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Measure E

Election day is March 3, 2020.

Our Plan to Build an Even Better Community College System

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Measure E is a general obligation bond for the Los Rios Community College District that will appear on the March 3, 2020 ballot.

If approved by over 55% of voters, Measure E will authorize $650 million of locally controlled funds to repair and upgrade educational facilities, classrooms and labs throughout the District.

The measure has been designed to extend, but not increase, current tax rates. The annual estimated tax rate is $0.02 per $100 of assessed valuation.

Facility Needs

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The cost to attend California’s public universities has risen to at least six times that of attending a community college. As a result, more students and their families are relying on their local community college to earn college credits, certifications, and job skills at a reasonable price, and then transfer to four-year universities.

Spread across five counties with over 1.5 million residents, Los Rios Community College District currently provides job training and college classes to approximately 75,000 students per year.

All four Los Rios colleges recently went through a comprehensive facilities planning process, where more than $1.3 billion in facility needs were identified. It prioritized the upgrades, improvements, modernizations, and new construction needed on each campus over the next decade to better prepare students for technical and other high demand fields and provide modern learning environments that align with changing educational and career needs.

Projects and Objectives

Measure E proposes improvements for every Los Rios college and education center in the District. If passed by voters, Measure E will:

  • Better prepare students for high-paying jobs
  • Improve classrooms and labs for careers in fields such as healthcare and early childhood education
  • Upgrade classrooms and labs for science, technology, engineering, and math-related fields
  • Improve resources for healthcare, nursing, dental hygiene, and other job-training programs
  • Expand wildfire prevention, fire fighting and construction training programs
  • Improve educational resources for veterans

Los Rios Bond History

Los Rios Community College District’s last general obligation bond was passed by voters more than a decade ago. All of its funds have either been spent or allocated to projects currently underway.

Every bond dollar spent by the District has been audited and reviewed by an independent oversight committee of local citizens.

Funding Improvements at Every Campus in the District

Across the District

  • Replacing or modifying aging heating, ventilation, and HVAC systems with more energy-efficient systems
  • Upgrading electrical, communication, computer, security, fire alarm, and similar building systems
  • Replacing or repairing aging roofs and plumbing
  • Making Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements
  • Providing new instructional space

At Our Colleges

American River College

  • Constructing a facility for Advanced Manufacturing and Advanced Transportation
  • Constructing and modernizing classrooms and student service facilities at American River College and Natomas Educational Center
  • Modernizing and/or replacing classrooms at the Science, Health Occupations and Fine Arts Buildings, Davies Hall for Liberal Arts, Environmental Resources Buildings, and Raef Hall
  • Modernizing and improving the Student Services Facilities

Cosumnes River College

  • Constructing and modernizing classrooms and Student Service Facilities at Cosumnes River College and Elk Grove Educational Center
  • Modernizing and/or replacing the library and classrooms at the Business Science and Performing Arts Buildings

Folsom Lake College

  • Constructing and modernizing additional classrooms and student service facilities at Folsom Lake College, Rancho Cordova Educational Center, and El Dorado Educational Center
  • Constructing a new lecture hall and additional classrooms
  • Modernizing and improving instructional and lab space for Science at El Dorado Educational Center

Sacramento City College

  • Constructing and modernizing classrooms and student service facilities at Sacramento City College, West Sacramento Educational Center, and Davis Educational Center
  • Modernizing and/or replacing classrooms at the Business Building and Rodda Hall North & South, for programs in Health Occupations, Science, Social Science, and Math
  • Modernizing and/or replacing classrooms in the Music Wing of the Performing Arts Complex
  • Modernizing and improving the Learning Resources Center and facilities for student and community engagement

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Measure E?

Measure E is a general obligation (GO) bond proposition on the March 3, 2020 primary election ballot. If approved by over 55 percent of voters, Measure E will authorize $650 million of locally controlled funds to repair and upgrade educational facilities, classrooms and labs throughout the Los Rios Community College District.

Why is Measure E Needed?

Los Rios Community College District is the region’s largest and most important provider of job training to adults of all ages. However, the District Board believes state funding is inadequate to maintain and improve these facilities. Measure E provides a source of funds to improve the Los Rios CCD facilities throughout the District. This measure will allow the District to apply for millions of dollars of state matching funds that would otherwise be unavailable.

How Much Will Measure E Cost?

Measure E’s annual tax rate is estimated to be $0.02 per $100 of assessed valuation while the bonds are outstanding. This amount will be an extension of the current tax rate.

What is a Tax Rate Extension?

A tax rate extension is designed to extend but not increase, current tax rates. The will allow the District to make improvements with no projected increase in current tax rates. Funds to repay the bonds come from a tax on all taxable property – residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial – located within the District.

What Taxpayer Protections Are in Place?

An independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee must review and audit all bond expenditures. Funds are prohibited from being used for general operating expenses. Legal safeguards prohibit the state from taking these funds and spending them elsewhere.