Omaha Public Radio News
Mon November 10, 2008
Metro Community College seeking a change in state aid funding formula
By Katie Knapp
Omaha, NE – Metropolitan Community College officials want lawmakers to change the state aid funding formula for those schools.
Metro Board of Governors Chairman Dave Newell says they're requesting a freeze of the current system. He says right now, the state aid funding formula relies too heavily on property tax relief, which Newell believes is unfair to students.
He says Metro's four-county area pays 50 percent of sales and income taxes. Newell says MCC educates 35 percent of the students in those counties, and receives 25 percent of the state aid that goes back to the communities in those counties.