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Hancock College leaders assess future plans after failure of Measure Y

Posted at 4:05 PM, Nov 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 19:05:00-05

Voters on Tuesday rejected a $75 million bond measure for improvements at Allan Hancock College facilities in Santa Maria, Lompoc and Santa Ynez.

Measure Y needed 55 percent voter approval to pass. Unofficial results show it received only 45 percent approval.

The bond would have cost taxpayers $11 per $100,000 of assessed property value. College leaders wanted to use the money to pay for a fine arts complex, new technology, upgrades to the Public Safety Training Complex in Lompoc, and infrastructure improvements among other projects.

“We are disheartened by the results but grateful for the many volunteers, businesses, associations and organizations who supported this effort,” said Allan Hancock College Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D. in a statement released Wednesday. “We will need to assess how the loss affects our plans for the Fine Arts Complex, the matching $24 million in state funds and the $10 million in philanthropic contributions specifically designed for this project. The need remains great and our students deserve a 21st century campus.”

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Allan Hancock College asks voters to approve Measure Y