Black Hawk College trustees on Thursday unanimously gave initial approval to increasing the college's portion of the property tax levy and issuing $20 million in bonds.
The proposed tax levy would mean a 1.83 percent increase in what property owners pay in taxes to the college, according to a report on the proposal. That translates to $3.28 increase for the owner of a home worth $100,000, from $178.96 currently to $182.24.
Leslie Anderson, BHC's vice president for finance, noted the levy was tentative and could change.Final approval of a levy is expected at the board of trustees' Dec. 20 meeting.
The $20 million bond issuance would fund a new health sciences building on the college's Moline campus and an agriculture sciences building on the Kewanee campus, Ms. Anderson said.A public hearing on the bonds is planned at the Dec. 20 board meeting at the Moline campus, with a final vote expected in February.
In other business, trustees approved the appointment of Bettie Truitt as vice president for instruction. She will replace Rose Campbell who recently retired.
Ms. Truitt, who has been interim vice president of instruction, said the job is a wonderful opportunity.
"I love this place. I love the job," Ms. Truitt said.She said her highest priorities are to continue working on curriculum for the planned health sciences building and to review the overall college curriculum to see if student and community needs are being met.
Ms. Truitt has been with BHC for more than two decades. She joined BHC as a math teacher, serving in that post for 18 years before becoming part of the administration. She has a doctorate in mathematics education, statistics and higher education from the University of Iowa.
The board took no action Thursday on the proposed transfer of Black Hawk's Adult Learning Center at Watch Tower Plaza, 3930 11th St., to the city of Rock Island.
Officials said the proposal was removed from Thursday's agenda because BHC officials needed more time to work on it.
Today is Wednesday, June 19, the 170th day of 2013. There are 195 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The treasurer of Mercer County has been instructed to sell all thespecie now in the treasury for the highest premium in legal tender and to report same atthe next board meeting. 1888 -- 125 years ago: J.S. Freeman has been elected president of the Recreation Club ofthe Rock Island YMCA. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Rock Island voters will decide next Tuesday on the proposal toconsolidate with South Rock Island Township. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The Rev. Frederick J. Rolf will round out his 30th year as pastor ofthe Evangelical Church of Peace at Sunday worship services. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Dennis Kelly, of Moline High School, has been named a winner inTime Magazine's 27th annual current affairs contest. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The Martin Luther King Community Center will participate in theSummer Food Service Program. Free meals will be made available to all children 18years of age and younger.