TYLER-- Tyler Junior College Board of Trustees voted to raise property taxes today. It's an issue that has brought heated debate to the campus in the last two weeks.
During the meeting today, one board member motioned to raise property taxes 31.62%, which is 2% below the proposed rate. The board unanimously voted to pass it.
In a crowded room today, the board started the meeting by opening the floor to the public. Last week, taxpayers stood up to the board and said they did not want the extra taxes. This week, however, students, faculty, and even taxpayers stood at the podium saying the tax hike is necessary.
TJC President Dr. Mike Metke says, "We want to get back to the business of educating students. It's what we're about. None of us want to raise taxes."
He also adds that without TJC, there would be a higher number of people in Tyler who could not find jobs, ultimately leading to less taxpayers.