Brown County voters will be asked to decide in a November referendum whether to approve a college tax rate of 11 cents per $100.
    Ranger College does not currently levy taxes in Brown County. If voters approve the tax rate, the revenue it generates will enable Raner College to expand into Brownwood while keeping its current location at Heartland Mall, Ranger College Vice President Dr. Orlando Moreno said.
    Voters in Erath and Comanche counties will also vote on an 11-cent tax rate in November, but the counties will vote independently and the vote in one county is not binding on the other two, Moreno said.
    If Brown County voters approve the tax rate, Brown County will be become part of the Ranger College district and will have representation on the Board of Regents, Moreno said.
    Students will see a 50 percent reduction in tuition, and high school dual credit students will pay $25 an hour rather than the current $80, Moreno said.
    The state average for tax rates for two-year colleges is 24 cents per $100 valuation, Moreno said.
    One option for a Brown County location is to purchase the old Bank of America building at Baker and Center, Moreno said. Another option would be to build a facility at a location to be determined, he said.
    Moreno said he envisions a facility where the cosmetology, LVN and associate nursing degree programs would be located. One possibility for the Heartland Mall location would be locating a childcare technology program there, Moreno said.
    Some voters may initially resist the idea of a new tax, Moreno said, “but the benefits will be great.” Benefits would include the addition of programs and faculty, he said.