Voters in Pflugerville school district to consider joining ACC


Highlights

ACC trustees have certified a petition seeking a vote on joining the college’s taxing district.

The flip side of property taxes is discounted tuition for residents of ACC’s taxing territory.

Austin Community College trustees are one step closer to scheduling a November election for voters in the Pflugerville school district to decide whether to become part of ACC’s taxing territory.

The trustees certified a petition Monday evening from residents of the school district who want to put the annexation question on the ballot. The Pflugerville Friends 4 ACC committee collected signatures of 3,556 registered voters in the district, exceeding the 5 percent of registered voters, or 2,710, required by state law.

The college now must prepare and publish a plan outlining the services it would provide should voters decide to join the ACC district. In addition, the college’s Board of Trustees has scheduled a public hearing for 5 p.m. July 9 at the Pflugerville school district’s board room, 1401 W. Pecan St. The hearing will be broadcast live on ACC Cable Channel 19 and rebroadcast on that channel at dates to be announced later.

A key benefit for residents of ACC’s taxing district: much lower tuition and fees to attend the college — $85 per credit hour compared with $361 for out-of-district residents. District residents who are registered voters are entitled to cast ballots in the college’s elections for trustees and bonds.

After the required service plan is published and the public hearing is held, trustees will call for a November election, according to a news release from the college. Only registered voters within the Pflugerville school district will be eligible to vote.

If they decide to join the ACC taxing territory, property owners in the school district would pay a tax currently set at 10.08 cents per $100 valuation. A $5,000 homestead exemption is standard; homeowners 65 years of age or older and homeowners with disabilities get a $150,000 exemption on top of that, for a total exemption of $155,000. The owner of a house valued at $200,000 would pay $196.56 a year in ACC taxes after the $5,000 exemption or $45.36 if the senior or disability exemption also applied, according to the college’s website.

The college’s taxing district currently encompasses the Austin, Round Rock, Hays, Elgin, Del Valle, Leander and Manor school districts, as well as the city of Austin. A small portion of the Pflugerville school district lies within Austin and therefore is already part of the taxing district.



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