Blinn schedules public hearings regarding 2019 tax rate

Hearings will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and Thursday, Sept. 12

August 20, 2019

The Blinn College District Board of Trustees will consider a 2019 Washington County tax rate of $0.0560 per $100 of property value during its September meeting.

This rate would generate an estimated $2,149,086 in tax revenue to support Brenham Campus maintenance and operations, and equates to approximately $8.75 in monthly taxes on the average Washington County home valued at $199,906. The effective tax rate of $0.0528 would yield an estimated $2,042,603 in tax revenue, while the rollback tax rate of $0.057 would yield $2,182,362.

Blinn will host two public hearings regarding the tax rate in the Blinn College District Board room located on the third floor of the Brenham Campus Administration Building (802 Green Street). Those hearings will take place at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. The board will vote to establish the tax rate at its regular September meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

While Blinn 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.

According to a survey conducted by the Texas Association of Community Colleges, the average 2018 Texas community college property tax rate was $0.1816.

According to 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. For every dollar taxpayers spend supporting Blinn, they 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.

In other business, the board heard a report from Blinn College Dean of Mathematics, Business, Engineering, and Technology Max Hibbs; The Texas A&M University System Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of the RELLIS Academic Alliance Dr. James Nelson; and Texas A&M System Associate Vice Chancellor for Cybersecurity Initiatives Dr. Steve Cambone regarding a cybersecurity education alliance at the RELLIS Campus.

Blinn is in the process of developing an Associate of Applied Science degree in cybersecurity and Texas A&M University-Commerce is creating a Bachelor of Science degree in cybersecurity that it plans to offer at RELLIS. The two plan to collaborate to create cybersecurity-specific undergraduate courses.

The board also authorized the College to award a construction manager at risk contract to Vaughn Construction for the Brenham Campus Science, Technology, Engineering, and Innovation Building. Construction is scheduled to begin in January 2020 with completion expected in time for the Fall 2021 semester.

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