Wilmar Union School District bond proposition, Measure P (November 2012)
Measure P authorized the district to borrow $4 million.
A 55 percent supermajority vote was required for approval.
Eric Hoppes, superintendent of the district, said, "We have painted when we needed to, we have patched when we needed to, but there has never been any money for the big fix. The state budget has been cut so much that the only thing we are doing is providing a great education for kids. We don't have the funds to do other things, so you watch the buildings fall into disrepair."
The Sonoma County Taxpayers Association was opposed to Measure P. Dan Drummond, the executive director of the group, said, "I don't see any justification for using 40-year bonds for short-term items. The computers, they have a useful life of five years or maybe seven or eight years but the bond goes on for potentially 40 years which means our children and grandchildren will be left paying."
The question on the ballot:
|MEASURE P: "To renovate and modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities at Wilson School; make health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements; increase student access to computers and modern technology; improve energy efficiency by installing solar panels to save on energy costs; and replace outdated and inefficient windows; shall the Wilmar Union School District issue $4,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, have an independent citizens' oversight committee and No money used for teacher or administrative salaries?"|
- Press Democrat, "Six Sonoma County school districts look to voters for money boost," October 1, 2012
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