Proposition #417 CCC Governing Board Resolution

RESOLUTION

A RESOLUTION PROPOSING CONTINUATION OF THE CURRENT SECONDARY PROPERTY TAX (SCHEDULED TO SUNSET IN 2019) CONTAINED WITHIN THE EXISTING OVERRIDE OF THE PRIMARY PROPERTY TAX LEVY LIMIT NOT TO EXCEED $2,226,000 FOR THE COCONINO COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT.

WHEREAS, this Governing Board (the “Board”) of the Coconino County Community College District (the “College”) desires to provide sufficient revenues to fund the College’s Career and Technical Educations (CTE) programs and operations and meet the needs of the residents and employers of Coconino County (the “County”); and

WHEREAS, this Board has received recommendations from county citizens and reviewed the financial situation of the College in detail and recommended that President Dr. Colleen Smith develop a proposal to expand the College’s training programs to meet the needs of employers, based on input throughout the County; and

WHEREAS, this Board desires to expand programs that support veterans getting education and training for civilian jobs in the County; and

WHEREAS, this Board desires to expand programs that prepare residents of the County to find jobs in the County; and

WHEREAS, this Board desires to enhance educational services throughout the County, including communities such as Page, Tuba City, and Williams; and

WHEREAS, this Board desires to encourage and support lifelong learning programs; and

WHEREAS, this Board recognizes that State Aid to the College has declined from 37% of the College’s General Fund revenues in 1999 to 9% in fiscal year 2017-2018 resulting in unavoidable tuition increases; and

WHEREAS, this Board recognizes the positive economic benefits that the College brings to the county; and

WHEREAS, the College’s current secondary property tax expires after property tax year 2018 (last payment in 2019) and such tax is in the amount of approximately $2,226,000 per fiscal year; and

WHEREAS, this Board has determined that the amounts permitted to be levied as primary property taxes in any year pursuant to section 42-17051, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended, provide insufficient revenue for the College to provide CTE programs and implement recommendations from citizens throughout the County; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 42-17202, Arizona Revised Statutes, as amended, in order to levy taxes exceeding the limitation prescribed on primary property taxes, this Board must adopt a resolution, by an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of its membership, requesting the voters to approve a secondary property tax levy; and

WHEREAS, this Board, deems it necessary and in the best interest of the citizens of the County and the College to order and call an election to be held on November 6, 2018 for the purpose of submitting to the voters of the County the question of approval or disapproval of authority for the College to levy secondary property taxes in an amount not to exceed $2,226,000 beginning in tax year 2019, each year for seven years in addition to the maximum limit on primary property taxes and does such by an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of its membership;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE GOVERNING BOARD OF THE COCONINO COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT OF COCONINO COUNTY, ARIZONA THAT:

Section 1. Ordering and Calling Election. An override election is hereby ordered and called to be held in and for the College on November 6, 2018, to submit to the qualified electors of the College the following proposal:

Shall the Coconino County Community College District be authorized to continue to levy the current secondary property tax in the amount of $2,226,000, beginning in tax year 2019, for seven years. The incremental funding to be used to:

  • Initiate new career and technical education and training programs that prepare Coconino County students for jobs in Coconino County including related costs; and
  • Develop new programs to support veterans’ training for civilian jobs including related costs; and
  • Develop new programs to train and re-train Coconino County workers, in conjunction with Coconino County employers and expand current job training programs including related costs; and
  • Enhance educational services throughout Coconino County, including communities such as Page, Tuba City, and Williams, including related costs; and
  • Encourage and support lifelong learning programs, including related costs.

This amount will be in addition to the amount of its primary property tax limit, pursuant to the authority provided in section 42-17202, Arizona Revised Statutes.

The ballot shall be generally in the form of the example ballot, which is marked Exhibit A and which is attached hereto and incorporated by reference herein. The College President or designee is authorized and directed to modify, add to, or delete from the ballot as may be appropriate and take such actions as are necessary to assist the Coconino County Elections Department (the “County Elections Department”) in performing its duties with respect to the election.

Section 2. Voter Publicity Pamphlet. The College President, designee and the College’s consultants and attorneys are directed to prepare the publicity pamphlet and sample ballot as required by law and to cause the publicity pamphlet and sample ballot to be mailed to the households in which qualified electors reside, within the College boundaries, before the date of the election and within the time period required by law.

Section 3. Conduct of Election, Precincts, and Polling Places. For purposes of this election, which may be held in conjunction with any county, city or special district election, this Board determines that the election shall be conducted in accordance with all applicable state and federal laws. County election precincts will serve as the College election precincts, including the consolidation of such precincts as determined by the County Elections Department and the College’s President or designee. The location of each polling place will be determined by the County Elections Department, which will conduct the election on behalf of the College. Such election shall be held in conjunction with the November 6, 2018 general election. The College President or designee is hereby authorized to request the County Elections Department to have ballots printed in substantially the form of Exhibit A and to deliver them to the election officials to be given to the qualified electors of the College in the special election as provided by law.

Section 4. Early Voting and Mail-in Balloting. Early voting or mail-in balloting will be permitted at said election in accordance with the provisions of state law.

Section 5. Contracts to Conduct Election. The Board authorizes all expenditures as may be necessary to order, notice, hold, and administer the election. The College President or designee is authorized and directed to enter into a contract with the County Elections Department to conduct the election for the College and / or any other parties as may be necessary to facilitate the election.

Section 6. Requests for Pro/Con Statements. The College President or designee is authorized and directed to cause the publication of a notice requesting filing with the College of pro and con statements with respect to the election.

Section 7. Voting Rights Act. In order to comply with the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the following proceedings pertaining to this election will be translated into Spanish and posted and published in each instance where posting and publication of such proceedings are required including: ballots, any notice, request for pro and con statements, publicity pamphlet, voting materials and all voting instructions.

Section 8. Canvass. The results of the election shall be reported and canvassed as required by law.

PASSED AND ADOPTED on February 21, 2018.

Chair, Governing Board

EXHIBIT A – Form of Ballot

Exhibit A – Form of Ballot

PROPOSAL SUBMITTED BY THE DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD
OF THE COCONINO COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

QUESTION NO. ___

PURPOSE: Authorization to continue the current Secondary Property Tax Levy in addition to the Primary Property Tax Levy Limit

DESCRIPTION: Shall the Coconino County Community College District be authorized to continue to levy the secondary property tax in the current amount of $2,226,000, beginning in tax year 2019, for seven years. The incremental funding to be used to:

  • Initiate new career and technical education and training programs that prepare Coconino County students for jobs in Coconino County including related costs; and
  • evelop new programs to support veterans’ training for civilian jobs including related costs; and
  • Develop new programs to train and re-train Coconino County workers, in conjunction with Coconino County employers and expand current job training programs including related costs; and
  • Enhance educational services throughout Coconino County, including communities such as Page, Tuba City, and Williams, including related costs; and
  • Encourage and support lifelong learning programs, including related costs.

This amount will continue the current levy that is in addition to the amount of its primary property tax limit, pursuant to the authority provided in section 42-17202, Arizona Revised Statutes.

A “YES” vote shall have the effect of allowing a continuation of the current secondary property tax levy, with no increase, as contained in the current override of the existing primary property tax levy limit.

A “NO” vote shall have the effect of not allowing the current secondary property tax levy to continue and not allowing the override of the primary property tax levy limit.