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Kirkwood Community College Says Tax Levy Renewal Is Crucial

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (KGAN/KFXA) - Early next week Linn County voters will cast their ballots in this year's school board election. One of the items on the ballot is the renewal of a property tax levy that benefits Kirkwood Community College.


Students at the Katz Family Healthcare Simulation Center benefit from the levy.

They use a simulated ER, complete with simulated patients to prepare them for working in real clinical situations. Overall,the tax levy brings in $1.2 million a year to provide equipment to various Kirkwood programs.


Heres how it translates for homeowners. For every $1,000 a house is worth, the tax is six cents. That's six dollars a year for a $100,000 home. Yet, its actually less than that.


"It would equate out to about $3.00 per year for the tax payer because of a 50 percent rollback, Justin Hoehn with Kirkwood Community College explained.  


That rollback is a state law that means you pay half the assessed value of your home in property taxes.


Kirkwoods tax levy has already been in place for 30 years, and educators say they hope it stays that way.


"I'm telling you, if we didn't have this tax levy in place, our programs would stand frozen in time," Nancy Glab the Dean of Allied Health at Kirkwood said.

The tax levy renewal goes to a vote during the school board elections next Tuesday, September 10th.

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