PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE BONDS TO UPDATE, EXPAND LOCAL EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES
COST: $0.329 property tax per $1,000 assessed value over 21 years or less = 0.0329%
Shall PCC expand, modernize, construct facilities for additional students, programs; upgrade technology; issue $375,000,000 in general obligation bonds; audit spending?
• Portland Mercury
• The Oregonian
• The Skanner
• Portland Tribune
MY FIRST IMPRESSION: Leaning toward a yes vote, but $375M is a large amount and raises some questions:
Why should local property taxpayers be responsible for expansion to Newberg and Sherwood?(Nevermind. Newberg and Sherwood have been in the PCC district since 1968.)
- Is the additional student capacity to accommodate local students or non-local students?
- Why is the college unable to fund its expansion plans -- especially if the college is accommodating relocating students?
- If there is a growing demand for its services, doesn't tuition cover some expansion costs or at least bond repayment?
- Wouldn't increasing the availability of online courses diminish the need to modernize and expand physical facilities?