Garland County Voters Say No To National Park Community College Millage Increase (Watch Video)
The National Park Community College social media campaign did not pay off.
The 1.7 millage increase failed in Tuesday’s election.
Unofficial results are 2,761 against and 1,839 for.
The final results of the election will not be available until Wednesday afternoon.
The college was seeking an increase from 0.8 to 2.5 mills.
NPCC was going to use the funds to construct a new technical center that was estimated to cost $30 million.
Dr. Sally Carder issued the following statement:
“Our motto for this campaign has been, Our College, Our future. This campaign was all about the future of our students and the economic growth of Garland County. Our campaign was based on sharing the facts and telling the truth about current conditions and restraints of our technical programs. It was based on integrity and honesty and only looking forward and upward. The people who voted against this have a different philosophy on how to turn the economy around. We believe it is about empowering our citizens with education and training and the skills necessary to get current and future jobs-good-paying jobs that will improve the quality of life for everyone.
As sad and dissappointed as we are, we don’t consider this vote against National park Community College, but rather a reaction to our economic times.
I have been touched beyond words by the volunteers and supporters who have worked tirelessly in this campaign. Thank you all so much. I look forward to promoting Garland County with you on future efforts.
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