The San Mateo County Community College District is going back to voters and asking them to approve a large bond measure for construction and modernization projects. At its July 23 meeting, the college district board voted unanimously to put a $388 million bond measure on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Three years ago, the district's $564 million bond measure won the favor of 53.1 percent of the voters, shy of the 55 percent required for passage. The new measure also requires 55 percent voter approval.
A recent survey showed that 75 percent of potential voters, when informed of the goals of the proposal, would support the $388 million bond measure, according to Godbe Research in San Mateo.
The $388 million measure works out to an annual property tax increase of $8.22 per $100,000 of assessed value, district board President Helen Schwarz told the Almanac.
This is the fourth bond measure proposed by the community college district since 2001. All but the 2011 measure passed. The previous measures raised $675 million, but all three campuses -- Canada College in Woodside, Skyline College in San Bruno, and the College of San Mateo in San Mateo -- still have classroom buildings that are 40 to 50 years old, officials have said.
The goals of this year's ballot measure are essentially the same as those for Measure H in 2011. The money would be used to modernize classrooms and labs to "prepare students for universities and high-demand jobs." Facilities would be built to improve access by disabled people, do seismic retrofitting, and increase energy efficiency.
Go to this link to view the list of projects that the college district says the bond measure would pay for.