San Diego voters have approved one of the biggest school bonds in California history.
District voters approved Proposition Z 59 percent to 40 percent with 87 percent of precincts reporting. The measure needed 55 percent of the vote to pass. The vote clears the way for San Diego Unified to raise up to $2.8 billion to spend repairing and upgrading schools and continuing to invest in technology in classrooms.
The bond will be repaid by a new tax hike of $60 on every $100,000 of assessed property value in the district.
Backers billed the bond as a crucial protection for the district’s day-to-day budget, which would otherwise be hit by looming expiring state funding for technology and maintenance programs. Passing the bond would help keep teachers in the classroom, they said, and pump money into the district’s crumbling infrastructure and facilities.
Local labor unions, developers and construction companies donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Yes on Z campaign.