LCC aims to improve campus, education with $145M bond measure

The LCC board unanimously passed a motion to bring the bond measure to the ballot Wednesday.

Posted: Dec 20, 2019 4:25 PM
Updated: Dec 20, 2019 5:47 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A $145 million bond measure to improve facilities and programs at Lane Community College will be on the ballot in May.

The LCC board unanimously passed a motion to bring the bond measure to the ballot Wednesday.

The project includes efforts to improve the safety, security and sustainability of buildings across LCC's campuses, investments in instructional technology and expansions of programs such as wood products manufacturing and health professions.

Staff member Schaun Cox is hoping to return to the classroom to complete his construction education and is excited about the prospect of new technologies in the classroom.

"Some of the stuff we are working with is, especially with the construction stuff, is a bit older, and as a community college, we don't really have the funding for new stuff every year," he said. "So it's exciting that we (may) be able to work with the new technologies."

The estimated total cost of the updates is more than $156 million. Officials said a $500,000 seismic grant, as well as an $8 million matching grant from the state, would help the college meet the costs if the bond measure passes.

Officials said tuition revenues would likely not be used for the projects if the bond is approved. 

LCC documents show that yearly enrollment has decreased by more than 3,000 students since the 2014-15 school year. Staff members hope that bond measure could return the campus's status as a national education leader and bring in more students.

"We think with improvements to the college, it would probably draw more college students in," said staff member Donald Solmon.

According to officials, for a taxpayer owning a house valued at $300,000, the bond would cost $42 annually.

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