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TJC Tax Rollback Set For Vote

Thousands of East Texans will get the chance to vote on a tax rollback.

This evening, Tyler Junior College approved a petition allowing a special election on its 4-cent tax increase this year. It will affect taxpayers in most of Smith County and the eastern portion of Van Zandt County.

The board of trustees held a public meeting on campus to announce their decision.

The petition was started by Tyler doctors Don and Ken Haygood, who got nearly twice the number of required signatures to force a vote.

While tonight was a setback for TJC, the Haygoods and others against the tax hike say the college has a huge surplus and doesn't need the extra funds.

"So many times people say, they complain, oh, something's done and the government did this, or so, and there's nothing we can do about it," Dr. Don Haygood said. "Guess what? The citizens will have an opportunity to say something and let their vote count."

"These expenses aren't going to go away, so we're going to have to cover them somehow, and so, you know, so that's my fear, is we've already raised tuition 80 percent in the last 10 years," Dr. Bill Crowe, TJC President, said. "There's a limit to really how much we can do that and not exclude people from higher education."

TJC says it will announce the special election date next Thursday. The election is expected to be held February 5 or after.

Julie Tam, reporting.

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