Faculty of the Desert has lengthy been contemplating a campus on the previous website of the Palm Springs Mall, seen in November.

Faculty of the Desert has initiated two bond measures prior to now 20 years, totaling nearly $1 billion, for building of services.

These measures are funded by the taxpayers via property tax will increase which seem repeatedly in your invoice. The primary was largely to meet up with many years of under-investment and deferred upkeep on services and likewise construct new constructions in Indio and Palm Springs/Desert Sizzling Springs to serve rising scholar demand in these areas.

The second bond measure was geared toward main enlargement tasks which are persevering with at the moment. They embody:

  • Two new Indio tasks with a complete price range of $89.5 million.

  • A brand new Roadrunner Motors constructing in Cathedral Metropolis of 24,000 sq. toes with a $28.5 million. (Over $1,000 a sq. foot.)

  • Budgeted at $345 million is a Palm Springs mission with plans for a 330,000-square-foot hospitality and lodge schooling middle. (Additionally over $1,000 a sq. foot.)

  • The brand new athletics stadium and fields have a price range of $25 million. The whole mission will embody 88,000 sq. toes, which incorporates revamped soccer and soccer fields that may have lighting for night time video games. The brand new stadium shall be 20,000 sq. toes.

Throughout this era, enrollment at COD has declined by over 25% and a brand new president has been employed who needs to evaluate this half-billion {dollars} of constructing. I repeat: half a billion {dollars}.

Different group schools in California have discovered themselves with extra capability and large upkeep bills to look after buildings and overhead after rosy forecasts for enrollment and revenue didn’t come true.

As a retired businessman and a taxpayer who has seen the invoice on my taxes for COD, I’m all in favor of a pause to evaluate these expenditures.

It is smart to take a look at enrollment and use of already constructed services earlier than creating some white elephants that may value taxpayers further cash and don’t have any profit for the area.

Ward Fredericks lives in Indian Wells.

This text initially appeared on Palm Springs Desert Solar: It is sensible for Faculty of the Desert to pause enlargement for now