Knoxville — I don't think you should vote to renew the Plant Fund or Equipment levies for Des Moines Area Community College, and I'll tell you why.
First of all, there is no physical DMACC campus in Knoxville, nor will there be. Why send Marion County tax money out of town to support this institution in such a way when DMACC receives taxpayer support from us in other ways? DMACC also charges any student who wants credits tuition, so I don't see the benefit.
President Rob Denson said it is not a tax increase, it is a continuation of other taxes. I beg to differ.
While it may not be a tax increase for some, there are still many properties in the county who saw their valuations increase. By extension, the more valuable a property is, the more money DMACC will receive through the same levy.
Even if one does not pay property taxes, landlords and businesses have been known to pass on their increased costs. You'll pay.
I'll admit the levy is not much when compared to one's overall tax bill. But why not take advantage of creating your own tax cut when you can? This is your opportunity.
Another reason I believe that the levies should not be renewed is that I believe the Legislature will continue to recognize the importance of community colleges as we move forward. That will probably translate to more of your tax dollars paid to the state being allocated to them.
At the same time, I believe the need for 1.5 million square feet of physical space for DMACC to deliver its services will diminish over time. I fully agree with Denson that there are classes taught at DMACC that will require face to face interaction, but there are going to be more and more credits earned by students over the Internet.