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Local Voters Approve Majority of School Bond Measures, School Parcel Tax Proposals Do Well in SF Bay Area

By Jeff Hudson - June 14, 2012

School bond measures and school parcel taxes fared comparatively well in the June 5 election, with local voters approving most – but by no means all – of the ballot measures put before them by local school boards.

Of the 34 school bond measures submitted to voters – which require a 55 percent majority for approval – 23 measures were approved, in all regions of the state. These included:

-Reef-Sunset Unified School District, Kings County ($10.8m, 82.7% yes)
-Trinidad Union School District, Humboldt County ($2.2m, 80.5% yes)
-Mountain View-Whisman School District, Santa Clara County ($198m, 69% yes)
-Cupertino Union School District, Santa Clara County ($220m, 66.6% yes)
-Clovis Unified School District, Fresno County ($298m, 65.8% yes)
-Milpitas Unified School District, Santa Clara County ($95m, 64.5% yes)
-Guerneville School District, Sonoma County ($6m, 63.2% yes)
-Charter Oak Unified School District, Los Angeles County ($47m, 62.5% yes)
-Dublin Unified School District, Alameda County ($99m, 61.9% yes)
-Pollock Pines Elementary School District, El Dorado County ($9m, 61.9% yes)
-Val Verde Unified School District, Riverside County ($178m, 61.8% yes)
-Southern Trinity Joint Unified School District, Humboldt County ($2.3m, 61.5% yes)
-Wright School District, Sonoma County ($14m, 61% yes)
-Healdsburg Unified School District, Sonoma County ($35m, 60.2% yes)
-Lincoln Unified School District, San Joaquin County ($48.5m, 59.1% yes)
-West Valley-Mission Community College, Santa Clara ($350m, 58.7% yes)
-Sulphur Springs Union Elementary School District, Los Angeles County ($72m, 58.5% yes_
-Savanna Elementary School District, Orange County ($28.7m, 58.5% yes)
-Old Adobe Union School District, Sonoma County ($26m, 56.1% yes)
-Taft City School District, Kern County ($81m, 55.4% yes)
-Cabrillo Unified School District, San Mateo County ($81m, 55.3% yes)
-Buellton Union School District, Santa Barbara County ($3.2m, 55.2% yes)

The following school bond measures came up short of the 55 percent majority needed for approval:

-Norris School District, Kern County ($149m, 54.2% yes)
-Mountain Empire Unified School District, San Diego County ($30.8m, 54.1%)
-Gridley Unified School District, Butte County (Measure D, $2.5m, 53.9% yes)
-Antioch Unified School District, Contra Costa County ($59.5m, 53.5% yes)
-Gridley Unified School District, Butte County (Measure C, $11m, 51.7% yes)
-Jurupa Unified School District, Riverside County ($125m, 51.7% yes)
-Sierra Unified School District, Fresno County ($5.4m, 51.3% yes)
-Brea-Olinda Unified School District, Orange County ($54m, 48.2% yes)
-Alpine Union School District, San Diego County ($12m, 43.3% yes)
-Corcoran Unified School District, Kings County ($9m, 42.5% yes)
-Biggs Unified School District, Butte County ($6m, 42% yes)

There were 13 school parcel tax measures – which require a two-thirds majority for approval – on the June 5 ballot. Among the measures approved

-Santa Cruz Elementary School District, Santa Cruz County ($85/year for 8 years, 81% yes
-Santa Cruz High School District, Santa Cruz County ($38/year for 8 years, 78% yes)
-Scotts Valley Unified School District, Santa Cruz County ($48/year for 4 years, 76% yes)
-Ross Valley School District, Marin County ($458/year for 8 years, 73% yes)
-Peralta Community College Dist., Alameda County ($48/year for 8 years, 72% yes)
-Hayward Unified School District, Alameda County ($58/year for 5 years, 70% yes)
-Redwood City Elementary District, San Mateo ($67/year for 5 years, 69% yes)
-Jefferson Union High School District, Santa Mateo County ($65/year for 4 years, 67% yes)
-Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, Sonoma County, $89/year for 5 years, 66.9% yes)

Four parcel tax measures came up short of the required two-thirds majority – though all drew more than 60 percent support from voters:

-West Contra Costa Unified School District, Contra Costa County ($60/year for 5 years, 65% yes)
-Santa Barbara Unified School District, Santa Barbara County (Measure X, $54/year for 4 years, 65% yes)
-Santa Barbara Unified School District, Santa Barbara County (Measure W, $54/year for 4 years, 64% yes)
-New Haven Unified School District, Alameda County ($180/year for 4 years, 62% yes)

All of the school parcel tax measures placed before local voters were in coastal counties, and the measures that passed were all in the extended San Francisco Bay Area (including Santa Cruz County on the south, and Sonoma County on the north.)

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson issued a brief statement the day after the election, saying “the election results show that California's voters remain willing to invest in our schools, and I applaud them for their vision and commitment. I remain hopeful that this will carry through to the November ballot, when voters throughout California will have the opportunity to restore some of what years of budget cuts have taken from California's schools and students.”

Source:  EdBrief staff, County Election Offices.