Palo Alto Unified School District bond proposal, Measure A (June 2008)

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A Palo Alto Unified School District bond proposition, Measure A ballot question was on the June 3, 2008 ballot for voters in the Palo Alto Unified School District in Santa Clara County, California, where it was approved.

Measure A authorized the school district to borrow $378 million.

The Palo Alto School District includes 19 school sites. The money from Measure A was intended to help the district repair aging facilities throughout the district. The district had a rising enrollment at the time of the 2008 vote.

A 1995 bond issue in the school district was expiring just at the time that Measure A was under consideration. This meant that taxpayers would not necessarily see a rise in the property tax rates, as the new bond was projected to maintain the (set to expire) fee of $44.50 per $100,000 of assessed value.

A 55 percent supermajority vote was required for approval.

Election results

Measure A
Approveda Yes 14,074 77.59%
These final, certified, election results are from the Santa Clara County elections office.


A local group that supported passage of Measure A was known as "Strong Schools for a Strong Community." Samir Tuma was one of four co-chairs of the group.


Opposition to the ballot measure was led by Palo Alto resident Wayne Martin and San Jose resident Allen Rice. Their concern was that the language of the bond measure was not clear enough about how the $378 million would be spent.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure A: "To provide safe and modern schools; accommodate enrollment growth; upgrade aging classrooms, libraries, computer and science labs; repair or replace roofs, plumbing, heating, ventilation and electrical systems; improve fire alarms and school security; meet current earthquake standards; provide current technology; and replace old portables with permanent classrooms, shall Palo Alto Unified School District issue $378 million in bonds at legal interest rates, with mandatory audits, independent oversight and bond tax rates estimated not to exceed the current rate?"[1]

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