Garden City, KS) (westernkansasnews.com)
The Garden City Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Wednesday to raise their Mill Levy by one-percent. Spokesperson Steve Quakenbush reports that trustees endorsed the slight increase to property taxes in order provide $517,082 for major campus projects and improvements, making the full levy 21.18 mills overall. The mill level comes with a working budget of $16,834,134 in the general and postsecondary technical education funds.
Quakenbush says that the college property tax levy, which applies throughout Finney County, has been reduced five times in the past 11 years; and when the board has instituted increases, just three have been greater than one percent. GCCC has also increased student tuition by $5 per credit hour for the upcoming school year in order to help meet rising expenses. He adds that increase will also allow the college to take care of additional road, street, parking lot, roof, fire alarm and lighting upgrades.