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Editorial: Vote Yes on Measure J, $290M school bond in Dublin

 
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The $290 million Measure J bond is another vital funding source for Dublin Unified School District as it continues to address facility impacts of breathtaking enrollment growth over the past decade or so.

Central to DUSD's new bond proposal is dedicated money to complete the second phase of the future new comprehensive high school and construction of a new middle school on the Dublin Crossing site, as well as capacity relief at the elementary level and upgrades to some existing school campuses.

These larger projects are paramount, and seem to us to be the final key pieces to the overcrowding problems for the coming years. And these projects cannot occur without Measure J.

The voter-approved local funds are necessary to advance these construction projects as quickly as possible, as well as position the district to potentially acquire matching dollars from the state.

DUSD has proven to be effective stewards of local bond funds to date -- of course, we recognize they've had plenty of practice, to the tune of $566 million from three other bonds since 2004.

We understand that the new property tax resulting from Measure J ($50 per $100,000 of assessed valuation) will impact Dublin residents.

We hope district leaders realize this too, and recognize the local property tax base will not be an open account to be tapped any time. So, we also encourage them to advocate legislators to fix the broken system for school facilities funding that exists in California -- that exists because of the State Legislature.

But in terms of need that exists in Dublin, now, just look at the second comprehensive high school, an estimated nine-figure project on the east side of town that is only partially funded by previous bond money. Dublin High School is on track to have some 3,500 students next school year; that's three times as many students as the campus had in the early 2000s. Unsustainable.

Vote Yes on Measure J for DUSD.

We need your support now more than ever. Can we count on you?

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