Ranger College referendum among important votes Tuesday

Brown County is voting on a tax that will provide Ranger College with funding to expand its main campus and satellite campuses in Early and Stephenville.

Two groups in Brown County are in opposition come election day on whether to vote yes or no for the Ranger College Annexation.

"This referendum will be beneficial for the community," said Orlando Moreno, Vice President at Ranger College in Brown County. "I'm sure everyone has their own opinion. We're just giving out the facts."

"We're just not clear on the true economic benefit that will brought about by this," said Barry Carter, Treasurer of the Brown County Citizens Against Ranger College Annexation group. "You've just got to have a clear plan on what you're going to do with taxpayer dollars."

"I think it will just be better for our community," said Carolyn Zapata, Dean of Nursing at Ranger College in Brown County. "Right now I'm limited to how many students I can admit."

"The additional property tax caught my attention," said Julia Taylor, a supporter of the Brown County Citizens Against Ranger College Annexation group. "I didn't feel it was the right thing to have a public support for a higher education."

The Referendum, a political topic brought to a vote, will decide on whether or not Ranger College will impose a tax of .11 cents per $100 dollar valuation.

"A home that's valued at a 100,000 dollars, you're talking roughly around nine dollars a month," said Moreno.

If the Referendum passes, Ranger College in Brown County would be made part of the Ranger College district.  It would also provide Ranger College in Brown County funds to expand the campus and classroom sizes, as well as to add new programs to the school.

"We'd like to expand," said Zapata. "We'd like to go forward and offer more courses, more degrees, more technical programs."

With expanded campuses, the college would be allowed more representation in the board of regents.  As for the group voting against the Ranger College annexation, they do not want to pay additional taxes to what they are already paying.

"The property will never be something I agree with," said Taylor.

"It's a forever tax," said Carter. "Once you're annexed into a tax district, it never goes away."

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