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Saugus school district considers measure

Posted: November 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 22, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Buoyed by the recent school bond successes of two other local school districts, members of the Saugus Union School District board are considering a districtwide bond measure.

Jared Boigon of TBWB Strategies — the political strategy and communications consulting firm that worked to pass bond measures in Castaic Union and Sulphur Springs school districts — told board members Tuesday that the key is to build a broad public consensus for the measure, especially among those who do not have children in local schools.

That consensus is needed because certain individuals are ideologically opposed to any form of taxation and will oppose a bond of any type, Boigon explained.

This, in turn, shrinks the available voter pool that could be convinced to vote for a bond.

“The vast majority of the people you’ll talk to are probably not going to be parents,” Boigon said. “So you have to expand the conversation.”

Board member Paul De La Cerda asked whether the recent passage of the statewide Proposition 30 tax initiative might make voters less likely to pass yet another tax proposal.

“There might still be a lot of concern because that tax has not yet hit their pocketbooks,” De La Cerda said.

Boigon admitted that Proposition 30 may present a challenge.

“You’ll get a lot of people who will say, ‘Hey, wait a minute, didn’t we just save the schools? Why do you need more money?’” Boigon said.

Moving forward, Boigon said the district would need to give its approval to conduct a study examining the feasibility of passing a bond measure.

At this point, Boigon said, his presentation was for informational purposes only.

The district would also have to consider the best time to put the measure in front of voters. The earliest possible date would be the district’s board elections in November 2013.



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