Mountain View Whisman School District bond proposition, Measure G (June 2012)
The approval of Measure G means that the district is authorized to borrow $198 million. The funds to repay this debt will be assessed on homeowners in the district at the rate of $30 per $100,000 of assessed property value.
A 55% supermajority vote was required for approval.
- These final election results are from the Santa Clara County elections office.
Measure G was endorsed by the editorial board of the San Jose Mercury News, which said, "The 4,500-plus students in this K-8 district are taught in buildings 50 or more years old. And enrollment is climbing -- an 11th school will be needed in the next five years. The bond money could be used for that and will be used to renovate each school in some way, whether it's adding a second story to replace portables, improving safety and energy efficiency or upgrading science labs and adding technology. The district has cataloged $423 million in construction and infrastructure needs but is asking for less than half of that."
The question on the ballot:
|MEASURE G: To protect quality education in Mountain View, provide safe and modern classrooms, and make schools operate more efficiently, shall the Mountain View Whisman School District remove hazardous lead/asbestos materials, improve earthquake safety, upgrade fire alarms/security, replace outdated and inefficient plumbing/electrical/heating/ventilation, update computers/technology, and upgrade, acquire, construct schools, sites, facilities and equipment by issuing $198 million in bonds at legal rates, with independent oversight and all funds spent on local elementary and middle schools?|
- See also: 2012 ballot measure litigation
Steve Nelson filed a lawsuit that sought to force a change in the way the school district described Measure G on the ballot. Nelson said in his lawsuit that the school district "was trying to scare the public into supporting the measure by overstating the risk of asbestos and lead at district schools."
Santa Clara County Superior Court judge Kevin McKenney denied Nelson's motion, saying that the plaintiff presented insufficient evidence in support of his claim.
- Mountain View Patch, "$198 Million School Bond Measure Likely to Appear on June Ballot", February 17, 2012
- Mercury News, "Mercury News editorial: Bond measures will help local schools educate students for 21st century", May 17, 2012
- Mountain View Voice, "Judge halts challenge to school district bond", April 2, 2012