Grand Rapids Community College Trustee Says Tax Hike Is Needed, One Building 'Not Even Safe' And People Would Be 'A Little Ashamed' Of Facilities

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Grand Rapids Community College's music building “is not even safe” and people visiting campus would be “a little ashamed,” veteran trustee Ellen James said as administrators unfolded plans for a $100 million tax increase request.

Trustees this morning were offered details of a 20-year tax increase request that could be on a May ballot if the board signs off on the plan at its January meeting.

Several trustees, including James, immediately offered support for the plan, through trustee Richard Ryskamp said he has questions about the need and whether the college could come up with the money for building repairs without asking taxpayers to open their wallets.

But James, a charter board member, said campus facilities are lacking and potentially dangerous.

“I think people walking around our campus would be a little surprised and a little ashamed,” James said at a special meeting called to discuss the plan. “The music building is not even safe. I'm concerned about safety factors at the college.”

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