Navarro College Board of Trustees approved its annual budget, as well as the previously tabled request for tax abatement agreement with Clean Vision Solar, LLC at its meeting Tuesday, July 30.

The Board voted to adopt the 2019-2020 fiscal year budget as presented and reviewed during the July 23 budget workshop.

Trustees will set the ad valorem tax rate for the coming year when the tax rate and rollback rates are calculated.

Trustees voted to approve a tax abatement agreement with Clean Vision Solar, LLC for the solar energy generation company's proposed solar farm in Navarro County, off of Highway 22.

The Clean Vision Solar project would be located in the reinvestment zone created by the county last year, located within the taxing bodies of Navarro College, and Blooming Grove and Corsicana Independent School Districts, all of which stand to benefit from the increased tax revenue generated by the project.

It is anticipated that the $120 million project would hire 300 workers to construct the proposed solar farm, with additional workers throughout the life of the project.

The Board honored several exemplary staff members during the meeting.

Jeanette Underwood, Academic Dean in Waxahachie, was recognized for the Legend Award she won at the state Student Government Association Convention earlier this year. She is only the fifth person to ever win this award, and it is for her outstanding dedication and commitment to SGA.

Navarro College's Business Services team was recognized for receiving Government Finance Officers Association's Achievement in Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 2018 Audit.

Dr. Shellie O'Neal, Theatre Chair, was recognized as her play, 911 Gnomes, A Christmas Emergency, was selected to be performed at the international RAVE Theatre Festival. Only 20 plays were selected to be part of the festival, and 911 Gnomes is the only family production to be featured. In addition, Dr O’Neal rallied for her current and past students to be auditioned to play parts in the New York City production and nine were selected, with the remaining eight parts being cast by Dallas actors.

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