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Seven million dollars - a record investment
Seven million dollars - a record investment
TitleSeven million dollars - a record investment
Original sourceWatsonville Register Pajaronian
RepositoryCabrillo College Archives
Copyright statementCopyright Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, all rights reserved. Used with permission.
TypeNewspaper articles
Format4w x 14h inches
TextEditorial Page Watsonville Register-Pajaronian Seven Million Dollars - A Record Investment By far the largest financial commitment to be voted on locally, if our memory is any good, will be the proposal that a $7 million bond issue be adopted for buying land and building a brand-new junior college for Santa Cruz and northern Monterey counties. The citizens' advisory committee to the Cabrillo college board of trustees has, 'it seems to us, faced the necessities of life squarely in its recommendation to the board this week. It is a large order which the committee proposes. But if its facts and its reasoning stand up under analysis "over the next few months, it may turn out that to spend $7 millions now makes more sense than putting out more money in smaller amounts over the next 15 or 25 years. One argument for the formation of a junior college district, before the decision was made by the voters a little over a year ago, comes readily to mind, and it is interesting to compare the present figures with that argument. As matters stood before the Cabrillo college district was established, the taxpayers of Santa Cruz and northern Monterey counties did not pay taxes only for the operating expenses of Hartnell, MPC, San Jose City college and other junior colleges attended by students from this area. In addition to their share of operating costs, people of this area were required by state law to pay each college $300 per student for classrooms and other capital outlay purposes. We were paying tuition, and also paying for new buildings. Proponents of the formation of a junior. college district said at that time that we could build and operate our own college, to our own standards and with our own control over the institution, for a sum not more and perhaps less than the money we'd pay out for out-of-county junior college education of our students. The citizens'committee now concludes, on the basis of mathematical predictions of enrollment, that in the next 15 years, we'd have paid out $7.5 million to build and equip campuses for other junior colleges, in'addition to the tuition we'd also'have paid. If we had no junior college of our own over that period of time, Wd have $7, 5 million worth of "rent receipts" to show for our tax dollars. With the proposed building program, if the committee's figures are correct, we will haVe a complete college campus of our own within a couple of years, at a tax, cost which is comparable to that which we'd have had to bear for other junior colleges.The committee has studied, and the college board will consider, several questions—including whether it's economical to build the college with long-term money now, or to do the job piecemeal with extra taxes over shorter periods of time. There is much to be said for the long-term bond process, by which future property owners in this growing area will bear, their share of the cost. The committee recommends consolidating the bond'election with the June primary, at a saving of some $15, 000 over the cost of a special election. There are many things to be considered in this question of establishing a permanent junior college plant for the Cabrillo district; and they will be talked out over a period of time* Right now, it seems to us that the citizens* committee and the board are facing their jobs head-on, and providing the people of the district facts upon which to base a major decision, Whatever the final decision, the people of the Cabrillo district may be thankful for the close attention paid to their educational problems by a group of public-spirited trustees and advisors who have one objective: to provide for this area a first-rate junior college, which it has lacked for far too long.
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