Portland Community College’s $185 million bond measure passed by a wide margin Tuesday evening as voters in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties gave it a big boost.

The measure renews PCC’s expiring $144 million bond measure, approved by voters in 2000, meaning that it will not require new taxes. Funding will improve PCC’s job training centers, increasing the lifespan of facilities and reducing long-term costs, according to college officials.

Early Tuesday evening, as election results rolled in, measure supporters were optimistic that wide victories in three of the college district’s five counties would carry the night.

“We’ve got about a 20-point spread, and I’m hoping that stays consistent with the rest of the turnout,” said PCC Board Member Valdez Bravo at McMenamins Chapel Pub in North Portland, where the college hosted an election night party.

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