Regents oppose tax cap

Posted: Sunday, October 08, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The University of Alaska Board of Regents has come out against the property tax cap voters will consider next month.

The regents voted unanimously this week to oppose the tax cap, said university spokesman Bob Miller, because they're concerned that the measure would deprive local governments of the funds to pay for educating students before they get to the college level.

If the tax cap passes, legislators would also be asked to provide more money for local schools, Miller said, and that might leave less education money for the university.

Regents discussed their budget for the coming year, and they're planning to ask for an increase of $16 million to $18 million when the Legislature convenes, Miller said. The budget request won't be finalized until next month's meeting. The current budget for the university system is $188.8 million.

The board also postponed final action on tuition increases until November. They did indicate the cost might be adjusted upward to account for inflation. That would be a boost of 3.2 percent, or $2 to $3 a credit hour, Miller said.

The regents were scheduled to be in Kodiak for their two-day meeting, but changed the site to Anchorage because of weather problems that disrupted flights to Kodiak.

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