College buys property, released proposed budget

Thursday, August 24, 2017

McCOOK, Neb. — The Mid-Plains Community College board of governors approved the purchase of a McCook property for student housing, released a proposed budget calling for more than a $236,000 increase in the general fund budget, and approved a long-range Facilities Master Plan.

Meeting in McCook on Wednesday, the board authorized the administration to publish a proposed overall budget for 2017-18 of $41,315,851, including $26,513,004 for the college’s general fund, which includes academic and operational expenses.

That’s an increase of $236,462 from the previous year.

Two hearings, one for public comment on the general budget and another on the proposed property tax-asking, will be conducted on Sept. 13.

MPCC President Ryan Purdy was authorized to sign documents to complete the purchase, for $125,000, of a home at 204 East L, just across the street from Brooks Hall in McCook, for student housing.

Governors also approved the proposed Facilities Master Plan, which outlines possibilities for changes to MPCC’s campuses over the next decade.

The plan will be posted on the MPCC website in the near future.

The next meeting is 6:30 p.m. in North Platte.

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  • It is great that the college needs more student housing. That means enrollment is up. The downside is that if the college owns thehousing it is lowers the total valuation for all the governmental groups needing property tax to meet their budget. Weighing both sides I say thumbs up!

    -- Posted by dennis on Fri, Aug 25, 2017, at 7:38 AM
  • Kind of like the old public safety building huh Dennis?

    -- Posted by Shock on Fri, Aug 25, 2017, at 3:16 PM
  • The old safety center was already off the tax rolls as it was a city building. I say thumbs up to that project also as PGH has now built two homes in the$250,000 range that is now on the tax rolls

    -- Posted by dennis on Tue, Aug 29, 2017, at 6:24 PM
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