Palm Desert, CA
The Desert Community College District Board of Trustees today unanimously approved placing a $577 million bond measure on the November ballot that would allow expansion, repairs, renovation, and modernization of facilities at College of the Desert’s campuses.
If approved by voters Nov. 8, the Desert Community College District College Expansion, Repair and Modernization Measure will authorize the district to issue and sell up to $577.86 million in bonds, which would go towards rehabilitation of campus facilities, construction of new facilities and acquisition of property for additional facilities.
The measure requires a 55 percent vote to be approved. Election costs will be paid by the district.
The bond money, which would be repaid through an increase to the property tax, would fund numerous proposed rehabilitation projects, including modernization of the college’s career training facilities, repairs at the college’s satellite campuses and improvements to the main campus’ Veterans Center, which provides job counseling, training and placement for returning veterans.
According to a proposed ballot measure statement, funds would not be used for teacher or administrator salaries, nor other college operating expenses.
A seven-member Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee would be established “to ensure bond proceeds are expended only for the community college facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List.”
COD officials say that increasing tuition costs at four-year universities have led to a rapidly growing student body at its campuses, necessitating the need for overhauling aging buildings, as well as the construction of new facilities, such as a proposed West Valley campus at the site of the former Palm Springs Mall.