MCCCD Governing Board Elections 2014 – Maricopa Breach
New Directions for Maricopa Community College District
Written by Johanna Haver and Jean McGrath – Opinion Editorial
It is time for the Maricopa County Community College District to pursue a new direction – one of fiscal responsibility and transparency – both sadly lacking under the leadership of MCCCD Chancellor Rufus Glasper and the current MCCCD governing board members.
Over the past ten years, the college district has increased tuition 63% and property taxes to .128+%, which amounts to $128 per $100,000 valuation of a home. The budget for 2014-15 is in excess of $1.8 billion – considerably more than the yearly budget for the entire City of Phoenix which is at $1.2 billion. Moreover, Glasper plans to ask the MCCCD Governing Board to increase tuition again in January to pay for a budget that will likely exceed $2 billion.
According to a 2011 investigative report by the Goldwater Institute, less than 44% of the MCCCD general fund goes toward instruction. Moreover, that amount has been reduced in recent years, despite repeated directives from the board to cut administrative costs. In comparison, Arizona’s K-12 schools spend 56% on average for instruction.
Other MCCCD expenses include lobbyists and a political advisor who rake in more than $1 million per year. Administrative travel has been estimated at $5.3 million. The recent information technology breach fiasco, for which Glasper has fired a whistleblower and denied any wrongdoing himself, is costing the taxpayers $18 million and climbing.
Recently the board renewed Glasper’s contract for another three years – as happens every year. Most likely, the members fear it would be more expensive to pay him off to leave, probably at about $1 million, than to keep him for another few years.
The citizens of Maricopa County need new people on the board who are determined to turn this situation around. We promise we will do exactly that if elected.
Johanna Haver, MCCCD District 3
Jean McGrath, MCCCD District 4
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