County’s officials praise ‘E’ |

County’s officials praise ‘E’

Sierra College’s bond measure has earned high marks from elected officials in Nevada County.

The Nevada City and Grass Valley city councils have passed resolutions supporting the $394 million bond measure, and several members of the Nevada County Board of Supervisors have expressed their support.

“It is a costly measure, but the benefits greatly outweigh the expense,” Supervisor Robin Sutherland said.

The bond measure would cost homeowners $19 per $100,000 of assessed property value, which means for the median-priced home in Nevada County of $300,000 it would cost $57.

However, a few elected officials did not back resolutions in support of the college system’s first bond request since 1959. Nevada City Councilman Conley Weaver voted against a support resolution, and Grass Valley Councilwoman Linda Stevens abstained.

Weaver said he is not necessarily against the measure, but he said it was inappropriate for him to tell voters how to tax themselves on a countywide measure. Stevens did not give a reason for her vote.

One component of Measure E favored by Sutherland is the potential for an expanded health an fitness center, perhaps even an aquatic center, for the disabled community of western Nevada County. The bond would pay for an instructional building to facilitate those type of programs, Nevada County campus Provost Tina Ludutsky-Taylor said.

“Considering the high population of disabled people in Nevada County, we need those facilities,” Sutherland said. “In my household, we will be voting for it.”

Supervisor Drew Bedwell said he is still weighing the pros and cons but likely will support the bond measure.

“How can you argue with education?” he said.

Several candidates in the March 2 Nevada County Board of Supervisors election have also thrown their support in favor of the bond measure. Those supporting the effort include Olivia Diaz and Nate Beason, both vying for the District 1 seat, and District 2 candidate Steve O’Rourke.

“I don’t like the funding of it … but I am a big fan of the junior college,” Beason said. “I am going to hold my nose and vote for it.”

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