Imperial Valley College will be asking voters to extend Measure L to develop funding for a new phase of its 10 year facilities plan that includes new job training and workforce development facilities as well as continued modernization of the 50-year-old campus.
The measure, which will be on the November General Election ballot, would raise up to an additional $80 million over the life of the extended taxing authority. There would be no increase in existing property tax rates.
“We desperately need vocational, career and technical facilities, but at the same time our board felt it would be irresponsible to ask for an increase in taxes. This extension will fund much needed projects at our current tax rate to get our community back to work,” said IVC President Ed Gould.
“This extension of Measure L will allow us to expand facilities specifically for nursing and other allied health programs, solar and alternative energy technical programs, and public safety training including law enforcement,” he said.
The planned career/technical center will include labs for training the alternative energy workforce as well as classrooms and other facilities to house a law enforcement training academy.
Through leveraging bond proceeds with state matching dollars, IVC could potentially realize up to $104 million in improvements. The state already has committed a $12 million match for the career technical center, pending approval of a future state school facilities bond measure. In addition, IVC will be applying in 2011 for another $12 million match to assist in funding a new library/technology building.
Bond Funds could also be used to replace IVC’s air conditioning systems with highly efficient water-cooled HVAC chillers, finish rehabilitation of classroom buildings that started with Measure L, construct the new technology center/library building and a student union/community meeting area.
With nearly 9,000 students, IVC today is a medium-sized community college and over the next decade, IVC’s enrollment is expected to increase to 13,000 students. Many of the structures on the main campus opened in 1962 when the campus had less than 1,000 students. Many of the classrooms and facilities are nearly fifty years old and need to be replaced or modernized to improve seismic safety.
The need for a student union is a direct result of this campus growth and demand for more space for student services, such as counseling and transfer offices. IVC plans to convert the existing student union for that purpose, thereby creating the need for a new student union and community use center.
Leveraging of existing Measure L funds has already benefitted the campus. The original $58.6 million approved by voters in 2004 has been augmented by $11.5 million in state and federal funds.
While Measure L money was used to construct a new science building as well as fund classroom modernization, IVC received an additional $8.8 million from the state to assist in this effort.
“We have been able to stretch the impact of Measure L because of this state support and we intend to do the same with any future bond levies,” Gould said.
The remainder of the current bond proceeds will be used to modernize four classroom complexes on the campus, including the old science labs and classrooms that were vacated with the completion of the new science building.