given all kinds of help, financial and academic that was not available to our American Students. The form they filled out specifically asked for questions about ethnic background, family income, and of course they got copies of their grades….which were definitely not college bound eligible to any other student. Not even to blacks!
    They also offered help in Spanish… I recall a few of the students didn’t give accurate information about the parents income. It was just assumed they were poor and needy of special assistance.

    Some of these parents had weekly parties where alcohol was served along with lots of food. On Monday some students would show up with glassy, red eyes and all they wanted to do was rest their heads on their desks. I often referred them to the counselors. But these same counselors would give them letters of recommendation to attend college classes…

    Is this still going on? If so, we, the tax payers are carrying a burden we cannot afford after we are retired. I did my share of protesting to Administrators and college counselors. This just went to deaf ears. Imagine now the huge numbers of illegals entering through our open borders and and the monstrous cost to our taxpayers with decreasing incomes, or unemployed ?? Many of these people not only qualify for food stamps, rent or house payment subsidies, but for medical and educational costs for large families. Many who work under the table and their income is not taxed. The rule of law does not exist for those who follow the law anymore… :(