Dr. Pamela Anglin, President of Paris Junior College (PJC) addressed citizens of Greenville and Hunt County at the Greenville campus. The meeting was called to dispel rumors about tax rates suggested by the state.
The PJC Service District serves the City of Paris, Texas and the counties of Lamar, Delta, Hopkins, Hunt, and Red River. Currently the maintenance and operation budget opted by the Board of Regents is $0.1875 per $100 valuation. This rate applies to the City of Paris, Paris ISD and the former Cunningham ISD. Counties and cities in the district pay $0.00 per tax rate valuation. The State of Texas recommends a tax rate of $0.10 per $100 valuation. The state will close smaller colleges if the service district does not sign on to the taxing plan.
Should the voter referendum pass in November then students in the five county district will be eligible for in-district tuition. The in-district rate is $55/credit hour and out of district is $100. A three hour course will be $165 while the out of district will be $300. PJC offers dual credit courses to 26 independent school districts. This includes Bland, Boles, Caddo Mills, Campbell, Celeste, Commerce, Greenville, Lone Oak and Wolfe City.
Dr. Pam Anglin, President of PJC, says “a viable junior college offering associates degree will often see almost a half million dollar difference in earnings when a high school graduate is compared with an associate degree graduate”. Dr. Anglin is proud of the fact that PJC is self-sustaining and has reserves to allow six-months of operation.