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Voters Say "Yes" To Sustaining The Excellence

Voters Say "Yes" To Sustaining The Excellence

NOV. 6, 2001- Voters in Collin County approved a $57 million bond referendum for Collin County Community College District today. Of the 12,248 number of ballots cast, 7,794 (63.63%) were for the bond referendum and 4,454 (36.37%) were against.

"This bond could not have passed without the support of the community. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank those who worked for the passage of the bond and the individuals who voted for it. I especially want to thank the organizations that endorsed this referendum, including the Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Plano Chambers of Commerce, and the Volunteer McKinney Center. We deeply appreciate their public support of the Collin County Community College District," said Sam Roach, chairman, CCCCD Board of Trustees.

Keeping pace with burgeoning enrollments and aging buildings has been a concern of college officials. Fall credit class enrollment hit an all time record, with an 11.5 percent increase over last fall. This comes at a time when the Spring Creek and Central Park Campuses are operating at capacity. Additional classroom space is needed, and several deferred maintenance projects also need to be addressed.

The bond will finance these major projects, including roof repairs, HVAC and cooling towers upgrades, repairs to parking lots and walkways and fire alarm upgrades. New construction will include additional classroom buildings, high-tech facilities and parking.

Even with conservative growth projections for the county, the current tax rate of 9.4 cents per $100 assessed property value is expected to remain the same.

"We are really grateful for the community support of this important bond initiative," said Cary A. Israel, CCCCD president. "Passage of this bond will ensure that we continue to offer quality training and academic programs to the tens of thousands of students we serve annually. We are ecstatic."