Iowa Central vote is today

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

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Anne Blankenship If approved, the $25.5 million bond issue on the ballot today would provide about $500,000 for improvements and upgrades at the Webster City Iowa Central campus. Polls are open noon until 8 p.m.

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

The polls in Hamilton County will be open from noon to 8 p.m. today.

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.

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.