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Merced City Elementary School District Bond Issue, Measure M (June 2014)

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A Merced City Elementary School District Bond Issue, Measure M ballot question was on the June 3, 2014 election ballot for voters in the Merced City Elementary School District in Merced County, California, where it was approved.[1]

The Merced Elementary School District Board of Directors unanimously approved Measure M for the ballot on February 25, 2014. The bond measure authorized the district to increase its bonded indebtedness by $60,000,000, costing district property taxpayers an annual $30 per $100,000 of assessed property value.[2]

School officials had proposed more than $390 million worth of improvement and maintenance needs in the district. They compiled a list of the most critical needs, which amounted to a tab of $119 million. Measure M bond moneys were earmarked for the most critical these needs, which, according to Greg Spicer, associate superintendent for administrative services for the district, were set to be met within 15 to 20 years.[2]

A 55 percent supermajority vote was required for approval.

Election results

Measure M
Approveda Yes 5,277 57.25%
Election results from Merced County Elections Department

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

To improve local elementary and middle school by upgrading classrooms to address overcrowding; meeting modern academic/technology/safety standards; repairing electrical systems, leaky roofs, plumbing and deteriorating restrooms; improving fire safety/school security; removing asbestos/lead paint; repairing, constructing and acquiring educational facilities, sites and equipment; shall the Merced City Elementary School District issue $60,000,000 of bonds, at legal interest rates, with independent citizens' oversight, annual audits, and no money for administrators' salaries/pension?[3][4]


According to Spicer, the district conducted a poll to find out if Measure M could pass. Spicer reported that over 65% of the residents polled were inclined to approve the bond issue.[2]

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