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10/29/2013 11:20:00 AM
Editorial: Coconino Community College important to success of many students from Reservation

Coconino Community College is running out of money. After a $15 million reduction in state aid in the last seven years, the college is looking for financial help from county residents through a budget override.

Voting "yes" on the override ensures the school will continue to offer an affordable secondary education option to Navajo and Hopi students.

The seven-year override would generate about $4.5 million per year from property taxes. Based on the average home value in Coconino County of $170,000, residents would only pay an additional $4.20 per month or about $50 per year in property taxes if voters approve the override.

Jack Hadley, a CCC District Governing Board Member, recently said the college would likely have to cut programs without the override money.

College officials have not said exactly what programs will get cut but in the words of Hadley, "You can't run a business on a loss year after year."

Coconino Community College has had to raise tuition every year in the past few years. Tuition at CCC has increased 89 percent since 2007, and is now at $2,760. CCC's tuition is now the highest of any community college in the state.

It's still more affordable than many other higher education options. But that doesn't mean the cost is an easy pill to swallow for many. And rising tuition will put taking classes locally out of the reach of more kids looking to continue their education after high school.

We encourage you to give the college a financial vote of support at the polls Nov. 5.

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