FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College president Jowel Laguerre celebrated with hesitation early Tuesday night as Measure Q showed a promising lead.
The measure passed 62 percent yes, 37 percent no in Solano County and 58 percent yes, 42 percent no in Yolo County. Overall, it passed 62 percent to 37 percent.
The project, and more than $125 million in additional projects, are tied into the Facilities Master Plan, which needs to be finalized and approval by the college district’s governing board. The remaining money would need to be raised through donations, grants and other sources.Measure Q is a $348 million facilities bond that would last between 25 to 40 years and cost property owners $18.99 per year per $100,000 of assessed property value.
The college hopes to use the money to refurbish an aging Fairfield campus and improve both the Vacaville and Vallejo centers. About $40 million has been identified for moving the lab to the Vacaville center.
Laguerre said the bond would allow the college to serve not only its students better but the community better. With the bond money, the college could build better facilities, pay for programs such as nursing, firefighter and biotechnology programs, plus pay for new agricultural fields and attract more young people and high school students to take college classes early.
“There’s a lot riding on it for the community, because this is communitywide,” he said.
Governing board member Sarah Chapman said she was extremely pleased with the support for Measure Q.
“The people of Solano County came through again on education,” she said.
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