SDUSD on track for voter approval of $3.5B bond measure

SAN DIEGO – A $3.5 billion bond measure for the San Diego Unified School District was leading in voting results Tuesday night.

The measure had 61 percent approval with 73 percent of precincts reporting, as of 1:45 a.m. The measure needs 55 percent approval to pass, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The bond measure, called Measure YY, would be the largest in the school system’s history and the third that voters have passed for the district since 2008.

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If approved, San Diegans would see their property taxes rise by an estimated $60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. The tax increase would last for 39 years and the bond measure would end up costing taxpayers $7.5 billion after factoring in interest.

Measure YY has been advertised to voters as one that would lower lead levels in drinking water and upgrade school infrastructure to protect students from school shootings. Both the school district and bond supporters pointed to Michigan’s lead-in-drinking-water crisis and this year’s Parkland, Florida, school shooting as reasons for pursuing a third multi-billion dollar bond measure within 10 years. The bond measure allocates $45 million to lowering lead levels in drinking water.

The bond measure would pay for much more than just safety and security, however. It would also fund repairs of aged schools, classroom technology and new or upgraded facilities for athletics, visual and performing arts, science, technology, engineering and career technical education. The measure also sets aside $588 million specifically for charter schools.

Read more at San Diego Union-Tribune.