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San Bruno seeks $40M school bond measure
June 28, 2011, 03:00 AM By Heather Murtagh Daily Journal Staff

A $40 million bond measure could go before San Bruno voters in November, as the school district looks for a way to fund facility improvements.

On Wednesday, the San Bruno Park Elementary School District Board of Trustees will vote to put a $40 million bond measure with a rate of up to $30 per $100,000 of a property’s assessed value on the Nov. 8 ballot. The board previously voted 4-1, with Trustee Jim Prescott dissenting, to put such a measure on a special June 7 ballot. Since there was no state election, the board will vote to put it on the November ballot instead, said board President Jennifer Blanco.

Such a tax requires a 55 percent passage rate.

A bond measure could be used for a number of projects such as the second phase of upgrades to Parkside Intermediate School, field and playground replacement and repairs of underground infrastructure, Superintendent David Hutt said previously. The proposed project list also includes upgrading technology, investing in a solar and other energy-saving projects and replacing out-of-date systems.  

Before moving forward with any ballot measures, the district hired San Francisco-based Dale Scott & Company to survey voters on both a bond measure and parcel tax. While a bond measure can fund facility updates, a parcel tax is used to fund programs.

Voters were supportive of a possible bond measure at $18 or $25 per $100,000 of a property’s assessed value, Scott wrote.

About 70.3 percent of people polled supported a parcel tax before receiving additional details, which dropped to 69.5 percent at the end of the survey — still above the two-thirds passage threshold required for the measure that could support programs, according to Scott’s report. A four-year annual tax polled favorably at $49 and $75 levels. That would raise between $612,000 to $935,000 a year, depending on the level, according to Scott.

The board meets 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 at the District Office, 500 Acacia Ave., San Bruno.

Heather Murtagh can be reached by email: or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 105.

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