RVC and the jail tax?
Sources said Rock Valley College (RVC) President Roland Chapdelaine hopes to use some of the 1 percent increase in the local sales tax that voters approved last fall. Chapdelaine wants the jail tax money to help fund an expansion of the public safety careers program at RVC.
County officials have repeatedly said that the impending tax increase, which goes into effect in July, will go toward building, staffing and maintaining the proposed new jail and alternative jail programs.
Winnebago County States Attorney Paul Logli said that RVC wont receive any of the estimated $23 million per year that tax increase is expected to generate annually.
Chris Johnson, chairman of the RVC board of trustees and member of the Winnebago County board (R-4), denied discussing the idea with Chapdelaine and added that he would not support Chapdelaines idea. Polly Berg (D-7) echoed Johnsons sentiment.
Chapdelaines master plan for RVC for fiscal years 2003 through 2007 says the colleges goal is to expand and enhance and identify partnerships and implement, where feasible, cooperative training for public safety careers.
Editors note: On our deadline, Feb. 25, RVCs Suzanne Berger said Dr. Chapdelaine would agree to an interview with this paper only if Attorney Charles Kostantacos were present because of possible Freedom Of Information Act litigation.