Willows Unified School District Bond Issue, Measure R (June 2014)
If approved, Measure R would have authorized the district to increase its debt by $14 million through issuing general obligation bonds in that amount in order to fund the improvement, renovation, maintenance, construction and updating of school facilities and technology.
- Election results from Glenn County Elections Office
The Willows City Council voted unanimously to endorse Measure R.
Willows Councilman Gary Hansen said, "This is for the betterment of the community. I think it is important that we publicly support it."
Willows Councilwoman Terry Ta lor-Vodden said, "Long-term issuance of debt is not a scary thing in real terms. That is the way it works. Most of us have 30-or-40-year mortgages. I know I do. We borrow now and pay it forward."
Willows Intermediate School student Austin McDonald said, "You can only use a Band-Aid so long. It's not up to the state to give us the money, it is up to the community."
Willows Councilman Larry Domenighini said, "Great schools make for a great community."
In a letter to the editor of the Chico ER, Angela Parisio, a Willows City resident, wrote an argument against Measure R. This letter is reproduced below:
The Willows Unified School District bond, Measure R, is too vaguely written. Digging deeper into the actual bond language I have found our community will be paying for this $14 million "Band-Aid" for up to 40 years at a total cost of up to $56 million.
A controversial form of bond financing is allowed. It is known as a capital appreciation bond and has caused financial disaster for many districts including Orland. Half of the Orland bond is financed this way, putting payments off for years while interest on the loan piles up. In other words, our children and grandchildren will have to pay the bill.
The other problem I see with the bond is that projects are not prioritized. The bond vaguely talks of the need for roof repairs, computers, update classrooms and restrooms, upgrade PE fields and athletic facilities ... and so on. Yet it states in the bond language that "the listing of a capital improvement on the project list does not imply particular prioritization among such improvements, which remains the province of the board."
I do agree that the schools need repair, but at what cost? Our children deserve better, but so do taxpayers. If we must borrow, let's borrow for our future, not from our future.
—Angela Parisio, Willows
- Local school bonds on the ballot
- Glenn County, California ballot measures
- June 3, 2014 ballot measures in California
- Glenn County Transcript, "Willows Unified School District to seek $14 million bond," February 15, 2014
- Glenn County Transcript, "Willows City Council endorses Measure R," May 20, 2014
- Chico ER, "Letter: Measure R is not the way to help Willows schools," May 2, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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