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Los Angeles County, CA March 7, 2000 Election
Measure G
Issuance of general obligation bonds in the amount of $40 million for specified school improvement.
West Covina Unified School District

Bond Measure

7,892 / 72.38% Yes votes ...... 3,012 / 27.62% No votes

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Summary Prepared by West Covina Unified School District:
Commonly asked questions regarding Measure G
  • What is Measure G? Measure G on the March 7, 2000 ballot is a $40 million General Obligation Bond that will provide funding for classroom and facility improvements throughout the West Covina Unified School District.
  • What is a general obligation bond? General obligation ("G.O." bonds pay for projects such as school rehabilitation. Similar to a home loan, G.O. Bonds are repaid while the project is in use - typically 30 years. The repayment comes from a tax on all property - residential, commercial, and industrial - located in the district.
  • Why can't the District meet its facilities needs with its current budget? Less than 2% of the District's current year revenues are available for facility improvements. The reality is that meeting the educational needs of our students does not leave enough funding available to maintain our schools as they should be.
  • What would the passage of Measure G mean to our District? Existing classrooms, many of which are 30 to 40 years old, will be rehabilitated. All of the schools need major renovations and upgrades including:
    - Upgraded fire and smoke alarms throughout the District.
    - Replacement of 40-year-old electrical systems.
    - Repair and renovation of classrooms at every school.
    - Addition of classroom electrical outlets for computers.
    - Health and safety improvements at every school.
    - Replacement of deteriorating facilities.
    - Provide students with increased classroom computer access.
    - Upgrade classroom electrical systems for modern technology.
  • Does this mean that our schools are unsafe? No. Any problems that threaten the safety of students or staff are addressed immediately.
  • What about using State money instead? The passage of Measure G will make the District eligible for over $22 million in State funding. Lottery funds cannot be used for construction or rehabilitation projects.
  • What will Measure G cost me? Property owners will pay on average about $3.75 per month on $100,000 of assessed valuation. (Remember that your assessed valuation is probably much lower than your home's "market value." Check your property tax bill for your current assessed valuation.)
  • How can I be sure that Measure G fund will be spent in improving our schools? By law, the payment of salaries or operating expenses from bond funding is strictly prohibited. Money raised by Measure G will be used only to improve our children's schools and not to pay for administrative salaries. In addition, the spending of this money will be annually audited by an independent accounting firm.
  • What's in it for my neighborhood? A list of specific improvements for the school in your area is available from the district office. Contact your neighborhood school for a complete list of specific projects.

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