CRITICAL FOR GALLIA COUNTY
1 of every 3 higher education degrees earned by Gallia residents is from Rio.
1 in 10 adults in Gallia county is an alum or key supporter of Rio
CRITICAL FOR MEIGS COUNTY
1 of every 7 higher education degrees earned by Meigs residents is from Rio.
1 in 28 adults in Meigs County is an alum or key supporter of Rio.
Since we opened the Meigs Center, there are 260 more county residents over 25 with associate degrees, and 263 more with bachelor’s degrees.
CRITICAL FOR JACKSON COUNTY
1 of every 4 higher education degrees earned by Jackson residents is from Rio.
1 in 16 adults in Jackson County is an alum or key supporter of Rio
CRITICAL FOR VINTON COUNTY
1 of every 7 higher education degrees earned by Vinton residents is from Rio.
1 in 36 adults in Vinton County is an alum or key supporter of Rio
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a replacement levy?
It is a tax based on current property evaluations.
What does this mean?
A homeowner owning property worth $100,00 will pay an additional $2.39/month.
If it passes will tuition go down?
No, but understanding that in the four counties tuitions are also 15% lower than students coming from other areas of the state.
Won’t the raise in tuition generate enough money? Why do we need a levy?
Our budget is multi-faceted. We rely on the pieces to all work together, without over-reliance on any one funding source. We use state funds, tuition dollars, federal financial aid sources, gifts and grants, and local support through the levy to support our service and presence in ALL four counties.
What happens if the replacement levy fails?
Rio is critical for our local economy. If this fails, Rio’s ability to help the local economy is in jeopardy.
Isn’t it a private institute? Why do we need to support with taxes?
We are a blended institution. We believe we are one of the very best examples of a public-private partnership that makes a difference.
Is the levy for the Community College or the University or both?
The levy was established in 1974 to support Rio Grande Community College. Over the past 43 years, we have used local support to directly impact the quality of our academic programs and to support our commitment to an affordable educational option for citizens in the region. The replacement levy will continue to support Rio Grande Community College.
What will the tax dollars be used for?
Providing exceptional educational programs that serve regional and community needs – focusing on preparing today and tomorrow’s workforce. Local dollars supporting local people.