Bond

LCC Bond

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Cracking structuresMuch has changed since the mid-1960s when Lane Community College’s main campus was constructed—but there’s no doubt that it has character. Like any well-loved educational facility, LCC’s campus is in dire need of some updates to address long-standing safety, security, seismic and accessibility concerns.

Adequate funding for public schools in Oregon has been lacking for decades, especially since the passage of Measure 5 in 1990. This long-term disinvestment in public schools has resulted in inadequate funding that leaves schools to decide between paying for educators or capital improvements.

Why?

The need

LCC’s campus, albeit beautiful, is aging. In an effort to not only identify needs but to strategically address some of it’s age-related issues, the college recently underwent a process to develop a facilities master plan. This multi-year effort involved the board and campus community in an effort to plan for the future of building and repairs at LCC.

Safety and security is a top priority

With a strategic plan in place, LCC would use bond dollars to systematically address basic safety concerns in its aging buildings, some of which are more than 50 years old and are both seismically and structurally outdated.

Bond dollars would:

  1. Create safe, secure learning spaces for years to come and protect students and staff against potential threats
  2. Improve security systems such as automatic locking mechanisms, and enhanced communication tools could help protect students and staff from a potential active shooter
  3. Retrofit or reconstruct buildings to ensure that students have a safe place and are able to escape safely in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster

Investing in our community’s workforce and future technology jobs

LCC is the community’s college and offers affordable education, training, partnerships and local opportunities for Career Technical Education and Workforce retraining.

Bond dollars would:

  1. Enhance the school’s equipment and classrooms
  2. Allow the college to better serve student veterans by enhancing the Veterans Center to provide improved access and referrals to medical, mental health and dental care as well as affordable housing
  3. Develop an on campus Health Professions facility
  4. Invest in interactive technology for Nursing students to become the state model for Nursing education

A local and affordable education

Outdated classroomsFunding for public education is limited, and Lane Community College needs the support of the community it serves to adapt its campus to meet the needs of today’s learners. This bond would support the costs of all repairs at LCC and prevent the school from increasing the cost of tuition. With this bond we can use general fund for education costs.

Projects: What would the LCC bond pay for?

If the bond measure passes, it would:

  • Support effective teaching and learning for every student
    • Provide better learning environments for students
    • Investing in 21st Century Education to remain competitive and ensure our education is affordable for all students
    • Improve facilities and update equipment to boost career technical education
    • Update all science lab facilities
    • Modernize existing Math, Arts and Engineering spaces 
  • Investing in Career Tech and Workforce Careers for our community’s workforce and future technology jobs
    • Develop an on campus Health Professions facility. This will allow the college to access the $8M State fund match
    • Invest in interactive technology to become the state model for Nursing education
    • Career Tech and Workforce investments for our community’s workforce and future technology jobs
    • On campus Dental Clinic
    • Modernize workforce-training areas and provide updated equipment and technology
    • Expand flourishing apprenticeship program
    • Create Manufacturing Technology Center
    • Create a Mobile Fabrication Lab to bring welding and fabrication training to remote areas of our district
    • Expand Manufacturing and Technology Programs for food processing and state-of-the-art advanced wood products manufacturing
  • Improve student safety, security, seismic and make campuses more accessible
    • Improve safety and security for all buildings
    • Make important seismic updates to buildings
    • 21st Century upgrades to prevent against cyber threats
    • Make accessibility updates to the main campus
  • Maintain and repair the LCC Campuses
    • Repair and improve schools that are over 50 years old
    • Replace aging school buildings that have high maintenance costs
    • Reduce operating costs through improved energy efficiency
    • Updates to athletic fields in need of maintenance

FAQ

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What is a school bond measure?

Public school district bond issues finance capital improvements such as school buildings, technology and curriculum. Bond measures are placed on the ballot along with information about the capital improvements that would be funded if the bond measure is approved by the voting public. If bonds are authorized by voters in the school district, they will be repaid by property taxes over time.

Who will vote on the bond measure?

All registered voters who live within the boundaries Lane Community College are eligible to vote on the bond measure.

Who would pay for the bond measure?

Owners of property within the Lane Community College District boundaries.

What would it cost?

Property tax rates would increase by about $0.14 per $1,000 of assessed value, to a rate of $0.20 per $1,000 of assessed value for Lane Community College bond debt. Property taxes would increase by about $3.50 a month or $42 a year for a property assessed at $300,000.

What can bond dollars be used for?

The bond measure would pay for a selected portion of the college’s current needs. In addition, LCC will receive $8 million in state matching funds that would be received only if the bond measure passes. LCC will also apply for state seismic upgrade funds and a variety of grant funds, as well as engage in private fund raising.

What would happen if the LCC bond does not pass?

If the bond measure is not approved by voters, the property tax increase would not occur. The district would not receive the proposed bond funds or the $8 million in committed state matching funds to pay for school improvements.

Without bond funds, money for repairs, maintenance, curriculum and technology would come out of the budget for classroom education. LCC would not be able to replace aging school buildings, update classrooms to address needs, improve security, safety and seismic improvements, or complete other major capital improvements.

What has LCC done to manage the cost of operating the college?

