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Measure Y: Will Temecula Pay Higher Taxes To Improve Its Schools?

Are you willing to pay higher taxes for improvements to public schools?

Vote-by-mail ballots are being sent out to registered voters starting today, and while there are local and state races to decide, as well as statewide propositions to consider, Temecula has but one local measure on the ballot.

Measure Y asks Temecula voters to decide whether to approve $165 million in bonds to be issued by the Temecula Valley Unified School District in order to make improvements and upgrades across its schools.

Currently, the TVUSD holds the distinction of being a top-rated school district in Riverside County. The district has 31 campuses serving just over 30,000 students.

According to the TVUSD, funds from Measure Y would be used to:

  • Upgrade classrooms, science labs, computer systems, and technology infrastructure to keep pace with advancing technology;
  • Renovate, update and modernize facilities and equipment to provide new and expanded career technical programs and advanced courses in math, science, and technology so local children are prepared for college and good-paying jobs;
  • Improve energy efficiency, and reinvest the savings in programs such as arts and music;
  • Repair and replace roofs, floors, walkways, lighting, electrical and plumbing systems; and
  • Add classrooms, labs, and other facilities to meet student needs and reduce overcrowding.

If Measure Y passes, the district will be authorized to sell the bonds and levy taxes against property owners within the district to pay the principal and interest on the bonds. The district has stated the average property homeowner will pay about $28 a year, however the amount can rise. (Click here to read a tax rate statement on Measure Y.)

Fifty-five percent of qualified voters who cast a ballot this election season must vote "yes" on Measure Y in order for it to pass, and opposition could be scant: There were no arguments against Measure Y submitted during the filing process.

How will you vote on Measure Y? Are you willing to pay higher taxes for improvements to public schools?

