Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School bonds, Measure A (June 2010)

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A Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School, Measure A bond proposition was on the June 8, 2010 ballot for voters in the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District in Santa Clara County, where it was approved.[1]

Measure A authorized the district to issue $41.3 million in bonds. The money raised was to pay for new classrooms and "green renovations" at the two high schools.

Measure A extended the current tax rate to 2030. The previous tax rate would have otherwise expired in 2024.[2]

A 55 percent supermajority vote was required to pass Measure A.

Election results

Measure A
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 19,480 77.71%
No5,58722.29%
These final, certified results are from the Santa Clara County elections office.

Election results via the Santa Clara County Website.

Support

Julia Rosenberg was the campaign chair for the "Yes on Measure A" campaign.[3]

Opposition

Steve Nelson, a Mountain View resident, was the author of the official ballot guide argument against Measure A. Nelson emphasized in his argument that he was not against the bond measure in-and-of-itself; rather, what Nelson objected to was the fact that the City of Mountain View carved out a special tax district, the Shoreline Community Tax District, and in so doing, diverted property tax revenue away from local schools. According to Nelson, the loss of that tax revenue to the schools was one reason that the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District was in the position where it had to go to voters for special funding for school construction.[2]

Nelson's ballot argument said, "Think of this property tax extension as a referendum. Should Google, Microsoft and the Shoreline District businesses get out of regular school taxes, forever?"[2]

The Shoreline Tax District would have diverted an approximate $10 million in 2010 in property taxes away from local schools and into a city fund. Businesses paying the taxes would have included Google and Microsoft. The tax district paid for city services and improvements to the Shoreline business park area north of Highway 101, including the operations of Shoreline Park.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Local High School Improvement Measure. Without increasing current tax rates, shall Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District add classrooms and science labs to prevent student overcrowding, improve instructional technology to support academic programs, lower energy costs by upgrading heating, ventilation, electrical and other systems, improve/add student safety systems, repair, construct and acquire school facilities and equipment, by issuing $41,300,000 in bonds at legal interest rates, with all expenditures subject to independent citizens’ oversight?[4]

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