Pleasanton voters will be asked to approve a $950 million bond measure June 7 for improvements to Las Positas and Chabot College campuses as well as a $25 million annual parcel tax for 20 years to pay for a San Francisco Bay clean water program.
The two measures on Pleasanton ballots will be part of more than a billion dollars in bond issues and parcel taxes facing voters in other parts of Alameda County, with more to come in the General Election on Nov. 8.
The community college bond measure, which requires a 55% voter support to pass, was approved by the Chabot-Las Positas board of trustees March 1. Loranzo Legaspi, the district's vice chancellor of business services, said the measure will cost an average of $92.12 per year. He based his estimate on the area's median home value of $376,000. The annual impact of the bond will be considerably more for homeowners in Pleasanton, where the current median home value is $975,800.
College administrators say they need the money to pay for new classrooms at both the Hayward and Livermore campuses, along with three new lecture halls, new health science classrooms, new facilities for the welding department and horticulture, and new offices for faculty.
A two-thirds voter approval will be required to approve the Measure AA parcel tax being sought by the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. That would authorize a parcel tax of $12 a year for the next 20 years on all properties in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Marin counties -- which are considered part of the Bay Area.
The tax, which would automatically expire in 2037, is designed to restore wetlands near the San Francisco Bay. It would produce about $500 million in revenue over 20 years and would be the first local parcel tax in the history of the state to be levied throughout an entire region and multiple counties.
Voters in Dublin and Livermore will be voting on major bond issues which, because they are general obligation bonds, would require a 55% voter approval. If approved, the Dublin measure would raise $283 million, costing property owners $60 per $100,000 in assessed valuation, to provide funds for the initial phase of the city's proposed second high school to meet projected enrollment growth.
Called the "Dublin Quality Education and Overcrowding Prevention Measure," it is the Dublin Unified School District's third bond measure since 2004. Revenue from the bonds to be issued over time would allow the district to replace aging classrooms and update science and laboratory spaces, computers and educational technology.
Livermore residents will be asked to support a $245 million bond measure to be used to repair and upgrade its schools. Although district analysts said a $510 million bond would be required to provide sufficient funds for what's needed, a survey showed the strongest voter support for a bond came in at $225 million to $240 million.
Chris Van Schaack, assistant superintendent of administrative services, told the Livermore board that based upon research of similar-size school districts in California and successful general obligation bond elections, it was evident that the suggested $510 million would have to be reduced.
But while Pleasanton voters have escaped a school bond issue in the upcoming June 7 primary election, they may face one on the Nov. 8 ballot.
The school district is considering asking voters to approve a school bond measure for the first time since 1997 for improvements to buildings, equipment and hardware -- a 2013 report concluded the district needed roughly $500 million worth of facilities upgrades.
The Pleasanton school board hired a polling firm to gauge public support for a bond measure, and in March, the firm released its survey results, which found about two-thirds of polled local voters said they would support a school facilities bond in general.
Polling firm representatives recommended the district add a bond measure item to the November ballot, and they said a rate of $60 per $100,000 assessed valuation polled at about 55% in support -- which would be the threshold required for passage by voters.