San Benito High School District Bond Issue, Measure G (June 2014)
Measure G authorized the district to increase its debt by $42.5 million through issuing general obligation bonds in that amount.
In 2014, the San Benito High School District had at least 2,915 students.
A 55 percent supermajority vote was required for the approval of Measure G.
|San Benito County||3,516||56.32%||2,727||43.68%|
|Santa Clara County||8||33.33%||9||66.67%|
Election results summary:
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|“||To improve the quality of local education by ensuring all San Benito High School students can access modern classrooms and educational tools, shall San Benito High School District:
by issuing $42.5 million of bonds, with citizen oversight, audits, with NO money for administrator salaries?
The following impartial analysis of Measure G was prepared by the office of the San Benito County Counsel:
Upon approval of 55% of the votes cast by voters in an election and subject to specified accountability measures, California law permits school districts to issue bonds, secured by the levy of ad valorem taxes on property within a district, for the purpose of construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities. The Board of Trustees (Board) of the San Benito High School District (District) proposes issuing bonds in the amount of up to $42,500,000. As identified in the measure, bond proceeds would be used for projects, including, but not limited to: (1) replacing/upgrading classrooms and labs to prepare students for college and careers; (2) repairing roofs, plumbing and outdated electrical systems; (3) adding 21st century instructional/vocational technology; (4) improving school safety; and (5) improving access for persons with disabilities. A detailed list of projects and allowed expenditures is included within the full text of the measure.
The California Constitution provides that school bond proceeds may not be used for teacher or administrator salaries or other school operating expenses. The District would appoint an independent citizens' oversight committee and have annual independent performance and financial audits conducted to ensure bond proceeds are expended only for the school facilities on the bond project list in the ballot measure.
The District's best estimate of the tax rate to be levied to fund the proposed bonds during the fiscal year after the initial sale of the bonds (expected to occur in 2015-2016) is $29.73 per $100,000 of assessed value. The District's best estimate of the tax rate to be levied to fund the bonds during the fiscal year after the final sale of the bonds (expected to occur in 2020-2021) is $29.99 per $100,000 of assessed value. The District's best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bonds is $30.00 per $100,000 per fiscal year of assessed valuation (expected to occur during 2017-2018).
Measure G was placed on the ballot by the Board.
A "yes" vote is a vote to authorize the issuance and sale of the bonds in the amount of up to $42,500,000 to be secured by the levy of ad valorem taxes on property located within the District.
A "no" vote is a vote not to authorize the issuance and sale of the bonds in the amount of up to $42,500,000 to be secured by the levy of ad valorem taxes on property located within the District.
—Lizanne Reynolds, Deputy San Benito County Counsel
The following individuals signed the official arguments in favor of Measure G:
- L. Elaine Kovanda, involved community member
- Irma C. Albright, SBHS Teacher
- Aurelio Zuniga, retired
- Gordon A. Machado, businessman
- Thomas P. Breen, retired judge
Arguments in favor
The following official arguments were submitted in favor of Measure G:
We all love San Benito High School, but we know we need to improve access to quality education for every student. Large enrollment creates challenges for educating students and helping every student gain the skills and opportunities they need. Classroom and technology upgrades are necessary to ensure students receive the attention needed to excel.
Providing safe, up-to-date classrooms is also important. SBHS is an old school, requiring ongoing repairs and maintenance. Aging and leaky roofs, plumbing and wiring need to be fixed. Students need improved access to modern technology, and science labs and classrooms need to be equipped for today's college and career skills.
Measure G is the solution.
Measure G provides a long-term fix to ensure the safety and continued success of our students. Measure G will fund upgrades and improvements to facilities that enable the high school to spend fewer general fund dollars on costly maintenance, saving more funding to go towards classroom instruction.
Specifically, Measure G will:
Strict Fiscal Accountability
Join parents, teachers, staff and local community leaders in voting Yes on G!
—Elaine Kovanda, Irma C. Albright, Aurelio Zuniga, Gordon A. Machado and Thomas P. Breen
Mark W.A. Hinkle, president of the Silicon Valley Taxpayers' Association, submitted the official arguments in opposition to Measure G, as well as every other June 2014 school bond and tax measure in San Mateo County and San Benito County.
The Silicon Valley Taxpayers' Association officially recommended a "no" vote on Measure G.
The following official arguments were submitted in opposition to Measure G:
When school boards put bond measures like Measure G before the voters, they are admitting that everything they are currently spending your tax dollars on now is more important than the projects for which this tax increase is being sought. Budgets set priorities. San Benito High School District is saying every educational dollar spent today is going to something they consider a higher priority than "school safety, repair roofs and outdated electrical systems, etc."
Do you agree?
The website: www.ed-data.k12.ca.us shows at least 2,915 students in the district, which means the bond expense is $14,579 per student not counting interest costs and repayment of principal. When you buy a home, truth in lending laws require you be informed about the real cost of buying a home. Shouldn't consumer laws apply to bond issues too? For example:
As a taxpayer, you deserved to know the full truth about measure G.
Instead of paying $2,418,480 (principal & interest) every year "to meet current safety codes", your educational dollars will be going to big banks, investment brokers, and other wealthy people to be used as a tax shelter. Is this the best use of your tax dollars?
What's more important to you?
1. Spending $2,418,480 a year on children's "essential safety repairs".
2. Spending $2,418,480 a year to fund tax shelters for big banks, investment brokers, and the rich.
If you value children's health and safety more than funding tax shelters, vote NO on Measure G
If you value school maintenance more than making interest payments for 25 years, vote NO on Measure G
—Mark W.A. Hinkle, president of the Silicon Valley Taxpayers' Association
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- League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, San Benito County, June 3, 2014 election information, accessed May 15, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Silicon Valley Taxpayers' Association website, "Measure G information," accessed May 15, 2014