Golden Plains Unified School District Bond Issue, Measure G (June 2014)

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A Golden Plains Unified School District Bond Issue, Measure G ballot question was on the June 3, 2014 election ballot for voters in the Golden Plains Unified School District in Fresno County, California, where it was likely narrowly defeated.

Measure G would have authorized the district to increase its debt by $13 million through issuing general obligation bonds in that amount in order to improve school facilities. The property tax rate required to repay these bonds was estimated at $60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.[1]

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

Election results

Measure G
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No17046.96%
Yes 192 53.04%
Election results from Fresno County Elections Office

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:[1]

NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL REPAIR, CAREER EDUCATION AND STUDENT SAFETY BOND MEASURE G   To improve local schools by improving classrooms, vocational/agricultural job training and  technology; fixing deteriorating roofs, bathrooms, plumbing/electrical systems;  removing  asbestos, mold/lead paint; improving fire safety; and constructing/equipping district facilities/sites  shall Golden Plains Unified School District issue $13,000,000 in bonds at legal interest rates, with  independent audits, citizens’ oversight, no money for administrators’ salaries/pensions, and all  funds used locally?[2]

Impartial analysis

The following impartial analysis of Measure G was provided by the office of the county counsel:[1]

Voter approval of this measure will authorize the governing board of the Golden Plains Unified School District (the “District”) to issue and sell bonds in the maximum amount of Thirteen Million Dollars ($13,000,000.00), bearing interest at legal rates and with maturity dates of not more than 40 years. The bond proceeds may be expended to construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, furnish, equip, or replace school facilities within the District. The bonds proceeds may not be used for any other purpose, including teacher or administrator salaries or other school operating expenses. This measure would require annual, independent, performance and financial audits of the proceeds and appointment of a citizens’ oversight committee. This measure was placed on the ballot by order of the governing board of the District.[2]

—Kevin B. Briggs, Fresno County Counsel[1]

Project list

The following is the ballot information on the projects that bond money from Measure G was designed to be used for:[1]

Measure G funds will only be used for the renovation and improvements to schools and District facilities in the Golden Plains Unified School District. Further, because vocational education has proven to inspire students to connect school to the world of work, decrease the drop-out rate, and improve student achievement, funds from this measure would be used in part to upgrade and expand vocational education facilities at Tranquility High School. Additionally, in 2014, more than 80 percent of Golden Plains Unified schools will be over 50 years old with an average age of 55 years, which results in significant facility improvements and renovations necessary in order to provide a quality education program for the students of the District.

  • Improve physical education, athletic, recreational and performing arts facilities;
  • Make interior and exterior improvements including upgrade of infrastructure and major building systems; replace water, sewer, plumbing, electrical and irrigation systems; repaint facilities; resurface parking areas and play courts; upgrade sidewalks, paths and walkways; construct, renovate and improve playfields and community-use areas; and
  • Construct facilities that qualify for State funds as joint-use-projects with eligible public agencies or non-profit agencies for joint-use District facilities.[2]

Support

Supporters

The following individuals signed the official arguments in favor of Measure G:[1]

  • Antonio Lopez, Golden Plains Unified School Board President and Teacher
  • Jesus Cruz, Golden Plains Unified SchoSuperintendent
  • Stanley Bulla III, businessman and chairperson of the Yes on Measure G Committee
  • Gary R. Minnite
  • Cruz W. Ramos, San Joaquin City Manager

Arguments in favor

Official arguments

The following official arguments were submitted in support of Measure G:[1]

A YES vote on Measure G means that every school in Golden Plains Unified School District will be repaired and improved. We serve over 1,800 students but our campuses have been part of many generations who live in our communities and surrounding area. All comprehensive schools in the Golden Plains Unified School District are over 60 years old. Just like our homes, our schools need our investment and our students deserve it!

YES on Measure G – all schools benefit

Repairs all schools and improves technology, safety, and our classrooms.

YES on Measure G – community facilities to engage students'

Measure G will fund community facilities that engage students in academics, including vocational studies and athletics so students stay in school and graduate.

YES on Measure G – all money stays local and create jobs

All bond money will remain local. Local taxpayer dollars will be spent right here in our community with the oversight of a citizens committee. The projects funded by Measure G will result in the creation of jobs that stay local.

YES on Measure G – well-maintained schools improve student performance

Studies indicate that student performance improves when students attend schools that are well-maintained. A community that invests in its schools sends a message to students that their education is important.

YES on Measure G – smart investment

State budget cuts during four of the past five years have made it impossible to set aside money for much needed repairs to our schools but Measure G will fill that gap.

YES on Measure G – the natural step in improved schools

Golden Plains Unified Board of Education adopted a Facilities Master Plan that identifies 10 years of school facility needs. Measure G is the next step in delivering high-quality schools for all students.

VOTE LOCAL – YES ON MEASURE G

CITIZENS FOR INVESTING IN STUDENTS OF THE GOLDEN PLAINS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT – YES ON MEASURE G[2]

—Antonio Lopez, Jesus Cruz, Stanley Bulla III, Gary R. Minnite, Cruz W. Ramos[1]

Opposition

No official arguments were submitted in opposition to Measure G. If you have an argument that you would like to see posted here, please email the Local Ballot Measure Project staff writer.

See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Fresno County Elections Office website, "June 3, 2014 election sample ballot," archived May 20, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.