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Blinn board approves 2015 tax rate

Rate will generate approximately $1.8 million for Brenham campus facilities maintenance and operations

September 15, 2015

The Blinn College Board of Trustees approved a tax rate of $0.0601 per $100 valuation during Tuesday night’s regular meeting.

The rate is almost identical to the $0.06 per $100 valuation Washington County residents paid in 2013, and will equate to approximately $60.10 in annual taxes on a $100,000 home. With the new rate, Blinn is expected to yield just under $1.8 million in revenue while maintaining the lowest tax rate in the state.

According to an economic impact study published in 2014, state and local taxpayers receive a 9.4 percent annual rate of return on their investment in the Blinn-Brenham campus. Property tax revenue pays for a portion of the Brenham campus’s $3.5 million facilities budget and by law cannot be utilized to fund campuses outside Washington County.
Blinn hosted public hearings regarding the tax rate on Sept. 1 and Sept. 8.

In other business, the board accepted the donation of two hospital beds from St. Joseph Hospital for use by Blinn’s Vocational Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing and Physical Therapist Assistant programs at the Health Science Center (HSC) campus. Valued at $36,000, the beds feature advanced capabilities, including a scale for weighting patients, continuous lateral rotation therapy, percussion and vibration therapy, and patient transfer and ambulation support.

The beds will be utilized in the Simulation and Clinical Labs area, a 23,000-square foot facility located on the second floor of the HSC campus. The labs allow associate degree nursing, vocational nursing, physical therapy assistant, radiologic technology and emergency medical services (EMS) students to simulate myriad scenarios in a variety of hospital and outpatient settings.

The facility includes an EMS lab with an ambulance simulator, two operating rooms with attached scrub areas, six high-fidelity intensive care unit rooms, 16 mid-fidelity private hospital rooms, six low fidelity private hospital rooms, a physical therapy lab, two radiologic technology x-ray suites, a virtual IV training room, a home setting and an outpatient clinical space.

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A comprehensive community college committed to educational excellence and to individual and community enhancement, Blinn College has served its 13-county Central Texas region since 1883. With an enrollment of 19,317 students, Blinn ranks among the nation’s leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for affordable educational excellence.

Blinn offers job seekers the skills and credentials they need to succeed in the region’s fast-growing industries, and partners with local businesses to provide skills development training for incumbent employees. Each year, Blinn programs and students make a $345.3 million impact on the local economy.

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