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Monterey County, CA November 5, 2002 Election
Measure M
School repair
Salinas Middle School District

Bond Issue - 55% Approval Required

14651 / 67.8% Yes votes ...... 6938 / 32.1% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Dec 6 2:34am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (49/49)
Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments |

To repair our LOCAL public MIDDLE SCHOOLS in Salinas, improve safety and relieve overcrowding, by refurbishing deteriorated walls, classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, and restrooms; improving campus security; upgrading technology access; replacing decayed portable classrooms, removing asbestos, completing construction of Harden and La Paz Middle Schools, and building a new middle school, shall Salinas Union High School District issue $37,000,000 in bonds, within maximum legal interest rates, requiring annual financial audits, with no money for administrators' salaries?

Impartial Analysis from the County Counsel

If the measure is passed, the money will be used "to repair middle schools in Salinas and to improve safety and relieve overcrowding by

  • refurbishing deteriorated walls, classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, and restrooms
  • improving campus security
  • upgrading technology access
  • replacing decayed portable classrooms, removing asbestos, completing construction at Harden and La Paz Middle Schools by building a new middle school."

By law, 100% of Measure M funds must be spent on projects specified in the bond plan. No monies may be spent on school operating costs or salaries. A Citizens Oversight Committee will monitor all Measure M expenditures and will issue an annual public report.


The plan is to allot the money as follows:

El Sausal $4.3 million
Washington MS $4.5 million
La Paz $7.1 million
A new Middle School $14.6 million
Harden 6.3 million


The bonds will be paid for by a tax on property owners who live in the District. Property includes houses, apartment complexes, and commercial property. The amount of money each owner pays depends on the value of the property, or what is known as assessed valuation. The amount has been estimated from $27.22 to $28.93 (for an average of $28.15) for each $100,000 of assessed valuation, for a period of time not to exceed forty years.

Arguments Submitted to

Summary of Arguments FOR Measure M:
  • Measure M addresses real and urgent safety, health, growth, and modernization needs
  • Our investment in good schools through Measure M means higher property values.
  • Delay will result in more overcrowding, and affect students' access to new technologies.
  • The total school environment will be enhanced by expanded libraries, additional classrooms, removal of hazardous materials, improved security,

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Measure M:
  • Measure M is really about more taxes for things that will be obsolete in a few years.
  • Repairs and upgrades have already been done and new classrooms have been added.
  • We should teach our children not to borrow. Improvements should be paid for with current revenue.
  • But if necessary the district can borrow money without a tax increase or voter approval.
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