Long Beach Unified School District bond proposition, Measure K (November 2008)

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A Long Beach Unified School District bond proposition, Measure K ballot question was on the November 4, 2008 ballot for voters in the Long Beach Unified School District in Los Angeles, California, where it was approved.

Measure K authorized the district to borrow $1.2 billion. This will cost $60 per $100,000 of assessed property value annually for 25 years. The average home price in the Long Beach schools area is $400,000, so the average homeowning family will pay about $240 more in taxes during the 25-year life of the loan.[1]

A 55 percent supermajority vote was required for approval.

Voters in the school district also voted on a county-wide sales tax increase.

Election results

Measure K
Approveda Yes 123,253 72.12%
These final, certified, election results are from the Los Angeles County elections office.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE K: "To make essential health/safety repairs, retain teachers, qualify for matching grants, shall Long Beach Unified School District retrofit schools for earthquake safety/handicap accessibility, repair restrooms/plumbing/roofs/fire safety, remove lead paint/asbestos, upgrade vocational classrooms/technology/energy efficiency, expand after-school programs, reduce overcrowding, by acquiring, repairing, constructing, equipping sites, facilities, joint-use buildings, and issuing $1,200,000,000 in bonds at legal rates with independent audits, citizen’s oversight, and no money for administrators’ salaries?"[2]

Parcel tax in 2009

After Measure K passed in November 2008, the Long Beach school board voted to put Measure T, a $92 annual parcel tax on the November 3, 2009 ballot.[3]

Measure T was defeated.

See also


  1. Press Telegram, "Is $385 more a year too much?," September 27, 2008
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Contra Costa Times, "LBUSD to put parcel tax on ballot," July 20, 2009