Community College Cash

Campaign raises $300,000


They've got an uphill battle at the ballot box, but the campaign to create a new community college in the Treasure Valley is raising money at a fair clip.

The campaign announced today they've raised $300,000 from private donors. Community College YES has reached a landmark: $300,000 in private donations from more than 200 donors.

Voters will decide on May 22 whether or not to create the new taxing district to create the new school. To pass the election, they'll need to get a two-thirds majority of voters. Organizers admit that is a high hurdle. Supporters of the move include Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Mayor Dave Bieter. The campaign began in February.

“Our goal is to let the public know the benefits of a community college,” said Hatch Barrett, a finance co-chair of Community College YES, the group backing the measure. “We have been doing that by creating and distributing literature, identifying voters, organizing volunteers and speaking to voters in Ada and Canyon counties."

Lobbyist Skip Smyser is also on the campaign’s finance team.

The group has been spending money as fast as they get it, including ubiquitous ads on radio and in area newspapers. Organizers said they'll be involved in neighborhood canvassing each weekend until the election.