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Posted: October 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Measure QS: Castaic School Improvement Measure: YES

Residents of Castaic will find Measure QS on their ballots in the Nov. 6 election.

If approved by 55 percent of the voters, the measure would authorize the Castaic Union School District to issue up to $51 million in bonds to improve schools in Castaic.

Santa Clarita Valley residents, who rightly treasure their quality public school system, have long supported school bond measures, which provide districts the opportunity to improve and upgrade facilities and otherwise fund the very things that make our schools so great while keeping locally generated money local.

Measure QS, for “quality schools,” would limit the use of funds to specific purposes, including construction and improvement of buildings and school support facilities; purchasing audio-visual communication and energy efficiency/management monitoring systems and playground equipment and fixtures; installing solar panels; and upgrading and updating technology.

No funds may be used for teacher or administrator salaries or other school operating expenses.

The estimated highest tax rate required to fund the bonds is $19 per $100,000 of assessed property value, and the bonds would mature within 40 years of issuance.

Bond approval would qualify the district for specific state matching funds, as well.

Annual independent performance and financial audits would assure the bonds were spent only on approved items, and an independent citizens’ oversight committee would supervise the expenditures.

With state spending on schools continuing to dwindle and the governor threatening to drastically slash it further, we urge Castaic-area voters to join their predecessors in the Sulphur Springs School District last June and the Newhall School District last November and approve Measure QS for the future of their schools.

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