San Mateo Community College District bond proposition, Measure H (November 2011)
Measure H, if it had been approved, would have allowed the district to borrow $564 million. The funds would have gone to modernize Cañada College, the College of San Mateo and Skyline College.
If Measure H had passed, residential and commercial property owners in the district would have paid approximately $12.92 a year for every $100,000 of a property's assessed value for the life of the bonds.
The official voter guide arguments in favor of Measure H were signed by:
- Anna Eshoo
- G. Memo Morantes
- Virginia Chang Kiraly
- Gene Mullin
- Stacey Wagner
Arguments in favor
Arguments made in favor of Measure H in the official voter guide included:
- Without the bond, students may need to pay higher tuition, and they cannot afford that.
- If the community college is improved with the spending from the bond measure, it will allow working adults to upgrade their technical education.
- Many labs and classrooms are over 40 years old and need updating.
As of late October, over $340,000 has been contributed to the campaign committee seeking a "yes" vote on Measure H. Most of the donations come from corporations and unions in the building trades.
|McCarthy Building Companies (St. Louis, Missouri)||$25,000|
|Advance Soil Tech||$5,000|
|Pankow Special Projects||$5,000|
|Keenan and Associates||$5,000|
|Design Acquisition Corporation||$5,000|
|Steinberg Architects (San Jose)||$5,000|
|Allana + Buick + Bers (Palo Alto)||$5,000|
|Noll & Tam Architects (Berkeley)||$5,000|
|AEDIS Architecture and Planning||$2,500|
|CSW ST 2 (Novato)||$2,500|
|GRD Energy, Inc. (Corte Madera)||$2,500|
|Plumbers and Steamfitters Union||$2,000|
|Building and Construction Trades Council||$1,000|
The official voter guide arguments opposing Measure H were signed by:
- John Roeder
- Jack Hickey
- Harland Harrison
- Frederick Graham
- Don Pettengill
The editorial board of the San Mateo Daily Journal has endorsed a "no" vote on Measure H, saying, "The worst-case scenario if Measure H does not pass is that the district would not have access to that $1 million to $2 million a year and that students would have to study in state-of-the-art buildings paid for with previous bonds next to ones that are 50 years old. For now, that’s a scenario we should be able to live with — particularly in these tough times when many property owners are facing increased expenses along with diminishing income."
Arguments opposing Measure H in the official voter guide included:
- Measure H will increase the average tax obligation of each of San Mateo County's approximately 253,000 households from $5,500 per household to $10,000 per household.
- Increased public spending and taxation is especially unwise in a bad economy.
- Higher taxes and spending leaves less money for other financial priorities.
In other arguments against Measure H, Jack Hickey, a member of the Sequoia Healthcare District Board of Directors, said that another bond measure would bring the district’s total debt obligations to more than $1 billion and "We already have over a billion dollars in debt."
Harland Harrison, San Mateo County Libertarian Party chairman, said that previous money voted for the community college district went to luxuries: "They built a palatial penthouse for the office of administration. That money was used inappropriately for a community college district."
Text of measure
San Mateo County Measure H Debate
The question on the ballot:
|Measure H: "To prepare College of San Mateo, Cañada College and Skyline College students for universities and high-demand jobs; modernize math and science classrooms and labs; upgrade classroom technology, computer and job training labs; increase earthquake, fire and accessibility safety; and replace aging systems with energy efficient models, shall San Mateo County Community College District issue $564,000,000 in bonds at interest rates within legal limits, with annual independent audits, local control over proceeds and a Citizens’ Committee providing oversight?"|
- Mercury News, "School bonds, parcel taxes and board races on ballot," October 16, 2011
- Almanac News, "Voter Guide: Community college bond measure," October 17, 2011
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- San Mateo Daily Journal, "Builders up donations to college bond," October 29, 2011
- San Mateo Daily Journal, "No on Measure H," October 28, 2011
- San Mateo Daily Journal, "Opponents and proponents debate merit of college bond," October 27, 2011
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.