Primary Property Tax Reset - Proposition 438

Prop 438

The District Governing Board of Coconino Community College has called an election to be held on May 17, 2022 to request voter authorization to reset the primary property tax rate for the College to 0.7419 cents per $100 of limited property value.

 

How will the additional money be used?

The funding generated from a primary property tax reset is intended for the following programs, but does not limit the College from adding additional programs requested by employers and communities:

  • Continuing to expand career and technical education programs
  • Developing new programs to support veterans' training for civilian jobs
  • Expanding scholarship programs
  • Enhancing educational services throughout Coconino County, including communities such as Page, Tuba City, and Williams

 

Why is the College looking to reset the property tax rate?

The College is pursuing a primary property tax reset in order to offer the same opportunities as other community college districts in Arizona.

 

Property Taxes FY22 for Arizona Community Colleges. CCC shown at the bottom with the lowest rate.

 

How much would it cost me?

The additional funding will come from an increase in property taxes paid by all property owners in Coconino County. The chart below shows the current monthly property taxes collected for the College based on limited property value and what monthly property taxes collected for the College will look like if the reset is passed.

 

Limited Property Value of Home Currently Monthly Property Taxes for CCC Monthly Property Taxes for CCC if Reset Approved Monthly Difference
$100,000 $3.66 $6.18 $2.52
$200,000 $7.32 $12.37 $5.05
$300,000 $10.99 $18.55 $7.56
$400,000 $14.65 $24.73 $10.08
$500,000 $18.31 $30.91 $12.60

 

 

Student Stories

Gordon Isaac

Gordon Isaac initially started college in 1993. While he was in school, he took a job with the city of Flagstaff and started a family. He set his college education on the back burner, and the years passed. In 2012, looking for something different, he found himself at CCC. He visited the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) on campus, and that visit changed his world. He graduated from CCC and received his bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from NAU. Isaac said that going to school as an older adult was helpful, and he enjoyed mentoring some of the younger students with whom he went to class.

 

"CCC is a nice hometown community college. It’s a good step into academics, and it’s cheaper to come to school here." - Gordon Isaac

Annabelle Chhun

Williams resident Annabelle Chhun is the first generation in her family to go to college, and she graduated from CCC with an associate degree in Psychology. She currently works as a talent recruiter for Grand Canyon Railway and Hotel. After getting her bachelor’s degree, she’s going to work on a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and continues to want to focus in the world of Human Resources.

 

"I have a passion with human resources and helping people reach their goals. CCC was a great option financially and was a great cushion to university." - Annabelle Chhun

Khadajha Young

Coconino Community College student Khadajha Young moved from her hometown of Kayenta to attend CCC in Page. She works full time at a local restaurant to support her 4-year-old daughter while she goes to school to study Hotel & Restaurant Management. She doesn't want to leave Page because of the available opportunities once she finishes her degree; and it's still close enough to her family in Kayenta. Young received the Page/Lake Powell Chamber of Commerce Scholarship and the SRP Navajo Scrubber Scholarship. 

 

"They [scholarships] are important financially. Going to school and having a job is difficult, and they [scholarships] make budgeting easier."- Khadajha Young

 

More Student Stories 

Student Stories

CCC Student Anna Brown
Coconino Community College student Anna Brown decided to continue her education and pursue her Associate of Arts degree. Brown is a first generation college student who decided to come back to school after taking a couple of years off. After she gets her degree, she plans to transfer to a four-year college, where she will major in Psychology and minor in Spanish.

 "I didn’t know who I was as an 18-year-old." - Anna Brown

CCC Student Edmonia Martinez
Coconino Community College student Edmonia Martinez works at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and is currently taking classes at the CCC Page Center to help her achieve her goal of getting her Emergency Medical Technician certification. Martinez graduated in 2014 with a master’s degree and chose to continue her education with CCC to help with her job."
 

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s just good to have those skills in case we run into people that are in trouble.” - Edmonia Martinez

CCC Student Bonnie Kelch stands in the CCC nursing lab
Flagstaff High School graduate Bonnie Kelch left high school with job skills and college credit. She took advantage of free college courses at CCC with the help of the Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry and Technology (CAVIAT) and is already a Certified Nursing Assistant, and she also has a certification in Pre-Health Careers. By taking college courses at CCC, she is already 37 credit hours toward a bachelor's degree in Nursing that she seeks.
 

