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South Texas College’s ballot propositions pass on Election Day

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South Texas College’s ballot propositions pass on Election Day  

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McAllen (November 6, 2013) – Hidalgo and Starr County voters voiced support for higher education Tuesday, Nov. 5, in approving South Texas College’s (STC) two propositions on the ballot.

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“This election is a win-win for all of Hidalgo and Starr County,” said STC President Dr. Shirley A. Reed. “Whether or not you voted for STC propositions, everyone benefits: our students, local businesses and industries, all communities, and even those who chose not to support STC.”

“While no one wants increased taxes, approval of the bonds for South Texas College will prove to be a wise and prudent investment in the talent development, economic prosperity, and quality of life for the region,” added Dr. Reed.

Proposition 1, deals with the issuance of $159 million in bonds for construction and equipping of college buildings, passed with a vote of 11642 to 9503.

Proposition 2, an additional 3 cents maximum increase in the tax rate for the maintenance and operation of STC to accommodate increased student enrollment and expanded facilities, passed with a vote of 11167 to 10118.

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“We feel extremely fortunate to be able to continue laying the foundation for the next generation and building a community that allows each of our residents an opportunity to prosper academically or in the workforce,” said STC Board Chair Rose Benavidez. “Voters were asked to make a difficult decision, but it is evident that even as we face economic challenges the value of investing in education continues to be at the heart of the great people I proudly represent in Starr County.”

Tuesday’s vote was the first for the college since September 2001, when voters approved $98.5 million to support continued growth and services through enlarged and improved facilities. Since then the college’s enrollment numbers have increased by more than 18,000 students to over 31,000 students in Fall 2013.

Final election results can be viewed at bond2013.southtexascollege.edu/results.

Founded in 1993, South Texas College serves as a catalyst for regional economic prosperity and social mobility.  The College remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, STC is the largest institution of higher education south of San Antonio. In addition, in the last five years, STC has served 24,649 students with non-credit courses and programs through their Continuing, Professional and Workforce Education Department and has served 17,442 workers through the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing.

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