Ranger College collects needed signatures to bring annexation to a vote

K-Texas Television is reporting that Ranger College has collected enough signatures from Brown County to add the annexation referendum to the November ballot. If voters approve annexation in November, then Brown County would become part of Ranger College’s taxing district, meaning that Brown County residents would begin paying a property tax to Ranger College.

During a recent public hearing, Ranger College President Dr. Bill Campion said that the tax rate would be set at 11 cents per $100 valuation. At that rate, owners of a home valued at $100,000 would be charged $110 per year in property taxes to Ranger College. This would be in addition to property taxes paid to the county government, the city government, and local school districts.

Dr. Campion has denied reports that Brown County taxpayers would be charged an interest and sinking tax rate to pay for the $10 million in bonds recently approved by voters in Ranger College’s existing district. Dr. Campion said that the I&S tax rate would only be levied on Eastland County, and that Brown County property owners would only pay the 11-cent tax rate for maintenance and operations.

Ranger College’s main campus is located in Ranger. The college operates satellite campuses at the old Piggly Wiggly location in Stephenville, and at the Heartland Mall. Dr. Campion told those who attended the recent public hearing that if Brown County voters approved annexation, the college would purchase the old Bank of America building, and set up a campus in that facility.