FAQ - Measures E and C

Measure E authorizes the District to sell $17.505 million in general obligation bonds, while Measure C authorizes the sale of $17.495 million in general obligation bonds. If both measures are approved, the district would be provided $35 million dollars for facility projects through the sale of the bonds.

G.O. bonds fund projects such as the renovation of classrooms and school facilities, as well as construction of new schools and classrooms. Similar to a home loan, G.O. bonds are typically repaid over 30 years. The loan repayment comes from a tax on all taxable property - residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial - located within the District’s boundaries.

Our schools are outdated and upgrades and renovations need to be made. Also, faced with a growing student population the District’s goal is to reduce classroom sizes through the building of an additional school. Further, while facilities have been well maintained, old classrooms must be upgraded since many do not meet 21st century education and technology standards. A local school improvement measure would allow the District to improve the quality of the school facilities and education provided to local students.
Today, the scope of improvements needed at the El Centro Elementary School District is far more than the current funding sources available. The per pupil funding which the District receives from the state is intended to be used for the day-to-day business of educating children and not the cost of upgrading, modernizing, and repairing facilities.

Over the several months with input from staff, teachers, parents, community leaders, and an architect, the District has prepared a School Facilities Needs Analysis. The Needs Analysis identifies the major repairs and upgrades that need to be made.

 

  • Specific types of projects identified include:

  • Constructing an elementary school to reduce student overcrowding

  • Improving student access to computers and modern technology

  • Modernizing outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities

  • Making health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements

  • Constructing/improving multi-purpose rooms and gymnasiums

If a State bond is approved or if the Governor’s budget allocates funding for school facilities, school districts throughout the state could be eligible for up to 65% of the costs of modernization projects, and up to 55% of the costs of new construction projects.

Measures E and C will provide our students with a better learning environment by constructing new facilities and making repairs and upgrades to existing classrooms and school facilities; many of which are also used by and available to the community such as the libraries and playing fields.
If Measures E and C do not pass, our classrooms and school facilities will continue to not meet 21st Century standards in all of the school facilities. In addition, funds that would otherwise go to classroom instruction will be needed to make critical safety repairs and improvements at our schools. Major repairs will need to be postponed and as a result, will likely be more expensive to make.

The tax rate per property owner is estimated to be $50.00 per $100,000 of assessed valuation per year for both measures combined. (Please do not confuse assessed valuation with market value.  Assessed valuations are the value placed on property by the County and are lower than market values). Check your property tax statement for your current assessed valuation.  For example, if your house is assessed at $100,000, your tax bill for the year would be $50.00, or approximately $4.17 per month.
By law, all bond funds have to be spent locally and cannot be taken by the state. Also, by law, there must be annual audits of expenditures and no bond money can be used for teacher or administrative salaries.