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Sauk sets tax rate, looks to better employee pay

November 28, 2018

DIXON – Sauk Valley Community College approved a tax rate for 2018 that actually takes property taxes down a smidge.

The tax rate of 42.93 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation is 1 percent less than last year’s rate of 42.99 cents per $100 of EAV, which means the owner of a $100,000 home will pay $143.10, 20 cents less than last year.

Still, the school will bring in $7.6 million this year, about $300,000 more than last year, because property values are up, said Melissa Dye, vice president of business and facilities.

Also Tuesday, the board agreed to pay Carlson Dettmann Consulting, based in Middleton, Wisconsin, $40,000 to study how the school classifies and pays its employees, with an eye toward increasing salaries.

The school hasn’t updated that process since 1992, which may explain its higher-than-average turnover, which reached 17 percent in 2017.

Carlson Dettmann will study 98 positions, including administrators, full- and part-time professional-technical and support staff, evaluate those jobs and compare them with similar positions in local, regional and national markets.

It will provide a new structure for recruiting and retaining employees and recommend appropriate compensation to ensure Sauk remains competitive.

The company also will provide a program that will allow human resources to maintain its database and stay up to date.

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