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Sweetwater Union High School District
62,330 / 72.41% Yes votes ...... 23,753 / 27.59% No votes
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To relieve overcrowding, repair local schools and improve safety conditions for students in the Sweetwater Union High School District, serving the communities of Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National City, San Ysidro and portions of San Diego, shall the District repair and upgrade school facilities, adding classrooms; improving fire alarms; removing asbestos; upgrading electrical wiring; renovating water and sewer lines; improving heating and ventilation systems; renovating restrooms; and replacing worn roofs by issuing $187 million of bonds, at interest rates within the legal limit?
The proceeds of these bonds would be used to relieve overcrowding, repair local schools and improve safety conditions for students in the Sweetwater Union High School District. Purposes would include repair and upgrade of school facilities, addition of classrooms, improvement of fire alarms, removal of asbestos; upgrade of electrical wiring; renovation of water and sewer lines; improvement of heating and ventilation systems; renovation of restrooms; and replacement of worn roofs.
The interest rate on any bond, which is established at the time of bond issuance, could not exceed twelve percent (12%) per annum. The final maturity date of any bond could be no later than twenty-five (25) years after the date of the bond. Principal and interest on the bonds would be paid by revenue derived from an annual tax levied upon the taxable property within the Sweetwater Union High School District in an amount sufficient to pay the interest as it becomes due and to provide a sinking fund for payment of the principal on or before maturity. Article XIII A of the California Constitution exempts from the one percent property tax rate limitation ad valorem taxes to pay the interest and redemption charges on any bonded indebtedness for the acquisition or improvement of real property approved by the voters on or after July 1, 1978. The approval must be by two-thirds of the votes cast by the voters voting on the proposition. Legal authorization is contained in state law permitting school districts to issue bonds at the interest rate, for the period of time, and for the specified purposes, subject to two-thirds voter approval.
A "yes" vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the Sweetwater Union High School District to issue bonds for the purpose stated in the proposition.
A "no" vote is a vote against authorizing the Sweetwater Union High School District to issue bonds for the purpose stated in the proposition.
News and Analysis|
San Diego Union-Tribune (via KPBS)
|Arguments For Proposition BB||Arguments Against Proposition BB|
|The needs of the schools in our community are serious and significant.
Many of the schools in Bonita, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, National
City, San Ysidro and portions of San Diego are
between 40 and 60 years old and need significant repair. They have
outdated electrical and plumbing systems, broken sewage pipes,
inadequate ventilation and heating systems. Many
schools are overcrowded and additional laboratories and classrooms are
needed to accommodate students safely and effectively.
Two years ago, a broad based community task force was convened to examine the physical condition of local schools. After studying the needs of the schools, the task force developed a comprehensive plan to address the most pressing and urgent needs.
The task force eliminated improvements that were desired but not immediately critical. Strict priorities were established:
No Proposition BB funds can be spent on district administrative offices or salaries.
Upon passage of Proposition BB, an independent citizens' oversight committee will oversee the projects to make sure every dollar is spent properly and that the buildings are maintained in proper
All money raised by Proposition BB is tax deductible and will stay in our community to benefit local children.
Please join us in voting Yes.
ROGER CAZARES, President, CEO Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee (MAAC) Project
NORA HANSON, PTA Council President
SCOTT BARNETT, Executive Director, San Diego County Taxpayers Association
EDMUND "PAT" LA PIERRE, Associate Region Manager for Golden State Mobile Home Owners League (GSMOL)
BOB FILNER, U. S. Congressman, 50th U. S. Congressional District
@ $26.00 PER $100,000 ASSESSMENT OVER 25 YEARS A $200,000 HOMEOWNER WILL PAY $1,300.00 $300,000 " " " $1,950.00
$400,000 " " " $2,600.00 $500,000 " " " $3,250.00 OVER & ABOVE WHAT YOU PAY NOW!! (RENTERS PAY THRU THEIR RENT, WITH NO TAX DEDUCTION)
THE DISTRICTS GENERAL LONG TERM DEBT FOR '98-'99 WAS $29,911,303. THIS BOND WILL INCREASE IT 6 1 /4 TIMES TO $216,911,303 PLUS INTEREST @ 6%. TOTAL COUNTY K-12 GENERAL LONG TERM DEBT FOR '98-'99 IS A WHOPPING $1.1+ BILLION DOLLARS. IS THERE NO END TO THE BOTTOMLESS MONEY PIT CALLED EDUCATION?
