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DMACC LEVY: College Seeks Renewal Of Funding

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The next school board candidates aren't the only thing you'll decide next Tuesday. Voters will also have a say in how much they pay in property taxes.

It looks like a banquet chef’s dream kitchen. But for Chris Douglas working at the Bistro isn't his job. It’s a class.

Rob Denson has been the president of the Des Moines Area Community College for 10 years. Denson says, “We have great faculty. But you`ve got to have a physical space to do the teaching most of the time and you`ve got to have the equipment.”

Denson says the two levees up for renewal have helped fund DMACC since 1968.

Assuming both pass, for every thousand dollars your home is worth, you'll continue to pay 20 cents for buildings maintenance, construction, and utilities and six cents for learning equipment. Combined that comes to about a $39 a year for a $150,000 home.

Students like Zach Mata say they learn as much as they can inside this cooking classroom. Mata says, “Being a chef is all about experience. You got to go out there and do it yourself you can`t just read it out of a book. You got to actually learn how to make the classic cuts and do it yourself.”

So they can someday cook in their own dream kitchen.

Denson says in comparison to Iowa’s 15 other community colleges, DMACC has the lowest property tax assessment.

The levies expire in 2015. If they do not pass this year, DMACC has time to re-adjust its proposal.

The election is next Tuesday, September 10th.  Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.