support NCTC's mission and the good things they do for the area. However; we question their financial management - see
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working through. Once we resolve
those, we will post some more NCTC documents in support of the latest ad.
Tuition increase was a result of the NCTC Board voting on March 30, 2015
to raise Cooke County Tuition from $40 to $50 per credit hour which is a 25% increase. The Board approved it unanimously
according to the NCTC Minutes.
to NCTC Staff Recommendation to NCTC Board
to NCTC March 30, 2015 Minutes
The tax increase was voted on by the NCTC Board on
multiple occasions, the last being on September 28, 2015. The minutes show the vote was unanimous
to raise the rate to .1213. The
minutes show a raise of 4.93%.
Based on the 2014 rate of .1095, we believe it is a 10.8% increase (.1213/.1095-1) *
100 to get a percentage. Perhaps
there is some new math or Texas tax law that is clouding how they did
board decided to increase the President’s salary to $220,000 on August
13, 2015 according the NCTC Board minutes for that date. The vote was unanimous. That was a $57,000 increase from his
contract of the previous year. See
the NCTC Affordability tab for a link to that document. According to the Final 2015-2016 Cooke
County Budget posted on the Cooke County web site, the Sheriff was paid
$56,578 for 2015. His salary is
$57,014 for 2016 per that same budget.
Therefor the $57,000 raise was larger than the Sheriff’s salary in
2015 and the $220,000 salary for the NCTC President is almost 4x the
to NCTC August 13, 2015 minutes
to Cooke County Budget showing Sheriff salary in 2015 was $56,578.
As my son showed me, that is $22/student if it is coming
out of their tuition if enrollment is 10,000 students.
Fall 2015 enrollment was 9576 students so it is almost $23 per
student to pay the NCTC President’s salary.
Was it really fair to Cooke County to pass these excessive
tax and tuition increases so the NCTC employees could receive a 6% raise
and the President a 35% raise?
Perhaps 1 or 2% would have been OK and if that had been the case,
you would not be seeing the ads on this issue.
NCTC President’s value to Cooke County really 4x what we pay the Sheriff
to keep us safe? I suspect most
people would notice if the Sheriff was not doing his job long before they
would know the NCTC President wasn’t doing
his. We are not saying he isn’t doing a good job outside of financial management
and his statement at the Cooke County Eagles to the effect he plans to
raise taxes every year.
these huge raises come about. The only answer I have been given is
they did a salary study to compare themselves to other community
colleges. If they are comparing
salaries with colleges in a large Metroplex, I suspect they would have
higher salaries because the cost of living is higher there. Can you imagine how much Cooke County
taxes would go up if the other taxing entities in Cooke County tried to
raise their salaries to match what the pay if Dallas or Ft. Worth?
After the third bond election, we decided to sit back for a while with
the hope that bond would satisfy NCTC's thirst for increased taxpayer
funds. Unfortunately, when they were selling the bond, they didn't tell us as soon as it passed, they would start
raising the M&O tax rate by the maximum allowed by law that doesn't
allow a rollback election. In addition to raising taxes the
maximum the last two years, NCTC has had excessive tuition and salary
increases way beyond inflation. It appears we have no
conservative financial people on the NCTC Board watching out for the
students and taxpayers of Cooke County. Having spoken to the board
with no success before the last tax increase, with taxes and tuition due
this month, we thought it time to make the taxpayers aware why their
bills have gone up so much.
long can Cooke County continue to afford NCTC's huge tax increases,
tuition and fee increases?
2010 the cost per credit hour for Cooke County
residents has risen from $46 to $70, a 52% increase. They have also
added a late fee of $10 per credit hour. If you wait to pay for and
register for classes the week before school starts, you pay $80 per
credit hour with the $10 late fee per credit hour. Compare that to
the $42 hourly rate for tuition and fees in 2004. NCTC only raised
Cooke County tuition and fees by $4/hr. or 10% from 2004 to 2010.
11 years later, if you pay $80 with the late fee, your cost per credit
hour has almost doubled compared to 2004-2005.
tax rates had been flat or decreased as a result
of increasing property values for the most part from 2005 up until
2012. Since 2012, the tax rate has increased from .0663 to
.1213. That is an 83% increase which
is getting close to double the rate we paid in 2012. If NCTC
continues to raise the M&O tax the maximum
they can without being subject to a rollback election, the NCTC tax rate
will double within the next two years, maybe in a year. The bond
issue raised the tax rate .0383. That is 58% of the tax
increase. The other 25% of the 83% tax increase is a result of
M&O tax increases and adjustments for the valuation of existing