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Ranger College president dedicated to Brown County despite tax vote

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BROWNWOOD, Texas - The president of Ranger College says the school is committed to staying in Brown County and serving students in the area, despite the overwhelming rejection by voters last week.

More than 95 percent of voters in Brown, Erath, and Comanche counties rejected Ranger's tax annexation.

"The results were pretty decisive," Ranger College's President Dr. Bill Campion said on Monday.

Campion said the no vote has caused the junior college to scrap its plans to offer several new programs in the three counties where the elections took place.

In Brownwood, the school hoped to purchase the old Bank of America building on Center Avenue.

"We're going to do the best we can, but we really don't have much money," Campion said.

Last week, the Vice President of Ranger's Brown County campus Dr. Orlando Moreno told KTXS he can't say whether the school is committed long-term to the county.

But Campion said they will stay in Brown County for the foreseeable future.

"I don't quarrel with what he said. But as long as Ranger College is around, we're going to do the best we can for Brown County," he said.

KTXS reached out to Moreno for follow up on his statement after speaking with Campion. Moreno said he sticks by his comments.

Moreno said in his position as vice president, he doesn't know if the school will stay in Brown County.

Campion said Ranger won't return to the public for another tax annexation vote.

"I hope that Ranger College never did anything to create any of that animosity," he said.

Campion also said Moreno will be leaving his position in Brown County at the end of year. He said it has nothing to do with the tax annexation vote or statements Moreno made to KTXS.

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