VACTE to discuss IGA, raising taxes tonight

The governing board of the Valley Academy for Career and Technology Education (VACTE) will decide tonight whether to raise the secondary tax rate to taxpayers in the school districts served by the joint vo-tech school.

Also on the agenda of the three-part meeting is the proposed budget for 2005-2006 and possible action on the memorandum of understanding between VACTE and its satellite high schools, Mingus Union, Camp Verde and Sedona.

The first meeting, a public hearing, will begin at 6 p.m. and be limited to a discussion of the proposed budget.

Immediately after the hearing, a special meeting will begin. In that meeting, two agenda items for discussion and possible action will be handled. The first item is possible action to approve a change in VACTE's secondary tax rate from .05 to .0605. The second agenda item during the special meeting will be approval of the proposed budget.

During the Mingus Union board meeting June 23, discussion about VACTE included a statement that the secondary tax increase being considered by VACTE would raise about $68,000 per year.

A regular meeting is scheduled to begin as soon as the hearing and special meeting conclude.

That agenda includes VACTE's five-year plan and a discussion and possible action on the question of whether VACTE should join discussions with Mingus Union about joint capital bonding needs.

Also on the regular meeting agenda is discussion and possible action on the recent memorandum of understanding between VACTE and its constituent school districts.

VACTE's board room is located upstairs in Suite 2-G at 830 S. Main St. in Cottonwood.

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