We want them! Central Arizona College alumni that is. The group that is promoting passage of the Central Arizona College Bond via Question 1 on this year’s November ballot is hoping former students will go to the effort’s new website and share stories and pictures from their days at CAC.
The pro-bond committee, Educate Today, Excellence Tomorrow, wants to use the compelling and interesting stories it receives in future mailers and newspaper advertisements.
Anchoring one of the country’s fastest growing counties, Central Arizona College is Pinal County’s only higher education system. Pinal County voters have not passed a bond to help the college since 1972.
In the State of Arizona, community colleges are funded by tuition, appropriations by the Arizona State Legislature and local property taxes.
Central Arizona College has reduced its property tax rate for the past five years, including $78 this past year for the average Pinal County homeowner.
Question 1 and the Central Arizona College bond to be voted on November 4th would cost Pinal County homeowners less than three dollars per month. The nearly $99 million bond package would help fund new campuses in Maricopa, Johnson Ranch/Santan and expand and improve existing campuses in Casa Grande, Signal Peak, Aravaipa and Casa Grande.
The measure has received the unusual bi-partisan backing of both the Pinal County Democratic Party chairman and his counterpart with the Pinal County Republicans. It has also been endorsed by numerous community leaders, businesses and chambers of commerce.
“There are few more important responsibilities of government than providing a quality higher education system for our community. We need to make sure sons, daughters and life-long learners can continue to benefit from Central Arizona College. With voters’ support Pinal County and its residents will get more degrees, more jobs and a more educated community that will mean excellence in the future,” said Bill Bridwell, chairman of the pro-bond campaign.
Detailed information on Question 1 and the Central Arizona College bond can be found at www.yesonquestionone.com.