I always thought I wanted to be a nurse, and [CAVIAT] gave me the opportunity to see what it's about before I committed to it in college. I like that it's a job where I'm actually helping people. I feel like I can make a difference in people's lives." - Bonnie Kelch 

CCC Student Randall Wilson holds up one of his landscape paintings, painted on a skateboard
Randall Wilson started out wanting to be an architect, but his interest soon moved to teaching. He started classes at NAU, but then, life happened, and he took a turn down a dark path of self-destruction before finding himself and the art that proved a saving grace. He started taking classes at CCC to learn how to paint. Randall found success as an artist, and it was learning to paint his emotions that unlocked his potential as an artist.

 "With painting, I learned emotions." - Randall Wilson

 

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Career and Technical Education Student Stories

CCC Student Cascade Parcell holding her chainsaw
Cascade Parcell was one of a handful of students taking the Wildland Fire Chainsaw course at Coconino Community College. The course is part of a CCC Wildland Fire Suppression Certificate program. Parcell spent four years as a wildland firefighter, but now she wants to move on and get hired by a municipal fire department. She already has a certificate as a Certified Nursing Assistant and Emergency Medical Technician.

 

"I love making the community better." - Cascade Parcell

  

CCC student Johnsie Judy
Clogged sink. Refrigerator on the fritz. Heating units acting up. Bathtubs misbehaving. It’s all in a day’s work for Page resident Johnsie Judy. Judy is a maintenance technician at seven motel properties in Page. He got the job after he graduated from the first-ever Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician program offered last summer at Coconino Community College in Page.

 "Whatever needs to be fixed, I’ve got the ability to do it, so I do it." - Johnsie Judy

  

CCC student Andrea Clayton uses a drill in the CCC construction lab
Andrea Clayton loves building things with her hands. After her daughter graduated from high school, she found herself with a little less responsibility and a lot more time on her hands so she decided it was time to go back to school. Her current plan is to finish her studies at CCC and then work on a bachelor's degree in Construction Management from Northern Arizona University.

 

"I always think about building stuff. I didn't want to be stuck behind a desk all day, so this is what I landed on." - Andrea Clayton 

CCC student Corbin Felsted
Corbin Felsted returned home to Flagstaff after a church mision and knew he wanted to work with his hands. A local electric company put him through an apprenticeship program. Once he completed his apprenticeship he set his sights on college. He approached Cocoino Community College to see if the college would accept any of his apprenticeship work as credit. CCC did, and now Felsted has 32 more credits toward a degree in higher education under his belt.

 

"I always thought I'd go to college. There never was a question of if; it was a question of when." - Corbin Felsted 

CCC student Derek Sausman in front of a Flagstaff Fire Department vehicle
Derek Sausman, a senior wildland firefighter for the Flagstaff Fire Department, worked the lines during the Museum fire that burned just north of the city. His crew fights fires all over the region during fire season. He started firefighting when he was 18, and now, at 34, he's looking to advance in his career. With a little help from the Chance Couillard Scholarship, he'll attend classes at Coconino Community College to attain a Fire Science Degree.

 "Being able to give back to the community you live in is important. Flagstaff is my home, and anything I can do to give back, it's something I'd like to do." - Derek Sausman

 

 

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Native American Student Stories

CCC student Nevaeh Nez
Flagstaff High School senior Nevaeh Nez, Hopi and Navajo, received two certifications from Coconino Community College before she received her high school diploma. She earned certificates in Pre-Health Careers and Nursing Assistant a month before she received her high school diploma through the CAVIAT program.
 
"I want to show the people from Flagstaff and the reservation that you can always leave home. You can always take your culture with you, wherever you go. And you can always come back.” - Nevaeh Nez

  

CCC student Nelda Achee
Nelda Achee is a mother of three children, grandmother of seven, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 21 years, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer. After retiring from the Coast Guard, she was unable to find work in her home community. So, Achee decided to use her access to the G.I. Bill to go back to school and study business. While attending CCC, Achee received the Veterans Scholarship through the CCC Foundation.
 
