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Blinn postpones board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 29

Sept. 7 meeting remains as scheduled

August 29, 2017

Blinn College has postponed its Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 29.

The College announced Sunday that all its campuses would be closed through Tuesday due to local road conditions.

Tuesday’s meeting was scheduled to include public remarks regarding the 2017 tax rate. At its regular meeting on Aug. 15, the Blinn Board of Trustees proposed a 2017 tax rate of $0.0601 per $100 of property value.

Information regarding the rescheduled hearing will be announced once a new date and time are determined. The tax hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, remains slated to take place in the Brenham Campus Administration Building at 802 Green Street.

This rate, which remains the lowest among the state’s 50 community college districts, would maintain the rate established in both 2015 and 2016 and generate an estimated $1,887,086 in tax revenue to support Brenham Campus maintenance and operations. This rate equates to approximately $108.40 in annual taxes on an average Washington County home valued at $180,380.

The effective tax rate of $0.0576 would yield an estimated $1,818,567, while the rollback tax rate of $0.0622 would yield an estimated $1,944,642.

The board will vote to establish the tax rate at its regular September meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

While Blinn College provides services to a 13-county area, only Washington County resides within the College’s taxing district. Property tax revenue pays for approximately one-third of the Blinn-Brenham Campus’s maintenance and operations costs, with Brenham Campus student tuition and fee revenues funding the remaining costs. By law, property tax revenue cannot be utilized to fund campuses outside of the taxing district.

The average Texas community college property tax rate is $0.1820.

According Blinn College’s most recent economic impact study, state and local taxpayers receive a 9.4 percent annual rate of return on their investment in the Blinn-Brenham Campus, and for every dollar taxpayers spend supporting Blinn, taxpayers see $4.30 in social savings and benefits. Each year, Blinn-Brenham and its students add approximately $83 million in income to the local economy, including $56.4 million in productivity from students who enter or re-enter the workforce with newly acquired skills.