Defeated Constitutional Amendment Number Eight
Those of you who voted for the proposed Constitutional Amendment Number 8, we thank you for your interest in augmenting our funding. Those of you who voted against the proposed amendent, we thank you for recognizing that this is not a particularly good way to provide steady and predictable funding for community colleges. As you may know, the SFCC Board of Trustees chose not to take a public position on this proposed amendment to the State Constitution. There were a number of concerns, including the obvious feeling that sales taxes are already too high. We also recognized that not all counties are equal in their potential for raising sales tax rates, or in their potential for raising revenues through this kind of taxation. Sales taxes already fund community colleges with the state collecting the revenues and the Legislature appropriating and allocating these funds to the individual colleges based upon a number of factors related to size and programmatic demands.
Thank you anyway!