11:20 p.m., Feb. 6, 2013

Survey on bond election says
educate voters beforehand

A survey consultant said if Laramie County Community College asked for a bond election to finance construction on campus, the college would need to educate the public about the need and the cost.

At the Feb. 6 LCCC Board of Trustees’ study session, the board discussed the results of a survey about a proposed bond election for the university/student center and flex-tech building.

FrederickPolls conducts survey
of Laramie County voters

The survey to residents with landlines and cellphones was conducted by Keith Frederick of FrederickPolls from Arlington, Va., who called in to the board meeting to review the survey results with the trustees. Frederick said the 300 people who were surveyed were most likely to vote in the actual election, and margin of error was 5.6 percent. The summary of findings from the survey found the mood was very supportive of a bond measure, but problems existed with the legal language of the potential bond ballot. The survey showed more voted no (48 percent) than yes (42 percent) on a more legally termed ballot, but when asked about the concept of a $20 million bond for a flex-tech center and student services building, with these being detailed, and with the tax increase broken down monthly, more voted yes (63 percent) than no (32 percent).

Frederick said the atmosphere to hold a special bond election was positive because the survey showed the community viewed the economy and the taxing situation as good and LCCC was viewed favorably. He added though to have a successful election, the college would have to educate the community about the issue.

The board discussed whether the college should wait for the general election in 2014, but Frederick and Todd Bishop from Kaiser and Co. said it was uncertain if the community and economy would be this positive in two years. The board is considering a special, off-year election this fall.

Voters need to be educated for favorable bond election

Trustee Don Erickson pointed out it would take a lot of work to fully educate the community about the election and what it means for the college and the community in the six months before a special election. Overall, Frederick said the response seemed positive regarding the bond, but his summary said if the election were held today, LCCC would lose the election mostly because of the wording.

“This bond referendum should win but will likely fail unless the electorate can be educated on specifics of LCCC’s successful track record, the community value and return on investment and the honest impact of this temporary tax increase,” Frederick said.

Following the meeting, the board went into an executive session to discuss personnel matters.

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Survey summary

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