Tue, April 07

Fiscal budget headlines Yavapai College District Governing Board June meetings

The Yavapai College District Governing Board (DGB) will be busy with budget matters when it holds a series of meetings in conjunction with its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 9 in the Community Room inside the campus library building on the YC Prescott Campus, located at 1100 E. Sheldon St.

The regular monthly meeting begins at 1:15 p.m. The meeting will be preceded by a Truth in Taxation hearing at 11 a.m., a Truth in Taxation special meeting at 11:30 a.m., a budget public hearing at 11:45 a.m. and a budget adoption meeting at 12:20 p.m.

A decision on the property tax portion of the budget is expected in the Truth in Taxation special meeting, and a decision on the overall budget is expected in the budget adoption meeting. The meetings are open to the public and will be held in the Community Room in the campus library building.

The college has proposed a 2-percent increase in the property tax levy for Yavapai County property owners for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2015. The college's proposed $83.7 million budget includes the property tax increase totaling about $825,100.

State law allows each Arizona community college district to increase the property tax levy by 2 percent every year, but Yavapai College has not increased the Yavapai County property tax levy for the past two years. Nine of Arizona's 10 community college districts are requesting a 2-percent property tax levy increase for the coming fiscal year. The lone district not planning for a tax levy increase, Maricopa Community College District, increased its property tax levy in each of the last two years.

The regular meeting agenda includes consideration of Public and Charter School Dual Enrollment Intergovernmental agreements, recommendations from the Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee and a report on the new Lead Program for recent high school graduates.

Board members will review, in Executive Session closed to the public, YC President Dr. Penny Wills's annual evaluation, compensation and employment agreement. They will reconvene in public for possible action on these issues.

The meeting is expected to adjourn around 3:30 p.m.

The full agendas for the June meetings will be posted prior to the meetings online at

CableOne Access 13 records all regular board meetings for subsequent broadcast. The broadcast schedule is available on the Access 13 website at

The DGB, which is composed of elected Yavapai County residents from five districts in the county, is responsible for governing on behalf of and is accountable to Yavapai County taxpayers and residents.

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