Grand Rapids Community College Leaders Look To Separate Salaries From Potential Tax Increase

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Will voters accept a tax increase if they know that the money won't go to salaries and benefits and the rates could go back down in 10 years?

That's the question Grand Rapids Community College leaders are asking as they float the idea of a 10-year, $70 million hike that would pay for building and technology improvements.

GRCC President Steven Ender has started meeting with community groups, starting with businesses and suburban municipal leaders, for feedback. He's looking a putting the request on the ballot next year.

The discussion comes Ender is negotiating a new contract with his faculty union, which has been working without a deal since the end of August.

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