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For Curry County citizens considering advocacy, please remember Curry Campus during this Legislative Session. After being a part of the Southwestern Oregon Community College District for a few decades, we would hope to have a well-funded Curry Campus, Sadly, the funding is not being budgeted for our local Curry Campus. Why not? The taxes are collected in Curry County but most of that money is not used for Curry Campus?? Why not?

It is important to recognize that Southwestern Oregon Community College District collects over $2 million in taxes from our Curry County citizens while budgeting only about $850,000 for Curry Campus operations. The College District's Board of Education is currently operating with an at-large voting policy which essentially limits the representation on the SOCC Board of Directors. Essentially, one board seat is not representation on a five or more person board of education. An at-large voting policy is being challenged by the ACLU at the City of Fort Bragg, CA. Ultimately, this will provide the legal premise across the country for equity of funding. We are hopeful that the State of Oregon is on board with representation on Community College District boards especially when taxation and representation are in the mix together.


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