The ACC board of trustees voted to call the election at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 13. If voters approve the annexation, property owners within all of PfISD will pay taxes toward ACC. Only the section of PfISD within the city of Austin is part of the ACC district.
The existing tax rate property owners pay to ACC Is 10.08 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. A property owner with a home value of $200,000–the average in Pflugerville according to ACC's service plan– would pay $196.56 per year in additional property taxes once the $5,000 standard homestead exemption is included.
In exchange for the additional revenue raised through property taxes, ACC reduces tuition for students residing within its taxing district. The college’s in-district tuition is $85 per credit hour, while out-of-district students pay $361 per credit hour.
The community college’s district is made up of the city of Austin, Austin ISD and six other school districts–Del Valle, Elgin, Hays, Leander, Manor and Round Rock. The service area, a state designated area from which students are allowed to participate in ACC programs, extends further to areas of Travis, Williamson, Blanco, Hayes, Caldwell and Bastrop Counties.
The process to bring the new areas of Pflugerville ISD into the taxing district began when a political action group, Pflugerville Pfriends for ACC, presented a petition signed by to the board on June 4 calling for annexation. ACC verified 2,710 of the 3,556 signatures, enough to meet the threshold necessary to make the petition valid.
Following the acceptance of the petition and posting of a public notice, ACC’s board of trustees held a public hearing in Pflugerville on July 9, where residents voiced their support, questions and concerns.
JUST IN: ACC Trustees have called an annexation election for Pflugerville ISD. This election applies to those who live within the ISD boundaries that are not currently within the ACC District. #ACCDistrict #annexation #Pflugerville @accdistrict
— ACC Newsroom (@accnewsroom) August 13, 2018
The official ballot language will ask if voters are for or against “approving the annexation by the Austin Community College District of the following territory: The territory in Pflugerville Independent School District that is not currently included in the boundaries of the Austin Community College District, and authorizing the imposition of an ad valorem tax for junior college purposes, which is currently set at a rate of $0.1008, per $100 valuation of taxable property.”