Larkspur-Corte Madera School District Bond Issue, Measure D (June 2014)

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A Larkspur-Corte Madera School District Bond Issue, Measure D ballot question was on the June 3, 2014 election ballot for voters in the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District in Marin County, California, where it was decisively approved.[1]

Measure D authorized the district to increase its debt by $19,000,000 through issuing general obligation bonds in that amount in order to fund renovation, construction and improvement of district facilities. The maximum estimated tax rate required to repay these bonds was an additional $30 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.[2]

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

Election results

Measure D
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 2,725 70.07%
No1,16429.93%
Election results from County of Marin Elections Department

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:[3]

To maintain high-quality education, relieve overcrowding, and provide safe and modern Larkspur-Corte Madera elementary and middle schools by replacing portables, constructing new classrooms, completing essential fire and earthquake safety upgrades, removing lead, asbestos and hazardous materials, and upgrading outdated heating, ventilation and electrical systems, shall Larkspur-Corte Madera School District issue up to $19,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with independent citizens' oversight, no money for administrator salaries and all funds staying in Larkspur-Corte Madera schools? [4]

Impartial analysis

The following impartial analysis of Measure D was prepared by the office of the county counsel:[3]

This measure was placed on the ballot by the Marin County Superintendent of Schools. If this Measure is approved by a 55% vote, the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District will be authorized to incur bonded indebtedness of up to Nineteen Million Dollars ($19,000,000) with an interest rate not to exceed the limit set by law. The proceeds of the proposed bonds must be used for the purposes set forth in the Measure and for no other purposes, and will be subject to oversight by a citizens' oversight committee and annual independent audits to assure that the funds are spent only for the school facilities projects listed in the Measure. [4]

—Steven M. Woodside, Marin County Counsel[3]

Support

Supporters

The following individuals signed the official arguments in favor of Measure D:[3]

  • Jana Haehl, former mayor of Corte Madera and 51-Year Corte Madera resident
  • Robert B. Sinnott, chief of Larkspur Fire Department, 46-Year Larkspur resident and LCMSD alum
  • David B. Doyle, local realtor and Corte Madera resident
  • Bill Levinson, chair of 2011 Measure A Citizens' Oversight Committee, former superintendent of Tamalpais Union High School District
  • Wendy Meunier, teacher, Corte Madera resident and 2011 Marin County Golden Bell Award Recipient

Arguments in favor

Official arguments

The following official arguments were submitted in favor of Measure D:[3]

Vote YES on D to protect high quality education in Lark spur-Corte Madera elementary schools! Measure D will relieve school overcrowding and make critical safety upgrades to ensure safe and modern classrooms for every student. All Measure D funds stay in our local schools under local control + nothing can be taken by Sacramento and no funds can be used for administrator salaries. Measure D also makes our schools eligible for state matching funds that would otherwise go to other communities. We have excellent local schools and our students achieve at an extremely high level; however, enrollment has increased 47% since 2003 and will continue to grow. Neil Cummins and Hall Middle School already house more students than they were designed for, and rely on portables to accommodate students.

YES on D ensures safe and modern schools by:

  • Reducing school overcrowding
  • Replacing aging portables with permanent classrooms
  • Upgrading fire and earthquake safety
  • Removing lead, asbestos and other hazardous materials
  • Replacing outdated, inefficient heating, ventilation, electrical and plumbing for efficiency and savings

To relieve overcrowding and protect quality education, the District implemented a two-phase facility improvement plan. This approach allowed the District to avoid high interest bonds that would increase costs for taxpayers.

Measure A in 2011 funded the first phase, including construction of The Cove elementary school, which will open this fall. Reports by the Citizens' Oversight Committee confirm that all Measure A projects are on schedule and on budget. Now, Measure D is necessary to complete phase two and ensure all students have the quality learning environments they deserve. Fiscal Accountability Is Required:

  • All funds stay under local control for our schools
  • No funds can be used for administrator salaries
  • Independent citizens' oversight and annual audits will ensure transparency

Join community leaders, parents and seniors + vote YES on Measure D to prepare local students for success! [4]

—Jana Haehl, Robert B. Sinnott, David B. Doyle, Bill Levinson and Wendy Meunier[3]

Opposition

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

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