Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Latest News

August 15, 2013

College proposes effective tax rate

Corsicana — The Navarro College Board of Trustees voted 5 to 2 Thursday their intent to adopt the effective tax rate for its new budget.

The effective tax rate allows the college to collect the same amount in ad valorem tax revenue as it did this year.

Because the certified tax rolls for the coming tax year show a decrease in taxable property value in the state — about $8.5 million less for the college’s taxing purposes — the college stood to collect about $31,000 less in ad valorem taxes if it kept the same tax rate of 11.9 cents per $100 valuation.

The effective tax rate calculated this year for the college is 12.02 cents per $100 valuation — a difference of 12 one-hundredths of a cent. A home valued at $100,000 would pay an additional $1.20 in college taxes using the effective rate, should trustees formally adopt the move.

The administration recommendation on the board’s agenda called for the rate to remain at 11.9 cents. Dr. James Price made the motion to use the effective tax rate instead.

“If we don’t do that and try to maintain the same income we’d just have to double up next year in order to catch up,” Price said following the meeting. “The community I think would agree to support the college as they have always done.” Price said Navarro County tax dollars stay in Navarro County and are not sent to Ellis County, which does not pay an ad valorem tax for the college, but does pay out-of-district tuition and fees.

Board president Lloyd Huffman agreed with the move.

“I think the board felt it was important to at least keep the same amount of money we’ve been getting from the taxes in Navarro County,” Huffman said.

Trustee Phil Judson joined Buster Atkeisson in voting no on using the effective tax rate and staying with the current rate.

“The increase would only develop $31,000 in income,” Judson said. “We’ve lost a number of industries. It is difficult to recruit new industries with an increased tax rate. I just felt like the increase in the tax rate would not be worth the gain at this time.”

Trustees also officially adopted the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The 2013-14 budget comes in at $115,856,506 to support the college’s operations in Corsicana, Mexia, Midlothian and Waxahachie.

Read more about the college board meeting in the Saturday online and print editions of the Daily Sun.


Bob Belcher may be reached by email at Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email:

Text Only
Latest News
  • Mills place pool Home, sweet home

    Judy and Wayne Nelson had a family of visitors last week — the daughter and grandchildren of the architect who designed their 1927 house on Mills Place.

    July 25, 2014 4 Photos

  • police stock photo Six arrested following drug raid

    Six people were arrested following the execution of a search warrant Thursday night by the Corsicana Police Department’s narcotics detectives, patrol officers and a Navarro County Sheriff’s deputy who works as a courtesy officer for the Arbors Apartment, 1300 N. 45th St.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-25-14 AgriLife additions.jpg AgriLife adds two new agents to Navarro office

    It’s been awhile since the AgriLife Extension office in Navarro County has been fully staffed, but it’s going great guns now.
    New to the staff are Meredith DeBorde, and Lorie Stovall, who will be heading up the 4-H programs and the family and consumer programs, respectively.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sheriff seeks salary shuffle

    Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner went to the County Commissioner’s budget workshop Thursday to ask for a change of how his officers are compensated, or, alternately, an 8 percent across-the-board raise.

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-25-14 CAC boat.jpg Floating a big fundraiser idea

    The big night is fast approaching for the 10 Grand Country Jam, an Aug. 2 fundraiser for the Child Advocates of Navarro County. What will make it a big night is the grand prize, a $31,000 pontoon boat.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Candelario Garcia Jr. (main) Honoring a hero

    Since March of this year, the family of Candelario Garcia Jr. has been so proud of him, they could burst.

    July 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • County Budget Commissioners start budget process

    The Navarro County Commissioner’s Court held its first budget workshop Wednesday, the first of a dozen or more over the next month or so.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-23-14 pianos main.jpg Public pianos invite players

    Corsicana has always been a musical town, with emphasis on country and western, rock and roll, bluegrass and Gospel, but now the parks and recreation department is moving towards bringing music to the masses in a different way. They’re going to put pianos downtown, on the sidewalks for anyone to play at random.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Navarro County 4-H Club holds event

    Texas A&M AgriLife Extention will hold Summer Exploration Days at the Navarro County Expo on Tuesday, July 29 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    July 22, 2014

  • New date for IPL Job Fair announced

    Tarrant Regional Water District IPL (integrated pipe line) Project will hold a Job Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 at The Cook Center.

    July 22, 2014