Iowa Central vote is Tuesday

$25.5 million bond would pay for wide range of projects on all campuses

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson Colt Wandrey, a native of Schaller, gets to work inside the Iowa Central Community College library Sunday afternoon. The library is part of the Student Resource Center building on the main campus. Wandrey is a student in the college’s electrical technology program.

The referendum on the proposed $25.5 million general obligation bond issue for Iowa Central Community College will be Tuesday.

The polls in Fort Dodge will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

In the smaller cities of Webster County, the polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m.

The proposed bond issue would pay for physical improvements at the college’s facilities in Eagle Grove, Fort Dodge, Storm Lake and Webster City.

”To invest in our communities and have them keep growing, we need to invest in education,” college President Dan Kinney said.

-Messenger photo by Chad Thompson About $3 million would be invested to improve electrical, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning inside Decker Auditorium on Iowa Central Community College’s main campus if the $25.5 million bond passes.

The bond issue will be on the ballot in Buena Vista, Calhoun, Greene, Hamilton, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster and Wright counties.

To pass, the bond issue must be approved by at least 60 percent of the people who cast ballots.

If approved, the bond debt would be paid off with property tax revenue.

Paying off that debt would cost the owner of a house with an assessed value of $100,000 just $12 a year, according to Kinney.

The bond issue money would be used for these projects:

– New Student Success Center on the Fort Dodge campus — $6 million.

– Improvements at Decker Auditorium on the Fort Dodge campus — $3 million.

– Safety improvements at all campuses — $3 million.

– Upgrades to Science Building — $3 million.

– New industrial training facility in Storm Lake — $2.5 million.

– Creation of new career academies — $2 million.

– New biofuels testing lab — $2 million.

– Remodeling the Student Services Building — $2 million.

– Upgrading the Applied Science and Technology Building — $1 million.

– Repairing the Liberal Arts Building — $500,000.

– Upgrading the Webster City campus — $500,000.