Odessa College Trustees Want Odessans to Help Pay for $68.5 Million Project

By: Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Odessa College is one step closer to getting a major facelift. On Tuesday night, the Board of Trustees approved a facilities master plan that will cost close to 70 million dollars.

Now they're asking Odessans to help pay for it in a bond election.

Cramped classrooms, increased enrollment and out of date, rundown facilities are just some of the reasons OC Trustees say they approved a $68.5 million construction project.

"We're running out of space for classroom space, training space," Cheri Dalton, with Odessa College, said. "We have aging facilities where it's too costly to repair."

"I was real pleased, I think it brings to fruition a lot of work that the College has put in for the future," President of the Board of Trustees Walter Smith, said. "And it'll take care of needs, not just the current needs, but needs for many, many years in the future."

They're asking Odessans to vote for a 20 to 30 year bond to help pay for it.

Taxes would go up, but the College says the average homeowner wouldn't pay more than an extra $40.00 a year.

"We're talking about a long stretch of time because we're building for the future," Smith said. "You can't build for the future with no cost. It's just that simple and I think we tried to minimize that, as best we possibly could."

The plan calls for both new buildings and the renovation and demolition of old ones.

Now the school will have to wait until November to see if voters think it's worth it.

Trustees are still ironing out the final details of the bond proposal, but plan to have everything done in the coming days.

The bond will go up for a vote in the November 2nd general election.