"It means a lot to me. Not a lot of veterans are recognized. They just float through our lives and we don’t really notice them.” - Nelda Achee 

  

CCC student Lisa Black behind the wheel of a big rig
Flagstaff resident Lisa Black is a single mother of two children, ages 17 and 11. When she heard about a new program training people to get commercial driver’s licenses, she was interested. Four weeks later, she’s passed all her tests, and she’s putting in applications to be a commercial truck driver.

 
"It was perfect timing. I was trying to figure out how to do this program if I had to go down to Phoenix, with training up here now, I could stay at home.” - Lisa Black.

  

CCC student Jewel Honga
Former Coconino Community College student Jewel Honga has dedicated herself to helping her people. As a member of the Hualapai Tribe, Honga understands how important it is to represent her people and help young people go to school. At CCC, Honga enjoyed the small class sizes and the individualized attention she received from her instructors. During her final semester at CCC, she helped fellow students start the Indigenous Student Association.

“There’s the whole world of opportunities out there, and you just have to go out, and it will find you." - Jewel Honga  
CCC student Pearl Moore
Pearl Moore is the first generation of her family to go to college. She worked in a small clinic in Page doing medical billing, and she was at the top of where she could go – unless she had a degree. Moore moved to Flagstaff for more opportunity, and she hit the same ceiling. She needed a degree to continue moving up. Her future goal is to work for Indian Health Care in medical billing.

 “For me to go to school and struggle through hardship, it gives my children a chance to see what I am fighting for. I am always fighting for a better life, and to me, that is through my tradition and education." - Pearl Moore  

 

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Page Student Stories

CCC student Ryan Thomas
Ryan Thomas began taking CCC’s Dual Enrollment courses at Page High School when she was a junior. Now, as a senior, she takes Concurrent Enrollment courses through CCC online. She will have 32 college credits by the end of the year. Additionally, she’s already received a certificate as a Nursing Assistant after completing 40 hours of clinical work.
 
"It’s a great opportunity for kids who don’t necessarily want to go to a bigger college." - Ryan Thomas
CCC student Nizhoni Nez in Page
Coconino Community College student Nizhoni Nez lives in Page with her family while she works at CCC and takes courses to accomplish her plan of getting her Political Science degree. She was worried about coming back to school after a gap year, but due to hard work and the great communication she has with her teachers, she is doing great in her classes.
 
"It’s my belief that the community that builds you shaped you into the person you are today. If you are grateful for that, it’s worth going back and helping them and helping future generations. - Nizhoni Nez
CCC student Lacey Nez at the Page Center
Page resident and CCC student Lacey Nez knew she wanted to go into a law enforcement career after a field trip to the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy in Phoenix. A mother of three, Nez is well on her way to her goal of being a forensic psychologist. Currently, she’s studying for an associate degree in Administration of Justice. Nez is CCC2NAU student, she plans on completing her studies at Northern Arizona University once finished at CCC.

  “Putting your education first is setting you up for a better future. CCC is a really great opportunity to getting into school and an education.” - Lacey Nez 
CCC student Rachel Stice in her park service uniform
Rachel Stice works as a dispatcher with the National Park Service at the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Although she loves her job, she has designs on being a park Ranger. A first step on that journey is to get certified as an Emergency Medical Technician. Luckily for her, Coconino Community College’s Page Center offers an Emergency Medical Service course to help her achieve her goal. After her studies at CCC and after she takes the certification test, Stice said she will apply to become a park Ranger.

 "It means a lot because I’m still able to work my full-time position with the Park Service and still not be able to have any challenges with cancelling work or going out of my way to travel for courses." - Rachel Stice 
Page Mayor Bill Diak
He’s more than the Mayor of Page. Just ask the people he’s helped as an EMT on an ambulance or as an Emergency Department Technician at the hospital. Mayor Bill Diak attended Coconino Community College’s EMT program in 1997 and ’98. He had to travel to Flagstaff for the classes because Page did not have a campus at the time. He received a certification as an EMT and began running calls as a volunteer firefighter and medic for the Page Fire Department.

 "It was one of the hardest things I ever did. I appreciated the opportunity.” - Mayor Bill Diak

 

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