Local School Repair/Student Safety Measure
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Measure U?
A: On July 12th, the Board of Education unanimously voted to place Measure U, the Local School Repair/Student Safety Measure, on the November 2016 ballot. Measure U is a general obligation bond measure authorizing $281 million in school bonds. If approved by the voters, the funds from Measure U will help to provide safe classrooms and a quality learning environment for current and future students.
Q: Why is Measure U needed?
A: Many of our schools were built decades ago and, as a result, many are aging and in need of basic health and safety upgrades. Measure U would help repair deteriorating restrooms and leaky roofs, remove mold, asbestos, and lead paint, replace outdated electrical, heating and air conditioning systems, and update fire alarm and sprinkler systems, to improve student health and safety.
Q: What educational priorities would Measure U address?
A: If adopted by the voters, Measure U would address the following priorities:
• Retain and attract quality teachers
• Remove mold, lead paint, and asbestos
• Upgrade moldy, deteriorating portable classrooms
• Enhance technology infrastructure to train students in engineering, programming, and other 21st century skills
• Provide job training for students who plan to enter the workforce right after high school
• Make sure local schools are eligible for their fair share of state funds that would otherwise go to other communities
Q: How does Measure U support vocational education programs?
A: If enacted, Measure U would help improve and upgrade classrooms so that students in technical and vocational education programs can have access to hands-on interactive learning tools. These tools help students acquire the real-world skills they need to compete for good-paying jobs when they graduate.
Q: What about science, technology, engineering, and math programs?
A: Skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math are critical to success in the 21st century economy. Measure U would help improve and upgrade classrooms to attract and retain quality teachers so that all students have access to these education programs and the technology necessary to prepare them for college and careers.
Q: What will Measure U cost taxpayers per year, and how will it be assessed?
A: If Measure U is adopted by voters, it is estimated that it will cost a homeowner approximately, $60 per $100,000 of assessed value annually. Assessed value is not the same as market value – assessed valuation is the value placed on property by the County pursuant to Proposition 13 and is often lower than the market value for which a property may be sold. This tax would be in addition to the property taxes currently levied, and the amount of the actual tax rate each year will depend upon the amount needed to pay the bond issued pursuant to Measure U.
Q: What safeguards does Measure U provide for taxpayers?
A: State law requires a detailed project list and an Independent Citizens Oversight Committee to ensure that bond proceeds are used only for voter approved projects. Annual financial and performance audits of all monies approved by the voters is another safeguard. Finally, no bond proceeds can be used for administrator salaries or pensions