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UPDATE: Saugus district to put bond measure up for a vote

Posted: August 6, 2014 1:53 p.m.
Updated: August 6, 2014 4:12 p.m.

This document, courtesy the Saugus Union School District, outlines site-specific projects a bond could be used for.

 

Faced with aging schools and continuing technology needs, members of the Saugus Union School District board have decided to put a $148 million bond measure up for a vote.

District board members voted Tuesday night to authorize a bond election on Nov. 4, according to board President Paul De La Cerda.

“We’ve been assessing our needs now for well over three, four years and thoroughly looking at and utilizing our funds to the best of our ability,” De La Cerda said Wednesday. “As you know, we’ve been faced with seven years of budget challenges from Sacramento.”

A bond could be used for site-specific projects including much-needed repair, upgrade and modernization work at district schools, officials say, as well as at the district’s business office.

In a fact sheet describing the bond, Saugus district officials say many of the district’s schools are aging and that some older schools “are suffering from leaky roofs and failing electrical systems that must be fixed.”

Officials also are looking at improving and upgrading the district’s technological resources, De La Cerda said.

“We’re looking to do what we think is necessary to get us into the 21st century — to provide 21st century resources and facilities to our students,” De La Cerda said.

The Saugus district last passed a bond — Measure E — in 2002. That $48 million bond went toward school construction and renovation.

The William S. Hart Union High School District won approval for its $300 million Measure SA in 2008.

Voters in the Newhall School District passed the $60 million Measure E in 2011, and the next year saw approval for both the $72 million Measure CK for Sulphur Springs School District and the $51 million Measure QS for Castaic Union School District.

De La Cerda said community members have expressed support for the idea of a bond, but that outreach efforts will continue as Election Day approaches.

“A lot of necessary facility improvements have accumulated, and we believe that this is the best way to allow the community to decide how we’re going to fund the facility needs of the schools in our district,” De La Cerda said.

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Comments

missyJk: Posted: August 6, 2014 8:38 p.m.

NO more taxes we pay enough property taxes


missyJk: Posted: August 6, 2014 8:42 p.m.

vote NO


SCV123: Posted: August 7, 2014 12:27 a.m.

They need to figure out a way to tax stupidity, then use those taxes to fund schools. Taxing already strapped home owners isn't the answer. How are those banks doing after crashing the world economy? Nobody served any jail time, so shouldn't we pretty much own their assess? Let them pay for eternity.


17trillion: Posted: August 7, 2014 3:33 p.m.

NO!


peoplesvoice: Posted: August 7, 2014 6:46 p.m.

I thought that Prop 30 was supposed to fix all of our states education funding problems?!?!? either way taxes are high enough and there is hardly any accountability on these bonds. I am voting NO!!!! we have not finished paying off all the other bonds they come up with every year!!!


missyJk: Posted: August 7, 2014 8:03 p.m.

it's a joke and the lottery was supposed to help...than they pad the ballot votes by allowing people who wont face an increase in property taxes vote for it


Nitsho: Posted: August 8, 2014 11:51 a.m.

"

SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL BOND MEASURES

Measure E (2002): $48 million bond for the Saugus Union School District
Measure SA (2008): $300 million bond for the William S. Hart Union High School District
Measure E (2011): $60 million bond for the Newhall School District
Measure CK (2012): $72 million bond for the Sulphur Springs School District
Measure QS (2012): $51 million bond for the Castaic Union School District



That's 531,000,000. in 12 years

Current population of the city is approx 175,000
http://www.santa-clarita.com/index.aspx?page=574
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newsreader1965: Posted: August 8, 2014 3:36 p.m.

@Nitsho, you forgot the bond for COC. Not sure how much or how long but I know they have been building over there for some time.


Nitsho: Posted: August 8, 2014 5:14 p.m.

Thanks News. I was just pointing out k-12


Allan_Cameron: Posted: August 8, 2014 7:13 p.m.

Nitsho...The population of the City of Santa Clarita is now greater than 207,000 people, largely the result of annexations of areas formerly in Los Angeles County jurisdiction.

When the areas still in the jurisdiction of Los Angeles County are included, such as Stevenson Ranch, Sunset Pointe, Westridge, Castaic and Crystal Springs Ranch, the population of the entire Santa Clarita Valley, all of which is included in one of the seven local school districts, the population total is over 250,000.


Nitsho: Posted: August 8, 2014 8:09 p.m.

Ok...so 1/2 billion dollars in bond money, not including general funds for a total population of 250,000. How many are k-12 age? 100k? --edited.


missyJk: Posted: August 10, 2014 3:54 p.m.

i think these politicians take classes on how to screw people via property tax...Prop 13 came around for a reason and sneaky things are added all the time. Since it costs per the city council 250k to put something on a ballot (ie the billboard propaganda) who pays for these school bond adds the money we gave them in the first place?



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