Measure improves Truckee community |

Measure improves Truckee community

Measure E, a $394 million bond issue for the improvement of Sierra College, comes before the voters of four area counties on the March 2 ballot, and we feel the benefits it will potentially bring the community outweigh the costs.

The measure, put before Nevada, Placer, El Dorado and Sacramento county voters, is aimed at rebuilding and expanding the Sierra College facilities in the district. It’s been 47 years since the school’s board of trustees has asked for a bond measure, so as we grow, it is time to pony up to improve educational opportunities locally. Truckee residents are directly affected, not only as taxpayers, but as members of this community.

Will the bond cost us money? Yes. Is the bond measure adding approximately $19 per year per $100,000 of assessment to our individual tax burden worth it? We think yes.

Sierra College serves the needs of a diverse population of students, offering classes for traditional students bound for the university; continuing education for professionals, including business people, firefighters, nurses and teachers, and training for anyone looking to hone or develop their skills.

In Truckee, the passage of Measure E would mean the building of a permanent campus here, one which could serve an estimated 1,000 students per semester. It would be a full service educational facility, offering a science lab, as well as performing arts and vocational classes on site. The 30,000-square-foot instructional space would be three times the size of the current location.

But the campus adds more to this community than just classrooms, labs and opportunity for higher education. It provides an opportunity for joint-use facilities which could include a community center, performing art center, public open space and entertainment/lecture rooms, venues sorely needed in our town.

The passage of Measure E will deliver just more than $19 million of the total bond for use on the Truckee site. The funds can only be used for facilities and construction and will achieve a step vital to Truckee’s future.

We urge you to support Measure E with a Yes vote on March 2.

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