Trustees Approve 2013 Tax Levy with Slight Increase

The John Wood Community College Board of Trustees, meeting in Quincy, Wednesday evening, December 18, approved the 2013 tax levy.

JWCC’s 2013 tax levy is estimated to be $4.8 million which is approximately $190,000 more compared to 2012. The small increase for 2013 is based on projected expenses and continued decreases in state funding.

Property owners with a property valued at $100,000 will see an increase of around $1.15 on their tax bill, based on the Quincy Township multiplier.  Rates and multipliers throughout JWCC’s district will vary.

In other business, the Board:

Received approval from the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) to offer a new applied associate degree and two certificates as part of its manufacturing program.  The ICCB approved JWCC’s Industrial Maintenance Technology Applied Associate Degree, Industrial Maintenance Technician Certificate and Industrial Maintenance Mechanics Certificate.

Authorized entry into a cash rent farm lease with Michael and William Deters.

Approved dates for 2014 Board of Trustee meetings.

Revised Board Policy 206 to comply with Illinois Public Act 98-0063 Firearm Concealed Carry Act.

Approved and authorized an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Illinois Office of the Comptroller.  The agreement provides another avenue for JWCC to collect payments on delinquent student accounts after the College’s collection efforts are exhausted.  The comptroller is authorized to deduct payments from a student’s state income tax refund (or state paycheck if so employed) to be applied to his or her delinquent account at JWCC.

Authorized submission of a $145,190 grant application to the Corporation for National and Community Service for the Adams, Brown and Pike Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) hosted by JWCC.

Accepted $1,000 in grant funds from the Thrivent Lutheran Adams County chapter to support RSVP.

The next meeting of the JWCC Board of Trustees is set for February 19, 2014 at 7 p.m. in Quincy.