California’s school bond problem
By Darcy Brandon
CarlsbadSince 1982, California has approved $52.68 billion for school facilities funding. Vote “NO” on the local school bond measures. Since 1999, SDUHSD has spent about $225 million on capital improvement projects with money from statewide school bond measures, developer fees and Mello-Roos. Now SDUHSD, along with MiraCosta and Del Mar, want to tap into your wallet for more money for maintenance and classroom upgrades to support the schools’ “Vision of the 21st Century” learning.
Forty percent of California’s budget is mandated for K-12 schools. Due to the Great Recession and mass exodus of California taxpayers and businesses, our tax base has decreased; our incomes, investments and property values have decreased and obviously this impacts monies going to schools. However, statistics show the student population at SDUHSD has peaked and is not expected to increase in the near future. So why is SDUHSD proposing a $449 million bond?
Borrowing money for repairs, upgrades, computers, safety and security, retaining qualified teachers and academic programs are items that should be in the school’s maintenance and operations budget. It’s time for schools to show fiscal discipline and responsibility with monies provided to them by their constituents.
Enough! Vote “NO” on school bond measures.