Alvin Community College Board of Regents voted to conduct two public hearings on the 2014-15 fiscal year rate during their meeting on July 31.
The proposed tax rate for 2014-15 will be 20.4 cents per $100 of property value which is an increase from the 19.9 cents tax rate this year.
The $27.23 million pending budget is a 5 percent increase from the $25.89 million budget in this year. The budget includes three faculty positions, three full time staff positions, five part time staff positions, funding for a master facilities plan and some facilities improvements. Debt payments in 2014-2015 for the Science/Health Science Building bonds will be $1.56 million.
The board voted 6-3 to approve the tentative budget which will be finalized on August 28. Regents Cheryl Knape, Jody Droege, ‘Bel Sanchez, Bart DeWitt, Karlis Ercums and Doyle Swindell voted for the budget and tax rate proposals. Regents Mac Barrow, Pete Nash and Mike Pyburn voted against the budget proposal.
ACC is projected to receive about $7.38 million from state appropriations, $7.04 million in tuition and fees along with $12.97 million in property tax revenue.
The board will have two public hearings on the tax proposal on August 11 and 14. Both meetings are at 7 p.m. at the Nolan Ryan Center.
The tax rate will be adopted at the meeting on August 28.
Also during the meeting, regents voted to delay the start of the tax abatement agreement with Ascend Performance Materials until January 2015. Ascend requested a change to its tax abatement agreement because construction on the company’s project along Chocolate Bayou has been postponed until late in 2014 or early 2015. The company sought to delay the abatement period until January 2016.
Under the original agreement approved in 2013, Ascend would receive a 33 percent abatement on the property value of a proposed complex for seven years starting January 2014.
After approving the budget and tax rates, regents voted to change the name of the ACC Criminal Justice Building to honor former college president Dr. A Rodney Allbright.
Dr. Allbright established the ACC Law Enforcement Academy and Criminal Justice program in 1970 with the help of local law enforcement officials. It was the first academic law enforcement academy created by a community college in Texas.
The academy had its 100th class graduate in 2013. Since its inception, approximately 4,000 students have graduated from the program. Many have gone on to work for various local, state and national law enforcement agencies. Some have even become university professors, attorneys and doctors.
In other action, Peyton Martin, president of Marcava Corporation delivered a presentation to the regents about a potential land development near the Pearland Town Center, which is located within the college district.
Regents also voted to approve a grant application to provide training through the Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development Fund. The college is applying for an amount up to $300,000 to help train between 110-130 workers for Packing Serve Co. and SolvChem, Inc.
A new Associate of Arts in History degree plan was passed unanimously by the board. ACC staff asked for the new degree offering because of demand from students who planned to move on and earn a Bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution. The History degree will be offered starting in the fall semester.
The board's next regular meeting will be August 28 at 7 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center.