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RBUSD Votes to Put Bond on Ballot

The $63 million bond would indirectly help the school district close a $2 million budget shortfall.

The Redondo Beach Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to place a bond on the November ballot that would pay for classroom technology and solar panels at every school, the Easy Reader reported.

The $63 million bond—which comes only four years after residents voted in favor of the $145 million Measure C—will indirectly help close a $2 million budget shortfall, the newspaper reported. With the new solar technology, the district will save $500,000-$700,000 annually in utility bills; in total, the district estimates it wills ave about $2.2 million annually during the first 10 years of the 20-year bond.

Bond monies cannot be used to pay for teacher salaries and other general fund expenses.

If the bond measure passes, taxpayers will pay about $24 per $100,000 assessed property value annually.

is also worried about the outcome of two additional tax measures on the November ballot. One, authored by California Gov. Jerry Brown, calls for a half-cent increase in the sales tax for four years, as well as increasing the income tax for five years for individuals earning more than $250,000 per year.

A second initiative by civil attorney Molly Munger would increase the income tax for 12 years.

Brown's measure would raise about $10 billion annually, while Munger's would raise $7 billion per year.

If Brown's measure does not pass, the school district expects to institute up to 17 furlough days to close the budget gap, something that teachers have protested.

RBUSD is one of only a handful of local school districts that has never instituted a furlough day.

 

DR August 03, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Wow...So soon to be sticking their hands out again! 2000 - $52 million bond 2008 - $145 million bond 2012 - $63 million bond - This bond says its to "...largely take RBUSD off the electrical grid by making every school solar-powered in addition to providing other new technologies inside classrooms" So you're telling me that we're going to have a bond for Solar technology that is supposed to save money (finance it from the saving), and for new technologies in the classroom (paying for 20 years for technology that is only current for 5-10?) Doesn't sound like a good investment to me. Why is it every time they can't make their ends meet, they keep sticking their hands in our pockets?
Alexander Starr August 03, 2012 at 11:31 PM
NO! NO! NO! No more taxes! Guess who pays for this bond? R.B. homeowners! My real estate taxes have increased 37% since 2008 due to these school bonds. I am sick of the Redondo Beach Board of Education. They are leaches. They suck you dry. I will tell everybody to vote NO to this scam.
Kent McCaman, Captain of Industry August 03, 2012 at 11:51 PM
This is just one more bond measure that I will vote against. If homeowners are being asked to pay for this, then only homeowners should be allowed to vote on it. The days of "business as usual" are over. Stop spending money like it doesn't matter. Refrain from making choices that people can't afford.

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