Ranger College is gearing up for an election in Brown County that would add the county to the college’s taxing district. The Brownwood Bulletin is advertising this election as costing taxpayers 11 cents per $100 of property valuation. Unfortunately, the Bulletin, being New York owned, doesn’t give a rats behind about doing any investigation in this matter. Ranger College, on their own website, has listed that the tax increase would actually be 32.272 cents per $100 valuation. It’s a little disheartening that the Bulletin wouldn’t even include facts from Ranger’s own website.
This tax increase, if passed, would cause a home valued at $100,000 to see an annual property tax increase of $322.72.
According to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, the total taxable value for county property tax purposes for Brown County in 2015 was $2,493,041,708. Based on these numbers, Ranger College would receive $8,045,544 per year from Brown County residents. Yes, Brownwood Bulletin, you could have accessed this information just like we did, had you chosen to spent three minutes doing some research. Here’s our source for your future articles: http://www.txcip.org/tac/census/morecountyinfo.php?MORE=1028
In exchange for receiving over $8 million per year from Brown County residents, Ranger College is offering to lower the cost of tuition for Brown County students from $93 to $50 per credit hour. Dual credit enrolled high school students would see their cost reduced from $80 to $25. At the current $93/hour rate, the amount that will be taken from Brown County would be enough to pay for 1,441 students to each receive 60 credit hours (an associate’s degree). Now, does this really sound like such a good deal?