PASADENA, Texas – Early voting for the Nov. 2015 election begins Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. Voters within the San Jacinto College District will have the opportunity to vote on the issuance of $425 million in general obligation bonds needed to prepare students to live and work in the community.
Residents that live within the Pasadena, Deer Park, La Porte, Sheldon, Channelview, and Galena Park independent school districts can vote in person at the main early voting polling place or at any other designated early voting branch location during designated times. There are numerous early voting locations in Harris County during the early voting period, which runs Monday, Oct. 19 through Friday, Oct. 30.
According to the Harris County Clerk’s website, early voting hours of operation are 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Oct. 19 -23; 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Oct. 24; 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Oct. 25; and 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Oct. 26 – 30. To find an early voting location, visit the San Jacinto College bond website at sanjac.edu/bond, and click on “Voting Information” on the left hand side. Polling locations are subject to change. For the most current information visit the Harris County website.
Proposed projects with this bond referendum include state-of-the-art facilities to train students and workers in the petrochemical, energy, engineering, computers, and technology sectors; a new welcome center providing a “one-stop shop” for student support services such as admission, financial aid, and counseling; new culinary and cosmetology facilities; and additional classroom facilities across the district. Nine buildings will be renovated – most of which are more than 30 years old – which will provide updated space for early college high school and dual credit programs, as well as more relevant, efficient, and technically updated instructional space for employees and students. Additionally, the funding will provide for security, access, and safety upgrades throughout all facilities and significant infrastructure upgrades and replacements for systems at the end of their useful life.
Impact on taxpayers in the San Jacinto College District is expected to be minimal. The maximum increase in taxes for debt service when all the bonds are issued will not exceed 3 cents per $100 of valuation. Residents that own a home with an appraised value of $100,000 will see their taxes increase a maximum of approximately $28.50 per year, or $2.38 per month. Most senior citizens of age 65 or older and the disabled will see no increase in their taxes; however, those seniors over 65 who own a house valued for taxes above $132,500 will see a nominal increase. San Jacinto College’s practice has been to mitigate the tax impact on its senior citizens over 65 and disabled by increasing the tax exemption for these citizens. The College intends to continue this practice.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. For more information about the San Jacinto College 2015 Bond proposal, including a complete list of proposed projects by campus, visit sanjac.edu/bond. You can also join in and follow the conversation online with the hashtag #SanJacTomorrow.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.