2013 Maintenance Levy Renewal Vote
What is the September 10, 2013 renewal vote about?
Voters in Hawkeye’s ten-county service region are being asked whether to renew the College’s facilities maintenance levy. The levy has been in effect for a majority of the College’s 47-year history. The current levy will expire after the 2014-15 academic year. The levy is also in effect at all of Iowa’s community colleges.
How would the extension be used if passed?
Hawkeye has identified several ongoing maintenance needs at its main campus and outreach centers. Some examples include: roof repair/replacement; parking lot repairs; heating/cooling improvements; and safety/handicap accessibility improvements. Since these needs are expected to exceed the amount of money the levy is estimated to generate, a Facilities Committee will continue to prioritize the projects.
How will homeowners be impacted?
The levy is a continuation of the current measure and will NOT result in a higher tax rate. If renewed, the average homeowner would continue to pay 89 cents a month to maintain College facilities. The levy rate of 20.25 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value is estimated to generate $1.7 million annually.
Why is the maintenance levy important to community colleges?
This levy was established by the Iowa Legislature in 1966 so community colleges would have a source of funding for basic maintenance projects.
How long will the levy be in effect?
By law, the levy would be in effect for ten years.
Who can vote on Tuesday, September 10, 2013?
Registered voters in the following school districts can vote: Allison-Bristow, Aplington-Parkersburg, Cedar Falls, Clarksville, Denver, Dike-New Hartford, Dunkerton, East Buchanan, Grundy Center (Grundy Community), Hudson, Independence, Janesville, Jesup, Nashua-Plainfield, North Tama County, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Sumner, Tripoli, Union Community, Wapsie Valley, Waterloo, and Waverly-Shell Rock.
Can I vote before September 10, 2013?
Yes, registered voters can vote early. Please contact your county election office for more information or go to the Iowa Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.iowa.gov.
Official Absentee Ballot Request Form [pdf]
The Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board has determined this information complies with state laws regulating the use of public funds.
Where can I vote on September 10, 2013?
Vote centers will be used in Black Hawk County for the first time in the September 10, 2013 elections in the Waterloo and Cedar Falls School Districts.
Voters can choose any vote center in their school district.
Hawkeye Community College Today
Hawkeye serves nearly 6,000 credit students.
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Hawkeye is a community partner in economic development by providing hundreds of businesses with training services.
Hawkeye is a leader in workforce development by helping a majority of its career graduates obtain employment in fields related to their program of study.
Hawkeye helps improve our quality of life in many ways including offering adult education classes and the “Senior Companion Program”.
Hawkeye’s Regional Economic Impact
Spending by Hawkeye and its students results in a regional economic impact of $106 million and 1,348 jobs.
Every dollar spent by Hawkeye translates into a $1.48 boost to the economy.
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Source: Hawkeye Community College Economic Impact Report – Iowa Workforce Development and the Iowa Department of Education. (Published 2012)
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Dr. Linda Allen
Hawkeye Community College
Administration and Finance