Amarillo College announces bond election of $89 million for continued funding

Amarillo College announces bond election of $89 million for continued funding
The Amarillo College Board of Regents is calling a bond election for $89.206 million. (SOURCE: KFDA)

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - The Amarillo College Board of Regents are calling for a bond election of $89.206 million for continued funding of various programs, facilities and initiatives.

Amarillo College’s bond is scheduled for a vote on May 4, 2019.

The bond proposal comes after Amarillo College said it is their only solution for funding.

“Well at Amarillo College, we basically have three sources of revenue," said Paul Proffer, Chair of the Board of Regents at Amarillo College. "One is state appropriations, we also have the tuition fees from students, and finally it’s the local tax revenue. We are not able to use the state appropriations or the tuition and fees for maintenance of facilities.”

The bond supports the AC’s Master Plan initiatives and projects, which addresses the needs of all seven campuses.

The majority of the bond money would fund the maintenance of facilities and the remainder would go towards other projects including the development of a new First Responders and Public Safety Academy.

“We are also looking at student life experience, on-boarding for students, how they get enrolled here on campus, a [First Responders and Public Safety Academy], so it would be a centralized location for EMT training, fire protection, and law enforcement academy, as well as technology improvements, and the development of an innovation hub and maker-space, ”said Wes Condray-Wright, director of communications and marketing at Amarillo College.

The bond will also fund additional parking for the Washington Street Campus.

Amarillo College’s bond is scheduled for a vote on May 4, 2019.

If the bond passes in May, Amarillo taxpayers will see an annual increase of $40 based on a $100,000 home value for six years.

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