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Cisco College has proudly been serving students in Abilene and Taylor County since 1943. We have roots in Cisco but are firmly planted in Taylor County and growing!
Today nearly 60% of Cisco College students are Taylor County Residents, but they don't qualify for discounted in-district tuition prices!
That's why Cisco College is proposing a Branch Maintenance Tax to support the maintenance and operation of the 86,834 square foot Abilene Campus enhance existing programs and add new ones in response to the workforce needs of Taylor County.
In 2003, Cisco College and the taxpayers of the Cisco Independent School District voted to make a substantial investment in Taylor County and build the Abilene Campus. Cisco chose to invest in Taylor County then and now Cisco College seeks the Branch Maintenance Tax in order to expand a vibrant and productive partnership with all of Abilene and Taylor County.
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The Branch Maintenance Tax is a flat 5 cent tax per $100 property valuation that can NEVER go up! The average cost for a home worth $100,000 would only be $4.17 per month or $50 per year.
All funds raised from the Branch Maintenance Tax would stay IN Taylor County to support the maintenance and operation of the Abilene Campus AND enhance available programs. Taylor County residents will also qualify for discounted In-District Tuition rates.
Benefits of a Branch Maintenance Tax for Taylor County Voters:
- In-District Tuition Rates - If voters approve the branch maintenance tax, Taylor County residents will be eligible for in-district tuition. That means a Taylor County resident would save $2,100 on an Associate’s Degree.
- Additional Opportunities - If voters approve the branch maintenance tax, Cisco College can create more programs and enhance the opportunities available to students.
- Qualified Workforce - A highly qualified and trained workforce that can be responsive to the needs of local citizens is a huge asset. This is also an attractive quality to many businesses that may be considering Taylor County for growth or expansion opportunities.
- Expanded Dual Credit Programs - If voters approve the branch maintenance tax, this will allow Cisco College to enhanced service to high schools through dual credit programs, Health Care, Business and Industries, and University partners.
- Affordable Access to Higher Education - Cisco College strives to meet the needs of local students at an affordable price. According to the website www.collegeforalltexans.com, students can save at least $4,400 per year by choosing to complete the first two years of a degree at Cisco College. These savings will be compounded with the discounted In-District Tuition rates if the Branch Maintenance Tax is approved in Taylor County.
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What is a Branch Maintenance Tax?
A Branch Maintenance Tax is a flat tax used to offset maintenance and operation costs of facilities like the Abilene Campus.
Cisco College is the one of the only community colleges in the state of Texas with a branch campus that does not have a branch maintenance tax. There are 9 other Texas community college districts with a maintenance tax. These 9 districts comprise the majority of community colleges with branch campuses; any others have annexed.
Is a Branch Maintenance Tax just the first step towards Annexation?
No, Annexation and Branch Maintenance Taxes are completely independent. State law prohibits Cisco College from annexing Taylor County. The Branch Tax will simply support the operations at the Abilene Campus.
Why is a Branch Maintenance Tax Necessary for Cisco College?
In order to meet the demands of rapid changes occurring in health care, businesses and industries across Taylor County and the region, Cisco College is committed to enhancing current programs and positioning ourselves to add new programs in response to the need for a highly skilled workforce that will continue to enrich the lives of our citizens and grow the economy.
How is Cisco College Currently Funded?
Cisco College currently has three sources of revenue. State reimbursement for student contact hours comprise 29% of the college budget. Student tuition and fees along with property taxes paid by property owners within the city of Cisco, TX and Cisco ISD comprise 71% of the budget.
Don't Taylor County Residents already pay annual taxes to support Cisco College?
Actually, Cisco College and the taxpayers of Cisco ISD voted to make the initial investment in Taylor County when the Abilene Campus was built in 2004. Cisco chose to invest in Taylor County then and now Cisco College seeks the Branch Tax in order to expand a vibrant and productive partnership with all of Abilene and Taylor County.
Who can vote on the Cisco College Branch Maintenance Tax proposition?
All registered voters who live in Taylor County.
How will Taylor County be represented if the Branch Maintenance Tax is approved?
Taylor County has always had strong representation on at Cisco College through the Abilene Advisory Council and would continue operating with the guidance of the Advisory group.
The Abilene Advisory Council is a 12 member board comprised of industry leaders who live and work in Taylor County.
If approved, how would the Branch Maintenance Tax revenue be used?
All revenue from the branch maintenance tax would stay right here in Taylor County. The revenue from the Branch Tax will be used to help offset the cost of the maintenance and operation of an 86,834 square foot building in Abilene, as well as to enhance existing programs and add new ones in response to the workforce needs of Taylor County.
If approved, when would the new branch tax take effect?
If voters approve the branch maintenance tax, it will take effect during the 2019 tax cycle.
What are the current in-district property taxes?
The tax rate for Cisco, Tx. and Cisco ISD is $0.20 per $100 valuation. The average community college tax rate is $0.161758 per $100 valuation. Cisco College generates about $840,000 in ad valorem tax revenue and is ranked 49th compared to the 50 state community colleges when it comes to ad valorem tax revenue.