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Maricopa CCs OK tax increase.

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Maricopa County Community College District governing board has approved a 3 percent increase in the county property tax. The district says it was forced to raise the property tax to offset a big decrease in state aid.

The property tax on a house assessed at $100,000 will increase about $2.95 per year. The new tax will generate about $11.3 million in revenue for the 10-college system.

The Arizona Republic reports the vote was 4-1, with one board member voting no.

Board members Dana Saar and Doyle Burke say the increase was needed because the system had absorbed rising enrollments while revenue shrank. State aid to the 10-college system has fallen about 85 percent, or $38 million.
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Publication:Community College Week
Date:Jul 11, 2011
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