Weatherford News

WC board proposes tax rate, announces leadership hires

The Weatherford College Board of Trustees adopted a proposed 2016 tax rate of 12.019 cents per $100 valuation during their monthly meeting Thursday afternoon. A maintenance and operations rate of 11.376 cents and a debt service rate of 0.643 cents comprise the total rate.

The proposed total rate is slightly higher than the current rate of 11.364 cents, but remains lower than the effective rate of 12.0876. The effective rate is the tax rate needed to bring in the same amount of property tax revenue as the previous year.

The slight increase is a result of a decrease in certified property values adopted by the Parker County Appraisal District for 2016. WC President Dr. Kevin Eaton said the tax rate will result in an increase of about $9.83 a year on a property valued at $150,000.

The average tax rate for community colleges across the state is approximately 17.54 cents per $100.

No public hearing is required before adoption of the tax rate. A meeting is set for noon Friday, Aug. 26, to adopt the 2016-17 budget and tax rate.

Also during the meeting, Eaton announced several title changes, including new roles for Mike Endy and Adam Finley.

Endy will move into the position of Vice President of Instruction and Student Services following the retirement of Dr. Richard Bowers. Endy was hired on at WC in August of 1997 as an instructor. He has served as Dean of Humanities, Fine Arts, Business and Criminal Justice and most recently as the Executive Dean of Academics.

Finley will be the new Executive Dean of Student Services after the retirement of Kathy Bassham. Finley has worked at WC since October 2004. His roles at WC have included Advising Specialist, Director of Advising, Executive Director of Student Engagement and Associate Dean of Student Engagement.

Also, Andra Cantrell’s title will change from Vice President of Financial and Administrative Affairs to Executive Vice President as she adds supervision of the Human Resources Department and Athletics Department to her current list of responsibilities.

In his President’s Report, Eaton:

▪ Provided an enrollment update for the summer semesters. While overall enrollment decreased 2.5 percent from last year, contact hours increased by 1.3 percent. A decrease in enrollment is still projected for the fall semester.

▪ Announced Dr. Matt Joiner has accepted the position of Dean of Distance Learning at North Central Texas College and is leaving the WC Wise County campus. Eaton thanked Joiner for his work for WC in Wise County.

▪ Recognized Johnny Emmons and the WC Rodeo Team for a historic season.

▪ Recognized Baseball Coach Jeff Lightfoot and his team for their national academic achievement award.

▪ Announced the resignations of Carla Crider, Bill Palmer, Glen Schlee, Doc Ballad, Jackie Bennett and Brandi Bach.

In other business the board:

▪ Tabled a resolution by the Board of Directors of the Parker County Appraisal District to construct an addition to the current appraisal district office at a cost not to exceed $750,000.

▪ Listened to an update on the progress of the 2016-17 budget.

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