The Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees voted to certify the College’s 2022 tax levy
at its November meeting at a level that will continue a ten-year trend of lower Kishwaukee
College real estate tax rates for residents and businesses within the Kishwaukee College
district, which encompasses parts of DeKalb, Ogle, Lee, Boone, Kane, Winnebago and
La Salle counties. Kish’s share of a typical district real estate tax bill is approximately
7%, depending on the tax rates of other local taxing bodies.
“As stewards of Kishwaukee College, the Board and College leadership will always look
to make responsible financial decisions to benefit our students and our constituents,”
said Bob Johnson, Board Chair. “This year’s tax levy is another example of the strong
health of our institution.”
Several factors benefitted this year’s levy decision, including higher student enrollment,
federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) dollars, which assisted the
College in keeping costs affordable for students through a challenging period dealing
with the COVID-19 pandemic, and a growing district equalized assessed valuation (EAV)
as a result of increased construction, particularly on the south side of DeKalb. For
the first time in 11 years, Kishwaukee College saw an increase in enrollment for the
Fall 2022 semester.
The Kish Board continues to seek opportunities to improve the financial health of
the College while benefitting both students and taxpayers. The College has not increased
tuition rates in three years and helped save taxpayers approximately $14 million in
bond refinancing in 2020.
For more information on Kishwaukee College, visit www.kish.edu.