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Higher Education Election Fails in Fannin County

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Grayson County College will not be building a new community college in Fannin County. Residents overwhelmingly voted against it on Saturday. The failed election also means Fannin County will not be joining the Grayson County District.  Deeda Payton explains what that means for local education.

Fannin County residents can still attend the college but for a higher price than members of the Grayson County district. Had voters approved the idea, Fannin County residents would have been able to go to college without the drive or out-of-district fees, but it would have raised property taxes.

Grayson County College had been looking into building a branch in Fannin County for years, but Saturday all plans screeched to a halt. An overwhelming 74% of voters in Fannin County said they were against it. Of the more than 2,000 people that voted, only about 700 were in favor of bringing higher education to their county.
"We know that the citizens of that area had a nice healthy debate about whether education was a priority in the community at the time and the vote very clearly said that this is not the right time for and educational facility to be built over there," said Grayson County College Spokesperson, Shelle Cassell.

Even in early voting their was a lack of support. About 72% voted against joining the district and building a new college.

If the vote had passed, Fannin County residents would have had to pay the same property tax rate as Grayson County residents pay which is about $90/year on a $50,000 home.

Last semester, Fannin County residents made up about eight to ten percent of Grayson County College's enrollment.

Deeda Payton, KTEN News.