ICCC makes its case for bond referendum vote

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Heading into the February 6 election on a $25.5 million Iowa Central Community College bond proposal, college officials are promoting turnout with a campaign they are calling “Encouraging Dreams by Building Opportunities.”

In an online page on the referendum, ICCC notes limited state aid, which is estimated at $2,417 per pupil for 2017, slightly below levels from 2000, and far below the level for private colleges and regent universities.

It also makes a case for facility needed, noting that as the college celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, so did many of its buildings.

Among the planned uses for the money ICCC is seeking from taxpayers”

• More classrooms; and redesigning collaborative

• Updated science labs to support STEMM initiatives

• Update and expand electrical service

• Roofs, HVAC units, and windows

• Resurfacing parking lots and parking ramp repairs 
Additional high school career educational opportunities

• Larger fuels laboratory – to support ethanol, biodiesel, and renewable fuels

• A new industrial training facility in Storm Lake to expand workforce training in western counties

• Upgrading camera/video surveillance system in all buildings of the Eagle Grove, Fort Dodge, and Storm Lake, and Webster City campuses

• Remote Access Control Locks for exterior doors

• Update locks on interior door. Completion of the 44,000 square foot Student Success Center at the main campus in Fort Dodge, to provide house Veteran Services, Enrollment Services, Student Advising, Financial Aid, Counseling, Health Care, Career Services, Distance Learning, Triton Enrichment Center (early intervention support program), and TRIO Of the $25.5 million total for projects, an estimated $3.5 million would be set aside for the Storm Lake Center improvements. According to ICCC, if the bond vote is passed, the tax impact would be $12 per year on the owner of a $100,000 home, $47.42 on the owner of $250,000 commercial property, and about $100 a year for the owner of 500 acres of farmland. ICCC officials said they tested several messages about the college and the referendum, and found that focusing on the benefits to the surrounding community seemed to be the most powerful with potential voters. The college is promoting that the projects would encourage young workers and families to stay in the area, and claims the referendum would protect 1,422 local jobs and return $1.06 to the local economy for every dollar invested. “We intend to continue educating the best workforce in Iowa for Iowa.”