My Turn: What does it take to run Yavapai College?

Deb McCasland

Deb McCasland

I am disappointed with the outcomes from the May 8 Yavapai Community College District Governing Board meeting.  

However, I did make good use of my opportunities to speak on behalf of our taxpayers, customers and owners of Yavapai College, expressing a variety of thoughts throughout the day.

I don’t understand how the other board members can disregard the numerous comments from concerned citizens. Our role as Governing Board members is to govern on behalf of ALL the owners making decisions in the best interests of the owners as a whole.

When does the college administration say we have enough money to run the college?

YC can legally raise the tax levy by 2 percent every year, but does it need to?  It only takes three votes on the Board to raise your taxes.  

I do not believe that these regular increases in tuition, tax levy and budget are necessary. I do not believe that Yavapai College needs an increase in the tax levy to collect more taxes to effectively operate the college.  

I have been on the Board for four years now and every year $8 million to $12 million of savings is transferred from one year’s budget into a fund for Capital Improvements and maintenance.  

The current practice of inflating the budget, underspending, and shifting the savings into future capital improvement projects eliminates the need for taxpayer approved bonding.

A large portion of this ‘savings’ is from unspent contingencies that are funded each year. The process of accumulating taxpayer funds became an acceptable practice when state funding for Community Colleges was severely cut.

We do not needed to raise tuition rates for our students.  The student enrollment has declined by 30 percent in the past 10 years.

I believe there are items in the Capital Improvement Plan that are not justified. Yavapai College exists so students can achieve their educational goals at an affordable price. I do not believe that a soccer field, $500,000 cafeteria at CTEC, nor a $1.1 million tennis court complex are necessary to provide student learning.

Majority rules and the board speaks as one entity. I can remain strong in voicing my opposition as the board speaks with one voice.

I appreciate the concerned citizens that made the extra effort to attend Tuesday’s Yavapai College District Governing Board meeting to voice their displeasure with a tax levy hike.  

I have four more years on my term, two seats are up for election this November and Dr. Wills will be retiring in December 2018.

We have opportunities for change.

Deb McCasland is the District 2 Representative of the Yavapai College’s District Governing Board.


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Chick 10 months, 1 week ago

How can a person find out who is running, their records and their views on taxes? The APS commissioners who voted to increase our electric rates, I voted blind. I couldn't find out anything about them. Where is the local information? I need less information about Trump and Mule-er and more information about the people who have the power to levy taxes locally.


FramkC 9 months, 3 weeks ago

Well this is what companies do when thing go down they raise the price. Never understood it. As you said they need just three votes to add tax to your bill even if your on a fixed income. We have a budget and little income however I'd like to vote myself a 2% raise each year too. It's just that these people have the power to do it and only can be stopped by people who want to serve people in truth. Yes people running for a seat should post who they are and their view. I don't know how these people get a seat on the board as if I knew there view I would not vote for them. Change is needed.