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Two bond amounts used in survey

Some were asked about $300M bond, others about $240M

Posted: June 28, 2008 3:35 a.m.
Updated: August 29, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 
The survey commissioned by the Hart district to test the feasibility of placing a Proposition 39 facilities bond on the November ballot asked those surveyed about two different amounts for the potential bond.

Of the 800 voters surveyed, half were asked if they would support a $300 million bond, and half were asked about a $240 million bond. Twice the usual number of voters were surveyed, doubling the sample, so that both numbers could be surveyed, according to Jared Boigon of TBWB Strategies, the political consulting firm that is helping the William S. Hart Union High School District prepare for a possible bond measure.

"A standard survey of this nature is a 400 sample, but we doubled it because we wanted to be able to test the two amounts," Boigon said.

The survey was conducted via telephone between April 26 and May 5 and asked Santa Clarita Valley voters if they would support a bond measure to pay for school repairs, modernizations and the possible construction of a high school in the Castaic area.

Support for a $240 million bond was around 68 percent, which is within the margin of error of the 65 percent support for a $300 million bond that was presented to the district governing board at Wednesday's meeting, Boigon said.

"What we wanted to find out was whether we could accomplish what is needed for our schools, and we were pleased to see that the voters said, ‘Yes, you can,'" he said.

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