A bond that would provide the California State University (CSU) system with $2 billion for infrastructure and technology improvements will be on the upcoming March ballot.
If passed, the funds would go toward a laundry list of upgrades the university has piled up over the years.
“About two-thirds of Cal Poly’s physical campus is more than 30 years old, and the campus has an overall need of more than $242 million to address needed upgrades,” University Spokesperson Matt Lazier wrote in an email to Mustang News.
These improvements could mean revisiting the renovation of Kennedy Library, which was put on hold last year due to a lack of funding, according to Lazier. Other upgrades would include repairing the hillside behind Fremont Hall and refurbishing the preschool learning lab.
Assembly Bill 48 would allocate $15 billion worth of funds to the California Public School system, divided between pre-K to K-12, community colleges, the CSU system and the University of California (UC) system. $9 billion will go toward pre-K to K-12, while each college system would receive the same amount of $2 billion.
Funding for the CSU and the UC systems will also require both systems to conduct housing affordability and availability studies within their areas. These prerequisites are meant to alleviate the housing crisis among college students in California.
In order to pass, the proposal requires a majority vote on the March ballot.