Measure C needed 55 percent of vote, gets just 48 percent


Measure C, the bond measure the West Kern Community College District was seeking to continue the expansion and modernization of the Taft College campus, was turned down by voters Tuesday night.
The bond, which would have raised $50 million, needed 55 percent of the vote to pass, but it got just under 48 percent.

Out of 1,879 voters cast with all 14 precincts counted, Measure C received 900 yes votes and 979 no votes.

The WKCCD Board of Trustees voted in February to put the measure on the ballot.
In January, the District was discussing an $85 million bond but that was pared down to $50 million after discussions.

The college campus has undergone a major reconstruction since 2004 funded by an earlier bond measure. A new cafeteria/student center, currently under construction on Wildcat Way, is the final project from that bond. It is scheduled to be completed in the fall.
But the works wasn't done, District officials said, and more money was needed to replace an aging dental hygiene building, build or renovate classrooms for science, technology and other programs, modernize technology and replace aging utilities.