The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

September 21, 2013

DACC board to consider budget, set tax levy

The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College trustees on Tuesday will consider a new spending plan for the 2013-2014 school year and approve the tax levy.

This year’s proposed operating budget is $16.1 million, an increase of about 5.5 percent compared to last year’s budget of $15.3 million.

The increase in operating expenditures is because the college has budgeted for six new full-time faculty positions. Those instructor positions include one each in art; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; math; Spanish; certified nurse assistant; and certified medical assistant, which is for a new program being developed.

“I’m pleased there are funds in this year’s budget for six new faculty members,” DACC President Alice Marie Jacobs said.

Last year the state supplied about 26.9 percent of DACC’s budget revenue, but this year that number will decrease to about 26.4 percent. This percentage also does not take into account that the state is about $1.3 million behind in payments to the college.

Local property taxes last year made up about 29.4 percent of the budget, but this year that amount will bump up slightly to 29.6 percent, with the overall tax rate totaling around 62.5 cents per $100 in equalized assessed valuation. The current rate is 63 cents.

Tuition and fees will make up 41.1 percent of the new operating budget, a slight increase compared to 40.6 percent last year. In April, trustees approved a tuition rate increase of $10 per credit hour, bringing the total to $120 per credit hour including fees.

Aside from the operating fund, the budget also contains funds to complete the renovations at the new Hoopeston campus as well as for the new addition to be built onto the technology center.

Also on Wednesday, the trustees will:

n Hear a report about the sports announcers’ camp.

n Hear a report from corporate and community education.

n Consider issuing $3 million in general obligation bonds to pay for the construction of a 10,000-square-foot addition onto the Harry J. Braun Technology Center Complex. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. Sept. 30.

Julius W. Hegeler II, who has served on the DACC Foundation board for 24 years, pledged to donate $100,000 each year to fund the interest payment on the $3 million bond issuance for the project.

Hegeler also arranged for a planned gift of $3 million to the foundation upon his death. Because of his large gift to the college, the addition to the technology center will bear the name of Julius W. Hegeler II Advanced Technology Center.

“We are grateful to Mr. Hegeler for making it possible for the project to take place,” Jacobs said. “We’ve added so many programs and so many students, the addition is really needed.”

n Consider bids to construct and equip the technology center addition. The total of all bids is about $273,000 lower than the project cost estimate.

“It means we’ll have extra funds for unforeseen occurrences,” Jacobs said of the lower bids.

The bids under consideration for approval are the general contractor bid from Schomburg & Schomburg Construction of Danville for $1,262,428.77, the plumbing contractor bid from Venture Mechanical of Danville for $167,622, the electrical contractor bid from Glesco Electric of Urbana for $212,780, the mechanical contractor bid from Davis-Houk Mechanical of Urbana for $449,750 and the fire protection bid from Automatic Fire Sprinkler of Normal for $26,260.

n Consider approving the 2013-2016 strategic plan titled “Moving Forward Together.”

Jacobs said the draft is the culmination of the strategic planning sessions the college conducted last year with community, student and staff focus groups.

“The plan was written from the input we received from the stakeholder groups,” she said.

n Learn that the Central Illinois Advanced Manufacturing Partnership — which encompasses 19 counties, six workforce area and six community colleges — was awarded a $960,250 Workforce Innovation Fund grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

n Learn the college’s advanced certified nursing assistant certificate program has been approved by the Illinois Community College System.

n Learn the college has been awarded a $52,000 adult volunteer literacy grant from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.

n Learn the college’s adult education department’s Accelerating Opportunity Project has received a $62,500 grant from the Illinois Community College System to continue the program for a third year.

COMING UP The Danville Area Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the DACC Board Room, Vermilion Hall 302.