Projected to Maintain Current Debt Tax Rate of 2 Cents
Passing the new DCCCD bond program will
not increase property taxes. While the average contribution by taxpayers to DCCCD is less than 5 percent of their total tax bill, the district’s impact on Dallas County is large with seven colleges serving more than 100,000 students and DCCCD providing $19 million per year in free tuition scholarships.
DCCCD has the
2nd lowest tuition rate among Texas' 50 community colleges.
DCCCD serves more than 80,000 credit and 20,000 continuing education students each semester; that total in 2017-2018 was 171,556.
The district expects to see steady enrollment growth through 2030 to approximately 92,000 credit students. In order to help the state of Texas meet the goals of 60x30TX – a statewide initiative to award a total of 3.4 million certificates or degrees by 2030, with targeted goals for Hispanic, African American, male and economically-disadvantaged completers – more DCCCD resources and facilities are needed.
The growth of the district and its student population – as well as the growth of Dallas County and the need for a larger, qualified workforce – requires more resources to meet the needs of business, industry, economic development and government.
In the North Texas region, DCCCD serves as the primary provider for the area’s talent supply chain. Those general obligation bonds represent an investment in the region’s workforce and economic development, which sustain the state, students and the communities we serve.
In addition, DCCCD seeks to help students overcome income disparity by providing tuition-free or tuition-assisted options to attend college such as Dallas County Promise, Rising Star, early college high schools and dual credit programs.
The district is asking voters to support a $1.1 billion bond program. Distribution of 2019 bond program dollars will be divided into three main categories:
Prepare North Texas workforce with programs designed to meet high-demand industry needs:
The new Dallas Education and Innovation Hub downtown will serve the entire county. The hub would include a Business Training Center and a redesigned El Centro College campus, which will benefit workforce and economic development and also provide new learning opportunities for students.
By 2030, enrollment is projected to increase to approximately 92k credit students districtwide. That growth is, in effect, equivalent to the size of a large college.
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All plans are subject to board approval.