College of the Sequoias is seeking a bond measure that would improve Tulare County residents’ access to a four-year university.
Measure C would allow COS to issue and sell bonds totalling $95 million, which is expected to cost property owners in the Visalia Improvement District $13 annually for every $100,000 of assessed property value.
Much of the funding would go toward the instruction of a University Center on the southeast corner of campus.
COS has already invested $5 million to purchase the land for the building.
The University Center would expand the college’s partnerships with four-year universities such as Fresno State to help students who already have two-year degrees stay in the area.
Fresno State currently has a south campus in Visalia in partnership with COS that opened in 2016.
Proponents for Measure C point to the University of California’s decision to pass up Tulare County in favor of Merced over 20 years ago. Measure C, proponents say, is one way of rectifying that decision and improving the education offered in Tulare County.