Voters in Hawkeye’s 10-county service region will be asked whether to approve a $25 million bond issue on Tuesday, February 3. The bond will address the following community needs: additional workforce development programs and services for adult students; expanded capacity in high-demand fields such as healthcare/advanced manufacturing; and additional career academies in high schools and the College’s outreach centers.
Since an existing levy is ending, this measure will not result in an increase in Hawkeye’s overall property tax rate. For the average homeowner, the bond issue will cost approximately $1.10 per month on a home valued at $100,000. The bond rate would be in effect for 10 years. Under state law, issuing general obligation bonds is the primary funding mechanism for community colleges to finance new construction and major renovations of existing buildings.
If approved by voters, funding would be used for a new adult education center replacing the College’s Metro and Martin Luther King Jr. Centers, a new health sciences technology center, expanded job training and educational opportunities at high schools and off-campus outreach centers, and a renovation of Grundy Hall.
Registered voters can vote early by mail by completing a request form from their county auditor’s office or located on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.iowa.gov. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is January 30 at 5 PM. Absentee ballots may be cast in person at the county auditor’s office until 11 AM on Monday, February 2. Pre-paid return postage is provided for all ballots returned by mail. A mailed ballot must be postmarked on or before February 2 or it will not be counted. Absentee ballots may not be turned in at a polling place except to be surrendered and voided, in which case the voter would vote in person at their precinct. Polling locations for the special election will open at noon and close at 8 PM on Election Day.
The last day to pre-register for this election is January 23, before 5 PM. Any new voter, who registers before the deadline, will not be required to show proof of residence and identity. Following the deadline and on Election Day, new voters will be processed using the requirements of Election Day Registration and must provide proof of residence and identity.
Registered voters in the following school districts can vote: Allison-Bristow, Aplington-Parkersburg, Cedar Falls, Clarksville, Denver, Dike-New Hartford, Dunkerton, East Buchanan, Gladbrook-Reinbeck, Grundy Center (Grundy Community), Hudson, Independence, Janesville, Jesup, Nashua-Plainfield, North Tama County, Sumner, Tripoli, Union Community, Wapsie Valley, Waterloo, and Waverly-Shell Rock.