Contra Costa Community College District Bond Issue, Measure E (June 2014)

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A Contra Costa Community College District Bond Issue, Measure E ballot question was on the June 3, 2014 election ballot for voters in the Contra Costa Community College District in Contra Costa County, California, where it was narrowly approved.

Measure E authorized the district to increase its debt by $450 million through issuing general obligation bonds in that amount. This money was designed to be used to work towards the expansion and modernization of school facilities urged by the district's Master Plan. According to official estimates at the time of the election, the work needed to fully implement the updates and improvements called for by the plan would cost $700 million. Specifically, the proposed bond money was earmarked for increasing facility access to those with disabilities, improving campus grounds and updating classroom and lab technology.[1]

The approval of Measure E nearly doubled the district's annual property tax rate from $13 per $100,000 of assessed valuation to almost $26 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. The district board of directors briefly considered a bond amount of $650 million, which would have raised the tax rate to about $31 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.[2]

A 55 percent supermajority vote was required for the approval of Measure E.

Election results

Measure E
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 82,532 57.58%
No60,79142.42%
Election results from Contra Costa County Elections Office

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:[3]

To upgrade educational facilities at Diablo Valley, Contra Costa, and Los Medanos Colleges, and the San Ramon and Brentwood centers, and help prepare students for jobs and college transfer by modernizing classrooms and labs, building facilities for health, medical, science, and technology training, and implementing earthquake safety, accessibility, and infrastructure improvements, shall the Contra Costa Community College District issue $450 million of bonds at legal interest rates with independent oversight, audits, and all funds spent on local sites?[4]

Support

Editorials

  • The Contra Costa Times editorial board wrote the following in support of Measure E:

Yes on Contra Costa Community College District Measure E: Many of the district's flimsily constructed buildings date back to the 1950s. While they were cheaper to build at the time, some have reached the end of their useful lives and others need rehabilitation.[4]

—Contra Costa Times editorial board[5]

Polls

EMC Research conducted a poll of 1,200 likely voters in October of 2013, reporting to the board of directors of the Contra Costa Community College District. The results showed that 67 percent of voters were in favor of a $450 million bond. The poll showed only 60 percent approval of a $650 million bond. Based on these results, the board of directors decided to play it safe and put the $450 million bond question on the 2014 primary ballot.[2]

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