SACRAMENTO (AP) — Californians will vote next year whether the state should issue $15 billion in bonds for school construction and modernization projects.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Monday placing the bond on the March 2020 ballot. He says improving physical conditions in schools will improve students’ educational experiences.

Nine billion dollars will go to facilities serving students in pre-school through 12th grade. Two billion dollars each will go to the University of California system, the California State University system and community colleges.

Local governments have to provide matching funds. But the state will provide a greater share of the money for districts with high percentages of low income, foster care and English learning students.

Newsom says he’s confident voters will approve the bonds.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.

  1. Letitia Pepper says:

    These school construction bonds are a big trick, the way the state and local governments found to get around the property tax limits of Prop. 13.

    Because people voted for Prop. 39 in 2000, they ended up giving the government the right to add an unlimited amount of property taxes to everyone’s homes. What people voted for looked like the amount of taxes that could be added was limited to 2% of the property’s value, but that wasn’t true,

    Governor Newsom and the state Legislature just voted to increase that percentage to 4% — and they can keep increasing it and there’s nothing taxpayers can do about it unless they do a lot of work and put another initiative like Prop. 13 back on the ballot — which is NOT EASY TO DO.

    And it only takes 55% of voters to approve these damned bonds — instead of the 2/3 it used to take. The amount of corruption at the local school district level is growing too, because it’s such an easy source of funds.

    That’s why the state had to create FCMAT, the Fiscal Crisis Management and Assistance Team, to go into school districts that are going bankrupt as the money gets siphoned off.

    And that’s why an irate taxpayer created a very useful web site, http://www.bigbadbonds,com


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