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Breaking it down: Pitt Community College bond referendum

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Pitt Community College wants to expand, but it needs you to foot the bill.

You’ll get the chance to decide if you want to make the investment as early as next week during early one-stop voting for the Pitt County municipal election.

So 9 On Your Side is breaking down everything you need to know to make an informed decision.

In the past 24 years, student enrollment at PCC has more than doubled, making it the fastest growing and most crowded community college campus in our state.

"This has been an issue that's been plaguing Pitt Community College for over two decades," says PCC President Dennis Massey. “It’s simply a capacity issue. If we don't have the buildings, we won't be able to provide the courses that students need for their degrees and certifications."

It’s a problem Massey says can only be solved with expansion.

He says increased enrollment in classes for science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM for short, means the school needs a new science building so officials can amp up course offerings and provide more advanced technology.

"We also feel that STEM education will position us for expanding new industries and new employers in our area,” he says.

Also on the wish list is relocating the Basic Law Enforcement Training Center.

The total price tag for both projects would be $19.9 million of your taxpayer dollars. That translates to about $18.50 a year more in property taxes for every $100,000 your property is worth.

"Seventy percent of our graduates stay in Pitt County, so we feel that it is our local community college, it benefits many sectors of the society, and it's part of the mix required for economic and workforce development,” Massey says.

This is the first time since 1989 PCC has asked taxpayers for a bond referendum like this.

If you still have questions or want to voice your concerns, school officials are holding a town hall meeting Wednesday night at 6:30 in the Goes Student Center on campus.

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