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$870 million community college bond to be decided today

San Diego's three community college presidents are backing a school bond that would cost taxpayers $870 million. Community college trustees are considering the measure this afternoon at a special meeting. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

The $870 million bond would go toward building new science, business and technology facilities at the district's three community college campuses. San Diego City College President Terry Burgess says the bond is needed because classrooms are overcrowded and the buildings are outdated. He's confident college district trustees will also back the measure.

Burgess: "They do very much support the community college district, they support our colleges, I think they see the need. Clearly they've been very involved in conversations over the last 18 months in terms of our facility needs so they know there's a need out there."

About $260 million of the bond would go to City College. That money would pay for four new buildings. Burgess says the bond's hefty price tag covers the rising construction costs. Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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