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• Amount of general obligation bonds to be issued: $160 million
• Rate based on average assessed value, not market value.
• Estimated tax rate per $100,000 of assessed value: $9.73
• On average, each property owner in the college’s service area will pay an additional $30 per year.
• Santa Clarita Community College District Board of Trustees voted (4-0) to move forward with a general obligation bond measure on Aug. 9, 2006.
• Date of election: Tuesday, November 7, 2006
• Measure M received the required 55-percent majority in 147 of 150 voter precincts.
Prop 39 requirements:
• Requires approval of 55 percent of the district’s voters.
• Funds may not be used for administrative or faculty/staff salaries.
• Requires a citizens’ oversight committee and financial audits.
• All money will improve College of the Canyons -- nothing goes to the state.
What is it for?
Measure M is needed to maintain and improve the high standard of education at College of the Canyons by:
• Adding classrooms for core classes
• Adding labs and improving technology to expand public safety and other skilled, high-demand professions
• Improving earthquake, security and fire safety
• Improving disabled access
• Repairing plumbing, duct-work, roofs, walls and floors
• Helping secure millions of dollars in state matching funds that will otherwise be lost
• Student population: more than 14,000 per semester (2011)
• First classes: 1969
• Valencia campus opened: 1971
• Canyon Country campus opened: 2007
• University Center opened: 2009
• AA/AS programs: 73
• Disciplines/majors: 70
• Certificates of achievement: 40
• Certificates of competency: 3
• Certificates of specialization: 30
• Certificates of completion: 3
• Online classes: More than 139, serving approximately 2,894 students
• Number of business partners: 500 annually
• Intercollegiate sports: 16 (split equally amoung men and women)
• Faculty and staff: more than 900
• Academy of the Canyons: More than 1000 high school students attend each year to get a head start on their college careers.
• Value: College of the Canyons provides top-quality, higher education locally at a fraction of the cost of University of California or California State University systems, saving tax dollars and tuition funds.
• Local economic impact: The college boosts the local economy, providing employers with well-trained professionals.
• College image: In recent surveys, the community gives College of the Canyons very high ratings in meeting community needs for higher education.