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NICC President Asks Dubuque School Board to Support Bond Issue Vote

Dr. Wee

The president of Northeast Iowa Community College tried to rally support for an upcoming bond issue vote at last night’s Dubuque school board meeting. In September, voters across NICC’s district will be asked to approve $39 million in new bonds, which would pay for things like an addition to the campus’ main building. NICC President Dr. Liang Chee Wee also explained that the money would support educational programming, which plays a vital role in their “Future Ready” initiative. There would be other physical upgrades included in the bonds. Dr. Wee says the campus’ buildings are beginning to show their age. Some of the revenue generated from the levy would be used to install new security features on campus, including a college wide camera and entry lock system. Technology priorities for the college include replacing network servers and cybersecurity systems. Ten years ago, voters approved a $35 million bond issue, which added about 29 cents per $1,000 valuation to property taxes. Dr. Wee says that tax rate would stay in place if the new bonds are approved. The bond issue vote is scheduled for September 11th. It must receive 60% support to pass.

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