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Milpitas School Bond Goes To Voters In June

New property tax would raise $95 million for school repairs, upgrades.

Milpitas voters will decide in June whether to approve a $95 million bond to pay for roof repairs, improved science labs, new classrooms and more in the city’s aging public schools.

The Milpitas Unified School District Board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to ask voters to approve the bond. It will need 55 percent approval from voters in the June 5 primary election to pass.

“That’s step one, a very big step,” said district Superintendent Cary Matsuoka.

If approved, the bond will be paid for with a new property tax. That tax would charge Milpitas property owners an additional $50 per $100,000 of assessed property value each year. For example, a resident with a home assessed at $200,000 would pay an additional $100 each year on his property tax bill for the bond.

“I think we’ve got it down and I am so excited about this,” said school board member William Foulk.

The decision to take the bond to voters follows months of planning, research and opinion polls. Now the ballot moves into the hands of a citizens committee, which will reach out to voters and advocate for its passage.

The school district is not the only local government eyeing the June ballot. Milpitas City Council last week declared a fiscal emergency, so if council decides to ask voters for a new tax in June it will only need a majority vote to pass. Normally city taxes need a two-thirds vote to be approved. 

 

Kenny February 29, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Well.. this property tax law won't apply to me, but personally, I am for tax increases. I know sometimes the government may not be utilizing our tax dollars the way that we want them or expect them to, I mean look, we got ourselves in a huge debt, but I do agree, or do not resist in paying more taxes if they are going to spend it right. I'm probably just naive but I try to have good faith in the government that they aren't just here to screw us over.
Milpitas Schools May 01, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Milpitas school board already spending 15% more than they did in 2005 Property tax already raised in 2010 School board already spent $100 million collected from 1996 bond now they want leak your pocket by $95 million to fix leaky roofs. are these golden roofs for more information - http://votenomeasuree.blogspot.com/

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