District contact information:
Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing
- “2019 Bond Improvement Proposition,” TCC District, https://www.tccd.edu/community/2019-bond-election/ (includes list of projects, financial info, printable flyer)
- “Quick Facts,” TCC District (updated June 18, 2019) https://www.tccd.edu/about/research/quick-facts/
Recent News Articles
- “We recommend approval of the Tarrant County College $825 million bond issue,” [editorial] Dallas Morning News (Oct 19, 2019) https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/2019/10/19/we-recommend-approval-of-the-tarrant-county-college-825-million-bond-issue/
- “Here’s what voters should do on Tarrant County College’s $825 million bond proposal,” [editorial] Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Oct 16, 2019) https://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/editorials/article236260488.html
- “Tarrant County College District seeks approval for $825M bond,” Community Impact (Oct 16, 2019), https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/education/2019/10/16/tarrant-county-college-district-seeks-approval-for-825m-bond/
What is the Tarrant County College (TCC) District?
Established by a countywide election in July 1965, TCC is a community college that offers two-year associate’s degrees, certificate programs, and occupational skills awards. Its programs include university transfers, workforce education, customized training, technical, developmental, and adult literacy courses, and other community services. As of Fall 2017, student enrollment was 52,956, making TCC one of the twenty largest higher educational institutions in the US.
The TCC District is overseen by a seven-member Board of Trustees, who are elected by the voters of Tarrant County. There are five main campuses—Northeast (Hurst), Northwest (north Fort Worth), South (south Fort Worth), Southeast (Arlington), and Trinity River (downtown Fort Worth)—as well as an online campus, and smaller facilities located across the county.
What is a bond?
A bond is essentially an IOU. Instead of going to a bank to get a loan, like an individual might do, governments can issue bonds to raise money for specific projects. An investor buys a bond on the understanding that they will be paid back, in full and with interest, on a set date (limited by law to 40 years). In most cases, governments must seek voter approval to issue a bond.
Tarrant County College District Propositions
What will the bond package pay for?
The bond package (the first in twenty-five years) will pay for the following:
- NW Campus improvements ($308 million)
- SE Campus improvements ($125 million)
Districtwide infrastructure improvements ($202 million)
- Other district-wide renovations/improvements ($190 million)
|Ballot Proposition||The issuance of $825 million bonds and notes for the purpose of constructing, improving, and renovating and equipping school buildings in the Tarrant County College District, and the levying of a debt tax in payment thereof.
La emisión de bonos y obligaciones por el importe de $825 millones para la construcción, la mejora y la renovación y el equipamiento de edificios escolares en el Distrito Universitario del Condado de Tarrant, y la imposición de un impuesto de deuda para el pago de dichos bonos.
|If I vote FOR||TCC can issue $825 million in bonds to support construction, improvements, renovations, and equipment.|
|If I vote AGAINST||TCC cannot issue $825 million in bonds.|
|Tax Consequences||According to TCC, if the proposition passes there will be no impact on the district’s tax rate.|