Milpitas Unified School District bond proposition, Measure E (June 2012)

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A Milpitas Unified School District bond proposition, Measure E ballot question was on the June 5, 2012 ballot for voters in the Milpitas Unified School District in Santa Clara County, where it was approved.

The approval of Measure E means that the school district is authorized to borrow $95 million. Property owners in the district will be taxed at a rate of $50 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. The lifespan of the bond will be 25 years. Property owners in the district are currently paying $35 for every $100,000 of assessed valuation due to a $64 million school bond that began in 1996. The approval of Measure E means that they will be paying a combined total of $85 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.[1]

A 55 percent supermajority vote was required for approval.

Election results

Measure E
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 5,412 64.05%
No3,03735.95%
These final election results are from the Santa Clara County elections office.

Support

Measure E was endorsed by the editorial board of the San Jose Mercury News, which said, "This 10,000-student K-12 district is expected to grow 10 percent by 2021, Superintendent Cary Matsuoka said. So a good chunk of the money from this measure will help build a new elementary school in South Milpitas. The rest will go toward replacing or repairing decades-old infrastructure, such as roofs, concrete and flooring; improving safety and energy efficiency, so more money can be spent on programs; and equipping schools with wireless networks, computers and other essential digital tools. The district needs far more -- $140 million just to repair existing buildings, according to its analysis. Acknowledging the weak economy, trustees are asking for less."[2]

Opposition

Measure E was opposed by Milpitas resident Richard Ladden. He said, "Universal education is the most important function provided by local and state governments, other than public safety. However, Measure E is a fraud upon the voters. It is the same scam that has been used in every prior state initiative or local measure promoted as purporting to benefit students and education. Measure E, like its predecessors, emphasizes that it cannot be used for administrative salaries. But it doesn't stop other general funds that otherwise would have been used to benefit students, education and their facilities from being diverted from those educational purposes to increase administrative salaries, finance junkets and the like. In actuality, no increased funds are allocated to benefit students and their education. In fact, a 40 percent decrease in school funding over the past generation has occurred throughout the state, despite the passage of ballot measures that were intended to increase funding for education. Measure E, like similar previous ballot measures purporting to benefit students and education, is a shell game."[3]

Ballot text

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE E: To continue providing high quality education for local students by repairing and upgrading classrooms and science labs, updating learning technology, replacing leaky roofs, providing classrooms for growing student enrollment, upgrading fire/earthquake safety, maximizing energy efficiency, improving disabled access, and repairing, constructing, acquiring or equipping classrooms, sites and facilities, shall Milpitas Unified School District issue $95,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with citizen oversight, annual audits, no funds for administrator salaries and all funds staying in local schools?[4]

Cost of election

See also: Costs of administering local elections

The cost of holding the election was about $98,000. Santa Clara County administered the election, and the school district will reimburse the county for their election administration costs.[1]

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