EARLY — The Ranger College Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing at  7 p.m. Tuesday at the Heartland Mall campus on the November annexation referendum.
    Voters will be asked to approve or disapprove the college’s intent to bring Brown County into the Ranger College District. As part of the annexation service plan, the college proposes to levy a tax rate of 11 cents per $100 valuation to fund an expansion of the Brown County campus.
    According to a Ranger College press release:
    Ranger College came to Brown County in 2010, since that time both the school and county have experienced record growth. Having spent the last seven years working separately, Ranger College would now like to work together with Early, Brownwood and Brown County.
    Ranger has been providing services to area high school students and local business since its arrival. Should Brown County decided to join the college’s district, those services would continue and be provided at a cheaper cost.
Tuition would be reduced from $93 per credit hour to $50.
    Tuition rates for dual enrollment high school students would be reduced from $80 to $25 per credit hour, on top of the Pell Grants already available.
Currently, Ranger College provides hundreds of thousands of dollars in Workforce and Skills Development Grants to local employees and business, helping train workers either wanting to join the labor force or expand training to qualify for higher certification levels. Training programs provided by Ranger College include hazardous materials handling, OSHA, HVAC, nursing and cosmetology programs. 
    Brown County would also be eligible to elect members to the Ranger College Governing Board helping determine where resources and programs would be offered.
    Funding for the expansion into Ranger College would be made possible by a property tax of 11 cents per $100 assessed property valuation.
    Ranger College would like to invite the public to find out more about all of the services and programs the college provides and answer questions about the referendum at the public hearing.