17 de July de 2019

Update: Cisco College releases statement following defeat of …

UPDATE: Cisco College released a statement Wednesday morning following Tuesday’s defeat of a 5 cent maintenance tax by Taylor County voters.

The statement by Cisco President Thad J. Anglin reads:

“On behalf of the Cisco College Board of Regents, the Abilene Advisory Council, current and future students, faculty, and staff, we thank Taylor County residents for considering the 5-cent maintenance tax proposition. 

“While we came up short in the voting box, our strong history in Taylor County and accomplishments since 1973 represent a pride which we will continue to build upon. 

“The college’s strategic goals will continue to be focused on lowering the cost of education for our students, enhancing existing programs, responding to the workforce and industry needs of Taylor County, increasing seamless transfer pathways with our four-year university partners, and expanding Dual Credit opportunities with our school districts.  

“Fall 2018 enrollment grew another 3 percent in headcount, 4.5 percent in semester credit hours, and 14 percent in dual credit.  Cisco College provides dual-credit to over 30 high schools across our region. Dual credit serves a vital need to rural communities.  The college’s economic impact on our services area totals $73.2  million in annual earnings, 2,809 jobs, and $7.1 million in wages, salaries. We’re proud of our history and service to Taylor County and the region.” 

ORIGINAL STORY: Taylor County voters rejected a maintenance tax request Tuesday that would have helped the Abilene Education Center with operations costs.

The complete, unofficial vote count was 15,961 in favor and 19,402 (55 percent) against.

Cisco College President Thad Anglin could not be immediately reached for comment.

The 5 cent per $100 valuation tax on all property in Taylor County would have been used to help increase the college’s reach in dual credit opportunities for high school students, increase program enrollment in majors like nursing and offer Taylor County residents a discounted tuition for classes.

Cisco has been serving Abilene and the rest of the county since 1973, when it opened classroom doors inside a strip mall on North Judge Ely Boulevard near East North 10th Street.

Cisco ISD residents then approved, in 2004, a bond to build the current Abilene campus at 717 E. Industrial Blvd.

Since then, Cisco ISD taxpayers have been footing the bill for maintenance for both its home campus and the Abilene branch. The tax is essentially asking for Taylor County, which provides about 1,400 students (about 85 percent of the overall enrollment) a place for education, to pay for a small portion of the upkeep.

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Article source: https://www.reporternews.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/11/06/abilene-campus-cisco-college-tax-results-maintenance-tax/1895496002/

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