Ensuring a Strong Future

Preparing Our Community for the Future 

As Harper celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017-2018, we were already looking forward. Through surveys, meetings and presentations, thousands of community members identified opportunities to fund three campus master plan priorities without raising taxes.

Community members told us that Harper is critical in providing affordable education to keep our communities and local businesses competitive in a rapidly changing environment. They also helped us identify the following three priorities:

  • Priority 1: Drive Economic Opportunity in Our Community ($28.5 million)
    • New building to facilitate collaboration and innovation:
      • A hub for regional economic development.
      • A home for the University Center partnerships which provide four-year degrees in high-demand fields.
      • A center to help residents keep skills current for today’s workplace. 
  • Priority 2: Educate for Today’s High-Tech Jobs ($88.7 million)
    • Modernize facilities & curriculum.
    • Renovate facilities for academic programs.
    • Expand and improve health careers and manufacturing facilities.
  • Priority 3: Maintain and Improve Campus Infrastructure ($62.8 million)
    • Maintain and replace infrastructure.
    • Invest in technologies to increase efficiency and support state-of-the-art educational technologies. 

Acting on the community's advice, Harper's Board of Trustees voted to place a $180 million bond proposal on the November 6, 2018, ballot to fund these priorities.

Harper’s continued fiscal stewardship provides a unique opportunity to invest in our future without raising taxes.

Existing bonds from the year 2000 are due to be paid off in 2020. At that time, property taxes would decrease by approximately $23 for a $250,000 house. If voters approve this new bond issue, the College could replace those bonds and taxes would stay the same. Thus, Harper can raise an estimated $180 million without raising taxes.

View the "Preparing Our Community for the Future" presentation for more information about Harper's campus master plan and the referendum.

Let us know if you have questions about Harper's Community-Driven Plan for the Future.

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