Rhode Island Higher Education Bonds, Question 4 (2000)

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Rhode Island Question 4, also known as Higher Education Bonds ($36,950,000), was on the November 7, 2000 election ballot in Rhode Island. Question 4 was a legislatively-referred bond issue. It passed with 67% of voters in favor.

Voter guide

The following language appeared in the Rhode Island Voter Information Handbook:[1]

Summary from the Voter Information Handbook: Approval of this question will provide funds to the Board of Governors for Higher Education for the improvement of residence hall facilities at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and for the construction and equipping of a new campus in Newport for the Community College of Rhode Island.

How much money will be borrowed? $36,950,000

How will the money be spent?

$22,000,000 of the funds will be used at the University of Rhode Island's Kingston Campus to continue the ongoing eight-year major renovation and upgrading program of its residence halls and surrounding landscape. Funds will be used for improvements to include replacement and modernization of all major systems, windows, doors, restrooms, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and interior/exterior finishes. Renovation work is planned to include interior and exterior renovations, architectural improvements, reconfiguration of bathrooms, programming alterations, upgrades or replacement of mechanical systems, and full fire and access code compliance including installation of sprinkler systems. Approximately 578,000 square feet of residence halls are slated for renovation including Bressler, Butterfield, Browning, Adams, Aldrich, Hopkins, Ellery, Dorr, Peck, Merrow, Hutchinson, and Tucker Halls.

$4,015,000 of these funds will be used to renovate and upgrade student residence halls and the surrounding landscape at Rhode Island College, including the replacement or repair of windows, installation of sprinkler systems, bathroom fixtures, electrical service, mechanical system upgrades and interior/exterior finishes. Funds will be used to renovate four residence halls at Rhode Island College totaling approximately 152,300 square feet, including Thorp, Weber, Browne, and Willard Halls. As necessary, renovations will include replacement and repair of windows, installation of sprinkler systems, bathroom fixtures replacement, electrical service upgrades, mechanical system improvements, interior/exterior finishes and code compliance issues.

$10,935,000 of these funds will be used to construct a 65,000 square foot campus building for the Community College of Rhode Island to be located in Newport, Rhode Island. The campus is planned to include a comprehensive array of classrooms, laboratories, and offices as well as a library, auditorium, food service, and appropriate areas for student dining and study. It is anticipated that the Community College will occupy 6-7 acres of land in the North End section of Newport that has been declared excess and subsequently conveyed by the U.S. Department of the Navy to the City of Newport. Both the facility and the initial parking area for the Community College, which will provide 300 spaces, are planned to be built to allow for possible future expansion.

The renovation of residence halls at the University of Rhode Island is part of an eight-year program that is currently underway and expected to be completed by August, 2008.

The renovation of residence halls at Rhode Island College is expected to begin July, 2001 and be completed by June, 2003.

Construction of the Newport Campus of the Community College of Rhode Island is expected to commence in the Fall of 2001 and be completed by the Spring of 2003.

The Board of Governors for Higher Education estimates the useful life of the residence halls to be between 25-35 years, depending on the type of improvements made, and estimates the useful life of the Newport Campus of the Community College of Rhode Island to be 50 years.

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