This levy is not a new tax. It's been in place since Western Iowa Tech was established in the late 1960s. It costs less than one half cent for every dollar paid in property taxes. It is a levy that Western Iowa Tech Community College must take to the voters every 10 years.
It is used for instructional buildings and labs, instructional equipment and infrastructure maintenance.
With its modern campus and facilities in Cherokee, including the expansive Conference Center here that hosts hundreds of events each year, from business and corporate sessions, to grand wedding and civic functions, the college has become a major player in the Cherokee community.
WITCC celebrated its 15th Anniversary in Cherokee with a well-received public reception Wednesday night.
Public support of the levy over the years has provided a huge array of educational facilities and tools available for community use in all six counties served by the college, including the main campus in Sioux City and campuses in Cherokee and Denison, and centers in Mapleton and Le Mars.
WITCC has grown its capability of serving learners from a base of just 230 students at its opening to now serving nearly 8,000 credit students, 1,200 Lifelong Learners, and 16,000 non-credit/continuing education participants annually.