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State of California November 5, 2002 Election
Proposition 47
Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2002
State of California

Bond Measure

4,044,743 / 59.0% Yes votes ...... 2,809,844 / 41.0% No votes

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Results as of Nov 14 11:14am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (24726/24726)
Information shown below: Summary | Fiscal Impact | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |

Should the state sell thirteen billion fifty million dollars ($13,050,000,000) in general obligation bonds for construction and renovation of K-12 school facilities and higher education facilities?

This thirteen billion fifty million dollar ($13,050,000,000) bond issue will provide funding for necessary education facilities to relieve overcrowding and to repair older schools. Funds will be targeted to areas of the greatest need and must be spent according to strict accountability measures. Funds will also be used to upgrade and build new classrooms in the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California, to provide adequate higher education facilities to accommodate the growing student enrollment. These bonds may be used only for eligible projects.

Fiscal Impact:
State cost of about $26.2 billion over 30 years to pay off both the principal ($13.05 billion) and interest ($13.15 billion) costs on the bonds. Payments of about $873 million per year.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
A YES vote on this measure means: The state could sell $13.05 billion in general obligation bonds for the construction and renovation of public education facilities (kindergarten through 12th grade and higher education).

A NO vote of this measure means:
A NO vote on this measure means: The state could not sell $13.05 billion in general obligation bonds for these purposes.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 47:
MORE CLASSROOMS and BETTER SCHOOLS, WITHOUT RAISING TAXES. We need 13,000+ new classrooms! 47 ensures CRITICALLY OVERCROWDED districts get their FAIR SHARE to build classrooms, REPAIR old ones and improve SAFETY. Strict ACCOUNTABILITY and AUDITS required.
California PTA, California Teachers Association, California Taxpayers' Association, Chamber of Commerce: "YES on 47"

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 47:
Yes on 47 for Accountability and Better Schools: a coalition of taxpayers, parents, teachers, seniors, educators, builders and business.
111 Anza Blvd., Suite 406
Burlingame, CA 94010

Contact AGAINST Proposition 47:
No contact information was provided.

  Official Information

Secretary of State

Legislative Analysts's Office Nonpartisan Information

League of Women Voters - Analysis

League of Women Voters - Background Action Alliance for Children EdSource
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