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 NWTC Trustees pass 2014-2015 budget; tax levy cut in half


 Casey Fryda


​Difference to be paid by state property tax relief funds


The Board of Trustees of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College has approved the college’s proposed budget after a May 14 public hearing.

In the budget for fiscal year 2014-2015, the total levy will drop about 53.4 percent. Property owners will pay much less than last year—about $77 this year for the owners of a $100,000 home compared to about $166 last year. The difference will be paid through state property tax relief.

New investments in program development and growth include:

  • Instruction for Software Developer, Therapeutic Massage, Fire Sciences, Structural Systems and other new credentials

  • Enhancement of Student Success Center to help students find and access critical services

  • Expanded services and outreach including Veterans Resource Center and Entrepreneur Resource Center

Dr. H. Jeffrey Rafn, NWTC president, noted, “Our focus in this budget year is to promote student success—to help more people enter college prepared, help more students succeed in their classes, and encourage students to complete a credential. Without earning that credential, individuals won’t have the full skill sets that employers need. Maintaining the supply of skilled employees is critical to the area's economic stability and growth."

NWTC has seen strong enrollments in recent years, especially in health care and in manufacturing and engineering technologies. By the end of the current fiscal year, NWTC is expected to reach about 7,017 FTEs and 43,000 total learners. The new budget allows for FTEs to remain about the same.

NWTC remains one of the most efficient technical colleges in Wisconsin, with the second-lowest operational cost per student in the Wisconsin Technical College System and the highest employee productivity (measured in students served per employee).

NWTC Board Chair Ben Villaruel and NWTC trustees passed 2014-15 budget