LSC Board of Trustees Approves Critical Tax Rate

 

A hearty THANK YOU to the 130 AFT members and other employees who sent letters to the Trustees urging them to vote in favor of keeping the current tax rate. It is YOUR participation that made ALL the difference in the world. Make no mistake, it was looking bleak before we took action.

On Thursday, October 20, the Lone Star College Board of Trustees voted to set the property tax rate for 2023 for properties within the college taxing district in Harris, Montgomery, and San Jacinto Counties.  Lone Star College has held this tax rate ($0.1078 per $100 valuation) unchanged for many years.

  • What was averted:
    • If the Board had not voted on a tax rate by October 28, the tax rate would have automatically reverted to the “No-New-Revenue” rate. This is the tax rate that, based on current valuations of properties across the district, would bring in the exact same revenues that the college is projected to raise for the current year, 2022.
    • Because college costs are rising, including the costs of recently approved compensation increases for all employees, failure to pass the recommended tax rate would have represented a shortfall of $45 million dollars in college revenue for 2023, 10% of the college’s operating budget for the year.
    • The college administration would have been forced to cut spending immediately to reflect the loss of income, which would have directly hurt both students and employees in significant ways.

This is a prime example of union power in action. Our union is not one, but all of us! THANK YOU!

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Welcome to our Septmber-October 2022 union newsletter The Advocate! 

Much of what you see looks just like before but, like everything else, you are reading it online. 

What will not change is our commitment to providing the Lone Star College Community with important news and quality insight into the life of our Institution.  We will keep you abreast of the work that the AFT is doing (and has been doing all through pandemic) to advocate for Policy and to advocate for People – because the name of our newsletter is what we do!

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Do you feel Valued and Respected at work? Survey deadline has passed,but stay tuned for results!

A workplace climate creates conditions at work that either:

  • Help an employee to feel valued and respected, or
  • Cause an employee to feel burdened and frustrated

It is our goal to identify what causes employees to feel the way they do so that AFT can advocate for more of what works, and fight to change what doesn't. Please take a moment to complete this survey. We want to hear from ALL Lone Star College employees whether you are faculty, staff, or administration. We are all in this together and the only way to succeed is together.

Confidentiality is guaranteed because this survey is being administered by AFT on a non-Lone Star College server. All responses are anonymous.

The deadline to take the survey has passed, but stay tuned for the results!

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