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Ariz. college looks at property tax raise, layoffs

SIERRA VISTA — A southern Arizona college is relying on local property owners to contribute to its budget.

The Sierra Vista Herald reports the Cochise College governing board will consider a 2 percent increase in the property tax rate during a hearing Tuesday on next year’s budget.

School officials say proposed cuts worth more than $2.7 million will include laying off some employees.

Cochise College President J.D. Rottweiler says most of them were able to move into other open positions at the school.

The school says it has lost about $2.4 million of state equalization funding, money that is given to rural college districts to make up for low property tax bases.

The budget proposed for next year is about $38 million, down from the previous year by 4.4 percent.

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