Sunnyvale School District bond proposition, Measure G (November 2013)

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A Sunnyvale School District bond proposition, Measure G ballot question was on the November 5, 2013, election ballot for voters in the Sunnyvale School District in Santa Clara County, which is in California. It was approved.[1]

The property tax rate required to fund these bonds was estimated at $15.00 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.[2]

A 55 percent supermajority vote was required for approval.

Election results

Measure G
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 6,995 68.44%
No3,22531.56%
These final, certified results are from the Santa Clara County elections office.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure G:

To continue critical renovation, modernization and safety needs at the district’s schools and to make needed upgrades to classrooms, libraries, science and computer labs, improve student access to computers and instructional technology and continue to improve the energy efficiency of classrooms and buildings, shall the Sunnyvale School District issue $96,000,000 in bonds at legal interest rates with funds monitored by an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee and no funds spent on administrators?[1][3]

Support

Supporters

Below is a list of those who signed the offiical arguments in favor of Measure G:[2]

  • Michael Klein, Small business owner
  • Patricia E. Castillo, Former Mayor
  • Tara Martin-Milius, Sunnyvale City Council Member
  • Nancy S. Tivol, Former Executive Director, Sunnyvale Community Services
  • Steve Harrington, Pastor, Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church

The Santa Clara Democratic Party also endorsed a "yes" vote on Measure B.[4]

Arguments in favor

Below are the official arguments in favor of Measure G:

A Yes vote on Measure G will raise funds to address specific needs at all of the schools in the Sunnyvale School District. By continuing to invest in the renovation and expansion of our local schools, we are able to provide our students with an educational environment which supports achievement and success.

Sunnyvale voters approved Measure P in 2004. Since then, the district has added 42 new classrooms to accommodate increasing enrollment, installed new fire alarm systems, replaced leaking and deteriorating roofs, upgraded electrical and plumbing systems, renovated student restrooms, completed safety and seismic upgrades, and increased student and teacher access to classroom computers and technology. But there is much more to do.

There are still many classrooms that need to be renovated and updated. Greater energy efficiency can be achieved by replacing windows, light fixtures and old heating and electrical systems. In some schools, floors and failing ventilation systems need to be replaced.

Passage of Measure G will allow the district to:

Modernize and renovate classrooms.

Complete the upgrading of water, gas, sewer, electrical, communications and safety systems.

Upgrade and improve infrastructure to increase the ability of students and teachers to use classroom computers and technology.

Measure G provides for strict accountability. The School Board adopted a specific project list when calling the election. In addition, an Independent Citizens Oversight Committee will monitor all bond expenditures. This committee of local residents will make sure that all bond funds are spent as planned for the benefit of local students.

Quality educational facilities protect and enhance our property values and support our students. Good schools make great communities.

Please Vote Yes on Measure G.[2][3]

Opposition

No arguments against Measure G were submitted. If you have an argument in opposition to Measure G and would like to see it posted, here email JoshAltic@ballotpedia.org.

Analysis

The office of the County Counsel Orry P. Korb submitted the following statement, written by Lead Deputy County Counsel Susan Swain, as an impartial analysis of Measure G:

Upon approval of 55% of the votes cast by voters in an election, 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 Education (Board) of the Sunnyvale School District (District) proposes issuing bonds in the amount of up to $96,000,000. As identified in the measure, bond proceeds would be used to (1) upgrade classrooms, libraries, and science and computer labs; (2) improve student access to computers and instructional technology; and (3) continue to improve the energy efficiency of classrooms and buildings. A list of the schools for which the bond proceeds will be used and the specific projects intended to be funded with those proceeds is set forth in the full text of the measure.

The California Constitution provides that proceeds of school district bond measures cannot be used for teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses. The District would conduct performance and financial audits, and appoint an independent citizens' oversight committee to ensure bond proceeds are expended as promised.

The District's best estimate of the tax rate to be levied to fund the proposed bond issue is $15.00 per $100,000 during the first fiscal year after the first sale of the bonds. The District's best estimate of the tax rate to be levied to fund the proposed bond issue is $15.00 per $100,000 during the first fiscal year after the last sale of the bonds. The District's best estimate of the highest tax rate required to fund the bond issue is $15.00 per $100,000 per fiscal year of assessed valuation.

A "yes" vote is a vote to authorize the issuance and sale of the bonds in the amount of up to $96,000,000 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 $96,000,000 to be secured by the levy of ad valorem taxes on property located within the District.[2][3]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Santa Clara County local measures for November 5, 2013 election
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Smartvoter.org, California, Santa Clara county, November, 2013, Measure G
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  4. Santa Clara County Democratic Party, endorsements