Local School Repair/Student Safety Measure
Measure U provided the District with the funds necessary for repairs and upgrades to aging classrooms to prepare students for college and careers, retain/attract quality teachers and improve student health/safety by removing mold/asbestos/lead paint, repairing leaky roofs, updating classrooms and acquiring/constructing/modernizing sites/facilities/equipment.
The Measure U Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee (Committee) is made up seven individuals appointed by the Board of Education. As an independent committee, it is charged with informing the public about Measure U projects, reviewing Measure U expenditures, and developing an annual report to the Board of Education on the progress of projects.
The Committee meets up to six times a year and its members are eligible to serve no more than three consecutive two-year terms.
The Members of the Committee:
- David Mierkey, At-Large
- Jerry Glenn, At-Large
- Jeff Seybold, PTA Member
- Michael Mark, Parent of Lodi USD Student
- Terrie Hedden, Senior Citizen Organization
- Crystal Kirst, Business Organization Member
- Alex Aliferis, Taxpayer Organization
If you would like to join the Oversight Committee, please click on the links below:
- What is Measure U?
- Why is Measure U needed?
- What educational priorities does Measure U address?
- How does Measure U support vocational education programs?
- What about science, technology, engineering, and math programs?
- What will Measure U cost taxpayers per year, and how will it be assessed?
- What safeguards does Measure U provide for taxpayers?
On July 12, 2016, 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 that authorized $281 million in school bonds. The funds from Measure U provide safe classrooms and a quality learning environment for current and future students.
Many Lodi USD schools were built decades ago and, as a result, are aging and in need of basic health and safety upgrades. Measure U helps to repair deteriorating restrooms and leaky roofs, remove mold, asbestos, and lead paint, replace outdated electrical, heating and air conditioning systems, and update fire alarm and sprinkler systems, to improve student health and safety.
Measure U addresses 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
- Makes sure local schools are eligible for their fair share of state funds that would otherwise go to other communities
Skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math are critical to success in the 21st century economy. Measure U helps to 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.
It is estimated that Measure U costs 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 is in addition to the property taxes currently levied, and the amount of the actual tax rate each year depends upon the amount needed to pay the bond issued pursuant to Measure U.
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