SAN MATEO - Voters approved a $468 million construction bond for San Mateo County community colleges Tuesday night that promises to bring state-of-the-art classrooms expected to hold up for at least 30 years.

With all precincts reporting, Measure A received almost 64 percent of the voters' approval, surpassing the 55 percent it needed to pass.

"It's looking pretty positive," said college district trustee Patricia Miljanich, after early results came in. "It just confirms much of what we knew all along - that the community supports community colleges."

The bond will pay for revamping nursing and health-care training labs, renovating science, engineering and computer labs and constructing firefighter and police training facilities as well as new libraries at College of San Mateo, Canada College and Skyline College. It also includes seismic upgrades, improved accessibility for disabled people and removal of hazardous materials such as asbestos.

The average property owner will pay about $52 per year for 25 years, or $4.35 per month, for the construction bond.

Property owners are still paying for a $207 million construction bond for the college district passed by voters four years ago, which has an average bill of about $21 per year.

Staff writer T.S. Mills-Faraudo covers education. She can be reached at (650) 348-4338 or by e-mail at tmills@sanmateocountytimes.com.


Advertisement