"BAKERSFIELD, PORTERVILLE/ CERRO COSO COLLEGES AFFORDABILITY/ CLASSROOM REPAIR/ JOB TRAINING MEASURE. To upgrade classrooms to prepare students/ veterans for good-paying jobs/ university transfer, by updating labs/classrooms for nursing, welding, construction/ high-tech job training, repairing deteriorating gas, electrical/ sewer lines, leaky roofs, improving water conservation, ensuring access for disabled, including veterans, repairing, construction/ acquiring facilities, sites/ equipment, shall Kern Community College District issue $502,821,000 in bonds at legal rates, funds spent locally, with citizens oversight/independent audits?"
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Measure J: Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Measure J?
A: Our local community colleges, Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso Community College, and Porterville College, are essential to our local economies and are critical stepping stones to good-paying jobs and university degrees. On July 14, 2016, the Kern Community College District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to place Measure J on the November 2016 ballot. Measure J is a $502.8 million local education bond measure to support our local community colleges and continue to affordable, excellent education and job training they provide local students, workers, and veterans.
Q: How does Yes on J keep college affordable?
A: Because the University of California and California State University campuses have become so expensive, more and more students, military veterans, and their families are relying on our local community colleges for affordable education. YES on J will upgrade Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso Community College, and Porterville College to ensure local students can continue to earn college credits, certifications, and job skills at a reasonable price.
Q: How does YES on J help job training?
A: In today's economy, good-paying jobs require specialized training and education. YES on J will upgrade vocational education programs so students, workers, and veterans can learn the skills required for good-paying jobs in today's competitive economy. YES on J also ensures that Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso Community College, and Porterville College can continue to provide quality vocational education in nursing, healthcare, welding, etc...
Q: Will Measure J help returning veterans?
A: Returning veterans, many of whom face challenges, rely on local community colleges. YES on J ensures our veterans receive the support they need to complete their educations and re-enter the civilian workforce.
Q: How will YES on J funds be spent?
A: Funds will be spent to repair and upgrade Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso Community College, and Porterville College according to the publicly available Measure J projects list. For the full text of Measure J, visit www.kccd.edu.
Q: How can I be sure that Measure J funds will be spent as promised?
A: Measure J requires published financial audits and oversight by an independent Citizen's Oversight Committee to ensure all funds are spent as promised to taxpayers. By law, all Measure J funds are required to stay local to improve Bakersfield College, Cerro Coso Community College, and Porterville College. No funds can be spent on administrator salaries or pensions.
Q: When is the election?
A: Tuesday, November 8, 2016.