West Burlington, IA – A local community college is increasing tuition rates. The Southeastern Community College Board of Trustees has approved a 5% tuition hike for the next school year. Students will pay $102 per credit hour. SCC President, Beverly Simone, says this increase could generate as much as $350,000, which will help balance next year's bduget. She says the college will also expand current offerings and create several new programs, based on local and regional community strategy surveys.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk will add some summer help to several departments. The city council has agreed to hire a pair of temporary workers to help mow city property. Currently, 2 employees maintain the city's cemetaries while the five workers in the Bridge and Parks Departments are responsible for everything elese. Mayor Dave Gudgel says budget cuts have led Keokuk to the point where there are not enough workers to keep up with the mowing. The 2 temporary employees will work May 15 through Aug. 15. It will cost the city about $8000.
Macomb, lL – The McDonough County Board has suggested a three percent pay hike for elected officers, such as the sheriff and circuit clerk. Board Chairman Bob Harwick says the committee should try for the same percentage for other county employees. Harwick says it will be a difficult budget next year. Farmland is losing about 15 percent of its value, trimming county income. However, he says some businesses will be going onto the tax rolls after being exempt due to enterprise zone tax breaks. Harwick says he'd be happy if the income stayed about the same as it did last year.