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Blinn board adopts $106.8 million budget, sets tax rate

Trustees authorize RFQs related to Brenham and Bryan campus projects

August 18, 2015

The Blinn College Board of Trustees adopted a $106.8 million budget for Fiscal Year 2016 and proposed a tax rate of $0.0601 per $100 valuation during Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

The proposed tax rate is almost identical to the $0.06 per $100 valuation Washington County residents paid in 2013, and would equate to approximately $60.10 in annual taxes on a $100,000 home and would yield just under $1.8 million in revenue. Should the proposed rate be adopted, Blinn is expected to maintain the lowest tax rate in the state.

Blinn will host hearings regarding the tax rate at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, and will vote on the matter during a regular meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15. All three meetings will take place in the board room on the third floor of the Brenham campus Administration Building (map).

In other business, the board authorized a request for qualifications for additional student housing on the Brenham campus. Blinn’s Brenham campus currently houses 1,322 students, more than any other community college in the state, but there are currently more than 400 students on the waiting list for Fall semester housing. The development of additional housing would allow for enrollment growth on the College’s Brenham campus.

Steven Adams of Specialized Public Finance, Inc. spoke to the board about its financing options, which include college bonds and a private partnership. If Blinn chose to finance additional housing through bonds, Blinn would own and control those facilities. Meanwhile, a public-private partnership could be completed more quickly, would not affect Blinn’s bonding capacity and would limit the College’s investment in the property.

The board also authorized a request for qualifications for a construction manager at risk for the development of the new Bryan campus at Leonard Road and F.M. 2818. Blinn is developing a master plan for the new campus to be presented to the board in November.

The 95-acre property will be developed into a 10,000-15,000 student campus to complement Blinn’s pre-existing Bryan campus on Villa Maria Road. The additional campus will allow the College to develop additional science, technology, engineering and mathematics offerings and expand its workforce, technical, research and health-related education programs. Blinn anticipates hosting classes on the new campus as early as 2017.

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