TJC board reverses previous tax rate proposal, votes to maintain current rate

TJC board reverses previous tax rate proposal, votes to maintain current rate

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler Junior College's board of trustees voted on Tuesday to maintain its current tax rate, after previously approving a half-cent increase proposal.

TJC Chancellor Michael Metke suggested in late July that a half-cent increase would be a way to offset costs of campus improvements, hiring staff, and the cost of the campus' expanding programs.

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On Tuesday, the board voted to keep its tax rate of .199926; it has held that rate at least since 2012, according to the Smith County Appraisal District website. 

A college spokesperson said costs have "increase substantially" over the years as TJC has added and expanded its programs; costs of which the tax increase would have helped cover. Metke said TJC was "blessed" to be in an area of Tyler that's growing. 

 "It's growing, in terms of jobs, in valuation, and housing," Metke said after Tuesday's special meeting. "The impact of that valuation is going to give some additional revenue that will help support the college."

The decision also followed two tax increase proposal meetings held by the City of Tyler and Smith County, both of which would also impact residents in the Tyler Junior College tax district. The board did not specify whether the two proposals influenced its decision.

"I think the community is getting an incredible value," Metke added. "We are the community's college, we're very responsive, we work with TDC and others to bring high-paying jobs, living-wage jobs, and we work very hard to provide the skilled labor those companies need."

The TJC board will adopt the final tax rate during its next regular meeting on Thursday, Aug. 30.

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