Weatherford Democrat

Top News

August 16, 2013

WC trustees review FY 2014 budget, propose tax rate

By SALLY SEXTON

Members of the Weatherford College board of trustees had another look at the 2013-14 proposed budget during a report at Thursday’s meeting, taking a step closer to approving the budget.

The initial budget proposal, presented to the board at a June meeting, showed a proposed budget of $53.2 million. Since that time, revenue increased by $326,785, bringing the total proposed budget to $53.5 million.

The board also approved a proposal to adopt a tax rate of 11.46 cents per $100 of taxable home value, a slight increase.

Trustees are scheduled to meet Wednesday to further discuss, and possibly approve, the budget.

Trustees Thursday also approved the naming of the press box at Stuart Field.

Brent Baker, vice president of institutional advancement, told the board that First Financial Bank stepped up as a donor for the Weatherford College Foundation’s capital campaign, committing $75,000. Trustees unanimously voted to name the press box First Financial Bank press box.

To date, close to $2.3 million has been donated or pledged to the campaign, Baker said. Funds from the campaign, the largest in the school’s history, will go toward supporting student scholarships, campus enhancements and other projects.

During the president’s report, WC president Kevin Eaton recognized participants from the annual Peach Pedal Bike Ride, held during the Parker County Peach Festival. The ride, put on by the WC Foundation and the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce, featured 2,115 riders this year.

During the report, Lela Morris, director of testing, shared testing programs with trustees and outlined the process for GED testing at the college.

“Last year, we had 673 testers. 388 of those were first-timers and 285 were either retesting or finished,” Morris said, adding that “331 of those passed their GED, for a revenue of $33,710.”

Numbers for this year were a little lower, with 521 testers, 286 first-timers and 254 either finished or retesting. 238 testers passed their GED for a total revenue of $30,160.

Text Only
Top News
  • students.jpg Is opting out an option?

    One local parent has taken it upon herself to make her voice heard. Michelle Osterkamp, who has two children attending Mary Martin Elementary, began to research the opt-out method after talking with some of her teacher friends.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Biz Index 1.jpg Let's get physical

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • EXTENSION NEWS: Take a mind vacation

    For many of us, every day has some sort of stress associated with it. Whether it is something at home or at work, it seems like there are a million things stressing us out and making us feel overwhelmed.

    April 20, 2014

  • VETERANS’ CORNER: Veterans’ needs the target of recent discussions

    Ministers responsible for Veterans Affairs and officials from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States completed a series of meetings April 8-11 at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., discussing the latest research, best practices and various areas of collaboration to address the growing needs of veterans.

    April 20, 2014

  • MILLSAP MATTERS: Reunion time approaches

    MILLSAP – For many people this is the time of year that reunions are held. In that light, Millsap alumni will be enjoying their annual school reunion on Saturday, April 26.

    April 20, 2014

  • larry jones cropped:color NOW HEAR THIS: The fox and the hound, plus Max

    Almost without exception, most farms are protected to some degree by guard animals. Dogs and cats are most commonly used to defend against intruders and nuisance pests around the farmstead. In recent years with the proliferation of coyotes, many folks are using guard donkeys or llamas to protect their livestock.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Laws can’t be ignored

    Senator Harry Reid said, “We just can’t let people ignore the law.”

    April 20, 2014

  • Taste of Parker County logo.jpg Canyon West to host Taste of Parker County

    Prepare your taste buds, because the sixth annual Taste of Parker County is just a few short weeks away, and this year’s event has moved to a larger location to accommodate even more great eats and treats.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0420 one USAF riders IMG_7940.jpg Riding high

    Members of the United States Air Force Cycling Team, preparing to participate in the 12th annual Ride for Heroes in Aledo Saturday, met Friday with their supporters — members of the Bush Legacy Republican Women of Weatherford — for a pre-ride photo shoot at the historic courthouse followed by pre-ride carbo loading at Milano’s in Willow Park.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • Grand jury indictments for April returned

    A Parker County grand jury on Thursday indicted a man accused of breaking into his neighbor’s home and threatening him with a BB gun before engaging in a brief standoff with deputies.

    April 19, 2014

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results