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Sacramento City Unified School District
55% Approval Required
Pass: 74,861 / 70.16% Yes votes ...... 31,847 / 29.84% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Nov 30 4:14pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (259/259)|
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To better prepare students for college and careers by upgrading classrooms, science labs, computer systems and technology; renovating heating and ventilation systems; reducing costs through energy efficiency;improving student safety and security systems; repairing roofs, floors, walkways, bathrooms, electrical, plumbing and sewer systems; shall Sacramento City Unified School District issue $346 million in bonds with independent citizen oversight, no money for administrator salaries, and mandatory annual audits to guarantee funds are spent properly to benefit local children?
No funds derived from bond sales may be used for general school operating expenses, including administrator and teacher salaries, or for any purpose or project other than those expressly stated in the measure. Measure Q lists the school facility improvement projects within the District intended to be financed by bond sales.
To assure that funds are spent only as specified in the measure, Measure Q requires: 1) the appointment of a citizen's oversight committee and 2) completion of annual independent performance and financial audits.
If Measure Q is passed, the actual dates of sale and the amount of bonds sold would be governed by the District based on the need for construction funds and other factors. If Measure Q is approved, the tax rates necessary for payment of principal and interest on any bonds sold will be largely dictated by the timing of the bond sales, the amount sold at a given sale, market interest rates at the time of each sale (although in no event greater than the maximum bond interest rate allowed by law), as well as actual assessed valuation of taxable property in the District over the term of repayment.
Passage of Measure Q requires approval by fifty-five percent of the voters voting thereon.
Sacramento City Unified School District|
The Sacramento Bee
|Arguments For Measure Q||Arguments Against Measure Q|
|Measure Q is about one thing: Improving the Quality of
While there have been significant improvements in the quality of our local schools over the past few years, the fact remains that many of our neighborhood schools are old, classrooms are inadequate, electrical systems are outdated. The average age of our local schools is 50 years. Schools built years ago need significant updating.
Over the past year each school in the district was independently evaluated to determine the most critically-needed repairs and renovations.They found roofs needing repair, deteriorating plumbing and heating systems, inadequate lighting, wiring and electrical outlets in many classrooms. When repairs involve breaking through walls and ceilings, asbestos is often present, making even minor problems expensive to fix.
Measure Q will provide funding to upgrade classrooms, computer systems, science labs in our local high schools and middle schools. Measure Q insures that students have the facilities needed to provide career training and classrooms for advanced courses in math, science and technology.
Measure Q will renovate heating, ventilation and electrical systems saving energy and reducing costs providing funding for programs like art, music and libraries. Measure Q will repair roofs, floors, walkways, bathrooms, sewer lines and plumbing systems.
All money raised by Measure Q will stay in our community to benefit local children and will help stimulate our local economy. No money can be taken by the state or used for other purposes. None of the money will be used to pay school administrators' salaries.
Safe, Quality schools protect local property values. Sacramento's economic future and quality of our community are dependent on good schools. Business, labor, teachers, parents, principals, and community leaders are joining together to provide safe schools for our children. We urge all citizens to vote YES on both Measures Q and R.
s/Deborah Ortiz, Los Rios Community College Trustee
With aging infrastructure, the need to fund repairs, maintenance, and upgrades is no surprise. However, rather than budgeting for facilities maintenance and repair on an ongoing basis, the District asks for a taxpayer bailout. The District owes $556 million on past borrowing and $552 million for unfunded employee benefits, and has deferred maintenance and routine facility updates. Through Measures Q and R the District seeks to borrow nearly half a billion dollars, but the cost to Sacramento taxpayers will ultimately be closer to and may well exceed one billion dollars.
It's easy to like the idea of improving our schools+but it needs to be done responsibly, and another taxpayer bailout is not the answer. As important as the projects may seem, the District admits that its listing of projects is "not a guarantee that the project will be funded or completed." Given past failures to ensure that construction contracts were awarded under fair and open competition to those providing the best value at the best price, taxpayers can't afford another blank check for this School District.
The District shouldn't continue to spend money it doesn't have and ask taxpayers to fund projects that cost more than they should. Vote NO on Measure Q.
s/Stephen R. McCutcheon, Jr., Concerned Parent
|Politicians don't get it, and Measure Q is an excellent example. Bureaucrats want you to pay more taxes in an economy worse than any since the Great Depression. And California is at the top of the unemployment rankings.
The politicians who run Sacramento City schools want to borrow $346 million to build new facilities, while they still owe $556 million on past construction. This District has declining enrollment, but it rarely consolidates schools to save money. Instead, they cut teachers, counselors, music, sports, transportation, and otherwise preside over a decline in the quality of education our children receive.
And shockingly, the State Department of Education says the District "may not meet its financial obligations" in the future. Worse, the District has refused to temper this request with reform that could save taxpayers considerable money. They could allow construction to be performed under fair and open competition, allowing all contractors to compete with each other for the project. Instead, the District shows every indication that they will rely on a contracting process, which, according to a recent study, costs taxpayers up to 15%, more than necessary and excludes many local workers from working on these construction projects.
Meanwhile, this District is accused of illegal teacher layoffs. It fired its `Teacher of the Year.' It has an unfunded benefit obligation of $552 million, and despite declines in enrollment, will close only 2 schools out of 127 facilities. Maintenance on existing schools is deferred, and yet they ask taxpayers to fund this grandiose new spending, all while insisting that the construction be at a rate 15% higher than necessary.
The District shouldn't continue to spend money it doesn't have and ask taxpayers to fund projects that cost more than they should. Vote NO on Measure Q. For more information, see http://www.fairandopencompetitionsacramento.com.
s/Stephen R. McCutcheon, Jr., Concerned Parent
They are placing their own personal interests ahead of the education and interests of children.
Passage of Measures Q and R will provide funds to renovate and repair our local schools. Measures Q and R will qualify our schools to receive additional state matching funds that will otherwise be given to other school districts in other areas of the state.
Passing Measures Q and R will require an oversight committee to ensure funds are responsibly spent according to the very specific project plan. This plan, which was created with input from, parents, educators, students and classroom teachers, is available for your review on the SCUSD website.
Measures Q and R will provide new classrooms to relieve overcrowding,upgrade outdated electrical systems, improve libraries for students and provide safe, up-to-date science labs. There are no frills, no extras, no fancy projects.
Don't be misled. Without Measures Q and R, schools will deteriorate and repairs will cost more.
Business leaders, parents, principals, civic leaders, and many teachers urge your support of Measures Q and R.
Please vote Yes on both Measures Q and R.
s/Curry Mayer, John F. Kennedy High School PTA President
|Full Text of Measure Q|
|Ballot Pamphlet with Full Text http://smartvoter.org/2012/11/06/ca/sac/measureq.pdf|