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Voters Approve Funding For Columbus State Community College Repairs And Expansion

Columbus State Community College

Franklin County voters approved a $300 million bond issue for improvements at Columbus State Community College. It was the community college's first-ever bond issue

Columbus State will now have funding for a growing list of maintenance needs around campus and new facilities they want built. The bond issue passed with a margin of 60-40%, according to unofficial voting results from the Franklin County Board of Elections..

David Harrison, president of Columbus State, said in an emailed statement the additional funding will help the school prepare students for in-demand jobs.

"Money generated by the bond issue will allow us to continue providing affordable education accessible to all who need it, better prepare our students for in-demand jobs, and create a stronger workforce for the future," he said.

The levy will cost Franklin County property owners a bit more than $20 a year for a $100,000 home.

School leaders and local organizations say the funding is sorely needed for repairs and expansions. Opponents questioned relying on local property owners for the improvements.