WORN ROOFS, FIRE ALARMS, WATER PIPES, ELECTRICAL WIRING, SEWER LINES. OUR QUESTION SHOULD BE ARE OUR SCHOOLS SAFE?
HAS THE DISTRICT BEEN SPENDING MONEY ON THE WRONG PRIORITY'S? MAYBE THE DISTRICT BOARD-ADMINISTRATIONS AND TEACHERS SHOULD ASK FOR A CITIZENS CURRICULUM REVIEW OF WHAT THEY'R TEACHING. WITH THE 3-R'S ON TOP AS NO. 1-2-3 AND POLITICAL CORRECTNESS SOCIAL CHANGE ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLE ON THE BOTTOM AS NEXT TO LAST LAST NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN
IN MARCH 1997 WE VOTERS TURNED DOWN THEIR 1/ 2 BILLION ($ 500,000,000) BOND REQUEST.
A NO VOTE IS STILL IN ORDER ON BB & AA
PS: JUST HEARD THAT SUHS RECEIVED $10.5/ 11 MILLION (AB 2880) FROM THE STATE FOR DISCRETIONARY USE. OBVIOUSLY IT WAS USED FOR SALARY INCREASES NOT ROOF REPAIR OR FIRE ALARMS.
BOB GREEN, Real Estate Broker
MARTIN HAASE, Business Owner
BARBARA A. BROWN CNSI - Chula Vista Elementary School District
|What:?! ANOTHER tax?!
We've already passed enough school bonds!
We passed Prop. 98 which established a minimum level of spending. Presently over 40% of California's state General Fund is being spent on education. Then, just two years ago we passed Prop. 1A, the gigantic $9.2 BILLION state bond. Money is POURING into education.
Even after squandering millions of dollars over the years, the
education establishment is still seeking a huge tax increase to do
what taxpayers thought bureaucrats had been doing all along
Make no mistake Prop BB is a TAX INCREASE. Property taxes must be raised to pay for this bond plus the interest over the years.
Money is fungible money not spent in one place can be spent elsewhere.
We already pay enough for all the items in the bond proposal. The
problem is that money is spent elsewhere, primarily on
salaries for the education establishment that far exceeds what the
market would dictate. Total public funding for education greatly
exceeds average private school costs. This bond measure is
really another attempt to free up existing capital funds so that they
can be spent on salaries, perks, bureaucracy, "prevailing wage", high
construction costs, and other unnecessary or even harmful
There are only three voter positions when it comes to taxes:
If you agree with position "3" then you should support this bond.
However, if you agree with either position "1" or "2", then you should
vote NO on Prop. BB.
BOB GREEN, Real Estate Broker
RICHARD CARDULLA, Libertarian Candidate for the 79th State Assembly
STEVE GREEN, Chairman, San Diego County Libertarian Party
DAVID A. WILLOUGHBY, Ph. D., Libertarian Candidate 50th Congressional District
EDWARD M. TEYSSIER, Vice-Chair, San Diego Tax Fighters
The facts are:
Three years ago, local voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of a bond measure to repair and renovate our high schools. That measure narrowly missed the 66.7% required support.
A citizens' task force has re-evaluated physical conditions at our schools and recommended a new plan to cover the district's most pressing needs. There are no frills, no expensive "wish lists," no blank checks.
Proposition BB is very specific. Classrooms will be built to relieve overcrowding. Schools deteriorated due to age and constant use will be renovated. Schools will be upgraded for health and safety preventing disasters like the recent fire, caused by a faulty heating system at Chula Vista Middle.
A citizens' oversight committee will ensure the money is spent for what it is intended improved learning facilities. No money may be used for district administration or salaries. Many San Diego County districts have passed bonds to renovate school facilities. Because these districts have passed bond measures, they now qualify for state matching funds.
If Proposition BB is not passed, future state funds will go to other districts throughout the state. This measure defines our district's future. Good schools are critical for student learning and they help maintain our property values.
Please vote YES.
SUSAN GOLDING, Mayor of San Diego
SHIRLEY HORTON, Mayor of Chula Vista
GEORGE H. WATERS, Mayor of National City
DIANE ROSE, Mayor of Imperial Beach
|Tax Rate Statement|
|To: The voters voting in the November 7, 2000 election on the question
of the issuance of $187,000,000 General Obligation Bonds of the
Sweetwater Union High School District:
You are hereby notified in accordance with Section 9401 of the
Elections Code of California of the following:
Year after last sale of bonds: 2015-16.
Year of highest tax rate: Tax rate is projected to be the same every year.
Submittal of the foregoing statement has been approved by the Sweetwater Union High School District.