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The Gila Community College Governing Board met on March 22 to discuss the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget, which is not much different from last year’s budget.

It will be published in the Payson Roundup on April 19 and 26.

Revenue is projected to increase 2.9 percent with expenditures increasing by 0.03 percent.

Homeowners will see a slight increase in their property tax rate. GCC’s property tax rate is projected to increase by $0.0014, or 0.1 percent.

For a house assessed at $100,000, the proposed property tax would increase by $1.40 over last year.

The board will review the budget again and vote on it at the May 2 meeting.

The public meeting on the tax increase will be held at GCC.

Tuition

The board adopted a $5 tuition increase per credit hour at the end of December for 2019-2020.

Regular tuition up to 12 credit hours will be $80 per credit, increasing $5 per credit hour from 13-15 hours, and capped at 15 credits. Even with the increase, GCC will be $10 lower than what EAC charges, which is $90 per credit hour.

Dual enrollment student tuition will be $60 per credit hour. Only Payson and Globe campuses offer dual enrollment.

The majority of students at GCC are part-time, so few will be affected by the 12-plus hour tuition fees.

Re-engineering the Jimmy Harris Interpretive Trail

In other matters, GCC and Gila County co-signed and submitted a grant application to re-route and upgrade the Jimmy Harris Interpretive Trail at the Payson campus.

Michael Baker, president and executive director of Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona, presented a proposal for re-engineering the trail at the board’s February meeting.

GCC expects to know if they got the grant in April or early May.

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