TCC raises property taxes, tutition". The other, "Classes begin at TCC Trinity River East Campus". YOU do the math...
Tarrant County College trustees on Monday adopted an estimated $348.9 million budget for fiscal 2011-12 that raises next year's property taxes for the college district by 8 percent and tuition by 4 percent.
The 4-2 vote came after a public hearing at which five people urged the board to vote against the tax and tuition increases.
"Stop increasing your charges," said Randy Kressler, a Westworth Village councilman.
Several speakers criticized plans for a performing arts center at TCC's Northeast Campus.
"You should abandon it," taxpayer Bill Wright said. "You should lower the tax rate, not increase it."
Students started classes Monday at the Trinity River East Campus, Tarrant County College's new $185 million downtown facility for health professionals.
Bryan Stewart, vice president of teaching and learning services for the entire complex, said about 7,115 students are enrolled at both facilities, with 700 at Trinity River East.
Stewart said there were no traffic issues. College officials began greeting students as they arrived at about 6:30 a.m. to the parking lot off Belknap Street, which has 148 student spaces.
Stewart said that lot filled up at about 9 a.m. so students parked at a garage at the Trinity River Campus and a lot on Henderson Street. He said the nearby parking cycles out about noon, when a different group of students arrives.