By Courtney Walston and Josh McLees
Laramie County Community College’s ballot initiative for a property tax increase to fund the renovation of the college’s Fine Arts building and construction of a performing arts center passed with 60.93 percent of residents voting for the measure.
When LCCC asked the public for a nearly $30 million bond request in 2017, it failed with 58.8 percent voting no and 41.2 percent voting yes. The college asked the community for $29.5 million to be repaid with property taxes over 15.5 years. This money would have gone to fund the renovation of the Fine Arts building and the construction of a performing arts center, plus renovation of the Recreation and Athletics Center and a new residence hall.
The one-mill levy that voters approved Nov. 6 will raise voters approved Nov. 6 will raise $6 million that will fund the renovation of the Fine Arts building and the construction of a performing arts center.
LCCC President Dr. Joe Schaffer said that the renovations and new building will benefit the community in a positive way.
“Just being able to offer educational space that’s truly conducive to this type of programing will help us retain students that currently pass up LCCC because they want to go to institutions that have better facilities,” Schaffer said in a television interview with Wingspan on Election Night. “It’s going to help us expand programming in many ways and offer course work that we haven’t been able to offer. The addition of the auditorium, the opportunities for the community to be involved with and host community events.”
In the election for Board of Trustees, Brenda Lyttle and Carol Merrell retained their seats as members of the board. Janine Thompson will replace Bradley Barker III as a new board member. Lyttle was the top vote-getter with 23.18 percent of the vote, followed by Merrell at 21.66 percent and Thompson at 20.81 percent.