Alvin Community College Bond 2016

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In 2015, the Alvin Community College Board of regents unanimously voted for a strategic plan that included “to plan and develop a campus in the vicinity of the west side of the college taxing district and address facilities needs and technology updates for the existing campus.”

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The Alvin Community College Board of Regents voted to call an $88.5 million bond election asking voters to consider a proposition that, if approved, would provide funding for facility improvements and construct a new building to serve the west side of the College’s taxing area.

What is a bond election?

Community colleges must ask voters for permission to sell bonds to investors to raise money for capital projects including new construction, renovation or other campus improvements. Voters give the college permission to take out a loan to build and renovate and pay that loan back over an extended period of time.

Reasons Alvin Community College called a May 7, 2016 bond election?

Alvin Community College campus opened to the public in 1963 and although the buildings have been maintained well, according to a facilities condition assessment conducted by an independent engineering firm, the engineer’s report identified significant structural and adequate space deficiencies. Additionally, the Alvin Community College 2016-2021 Strategic Plan identifies strategic needs for the College over the next five years, including a focus on  promoting student success, enhancing the quality of life and supporting economic development.

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What will be on the Ballot May 7th?

Land acquisition and new building on west side of taxing district.  New facility, with land sized to accommodate current “first” building and future expansion, will be located on the west side of the college’s taxing district near the 288 corridor.  Initial building will include classrooms, labs, registration, counseling and administration.

Student Center renovations and the creation of additional student work spaces across campus.

New Technical Education Building on Alvin Campus. The facility could include space for existing programs such as welding, pipefitting, industrial design and more. The college will also consider adding new programs such as Supply Chain Management, Engineering and more.

Building systems upgrades on Alvin Campus, including replacement of aging mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. New systems will be per current codes, including energy efficiency. Also included will be improvements to security systems, specifically card access and emergency contact stations.

Renovations to classrooms on Alvin Campus, including size/layout changes, furniture upgrades, and technology upgrades, to meet the needs of current teaching methods and modern learning styles. This will also improve utilization and make scheduling more efficient.

Additions on Alvin Campus to support growing Culinary Arts program. Currently ACC is only able to offer an evening program due to limited space.

How would this election affect my taxes?

Approval of the bond election would lead to an increase on the interest and sinking (I&S) portion of the tax rate of approximately 6.99 cents per $100 of property value. The increase would be $10.20 per month or $122.00 per year for the average ACC home value of $175,000.

What if I am a senior citizen, 65 years or older?

ACC offers a $75,000 tax exemption on the property values for those 65 or older (or the disabled). For the average homeowner 65 and older or disabled, the bond would mean a $5.83 per month increase or $69.96 per year.

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History of ACC Bond Elections

1961: $1.5 million approved by Alvin ISD voters for Liberal Arts building, Science building, Student Center and Gym

1975: $8 million bond to construct A, B, C and D

2005: $19.9 million bond to construct Science/Health Science building

For more information about the bond, visit
www.AlvinCollege.edu/Bond2016
ACCBond2016@alvincollege.edu
281.756.3600

Where and when can I vote?

Early Voting April 25th – May 3rd 

April 25-29 8 AM – 5 PM
April 30 7 AM – 7 PM
May 2-3 7 AM – 7 PM

Angleton Main Location:

East Annex (Old Walmart)
1524 E Mulberry #144, Angleton

Alvin Branch Location:
Alvin Library
105 S Gordon, Alvin

Brazoria Branch Location:
Brazoria Library
620 S Brooks, Brazoria

Freeport Branch Location:
Freeport Library
410 Brazosport Blvd, Freeport

Lake Jackson Branch Location:
Lake Jackson Library
250 Circle Way, Lake Jackson

Manvel Branch Location:
Courthouse North Annex
7313 Corporate Dr, Manvel

Pearland East Branch Location:
Tom Reid Library
3522 Liberty Dr, Pearland

Pearland West Branch Location:
Westside Event Center
2150 Countryplace Pkwy, Pearland

Shadow Creek Branch Location:
Pearland Westside Library
2803 Business Center Dr #101, Pearland

Sweeny Branch Location:
Sweeny Community Center
205 W Ashley Wilson Rd, Sweeny

Election Day Saturday, May 7th  7AM – 7PM

For information on voting sites, visit www.BrazoriaCountyVotes.com

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