TAMA NEWS-HERALD- Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) will ask voters to renew its 20 cent Physical Plant Levy on the Sept. 13 school election ballot. According to IVCCD Chancellor Chris Duree, this is not a new tax, but a 10-year levy which has been in place for 32 of the last 35 years. All of the 15 community colleges in Iowa currently have this levy, including Iowa Valley.
“The Physical Plant Levy provides funding primarily for utility costs and for maintaining, remodeling, improving and expanding community college facilities,” says Duree.
“The levy is for 20 cents per $1,000 taxable assessed valuation. That means, for example, the owner of a home assessed at $100,000 would continue to pay about $20.25 per year, or about 5 cents per day if the levy is renewed. The levy generates approximately $784,000 a year for Iowa Valley, and it impacts property owners in all of the high school districts we serve.”
Voters last approved this levy for a 10-year period which expires in 2015. The levy is paid by property owners in South Tama, Marshalltown, West Marshall, East Marshall, BCLUW, AGWSR, GMG, Iowa Falls-Alden, South Hardin, Hubbard-Radcliffe, Gladbrook, , Grinnell-Newburg, BGM, and Montezuma school districts.
Iowa Valley Community College District operates Marshalltown Community College, Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa Valley Continuing Education, and Iowa Valley Grinnell.