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4/30/2014 12:22:00 PM
Letters to the editor: It's time for Putnam County, Marquis to own up to tax assessment mistakes

In June 2010, Illinois Valley Community College representatives began approaching Putnam County and Marquis Energy LLC officials regarding mistakes that were made by county officials in 1) inaccurately setting the partial year assessed value of the Marquis ethanol plant located in Putnam County, and 2) incorrectly abating real estate taxes to be paid on the plant.

College officials also reached out to the administrator for the Bureau-Putnam County Enterprise Zone for assistance in resolving these matters. The college was unable to convince the parties to correct their mistakes. Therefore, in order to protect the college’s tax base and all other taxpayers, the college had no choice but to take legal action. Unfortunately, the legal action has resulted in significant costs to the college, Putnam County and Marquis Energy LLC.

Since 2010, the college has continued seeking resolution by reaching out to Marquis Energy LLC and Putnam County officials. The college even went so far as to hire an expert to provide a factual appraisal of the plant showing its assessed value to be more than four times higher than what Marquis Energy LLC officials are contending.

In these financially uncertain times, when the state refuses to pay its fair share of the operating costs for community colleges and the burden is shifted to students and taxpayers, a $42 million dollar difference in appraised value is substantial to IVCC — approximately $154,000 per year. When all property taxpayers do not pay their fair share, the burden is shifted to those of us who do — in Putnam County and across the college district.

The time has come to meet face to face with Marquis and Putnam County representatives in an effort to bring this dispute to closure. Their failure and refusal to do so is not fair to the district’s taxpayers or students.

Jerry Corcoran,
IVCC president

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Article comment by: Anonymous19647

These people have no idea what it is to live on $1,200.00 a month. They think everyone can afford to pay higher taxes. Have them donate some of their money back to IVCC.

Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Article comment by: Bluff Pup


The taxpayer should examine the administrations skyrocketing salaries, extravagant spending, kickbacks and enormous pension benefit packages. However, this is impossible with the clandestine and covert nature of the IVCC’s Board Members. Whether its personnel or financial grievances, it’s all completed behind closed doors. And the taxpayer is directly responsible for the outrageous attorney fees. In my opinion this is not fair to the district’s taxpayers or students. The entire thing is a disservice.

ICCB 2012-13:


Base Pay: $ 117,000 Benefits: $ 15,342

Base Pay as of March 2014: $113,000 Plus Benefits

IVCC is operating more like the Illinois Department of Resources.

The big IVCC shuffle! Hey, why don’t you build another Tech Center! At IVCC, you can play Frisbee golf in the morning and hang out in the 1.5 million dollar Cyber Café in the afternoon.

After all it is Illinois.

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