Gary Stein October 11, 2012 at 04:20 AM
If you want to help our students and schools, we need to stop the Teachers union.
TVOR October 12, 2012 at 03:58 AM
I hate this idea that all of our kids can go to college. Wake up people, not every kid will be able to get into college. We need people to do the jobs which do not call for a college education. We need to bring back vocational education so that those who lack the abilities required for college can learn a trade which will allow them to support themselves and not be one of the 47%.
TVOR October 12, 2012 at 03:59 AM
How do you propose we accomplish that?
TVOR October 12, 2012 at 04:01 AM
I would certainly like to see changes made in the teachers unions. One important one would be ending the practice of teachers being impossible or very difficult to fire after they have been around for a long toime. If they don't cut it they must go.
JIM October 14, 2012 at 01:52 PM
I did my reseach. The last bond you are talking about was for 65 million and accounded for 450 million of new Schools built over two decades in Temecula. Temeculas great schools are not an accident. use of Local bonds and state matching funds and develerper fee,s should make these bonds last decades just like the last one did. There are two schools in the roripaugh ranch off of butterfield ranch road. they won't be built until the 2000 + homes are built and school fee's are paid. The last of the 1989 bond money was spent in 2004 At Temecula Valley High School. Temecula School District has done these bonds before with a great outcome. These new bonds will last for decades and ensure our schools will remain the best for decades to come. I did my research and beleave Temecula can do this. vote yes
JIM October 14, 2012 at 02:02 PM
No these bond must be spent on Temecula Schools period.
JIM October 14, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I was here in 1989 when the first bond was passed. We where told they would keep our schools in Temecula the best in the State and they did. We where told the would be spent wiesly and they where. We where told they would last Decades and they did. Temecla has great schools and they should stay that way. Vote Yes
JIM October 14, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Sam Temecula has not mis-managed its building and maintenance funds. The great schools in Temecula are because of good managed finances for school sites and maintenance. Yes the state has mis-managed is funding but this money will stay in Temecula at Temecula schools for temecula kids. I am voting no on 30 and YES ON Y.
JIM October 14, 2012 at 02:31 PM
These fund can't go to anything but the classrooms and schools site's period.
JIM October 14, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Yes I know what happend in Poway the sold all 100 million in bonds at once and paid out the nose for this. Temecula is planing to sale bonds over two decades and not paying out there nose just like they did with the first bond in 1989 and it worked great and lasted for decades and our school are the best in the state and we should keep the best in the state.
JIM October 14, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Just happen to have the list with me it will pay for WIFI infrastructure at each school site, Teaching boards and Projectors, Amplification Systems, Carpet, Energy Systems, painting, Security Fencing, removing portables and adding real classrooms.Bathroom repairs,coverds walkway with solar. And who made the list The PTA's at all schools, The teachers at all Schools, The Maintenance Workers at each school site NOT DISTRICT PERSONAL.
JIM October 14, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Maintenance workers worked for weeks on what needed to be done at our schools a large part of the list was done by Maintenance and Operations workers, The PTA's and the teaching staff. Administrative staff at the site level not district staff.
teacher one October 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM
No money will go towards salaries or benefits. Money is for maintenance, updates, repairs. This has nothing to do with unions--it's fixing the schools for the students.
teacher one October 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Local money for local needs. This bond has nothing to do with federal money and cannot be touched by the state.
Misty May October 15, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I hear what all the supporters are saying but the fact still remains that the district continues to refuse to rule out the type of bonds that got Poway in trouble. The problem is they will not publicly commit to not using those type of monies (capital appreciation ). A tax is a tax no matter what you call it and to request one without transparency and a commitment to responsible use of our taxpayer dollars...we should all vote NO.
Misty May October 15, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Vote No and let them come back to us after this passes: http://www.nctimes.com/business/budget-treasurer-calls-for-bill-to-restrict-costly-school-bonds/article_b484e21d-dbbf-549d-86f4-22e82ab06592.html
Gandhi October 16, 2012 at 09:40 AM
Looks like the bond will not be passing by the sounds of those on here, good! Yeah, we need to get those incumbents, people like Bob Brown, he's got to be in his seventies, and been on that board FOREVER, OFF THE BOARD!! There were NO other candidates running this year so the two incumbents are just going right back again. Guess I'm going to have to try running again next year, somebody's got to! Too many "back room deals" going on there.
Gandhi October 16, 2012 at 09:41 AM
I agree, and by the way I AM a Democrat, I just happend to know that in the educational setting unions are NOT beneficial to our students. And by the way, 5150, you are very rude.
Gandhi October 16, 2012 at 09:43 AM
And just what 47% is that TVOR????? I can't believe the arrogance and attitude of many of you people on here. DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE ROMNEY?? OMG!
Gandhi October 16, 2012 at 09:44 AM
I dont really care, I AM NOT PAYING ANY MORE TAXES!!! BONDS ARE TAXES, THEY ARE RIGHT THERE ON YOUR PROPERTY TAX BILL EVERY YEAR, TAKE A PEEK! NO, NO, NO AND NO!!
Gandhi October 16, 2012 at 09:48 AM
We have NOT had an increase in population in the last several years TemMom951!! We had an increase up until approximately 2006 when it leveled off, I have lived here for 25 years now and I saw growth that was probably around 5,000 a year, year after year here, but its over, we're "built out". You have good points there, but the bottom line is they just want MORE MONEY, as usual, not good ideas. Just vote no.
Gandhi October 16, 2012 at 09:52 AM
I ran for the school board in 2001, I was the top vote getter of the losers, dont laugh, that was a very tought fight. There were three openings, and 8 candidates. I would have won if I had done one thing different, told the teachers union I was for them. I couldnt do that, so they wouldnt "support" me, the three candidates that kissed their butt, all got on the board. The union needs to be dismantled and the only way that could have been done is by the "voucher" system that has been defeated at least twice, possibly three times now. The teachers union puts up millions of dollars to help defeat it every single time because they know what will happen if it passes. You might find this amazing, but I am a Democrat also. ;)
Gandhi October 16, 2012 at 09:53 AM
There is no "measure Z", only a "Measure Y", thats the local bond/tax for schools, just vote no on it.
Lynn October 19, 2012 at 12:23 AM
No on Y Check out you prop tax bill. Tvusd gets a big chunk already. No more taxes!
Sam October 19, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Amen KB, we watched your video. We have kids in the so called broke district also and all this Bond Measure "Y" is, is a pay raise for the the administration people. We need more Charter Schools BUT, NOT DISTRICT RUN. They will screw them up also. Come on people wake up to the real world. Educate your kids at home, wait we already do that in this District what am I thinking...... VOTE NO
Popeye October 19, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Here is your chance to get me back. I pay 2000 dollar a year Temecula Maintenance School Bond that will last 35 years. The Tea Baggers can vote Yes so I can pay more!
Ned October 19, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Thank GOD sounds like the people are starting to wake up. If they think they are underpaid they would leave the system. do you see any of them leaving. They cannot go any where in this country and get the pay they get in Cal. Push the unions out and you will push out the slugs with them. Look at Wisconsin we should have someone from there come out and help us fix are school system.They now have better schools and are running in the black.
Ned October 19, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Sorry about using (are) in place of (our) school system.
maruchan October 24, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Thanks KB
LetsBfair December 27, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Temecula City Council's redevelopment fraud is about to catch up with them. http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/temecula/temecula-state-ruling-blocks-m-affordable-housing-grant/article_23b3e4fc-2cf4-5909-949c-b9ddb1f2f9b9.html?print=true&cid=print

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