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Lane Community College kicks off 2020 bond campaign

Today the LCC board announced it was reducing the proposed bond measure by millions of dollars.

Posted: Jan 21, 2020 6:08 PM
Updated: Jan 21, 2020 7:40 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane Community College kicked off its 2020 bond campaign and announced it was reducing the proposed bond measure by around $23 million, leaving it now at $121.5 million.

LCC representatives said the money has been needed for years and is long overdue.

"I've been involved with LCC pretty much since birth. Since my mom taught here and she'd take me to class and pass me around when I was a baby to her students. And these buildings are mostly older than I am, and they're necessarily earthquake safe," said Rep. Marty Wilde (D) from Eugene. 

Many of the speakers at the campaign kickoff cited the fact that some buildings on campus lack technology that came out years ago; others brought up the lack of accessible seating for students with wheelchairs in some classrooms.

Margaret Hamilton, the president of LCC, said they are training the people who keep this local economy float, but they can't continue to train so many different professions and trades without the proper resources.

"It's critical that we continue to train these folks and I'm only here about two and a half years and since I've landed I've talked to people that are CEO's of companies the HR directors and they all say to me keep your graduates coming but please can we have more of them," said Hamilton. 

But the improvements won't be cheap. If approved, the average homeowner will pay $36 a year in taxes.

Voters will have their say on May 19.

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