Montgomery County taxpayers suffer under the 2nd highest tax burden in the State of Ohio- yet, Sinclair Community College President Steven Johnson thinks “It’s our goal to make it easier for everyone to get an education no matter where they are in the region”
Yet the only people he is willing to ask for a property tax are Montgomery County taxpayers who have been building Sinclair since 1966 by never turning down a Sinclair levy. Yet, the Sinclair foundation has been spending millions investing in a Warren County Campus aimed at serving as many as 10,000 Warren County students, without asking Warren County voters for a thin nickle.
The Sinclair Community College Foundation has purchased another 3.4 acres of land for the Courseview Campus Center, completing an expansion that will eventually allow the site to serve 10,000 students.
The $500,000 purchase is a part of the $7 million spent by the foundation and the college to expand the Mason campus. The acquisition brings the campus to about 75 acres. Sinclair purchased the land, which is located within the campus along Interstate 71 near Kings Island, from Seeideas Inc., a consulting business based in Mason, according the Warren County Auditor’s Office website.
The Sinclair Community College Foundation has purchased another 3.4 acres of land for the Courseview Campus Center, completing an expansion that Sinclair Community College President Steve Johnson said school (sic) will lease the land from the foundation as part of its long-term goal for Warren County. Sinclair has a Vision 2035 to serve more students with more academic programs at the campus, which opened in 2007.
“It’s our goal to make it easier for everyone to get an education no matter where they are in the region,” Johnson said.
Currently, Courseview enrolls between 1,000 and 1,400 students in a term. The college anticipates serving 2,500 students and employing an additional 24 people when renovations are complete in fall 2013 on the former Stress Engineering Building, which was purchased by the foundation in August. The building was bought along with 33 acres of land for $4.5 million, according to Sinclair.
The college plans to add a community meeting room, five laboratories and seven classrooms and complete minor renovations to its existing building on the campus on Courseview Drive.
“Students in this community, their families and employers will benefit for the foreseeable future and beyond as a result of the investments we have made and the training and education we will continue to provide,” Sinclair Community College Board of Trustees Chair Barney Wright said in a news release.
No Montgomery County levy dollars are being used to expand Courseview, according to Sinclair.
Of course the line “No Montgomery County levy dollars are being used” is always stated. Yet, the money, is still tax dollars coming to our administration, and taking their time and effort away from making Sinclair the best that it can be for Montgomery County residents.
It’s time to keep Sinclair fair and ask voters in Warren, Preble and Greene counties to pay their share of our incredible community college.