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IVCCD Board takes bond referendum back to voters

The Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD) Board of Directors voted last week to put a $32 million general obligation bond referendum on the Nov. 5 ballot, which is a combined city/school board general election. The bond money is being sought for infrastructure repairs and updates, safety/security equipment, and technology upgrades for Marshalltown Community College, Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa Valley Grinnell, and Iowa Valley Continuing Education.

“Our facility plan is up-to-date and relevant,” IVCCD Chancellor Dr. Kristie Fisher told the Board. “We need to put this before the voters again, and we will be doing some extended outreach to as many of our communities as possible to ensure that our voters understand the issue and both the impact and needs of their local community college.”

The same $32 million bond issue was taken to voters in April 2019 and missed the required 60% approval by just 62 votes.

“It’s not an easy decision to ask voters to support a bond issue, but we’re prepared for questions. The critical needs have been identified and we have no other source for this amount of funding,” said Board President Larry Johnson of Iowa Falls. “The bond issue is essential to our long-term sustainability.”

The bond issue goes before voters in Hardin, Marshall, Poweshiek and Tama Counties, plus residents in smaller portions of Butler, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Jasper and Story Counties.

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