Martinez Unified School District bond proposition, Measure K (November 2010)

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A Martinez Unified School District bond proposition, Measure K was on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in the Martinez Unified School District in Contra Costa County.[1] It was approved.

The ballot measure asked voters to allow the Martinez Unified School Board to borrow $45 million.[2]

The $45 million bond was to be repaid over 25 years at a total projected cost of $99 million. There was a pre-existing school bond debt in the district of $48 million, due to expire in 2014, that, at the time of Measure K, was adding about $62 per $100,000 of assessed valuation to property tax bills in the district. The Measure K repayment schedule did not require taxpayers to pay more than the current $62 per $100,000.[3]

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

Voters in the Martinez Unified School District most recently approved Measure B, a parcel tax of $50, in November 2008 by a margin of 69.59-30.41%.

Election results

Measure K
Approveda Yes 6,863 65.52%
These final, certified results are from the Contra Costa County elections office.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

To qualify for State grants; install solar energy improvements; ‎‎provide and upgrade classrooms; ‎rehabilitate infrastructure; ‎‎improve school grounds; enhance Alhambra’s performing arts ‎‎building; add culinary arts, career and technical education ‎‎classrooms, and furnish computers and ‎other electronic equipment, ‎‎shall Martinez Unified School District be authorized to issue up ‎‎to ‎‎$45,000,000 in bonds at legal interest rates, with citizens’ ‎‎oversight, independent annual ‎performance and financial audits ‎‎and no increase in the estimated tax rate?‎[4]


MUSD school board member Kathi McLaughlin said, "I am excited because this bond, while providing the District with funds to partially compensate for the significant loss in state funding does not increase the existing tax rate for the residents of Martinez. This was a major consideration in determining the total amount of the bond. In addition to providing relief to our general fund this bond affords us new avenues for continuous academic growth and improvement."[1]

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