Las Lomitas Elementary School District bond proposition, Measure S (November 2013)
According to the district, the highest average tax rate levy per year needed to fund these bonds was estimated at $30 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.
A 55 percent supermajority vote was required for approval.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
| Measure S:
“To repair and improve aging schools to protect quality academic instruction with funding that cannot be taken by Sacramento, shall Las Lomitas Elementary School District build classrooms for increased student enrollment, update/replace aging classrooms to meet current health/safety codes, renovate heating/electrical systems to save money, support 21st century instructional technology, acquire, repair, construct sites, facilities, equipment by issuing $60,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with citizens’ oversight, no money for administrators, and all funds staying local?”
- San Mateo County Democratic Party
- Karen Fryling, Realtor at Coldwell Banker
- Rich Ginn, President of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District Board
- Sue Sartor, Principle at Las Lomitas Principal
- Ray Mueller, Menlo Park Mayor
Proponents of Measure S had outlined their arguments in the League of Women Voters’ Voter Guide. The arguments included the following:
- Last time that voters passed a similar bond measure, all school improvement projects were completed on time and within budget.
- As the school district grows, there are not enough classrooms and buildings for students.
- Taxpayer protections are included in the measure. No funds can be spent on administrators' salaries or pensions. Only facilities, technology and equipment upgrades are allowed. An independent citizens' oversight committee will ensure all funds are spent properly.
- The League of Women Voters of California could not identify any opponents or opposing arguments, as listed in their voter guide.
Tax Rate Statement
Lisa Cesario, the Superintendent of the Las Lomitas School District, provided a tax rate statement for Measure S:
An election will be held in the Las Lomitas School District (the "District") on November 5, 2013, to authorize the sale of up to $60,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance projects as described in the measure. If such bonds are authorized and sold, principal and interest on the bonds will be payable only from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the Elections Code of the State of California. Such information is based upon the best estimates and projections presently available from official sources, upon experience within the District, and other demonstrable factors. Based upon the foregoing and projections of the District's assessed valuation, the following information is provided:
- San Mateo County local measures for November 5, 2013 election, Measure S
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- San Mateo County Democratic Party, "Endorsement Information for Candidates and Campaigns," accessed October 23, 2013
- League of Women Voters of California, "Measure S School Bond Las Lomitas Elementary School District," accessed October 23, 2013
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