- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Voters in 13 north-central and northwest Iowa counties will decide whether to approve a $16 million bond issue to benefit Iowa Lakes Community College.

Under Iowa law, the referendum requires at least 60 percent approval for passage, the Sioux City Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1Q1v0GI ).

The bond would fund improvements on each of the college’s campuses, located in Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer and Spirit Lake, Iowa Lakes president Valerie Newhouse said.

The projects include: $6.85 million for a fine arts addition at the Estherville campus; $6.22 million for the Emmetsburg campus for an addition to house student services and renovations to the dining area and the business, admissions and financial aid offices; $2.6 million for a new roof and updated exterior for the Spencer campus; and $1.84 million to renovate the student center and student advising/success center on the Algona campus.

Newhouse said $772,000 would be used to renovate space for technical and industrial education classrooms at Spirit Lake.

Computerized, keyless entry systems would be installed at each campus to improve safety and security, Newhouse said.

If approved Tuesday, property taxes on a home assessed at $100,000 would increase by $11.70 per year over the 15 years required to pay off the bonds.


Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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