On July 29, 2014, a special Cuesta College board of trustees meeting will be held to discuss bond-related matters and potentially take action on putting a general obligation bond on the November 2014 ballot. The public is encouraged to attend and provide feedback.
An open discussion will begin at 4:00 p.m. in room 5401, building 5400, on the San Luis Obispo campus. The board will review bond survey data, potential resolution language and possible ballot statements. At the end of the discussion the Board will have the opportunity to take action.
The meeting will also be broadcast live to the North County campus in room N1015, Nacimiento/Wolf Building, located at 2800 Buena Vista Dr., Paso Robles. For members of the public unable to attend either location, public comments can be emailed to Cuesta College’s Executive Assistant to Superintendent/President Todd Frederick at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to office of the Superintendent/President, Cuesta College, P.O. Box 8106, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93403-8106.
For the past year, Cuesta College has been working with a consulting firm to assist the college’s board in determining the feasibility of whether the voters in San Luis Obispo County would support a bond this November. In October of 2013, a preliminary survey was conducted of county voters. The results of the survey were very positive – 69 percent would support a bond measure of $347 million; the maximum that the board could ask for.
Currently, the board of trustees agree that the district needs a bond to bring the college buildings and infrastructure up to industry and educational standards and meet all of the safety and energy requirements present today. The Board has not decided on an appropriate amount that would be adequate to fulfill the basic needs of the college, yet be mindful of the impact on voters. Their current stance is between $250 million and $286 million (tax rates would be approximately $18.02 and $20.61 per $100,000 of assessed property value, respectively). If the college does move forward with a bond, it must submit the ballot statement to the county clerk recorder’s office by Aug. 8.