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Californians approve $3.7 billion in school bond propositions on November 2 ballot

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November 30, 2010

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On November 2, voters in 63 school districts in California weighed in on over $4 billion in proposed school district bond measures.

46 of the 63 school district bond propositions were approved, totalling approximately $3.8 billion in bond approvals.

November 2 California school bond election results
Status Number Dollars District % Dollar %
Approveda Approved 46 $3,728,200,000 73% 88.64%
Defeatedd Defeated 17 $478,000,000 27% 11.36%
Totals: 63 $4,206,200,000 100% 100%

On June 8, voters weighed in on 20 school bond measures, ultimately approving 75% of them. In California, a school bond proposal must attain a 55 percent supermajority vote to be approved.

The 63 school bond measures on the November ballot were in addition to 18 school parcel tax requests. Only 2 of the parcel tax requests were approved.

November 2 California school parcel tax election results
Status Number  %
Approveda Approved 2 11.1%
Defeatedd Defeated 16 88.9%
Totals: 18 100%

Two years ago, on November 4, 2008, 96 school districts had bond measures on the ballot, requesting over $22.5 billion. The total of 63 school bond measures on the November 2010 ballot is about 60% of the number on the November 2008 ballot, but the total amount requested in 2010 is only about 18% of the $22 billion that was requested in 2008. More than 90% of the November 2008 requests were approved.

The 73% approval percentage of the November 2, 2010 school bond propositions represents a significant decline from the November 2008 approval percentage of over 90%.

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