College Governing Board wades through budget plan

PRESCOTT -- The Yavapai College Governing Board moved one step closer to approving a final budget for the coming fiscal year with a budget workshop and follow-up discussion at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday.

Board members Al Filardo, Steve Irwin, Dr. Patricia McCarver, Deb McCasland and Ray Sigafoos were present at the workshop and meeting.

The main point of discussion was a proposed 2-percent increase in the property tax levy for Yavapai County property owners for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The $83.7 million budget currently being discussed includes the property tax increase totaling about $825,100. Board members and staff discussed the effects of a budget without the property tax increase.

By state law, each Arizona community college district can increase the property tax levy by 2 percent per 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.

College staff will present a final budget at the Board's June 9 meeting for a vote. By statute, the college is required to have a balanced budget approved by mid-June.

Board actions

Board members voted 5-0 to accept changes to the Campus Master Plan. These changes include extending plan implementation from 10 to 14 years, removing the recommendation that the college sell the Sedona Center, not expanding the Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC) building or parking lot, and budgeting extensive renovation of Building L on the Verde Valley Campus in 2017-18.

The Board approved (4-0, with one abstention) an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Yavapai County Superior Court to collaborate on a summer youth training program.

The program, which uses state funds allocated to the Yavapai County Juvenile Court Center, "consists of a summer job readiness and remedial education/life skills program for 16 juvenile offenders," according to the agreement.

The Board set the agenda for its Aug. 31 retreat to include reviewing its ends statements, receiving YC's strategic plan and discussing data reports, benchmarking and trends.

Reports to the Board

The Verde Valley Board Advisory Committee presented recommendations to amend the Campus Master Plan regarding the college's Sedona Center and to not raise the property tax levy.

YC Provost Dr. Stuart Blacklaw introduced eight YC faculty members who have advanced to continuing contract status with Yavapai College.

The eight are Brandelyn Andres, Amber Davies-Sloan, Stephen Doyle, Richard Hartley, Mark Muchna, Joanne Oellers, Tara O'Neill and Cynthia Schroder.

PRESCOTT - In compliance with section 15-1461.01, Arizona Revised Statutes, Yavapai County Community College District is notifying its property taxpayers of Yavapai County Community College District's intention to raise its primary property taxes over last year's level.

The Yavapai County Community College District is proposing an increase in primary property taxes of $825,100 or 2 percent.

All interested citizens are invited to attend the public hearing on the tax increase. The hearing will be held Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the Rock House located on the Yavapai College Prescott Campus, 1100 East Sheldon Street in Prescott.

As an example, the proposed tax increase will cause Yavapai community college district's primary property taxes on a $100,000 home to increase from $183.59 (total taxes that would be owed without the proposed tax increase) to $187.21 (total proposed taxes including the tax increase).

This proposed increase is exclusive of increased primary property taxes received from new construction.

The increase is also exclusive of any changes that may occur from property tax levies for voter approved bonded indebtedness or budget and tax overrides.

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