Home | Classifieds | Place Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Kudos | Obits | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | Villager | Health Directory | Contact Us
The Verde Independent | Cottonwood, Arizona

home : opinions : letters May 24, 2016

3/27/2014 2:03:00 PM
Letter: Where is our college tax money going?


People of the Verde Valley, you are being robbed. The more I find out about the 10-year plan for Yavapai College, the more I am convinced of that. The Campus Master Plan, prepared by the Yavapai College District Governing Board, was presented in December 2013. It was formulated after an organization called Smithgroup JJR Paulien and Associates did a analysis of the Yavapai College District and came up with some recommendations. Keep in mind these recommendations were based on the feedback of 57 people.

Yavapai College claims they must consolidate sites and become more efficient because of declining student enrollment and cuts from state appropriations. In 2012, state appropriations to the college dropped from over $4 million to about $900,000 a year. However, this shortfall was more than made up for in one year by property taxes, sales taxes and tuition fees.

Of the more than $55 million that the Yavapai College District brought in 2013 (about $3 million more than in 2012), $12 million came directly from Verde Valley residents. The Verde campus and the Sedona campus, combined, cost about $7 million a year to operate. Do you wonder where that other $5 million went? Look over the hill. That's your money building dorms, parking lots, athletic facilities, technology facilities, etc.

Meanwhile, on this side of the mountain is a depressed economy. Thirty-six percent of Cottonwood students qualify for the free lunch program. That means 36 percent of the children in this town live at or below the poverty line. In Sedona, it's 46 percent and in Camp Verde it's 66 percent.

Why should we care about that? Even if you could care less about children growing up in poverty, poverty brings problems to a community that we could all live without. The best stimulus of an economy is a thriving middle class with disposable income. The ticket out of poverty and into the middle class is education.

Yavapai College, if you're not going to invest in our community, then we want our money back!

Cynthia Malla


Related Stories:
• Yavapai College takes 10-year plan campaign to Clarkdale Council

    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Police soon will have one more reason to pull you over (4332 views)

•   'A Great Celebration' -- Mingus seniors prepare for graduation, commemorate scholarships and awards (3523 views)

•   What's hot in Verde Valley job market? (2684 views)

•   Cornville man charged with child molestation seeks plea (2503 views)

•   Still no final answer on Prop. 123 (2246 views)

Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Cottonwood, AZ
Click for weather forecast

Submission Links
 •  Submit your feedback about our site

Find It Features Blogs Celebrate Submit Extras Other Publications Local Listings
Classifieds | Place Ad | Galleries | Kudos | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | e-News | RSS | Site Map | Find Verde Jobs | Contact Us
© Copyright 2016 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Verde Independent is the information source for Cottonwood and Verde Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Verde News Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, verdenews.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Verde News Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved