The Illinois Valley Community College Board of Trustees passed an interim tax levy of $14.3 million for 2022, a 6.4% increase from the actual extension of $13.5 million from last year.
The levy is based on a 7.5% increase in the combined equalized assessed assessment of the district’s eight counties that is largely due to a recently negotiated agreement with Constellation’s La Salle Power Plant.
The Constellation deal will result in nearly $1.2 million in new revenue for the college over the next five years. IVCC will receive an additional $235,549 per year based on the 15% increase in the AVE of the La Salle station during this period.
With the total levy increasing by more than 5%, CCSVI will hold a tax truth hearing before final approval on December 10.
Taxpayers in La Salle, Bureau and Putnam counties – as well as small parts of Marshall, Lee, Livingston, Grundy and DeKalb counties – should not see an increase in their CCSVI taxes.
“This levy will result in a 0.005 cent decrease in the tax rate,” said Vice President of Business Services and Finance Matt Seaton. “An average $100,000 home will realize a reduction of approximately $1.65 in taxes.
In other matters, the board has pledged nearly $90,000 for a USDA distance learning and telemedicine grant to equip CCVI and 10 district high schools for teaching at distance.
Each high school will receive technology for one classroom and CCSVI will receive equipment for nine to 11 classrooms depending on the amount of the grant. If awarded, the equipment will be installed next summer.
The board also approved:
- An Emergency Medical Technician certificate that includes the nine-credit EMT course plus a one-credit EMT internship to provide students with real-world experience.
- Fixing of 2023 meetings in the council chambers at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month on January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 17 (third Thursday), September 14 ., Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14.
- A 60-month truck driver training lease with Central Truck Leasing for $6,990 per month (plus 16 cents per mile maintenance) for two 2024 Kenworth T680 Sleepers.
- Burwood Group’s $45,000 conference room upgrades to eliminate multiple podium configurations while improving displays, audio, microphones and user interface. The cost will be covered by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.
- Approval of the minutes of the October 13 closed session.
- Salary increases for three employees affected by a reassignment of duties following the retirement of the Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Bonnie Campbell. They are Dean of Workforce Development Shane Lange, Data Analyst Dawn Watson and Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs Sandy Beard.
- A budget totaling $100,914 was approved for athletics and 46 student clubs and organizations, down $275 from the 2021-22 academic year.
- IVCC received a $100,000 grant from the Illinois Green Economy Network to build a solar panel.
- Jacob Taylor was hired as an IT Infrastructure Operations Engineer.
- Shelley Kveton has resigned from her position as Administrative Assistant for Adult Education.
- A change to the hotel reimbursement rate has been made to the Administrative Procedures Manual.
- The President’s Council met recently with the Student Government Association to discuss planned events for the year and other matters. “The meeting resulted in extended hours for our daycare and fitness center,” said CCSVI President Jerry Corcoran.
- About 100 people attended the inauguration of the dental laboratory on October 26th. At a recent health resources fair, the dental program scheduled 30 appointments for a variety of services, including cleanings, exams, oral cancer screenings, x-rays, sealants and dental planning. treatment. “Our investment in dental assisting and dental hygiene is paying off,” Corcoran noted.
- More than 200 high school students attended the October 25 Discover Manufacturing Career Expo at CCVI. Students visited manufacturers such as Black Brothers, Canam Steel Corporation, Carus, Epsilyte, HCC, Machinery Maintenance, On Site Repair Services, Valley Fabrication, SABIC and Vactor Manufacturing. After lunch, CCSVI alum Brian Krzyaniak, Vice President of Strategic Development at Oertel Metal in Davenport, shared his manufacturing experiences with the students.
- Wednesday’s Explore IVCC recruitment event attracted approximately 60 students and their families. About 25 CCSVI programs and departments were represented by about 40 staff; ten student workers and ambassadors assisted. “Faculty, staff and students were happy to engage leads on all that CCSVI has to offer,” Corcoran said.