The Alvin Community College Board of Regents unanimously adopted the 2016-17 fiscal year tax rate during their meeting on Aug. 25.
The rate adopted is 19.17 cents per $100 of appraised property value. The board approved the effective rate which will generate the same level of property tax revenue as the previous year not including revenue from new construction.
The Maintenance and Operations rate is 17.28 cents while the rate for voter-approved debt is 1.88 cents. The total tax rate is down from the 20.04 cent rate from the two previous fiscal years.
Regents received a data report on enrollment for the 2016 fall semester which began on Monday. Preliminary enrollment figures show an approximate 10 percent increase in students and contact hours compared to the certified enrollment from the 2015 fall semester.
In other action, regents approved a bid proposal with SBWV Architects to construct a new softball fieldhouse as well as sewer lines required to serve the fieldhouse. Regents Jody Droege, Patricia Hertenberger, Cheryl Knape, Mike Pyburn, ‘Bel Sanchez, Roger Stuksa and Andy Tacquard, voted for the proposal while James DeWitt voted against it. Regent Doyle Swindell was not present. The approximate cost of the project is $500,000.
The board also recognized the 2015-16 winners of the monthly Employee Recognition Award. The past year’s recipients include: Data/Voice network manager Steve Cabrera, advisor Toby Herzog, Print specialist Lynette McAfee, Student Activities coordinator Amanda Smithson, Building Services supervisor Mike Vincent and housekeeper Jessica Barrios.
Regents also received a rebate check of $11,500 from TXU Energy’s Greenback program. The program was created to provide incentives for customers to cut their energy use. The rebate funds will go towards the purchase of additional solar lighting for the college jogging trail.
President Christal M. Albrecht reported to the board that the Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography program helped identify an artery blockage in a scan of a volunteer, helping him to seek treatment. She also reported on the recent successes of college events including the Foundation’s Summer Concert Series, the 2016 Fall convocation and Service Awards.
The board also approved:
-purchase of web hosting for BlackBoard platform
-purchase of sound upgrades for Theatre
-hiring of instructors for Nursing, Process Technology and History
-cooperative purchasing agreement with College of the Mainland
-changing January 2017 meeting date to the 12th of the month
-the investment policy for 2016-17 fiscal year
-monthly financial reports
The board will have its next meeting on Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. in the Nolan Ryan Center. For more information, call 281-756-3500 or visit www.alvincollege.edu.