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Rahn reviews plant fund levy

By Staff | May 28, 2010

John Rahn, community coordinator for Iowa Lakes Community College, and Jo Rogers, college development director, told Estherville Rotarians Thursday about the importance to the college of the Sept. 14 special election to renew the college plant fund levy.

The election is not for a new but an existing levy. The levy raises $909,000 each year to help improve the five campuses at Iowa Lakes Community College.

According Jo Rogers, college development director, a few of the direct beneficiaries of the plant levy include:

n The wind turbine and energy technology program at the Estherville campus.

n Technology and telepresence.

n Expansion of science labs.

n Energy-efficient heating and air conditioning.

Rahn asked Rotarians to sign an I Will Vote Card so the college can contact them before the special election Sept. 14.

Rahn also said business people could place a prepared bill stuffer in envelopes when they send out bills and banks could also put stuffers in with payments. Employers could also place them in envelopes with employee checks.

“The one thing I would hope is that everybody be sure to vote,” said Jan Lund, Rotarian and president of the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees. Lund noted that it takes just 50 percent plus one vote to approve the levy.

“What we’re concerned with is getting the people who feel good about Iowa Lakes out to vote,” Rahn said. “It’s really important. It really is. Estherville is the community that really reflects what Iowa Lakes is all about.”

Rahn said the levy amounts to $9.51 a year for a home with $100,000 valuation.

“It’s not a big thing but it means a lot to Iowa Lakes,” Rahn said.

The benefits of good facilities – which are funded by the levy – is apparent far and wide. Lund said at the American Wind Energy Association annual convention recently in Texas wind industry members said, “Talk to Iowa Lakes. They’ve got it right.”

Rogers also discussed college scholarship opportunities. She said the college gives out 150 scholarships worth a total of $800,000. Students can even apply for scholarships online.

Further information about Iowa Lakes Community College is available at iowalakes.edu