Newark Unified School District bond proposition, Measure G (November 2011)
Measure G authorizes the district to borrow up to $63 million in general obligation bonds.
This will cost property owners $39 for every $100,000 of assessed value.
A 55 percent supermajority vote was required for approval.
- Election results are from the Alameda County elections office as of 6:00 a.m. PST on November 24, 2011.
The official voter guide arguments in favor of Measure G were signed by:
- Miriam Keller, President, League of Women Voters, Fremont, Newark, Union City
- Clark Redeker, a resident of Newark
- Mary T. King, a parent of Newark Unified School District graduates
- Debra A Romero, a resident of Newark
- Guadalupe “Lupe” Lopez, a local business owner
Arguments in favor
Arguments in favor of Measure G in the official voter guide included:
- "Your YES vote on Measure G will provide locally controlled funds that can’t be taken by Sacramento to update our classrooms so Newark students are prepared for college and 21st–century jobs."
- "Your YES vote is critical. Improving energy and operational efficiency will generate approximately $500,000 in savings every year, which will go directly toward protecting academic programs and retaining qualified teachers."
- "If Measure G passes, Newark schools will be eligible for matching funds that would otherwise go to other communities. Measure G will also boost our local economy by creating and protecting local jobs."
The official voter guide arguments opposing Measure G were signed by:
- Albert Rubio, an engineer
- David Springsteen, a facilities/equipment maintenance supervisor
- Cherie G. Swenson, a retired resident of the district
- Erin Mae Springsteen, a student at UC Santa Cruz
Arguments opposing Measure G in the official voter guide included:
- "Measure G is a 63 million dollar bond that will cost homeowners approximately $5000 that will take decades to pay off with fees and interest."
- "Existing debt already costs Newark taxpayers over $5 million annually."
- "This proposed bond is larger than the entire budget for the Newark Unified School District by 108%."
- "Since 1971, U.S educational spending has grown from $4,300 to over $9,000 per student after adjusting for inflation. Has doubling spending helped? Since 1971, reading and math scores have flat lined."
- "Measure G is written to allow the District to use the money to offset expenses. This allows Newark Unified School District to increase spending, without making necessary budget cuts. This will decrease accountability within the district."
- "California voters voted to have a required 67% majority for the approval of all tax increases. Measure G is an attempt to get around this. Measure G is a bond, only 55% of voters is needed for it to pass."
- "Newark Unified School District would benefit from better management and accountability, not an influx in revenue that allows continued fiscal irresponsibility."
- "Tax Payers are in peril. All levels of government intend tax increases to support government spending."
- "Debt spending is ruining Newark, our schools and our future."
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Measure G: "To preserve quality education, provide safe and modern schools, and qualify for matching funds, shall Newark Unified School District update aging classrooms, libraries, and science labs to meet earthquake/fire/safety standards; improve access for students with disabilities; remove asbestos, lead and hazardous materials; and improve energy/operational efficiency to maximize funding for instructional programs; by issuing $63 million in bonds at legal rates, with independent oversight, no money for administrators’ salaries, and all funds staying in Newark?"|
- Palo Alto Online, "A less-perfect union?," September 30, 2011
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.