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State of California November 7, 2000 Election
Proposition 39
School Facilities. 55% Local Vote. Bonds, Taxes Accountability Requirements.

Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute

5,402,822 / 53.3% Yes votes ...... 4,733,205 / 46.7% No votes

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Information shown below: Summary | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the state Attorney General:
  • Authorizes bonds for repair, construction or replacement of school facilities, classrooms, if approved by 55% local vote for projects evaluated by schools, community college districts, county education offices for safety, class size, and information technology needs.
  • Accountability requirements include annual performance and financial audits on use of bond proceeds.
  • Prohibits use of bond proceeds for salaries or operating expenses.
  • Requires facilities for public charter schools.
  • Authorizes property taxes in excess of 1% limit by 55% vote, rather than current two-thirds, as necessary to pay school bonds.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
Local school bonds could be approved by a 55 percent vote rather than a two-thirds vote of the local electorate.

A NO vote of this measure means:
Local school bonds would continue to require approval by a two-thirds vote of the local electorate.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 39:
Parents, business, teachers and taxpayers say “Yes on 39” to fix our classrooms and fix the way schools spend money. The California State PTA says 39 helps reduce class size and protects taxpayers and home-owners. It requires a tough 55% vote for bonds and prohibits spending on administration or bureaucracy.

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 39:
Proposition 39 destroys 121 year Constitutional Protection requiring two-thirds vote to approve local bonds. 39 has No property tax limits. 39 could lead to further actions which double property taxes, re-turning to pre-1978 levels. Bonds create homeowner liens. “Special Provisions” can be changed anytime without voter approval. Vote No.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 39:
Taxpayers for Accountability & Better Schools
1121 L Street, Suite 401
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 341-1055

Contact AGAINST Proposition 39:
Jon Coupal
Save Our Homes Committee, Vote No on Proposition 39
921 Eleventh Street, Suite 1201
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-9959

  Official Information

Secretary of State

Nonpartisan Information

California Budget Project

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