Trustees with Tarrant County College adopted a budget worth nearly $350 million for 2011-12 on Monday that includes not only a tuition hike, but a property tax hike for Tarrant County residents as well.
The budget and increases passed on a 4-2 vote after a public hearing at which several people urged the board to vote against the tax and tuition increases, the Star-Telegram reported.
Trustee Joe Hudson was quoted in the paper saying raising taxes during difficult economic times sends the wrong message.
Those in favor said the increase was a necessary investment in the county's students.
Those who own property in Tarrant County will get to fund their part of that investment when the tax rate goes from 13.764 cents per $100 of assessed value to 14.897 cents. That's an increase of about 8 percent.
"For a home valued at the county average of $132,500, the tax bill rises from $182.40 to $197.40," the Star-Telegram reported.
Tuition is going up $2 per semester hour, or about $6 per class.