OGLESBY – The Illinois Valley Community College board adopted the tentative $12.8 million 2020 tax levy Nov. 12, a three percent increase over the $12.4 million actual 2019 levy.
The levy is based on a five percent increase in the district’s equalized assessed valuation (EAV), said Vice President for Business Services and Finance Cheryl Roelfsema.
Homeowners should not see an increase in the IVCC portion of their property tax bill, she said. The estimated 2020 tax rate of .3557 is down slightly from the 2019 rate of .3644.
Since the increase is less than five percent, there is no requirement for a public notice and public hearing before trustees move for final approval Dec. 10.
IVCC levies taxes in all or parts of eight counties: La Salle, Bureau, Putnam, Marshall, Lee, Livingston, Grundy and DeKalb.
In other action, the board approved an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Assisting.
“After discussion with the dental assisting advisory board, local dentists, current and past students, it is apparent the AAS in Dental Assisting would be beneficial to future, current and past students from a continuing education and employment perspective,” said program coordinator Heather Seghi.
The 60-credit AAS aligns with dental hygiene program requirements at various Illinois schools and will thus ease transfer to those institutions, said Dean of Workforce Development Shane Lange.
In his report, IVCC President Jerry Corcoran said the administration fosters open communication with faculty and staff by offering numerous opportunities for discussion and feedback.
“Despite some unfortunate statements made to the contrary over the last few months, I want to set the record straight regarding the degree to which the administration encourages faculty and staff participation in the decision-making process,” Corcoran said.
“IVCC uses the principles of shared governance in its operations. Standing committees exist to facilitate the work of the institution. Faculty hold key positions on 18 committees and 11 subcommittees/workgroups.
“From a communication standpoint, every semester begins with an all-staff in-service. Debriefings are held the week following every board meeting,” he said.
“The spring term included regular Zoom meetings with all employees and, when asked for additional meetings with the faculty, the administration was happy to do so.
“In 2020, we’ve had 11 debriefings (everyone is invited), four faculty forums, three in-service all-staff sessions, and two meetings of the faculty Executive Board and President’s Council,” Corcoran said, adding, “To those team players who have worked hard with the administration and contributed to the positive direction of the college, I say thank you.”
Trustees also approved:
The board learned: