Winter 2008 |
On Nov. 10, Metropolitan Community College leaders announced legislative
efforts to freeze the state´s community college funding formula. As
currently written, the formula requires MCC to increase property taxes to
provide for property tax relief for other areas in Nebraska. The formula
took effect in 2007.
The freeze in funding is one of three legislative priorities approved
unanimously by the MCC Board of Governors to prevent the state´s new
funding priorities from going into effect, requiring property tax increases,
tuition increases or both. The College operates from tuition dollars, property
taxes and state aid.
"The funding formula should be structured to reward community colleges
for efficiently providing an excellent education that attracts and keeps
students," said Dave Newell, Board of Governors chair. "MCC does not
support an increase in state aid because the formula does not distribute
funding in the best interest of education."
Over the next few months, MCC´s leaders will educate the
community and State Senators about concerns with a funding formula that
promotes property tax relief instead of high quality and affordable
MCC´s three priorities for the 2009 legislative session are:
- In determining state aid, maintain community college funding
formula provisions used to determine state aid for 2008-09.
- MCC will work towards greater funding for developmental programs
and English-as-a-Second Language classes because of their high cost and
importance to the communities that need them.
- Request the Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
evaluate Nebraska´s community college system to determine how to
effectively and fairly fund the community colleges and suggest ways to
promote a more effective and efficient community college system that
promotes effective education and local control.