About the 2004 bond
After three years of master planning, public hearings, and Governing Board review, the Maricopa Community Colleges asked voters to approve $951,359,000.00 in General Obligation Bonds for new classroom construction, facilities renovations, information technology improvements, parking, security, and land purchases to meet future growth needs. On November 2, 2004 voters overwhelming approved the sale of capital bonds with 76% of all Maricopa County voters supporting the bond. The bonds are paid for by property taxes levied on all property owners in Maricopa County.
Nearly 85% of the funds were utilized for construction and renovation of classroom and laboratory space at all 10 colleges, with funding being almost evenly split between the four geographic quadrants of the county. Funds were used to increase classroom and laboratory space, expand libraries, remodel aging and obsolete campus facilities, implement energy efficiency measures, renovate instructional space, improve security and for other capital needs. Every college received funds to improve its infrastructure, increase energy efficiency, and improve technology. In addition, the Maricopa Community Colleges purchased land for future development in the Laveen area, the Surprise/Peoria area and the Goodyear/Buckeye area. The bond program supports the expansion, renovation and technological improvement of Maricopa Community Colleges infrastructure. The bond does not support the faculty, staff or any other operational costs of the district.
CGCC and the Bond
Chandler-Gilbert Community College received more than $ 83,000,000 for 170,000 sq.ft. of new or renovated classrooms, labs and equipment, athletic facilities, performing arts space, and an expanded student center at the Pecos Campus. The bond also provided a new healthcare/classroom facility, remodeled classrooms, labs, and student services at the CGCC Williams Campus. Additionally, CGCC Sun Lakes Education Center was expanded with new classrooms and meeting rooms along with new and improved roads, sidewalks, entrances, and signage.