School Bond Measure Ekes Out Lead

Now, six of 11 school bond measures appeared to have passed in the General Election

By Lauren Steussy
|  Saturday, Nov 17, 2012  |  Updated 6:44 PM PDT
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A $449 million bond measure in the San Dieguito Union High School District has gained enough votes to pass, as of Saturday night.

Proposition AA would authorize the school district to sell $449 million in bonds to pay for upgrades to its aging schools. It's one of the measures with the highest price tags.

On Tuesday night, Prop. AA was only 0.13 percent of votes away from passing. Just after election night, it was .53 percent of votes from passing. 

Saturday's count had the measure ahead with 55.16 percent of the votes. This measure requires at least 55 percent 'yes' votes.

There are still ballots to be counted, however, and the final tally won't be official until next month.

The district was planning on starting some of the projects they hoped to fund with the bond measure as early as January. They have been planning the bond-funded projects for the last four years.

"This is an emotional roller coaster for a lot of people who are counting on the passage of this bond," said Ken Noah, San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent.

Now, it appears that six of 11 of the school bond measures on San Diego County ballots appeared to have passed as of Tuesday night. All the measures require 55 percent approval to pass.

Here's a list of the bond measures and the amount they asked voters to authorize. Those in bold have enough votes to pass as of Tuesday.

  • PROPOSITION C - Cajon Valley Union School District - $88.4 million
  • PROPOSITION D - Dehesa School District - $3 million
  • PROPOSITION E - Chula Vista Elementary School District - $90 million
  • PROPOSITION G - Mountain Empire School District - $30.8 million
  • PROPOSITION R - Ramona Unified School District - $66 million
  • PROPOSITION V - Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District $398 million
  • PROPOSITION Y - South Bay Union School District - $26 million
  • PROPOSITION Z - San Diego Unified School District - $2.8 million
  • PROPOSITION AA - San Dieguito Union High School District - $449 million
  • PROPOSITION CC - Del Mar Union School District - $76.8 million
  • PROPOSITION EE - MiraCosta Community College District - $497 million

Propositions C, D, and Y are considered "Reauthorization Bonds," meaning the measures are versions of previously passed bond measures. The new measures would authorize the issuance of new bonds.

The number of bonds in the county has grown significantly since 2010, when there were four school bonds on ballots countywide.In 2008, there were eight, including one in the Primary Election, versus three in 2006.

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