Measure S, an to repair Cabrillo Unified School District facilities and provide computers and other technology, is on the June ballot, and tomorrow’s election outcome will determine how much support this tax measure really has with voters. Unlike a parcel tax, which requires two-thirds approval, Measure S needs a simple majority to pass.
Even if Measure S passes, Cabrillo could face more cuts next year if the state government enacts further reductions in education spending. Depending on what happens in Sacramento, the district may need to pursue another parcel tax in 2013.
Shortly after the Cabrillo District filed papers to put the $81 million tax bond measure up for voter approval in March, Half Moon Bay Patch posted a asking, Do you support Cabrillo Unified's $81M bond measure for local schools?
With 127 votes weighing in on the issue, 68 percent voted against the measure, with 40 percent in favor.
With Election Day tomorrow, here’s a chance for those who didn’t vote in this poll to weigh in on the measure today.
Do you support Measure S? Vote in our poll below.
Read on for a summary of the measure.
TAX BOND BALLOT MEASURE SUMMARY
The District estimates that property owners would pay $45 per $100,000 of the assessed value of their property (taken during fiscal year 2012-2013 and fiscal year 2022-2023).
The bond would go towards District schools as follows:
- Replacing leaky roofs
- Safety repairs and upgrades to school facilities (e.g. heating, cooling and plumbing systems; playground equipment)
- Equip classrooms with 21st technology (e.g. computers, LCD projectors, laser printers, servers)
- Capital improvement to energy, water and utility systems (e.g. installing solar panels, renovating restrooms, replacing and renovating the pool at Half Moon Bay High School, consolidating or relocating District administrative offices to improve efficiency and save money)
Bond proceeds will not be allowed to fund District administrative salaries.
Implementing measures of accountability would be required if the bond passed, including an independent citizens' oversight committee established by the Board of Education within 60 days, as well as an annual performance and financial audit. A report with the Board of Education each January would also have to be filed listing the status of monies received and expended from bond proceeds, as well as the status of projects funded with proceeds.
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