Thurman Speaks About Pinal County Voters Say NO to Pinal Community Colleges

Why? I fail to understand why Pinal County taxpayers voted NO when it came to supporting their community colleges.

A $435 million plan to expand higher education in Pinal County lost by a vote of 59% to 41%. The proposed bond issue "would have added or expanded community college campuses in Apache Junction, Maricopa, Casa Grande, Florence, Coolidge and elsewhere." [ Pinal County cities and towns]

During late 2004, Maricopa County taxpayers voted YES on a proposition that resulted in almost one billion dollars going to the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD). Note: This bond vote wasn't close; it won with 75% voting YES.

It is too bad voters in Pinal County did not follow the lead offered by voters in Maricopa County. Pinal County is going to have major problems when they start to experience the real sprawl of Maricopa County. Eventually they will have to belly-up to the bar and pay for a solid educational system.

Creator: Gerald D. Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 25 May 2005
+ fixed typos