Los Gatos Union School District bonds, Measure E (June 2010)

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A Los Gatos Union School District bond proposition, Measure E ballot proposition was on the June 8, 2010 ballot for voters who live in the Los Gatos Union School District in Santa Clara County, where it was approved.[1]

Voters were asked to approve a $30.9 million bond. The district estimated that the average cost to property owners, after the approval of the measure, would be $18.71 per $100,000 of their home's assessed value.[2] According to the way the ballot measure is worded, annual payments cannot exceed $30 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.

The Los Gatos Union School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to put the ballot measure on the ballot. They wanted the money in order to build a new Lexington Elementary School, which they believed would cost $17 million. The school district was also predicting that enrollment throughout the district would increase by 21% over the next six years.[2]

In addition to building a new school, proceeds from the bond were to be used to:

  1. Construct a 10-room classroom building and a new gymnasium at Fisher Middle School.
  2. Construct a 10-room classroom building at Van Meter Elementary.
  3. Improve science labs and music rooms at Fisher
  4. Construct/improve "specialized program space" at all district facilities.
  5. Improve infrastructure at all district facilities, including heating/air conditioning, waste management and safety systems, and technology equipment
  6. Install energy efficient/solar generating equipment at Blossom Hill Elementary and other district facilities.

Election results

Measure E
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 6,412 71.51%
No2,55428.49%
These final, certified results are from the Santa Clara County elections office.

Election results via the Santa Clara County Website.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

To accommodate increasing student enrollment and continue modernizing elementary and middle schools in the Los Gatos Union School District by creating additional classrooms and school facilities to avoid overcrowding; providing science labs; improving energy efficiency and fire safety; replacing aging portable classrooms and infrastructure; and improving student access to information technology; shall the Los Gatos Union School District be authorized to issue $30.9 million in general obligation bonds subject to an annual audit and with an independent citizens’ oversight committee?[3]

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References

  1. Mercury News, "$3.9 million school bond issue heads to Los Gatos voters on June ballot," March 5, 2010
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mercury News, "Los Gatos, Monte Sereno voters will decide Measure E," May 17, 2010
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.