Ocean View School District bond proposition, Orange County Measure P (November 2012)
If Measure P had been approved, the district would have been authorized to borrow $198 million.
A 55% supermajority vote was required for approval.
- Final official results from the Orange County elections office.
The official voter guide arguments in favor of Measure P were signed by:
- Dr. Harry Pellman, Pediatrician
- Ralph H. Bauer, Ph.D., Former Mayor of Huntington Beach
- Cindy Osterhout, Educator, Ocean View SD
- Mary Beth Arnold, Parent Group Leader
- Dave Ellis, Retired Fire Chief
Arguments in favor
Arguments in favor of Measure P in the official voter guide included:
- "The State budget has cut millions of funding to our schools, and even more cuts are coming. To maintain our Ocean View award-winning, high quality neighborhood elementary and middle schools, we must take action locally by voting YES on P!"
- "Ocean View elementary and middle schools were built in the 1960s and need basic repairs and improvements to ensure students can learn in safe, healthy, and modern classrooms."
- "YES on P retrofits schools to meet state earthquake safety standards."
- "YES on P replaces outdated plumbing/electrical systems and updates fire alarms, smoke detectors, and sprinklers."
- "YES on P repairs leaky roofs and deteriorating bathrooms, and makes all schools handicapped accessible."
- "YES on P removes asbestos, lead paint, and mold from classrooms and schools."
- "YES on P prohibits Sacramento from taking any of the funds raised. NO money can be used for administrators' salaries or pensions. By law, Measure P requires published financial audits and oversight by an Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee to ensure that all funds are spent properly, as promised to taxpayers. All funds are legally required to be used only for our local elementary and middle schools, and not for any other purpose."
- "Our 21st Century economy requires students to receive an education with a strong foundation in math, science, and technology. However, recent state budget cuts threaten science education statewide. YES on P upgrades neighborhood school science labs, classroom technology, and libraries to ensure students are prepared for high school, college, and future careers necessary to succeed in today's tough economy. Quality Ocean View neighborhood schools help make our community a desirable place to live, strengthening our property values."
The official voter guide arguments opposing Measure P were signed by:
- Matthew Harper, Councilman, City of Huntington Beach
Arguments opposing Measure P in the official voter guide included:
- "This November, we will be confronted with multiple local ballot measures that will determine how much we pay in property taxes. Prior to 2000, school districts needed two-thirds approval from the voters to pass local general obligation bond measures. Even though voters in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, and Westminster rejected Proposition 39 in 2000, voters statewide approved giving school boards the option to lower the threshold for school bonds to 55%.
- "The key point is that the lower threshold of 55% is an option. Local school boards representing communities that rejected Proposition 39 are allowed by state law to honor the two-thirds vote threshold for tax measures. General obligation bond measures incur bonded indebtedness that is paid back with higher property taxes over the term of the debt, typically lasting several decades. The increased property taxes cannot be repealed during that time, since they are required to pay off the debt. The cost to taxpayers over time is often substantially more than the total of bonds issued because taxpayers are on the hook for both principal and interest to be paid to the bond holders.
- "Are we not taxed enough already?"
- "The Ocean View School District Board of Trustees is proposing a $198-million school bond. The district is not proposing to build any new schools with the additional tax burden. If this bond measure passes, property taxes will be increased in much of Huntington Beach, portions of Fountain Valley, and portions of Westminster to pay off the bonds. If our local school districts are separately having trouble managing property for school facilities, then we need to look to the benefits of unifying our local school districts together before asking the voters for a property tax increase."
The question on the ballot:
|Measure P: "To upgrade 1960’s era schools/provide 21st Century education by retaining excellent teachers, improving math/science/technology classrooms, upgrading fire alarms, smoke detectors, earthquake safety, handicap accessibility, fixing leaky roofs, plumbing/electrical systems, removing asbestos/lead paint, constructing, repairing, acquiring equipment, sites/facilities, shall Ocean View School District issue $198,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, requiring annual independent audits, Citizen’s Oversight, no money for administrators’ salaries/pensions and prohibiting Sacramento from taking these local funds?”"|
- Full text of Measure P
- Analysis of Measure P
- Measure P tax rate statement
- Argument in favor
- Argument against
- The "Yes on P" website