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San Francisco County, CA November 4, 2003 Election
Proposition A
School Maintenance and Improvement
San Francisco Unified School District

Bond Issue

139,814 / 70.59% Yes votes ...... 58,254 / 29.41% No votes

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Information shown below: Yes/No Meaning | Impartial Analysis |

Shall the San Francisco Unified School District repair and rehabilitate its facilities to current accessibility, health, safety and instructional standards, replace worn-out plumbing, electrical and other major building systems, replace aging heating, ventilation and air handling systems, renovate outdated classrooms and other training facilities, construct facilities to replace bungalows, by issuing $295 million in bonds, at legal interest rates, with guaranteed annual audits, citizens' oversight and no money for school administrators' salaries?

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
you want the School District to issue $295 million ($295,000,000) in general obligation bonds to repair and improve some of its schools.

A NO vote of this measure means:
you do not want the School District to issue $295 million ($295,000,000) in general obligation bonds for these purposes.

Impartial Analysis from Ballot Simplification Committee, approved by City Attorney
The Way it is Now:

The San Francisco Unified School District maintains over 160 school buildings. The District builds, maintains and upgrades its schools using money from sources including local taxes and fees, State funds and voter-approved bond measures. The District is eligible for additional money from the State to build or upgrade its schools if the District provides some of its own money for the projects. The District has adopted a Facilities Master Plan to improve existing facilities, and enhance safety and accessibility.

The Proposal:

Proposition A would authorize the District to borrow $295 million ($295,000,000) by issuing general obligation bonds to complete some of the projects in the District's Facilities Master Plan. The District would use this money to:

  • Renovate classrooms, kitchens and bathrooms;
  • Improve accessibility for students with disabilities;
  • Correct environmental hazards such as asbestos;
  • Make health and safety repairs to electrical and plumbing systems;
  • Replace bungalows; and
  • Rebuild outdoor areas for hands-on environmental learning.

The District would set aside $15 million ($15,000,000) to update a building for the School of the Arts. This money would be spent only if additional public and/or private funds are raised for this purpose.

The District could undertake some of these projects only if it receives additional bond money approved by State voters. Proposition A requires the District to create a Citizens' Oversight Committee to review and report to the public on how the money approved by this measure is spent.

Principal and interest on general obligation bonds are paid from property tax revenues. Proposition A would require an increase in the property tax. A 55 percent majority vote is required to approve school bonds.

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