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MATTOON -- The Lake Land College Board of Trustees is scheduled tonight to consider approving the college's annual property tax levy.

The proposed levy is seeking $12,464,000 in property tax revenue to help fund Lake Land, $689,000 more than the levy that the board approved last year. Bryan Gleckler, vice president for business services, said this increase in comparable to previous years and is needed to help the college cover rising costs for providing education services.

Under the proposed levy, Gleckler said Lake Land's property tax will still comprise only approximately 5 percent of the tax bill for an individual taxpayer. He said the proposed levy would result in the tax bill for a $100,000 house, for example, increasing by an estimated $9 per year.

"We are really trying to be cognizant of how the rate impacts local taxpayers and be as responsible as possible," Gleckler said, adding that Lake Land is still dealing with the state's fiscal uncertainty. "We are tying to keep the increase as minimal as possible."

In other matters, the board will consider approving an agreement with LaunchCode to provide a computer coding workforce ready certificate program that will be based at Lake Land's Kluthe Center in Effingham.

Jim Hull, vice president for workforce solutions and community education, wrote in a memo to the board that LaunchCode is a national nonprofit program that trains students in the field of app development. He said LaunchCode also helps place students in paid apprenticeships and full-time careers in coding related fields.

The board also will consider approving a six-month contract with the Illinois Department of Corrections for providing post-secondary vocational educational services at the Joliet Treatment Center.

Hull wrote in a memo to the board that the contract provides for offering two programs initially -- commercial custodial maintenance and horticulture. He said the contract will employee an associate dean and two instructors full time and the contract has a value of $133,375.

The board is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. in Web Hall 081. Other actions that the board will consider taking include:

-- Approving a three-year membership agreement with the Educational Advisory Board-Community College Executive Forum for $78,813. The Educational Advisory Board is a best practices firm serving K-12 schools, community colleges and universities across the country.

-- Purchasing a 2017 Nissan cargo van from K.C. Summers in Mattoon for $20,667. This cargo van will replace the college's delivery van, which has in excess of 270,000 miles on it.

-- Rejecting a bid for replacing four basketball goals in the Field House. The college will re-bid in hopes to attract pricing within its budgeted amount.


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