Election Day: Portland Community College asks for $185 million bond for job training, renovations to buildings

Portland – On the ballot for this year’s November 2017 special election is Measure 26-196, a $185 million bond that Portland Community College (PCC) is asking voters to pass.

The funds would pay for renovations at a Portland-area workforce center, job training and workforce programs. The cost to taxpayers would be $0.40 per $1,000 of assessed property value for a 16-year period.

Th is bond effectively replaces an expiring levy that was passed by voters in 2000. If passed, funds from the bond would be used to renovate PCC’s Metropolitan Workforce Training Center by demolishing two existing structures that PCC says are outdated. The programs would be moved to a replacement multi-story facility building on a three acre site owned by PCC. According to PCC, this project would reduce ongoing maintenance costs by $2 million.

  Other projects the bond would pay for include modernizing the Sylvania Campus Health Technology Building, develop or redesign training spaces, and make a slew of other upgrades and repairs:

• Sustainability and energy efficiency improvements
• Information technology upgrades
• Safety and security upgrades
• Facility improvements for safety, ADA and transit
• Repair and renovate the Cascade Campus public safety building
• Build a new childcare development center on the Rock Creek Campus
• Support the college’s facility planning process

Arguments in the voters’ pamphlet in support of the bond come from agencies and groups such as Adelente Mujeres, Centro Cultural de Washington County, many elected officials from the Portland Metro area, and the Banks Chamber of Commerce.

Two arguments were in opposition to the bond, both furnished by the same individual.

Election day is November 7; polls close at 8 p.m. Ballots can be dropped off in the ballot box at the Banks Public Library and the Forest Grove City Library

Sources and more information:

PCC bond info website
Washington County Voters Pamphlet

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