STOCKTON (CBS13) — Governor Gavin Newsom was in Stockton on Monday, touring McKinley Elementary School and talking up the only state measure on Tuesday’s ballot.

Proposition 13 would authorize $15 billion in bonds for elementary schools, community colleges and public universities. Newsom said the money is essential to update and renovate aging school buildings.

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“The focus and prioritization is on health and safety. And I don’t need to remind anybody with school-age kids, that walk around facilities like this, and they see things quite literally taped together,” Newsom said.

Critics argue the measure amounts to a tax on homeowners and that paying off the bonds would be an extra drain on the state’s general fund. According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, Prop 13 would cost about $740 million a year over 35 years.

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