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March 3, 2020 — Primary Election
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Special District

Sacramento City Unified School District
Measure H - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results


58,241 votes yes (62.46%)

35,006 votes no (37.54%)

100% of precincts reporting (135/135).

To upgrade student classrooms, labs, libraries, and learning technology for quality instruction in math, science, arts and engineering; provide modern career training centers; update schools to meet current academic/safety standards; and acquire/repair/construct/equip school facilities shall Sacramento City Unified School District issue $750,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying 5¢ per $100 assessed value ($35,000,000 annually) while bonds are outstanding, with citizen oversight/audits and all funds locally controlled?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Measure H, if approved by the voters, would allow the Sacramento City Unified School District (“District”) to incur bonded indebtedness up to a maximum amount of $750,000,000. The proceeds from the issuance and sale of such general obligation bonds could only be used for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities.

No funds derived from bond sales may be used for general school operating expenses, including administrator and teacher salaries, or for any purpose or project other than those expressly stated in the measure. Measure H lists the school facility improvement projects within the District intended to be financed by bond sales.

To assure that funds are spent only as specified in the measure, Measure H requires: 1) the appointment of a citizen’s oversight committee and 2) completion of annual independent performance and financial audits.

If Measure H is passed, the actual dates of sale and the amount of bonds sold would be governed by the District based on the need for construction funds and other factors. If Measure H is approved, the tax rates necessary for payment of principal and interest on any bonds sold will be largely dictated by the timing of the bond sales, the amount sold at a given sale, market interest rates at the time of each sale (although in no event greater than the maximum bond interest rate allowed by law), as well as actual assessed valuation of taxable property in the District over the term of repayment.

Passage of Measure H requires approval by 55% of the voters voting thereon.

A “YES” vote on Measure H means you wish to allow the District to incur bonded indebtedness.

A “NO” vote on Measure H means you do not wish to allow the District to incur bonded indebtedness.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Vote YES on H to update our aging schools to prepare local students for college and today’s jobs.

Most Sac City Unified schools were built over 50 years ago and have outdated classrooms, science/engineering labs and career training facilities. YES on H will update aging classrooms, labs and learning technology so students are ready for college and in-demand careers like health sciences, engineering, technology, and skilled trades.

Measure H repairs and upgrades older schools to meet the same safety and instructional standards as newer schools to give ALL students a chance to succeed.

Measure H helps our schools qualify for approximately $80 million in state matching funds that will otherwise go to schools in other communities.

Voting YES on H will:

  • Provide modern science and engineering labs and career training facilities so students are prepared for college and good jobs
  • Update classrooms, facilities and technology needed to support high quality instruction in math, science, engineering and technology
  • Upgrade classrooms, libraries, science labs and computer systems to keep pace with technology
  • Upgrade older schools so they meet current academic and safety standards
  • Provide the classrooms and facilities to support high quality instruction in arts and music
  • Improve access for students with disabilities

Measure H requires strict fiscal accountability:

  • Independent citizens’ oversight committee to protect taxpayers
  • Mandatory audits to ensure funds are spent as promised
  • No funds may be used for administrator salaries/pensions
  • No funds can be taken away by the State
  • Every penny directly benefits Sacramento City Unified schools and students

Even if you don’t have school-age children, supporting local schools is a wise investment. Good schools improve the quality of life in our community and protect the value of our homes.

Join parents, teachers and our community’s most respected leaders in supporting our schools and voting YES on H.

s/ Cecile L. Nunley
Retired Certificated Public Accountant

s/ Terrence Gladney, Sr.
Bond Oversight Committee Member

s/ Andrea Egan
Principal, California Middle

s/ Cassandra Jennings
President & CEO, Greater Sacramento Urban League

s/ Michael Blair
South Oak Park Community Association President

Arguments AGAINST


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