  1. The Board of Education has raised tuition repeatedly over the past decade. LCC’s tuition and fees are now among the highest of the 17 community colleges in Oregon. The Board reviews and adjusts fees and tuition annually. LCC charges higher fees for the classes that are most expensive to offer, e.g., Flight Technology, Health Professions.
  2. The Board directed Administration to privatize the school bookstore, resulting in an initial "sign up" bonus of almost half a million dollars and an annual income of close to $250,000.
  3. The Board directed Administration to privatize food service on campus. An RFP for providers resulted in elimination of costly college-provided food service and establishment of several local restaurant operations on the LCC main campus.
  4. The Board directed Administration to negotiate with faculty and staff unions to control the rising cost of health benefits. As a result, both union groups are now participating in the state-operated Public Employee Benefit Board.
  5. LCC is accelerating the offer of online, evening, and weekend classes to enable more Lane County residents to enroll.
  6. LCC is accelerating creation of partnerships with four-year institutions including rental of main campus space to institutions wishing to raise awareness with LCC students.
  7. The Board has directed Administration to review and sell all surplus properties including property in Florence and downtown Eugene.
  8. LCC has left positions unfilled and eliminated positions.
  9. LCC has offered a modest incentive program to stimulate early retirement of near-retirement employees.
  10. LCC has applied and received multiple grants to supplement the cost of instruction excellence in high cost programs such as health professions and manufacturing.
  11. Over the past decade, LCC has aggressively recruited international students, who pay higher tuition rates than local students.

What is the difference between a bond and a local option levy?

Crumbling stairsUnder Oregon’s tax law limitations, communities have only two options for local school funding: Bonds for capital improvements such as buildings, and local option levies for operating costs.

Capital bonds and local option levies are used for different things.

Bonds are for Buildings, Buses and Books—capital improvements.

Levies are for Learning—school operating costs.

Capital bonds pay for facilities and long-lasting capital improvements, including:

  • Replacing and renovating school buildings
  • Building repairs, major maintenance and improvements, such as new roofs, heating and cooling systems, and energy efficiency improvements
  • Physical safety and security, such as security updates, shatter-proof windows, and seismic improvements
  • Technology upgrades

Bond measures are for a specified amount of funding and must be used to pay for capital costs, not for teachers or other operating costs.

Local option levy dollars pay for educational programs and day-to-day operations of schools, including:

  • Teachers and support staff
  • Classroom supplies
  • Energy, water and fuel
  • School days
  • Safety and security staff

Levies are not typically used for significant construction and must be renewed in five-year intervals.

I already pay taxes for schools. Why aren’t school improvements funded by the state?

The general education taxes property owners pay each year (less than $5 per $1,000 of assessed property value, as mandated by Measure 5 in 1990) are allocated to school districts throughout the state. This money goes into the district’s general fund to support operational costs like employing teachers and support staff, utilities and supplies.

In Oregon, the state does not provide funding for capital expenses such as building or renovating schools. It’s up to each local community to maintain, update and build schools, and provide other capital improvements such as equipment, curriculum and technology. In order to raise funds for school improvements, residents within a school district’s boundaries must vote to place an additional tax on their property. This is why school facilities and conditions vary widely from one community to the next.

LCC has been awarded an $8 million matching grant for capital costs under a grant program recently implemented by the state. If voters pass the bond, LCC will receive $8 million from the state to put toward construction costs. If this bond is not passed by voters the money will go schools in the Portland area and not benefit Lane County.

What is career technical education and why is it important?

Simply speaking, career technical education—also known as CTE—is high school courses and pathways that prepare students for work. Engaging, hands-on CTE learning helps prepare students for college or the job skills of the future. Bond funds would build out CTE programs at all 4J high schools with facilities and equipment for programs such as computer science, health occupations, engineering, high-tech manufacturing, and more.

These are not the vocational programs of yesteryear. Today’s CTE courses are more academically rigorous and focus on preparing students for careers in the modern economy, most of which are typically associated with associate or bachelor’s degrees or beyond.

How can I find out more information about past bonds?

You can learn more by reading the 2008 Bond Substantial Completion Report, reviewing the 2008 bond website, or reviewing the 1995 bond website.

When is the election?

Election Day is May 12th. Voters can drop off their completed ballots at any one of 20 ballot drop box locations across Lane County until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12th, 2020.

How to vote in the May election?

  1. Register to vote
  2. Live in Lane County
  3. Return your ballots to a ballot location by May 12th, 2020

For more information or to answer any additional questions, please email us.

Cost

What would the LCC Bond cost?

Property tax rates would increase by about $0.14 per $1,000 of assessed value, to a rate of $0.20 per $1,000 of assessed value for Lane Community College bond debt. Property taxes would increase by about $3.50 a month or $42 a year for a property assessed at $300,000.

The bond measure would pay for a selected portion of the college’s current needs. In addition, LCC will receive $8 million in state matching funds that would be received only if the bond measure passes. LCC will also apply for state seismic upgrade funds and a variety of grant funds, as well as engage in private fund raising.

Cost per thousand

95 million 121.5 million 145 million
Per 1000 $0.09 $0.12 $0.14

Annual tax increase for houses valued $200k, $250k, and $300k

$95 Million Bond $121.5 Million Bond $145 Million Bond
200,000 $18 $24 $28
250,000 $23 $30 $35
300,000 $27 $36 $42

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Contact

This website is intended to answer any questions about the LCC bond measure with unbiased information. All information here has been reviewed by the Oregon Secretary of State’s office for accuracy and adherence to Oregon state laws. For more information or to answer any additional questions, please email Brett Rowlett, Director of Public Affairs, at rowlettb@lanecc.edu