Ranger College announced its board adopted the following resolution Monday:

 Whereas, the Texas Legislature designates in Texas Education Code Sec. 130.196 that Brown, Comanche and Erath Counties are assigned to the Ranger College District Service Area, and,

Whereas, the Texas Legislature in Texas Education Code Sec. 130.065 requires that upon presentation of a petition signed by at least 5% of the registered voters in a territory, the Ranger College Board of Regents were required to order an election so voters can determine the issue of annexation into the district and such election was so ordered on August 7, 2017 for Brown, Comanche and Erath Counties, and,

Whereas, the Texas Legislature in Texas Education Code Sec. 130.065 requires the ballot language submitted to voters contain only the current rate of taxation levied by Ranger College in the territory of Ranger Independent School District, and,

Whereas, the current tax rate levied is composed of a Maintenance and Operations (M&O) tax of $.223606 per $100 valuation and a separate Bond Debt Service (I&S) tax rate of $.210799 per $100 valuation expected to generate slightly more than $603,000 in total property tax revenues in 2018, and,

Whereas, the Texas Legislature in Texas Education Code Sec 130.065 required Ranger College to publish a service plan in the appropriate newspapers in each county declaring the proposed tax rate to be levied should voters approve annexation, and,

Whereas, Ranger College complied with state law publishing the required service plan stating the proposed Maintenance and Operations (M&O) rate would be $.11 per  $100 valuation, which cannot exceed $.50/$100 valuation, and,

Whereas, the Texas Constitution Art VIII requires Ranger College to make taxpayers aware of tax rate proposals and to afford taxpayers the opportunity to roll back or limit tax increases, and,

Whereas, any attempt by the Ranger College Board of Regents to adopt a future rate increase in taxes of more than 2.99% will require a public hearing and any increase more than 7.99% would be subject to a roll back election by voters, and,

Whereas, after the initial rate of $.11/$100 valuation is adopted, without exceeding the maximum rate allowed to call a roll back election, it would require twenty (20) years to reach the maximum level of $.50 allowed by the state, and,

Whereas, Ranger College expends more than $2,100,000 annually to operate and teach in Brown County, with an additional investment of $1,000,000 to renovate the Early Mall location, and,

Whereas, Ranger College expends more than $450,000 annually to operate and teach in Comanche County, with an additional investment of nearly $150,000 to purchase the location, and,

Whereas, Ranger College expends more than $2,700,000 annually to operate and teach in Erath County, with an additional investment of $6,000,000 to purchase and renovate the location, and,

Whereas, the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget of Ranger College adopted exceeded $20,000,000 of which nearly $4,500,000 of funds are derived from State Appropriations, more than $6,700,000 derived from tuition and fees, $603,000 from property tax revenues and $8,100,000 in grants, workforce agreements and other revenue sources, and,

Therefore be it resolved, by the Board of Regents of Ranger College, upon the approval of voters in Brown, Comanche or Erath Counties to be annexed into the Ranger College District, the current M&O and I&S tax rates currently levied in the territory of Ranger ISD of a combined rate of $.43 per $100 valuation, will be replaced by the single maintenance and operations tax rate of $.11 per $100 valuation never to exceed the state mandated maximum of $.50 per $100 valuation to be formally adopted by September 1, 2018 for the tax levy based on the 2018 appraised values less allowed exemptions, for payment due in 2019, and,

Be it further resolved, this $.11/$100 valuation rate will be levied on the property tax valuations adjusted for all allowable state exemptions and Disabled Veterans including additional exemptions of $25,000 Homestead, $10,000 Over 65 years of age or $10,000 Disability (verified) and a property tax freeze for seniors age 65 and above.