Central San Joaquin Valley voters will decide an array of local measures on the June 3 ballot. Here's a rundown of the issues:
Measure A: To renew for another 10 years Fresno County's vehicle abatement program and the vehicle registration fees that fund it -- $1 per vehicle and an additional $2 for certain commercial vehicles. The money is for abatement and removal of abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, or inoperative vehicles. Required to pass: Two-thirds approval.
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Golden Plains Unified School District
Measure G: A $13 million bond measure to repair and improve classrooms in the west-side district, roofs, bathrooms and other facilities and vocational/agricultural job training and technology. Required to pass: 55% approval.
Parlier Unified School District
Measure P: A $6 million bond measure to increase student access to technology; modernize and renovate outdated classrooms, restrooms and athletic facilities and construct a cafeteria/multi-purpose room at Parlier High. Required to pass: 55% approval.
Pine Ridge Elementary School District
Measure R: A $4 million bond to repair, renovate and modernize classrooms and athletic facilities and increase student access to technology in the Auberry-based district. Required to pass: 55% approval.
Parlier city police and fire tax
Measure S: A parcel tax that would be collected for five years to maintain the Parlier Police Department and fire protection services. Required to pass: Two-thirds approval.
Springville Union School District
Measure J: A $4 million bond to modernize classrooms and other school facilities and increase student access to technology. Required to pass: 55% approval.
City of Porterville
(Required to pass: Simple majority.)
Measure L: Amend the city charter to make certain technical, non-substantive revisions.
Measure M: Amend the city charter to change the election date for city council seats to be the same as the date for the federal general election for federal officers in California.
Measure N: Amend the city charter to allow City Council meetings to be held at publicly-owned facilities in addition to City Hall.
Measure O: Amend the city charter to provide that a council member seat becomes vacant if, without permission from the council, a member removes himself/herself from the city for more than 45 days, fails to attend five consecutive regular meetings unless prevented from attending by sickness, and in that event after 90 days.
Measure P: Amend the city charter to provide that any severance pay to the city manager is limited to the equivalent of a maximum of 12 months salary, subject to any other restrictions required by state law and other limitations authorized by the City Council.
Measure Q: Amend the city charter to require majority-vote approval of expenditures, and allow the City Council to set limits on expenditures and indebtedness that can be incurred without prior council approval.
Measure R: Amend the city charter to provide that the city has the power to perform public projects, improvements and repairs using its own forces, regardless of cost, and to provide that the City Council may, only in cases of emergency and by a 4/5ths majority vote, proceed without adhering to competitive bidding requirements.
Measure S: Amend the city charter to raise the bid limit to $50,000 for public projects subject to competitive bidding, with further restrictions considered by the City Council annually.
Measure T: Amend the city charter to provide that interference with the performance of duties of the city manager is a misdemeanor and subject to additional consequences, including forfeiture of office if convicted, and moving to a new charter section the portion of this charter section pertaining to officer and employee political activities.
Measure U: Amend the city charter to require that leases of city property may be terminated by the city upon either 30 days notice or payment of up to 5% of the total lease term period but not including option periods, and upon paying the lessee the market value of improvements. These requirements won't apply to month-to-month or state or federal leases.
Measure V: Amend the city charter to add a new section establishing penalties and remedies for violations of the charter where no other penalty or remedy is specified.
Measure W: Amend the city charter to ensure that council members receive compensation equivalent to the hourly California state minimum wage for all meetings attended by the members as approved by the City Council, with compensation subject to any other applicable statutory or constitutional restrictions.
Measure X: Amend the city charter to provide that the ordinance publication requirements shall be set by city ordinance.
Measure Y: Amend the city charter to provide that the city employee retirement, pension, or disability/death benefits won't be terminated except as permitted by the state constitution and applicable law, and to clarify that the city retains its full power to create, modify or eliminate its pensions and retiree health care benefits.
Pixley Union School District
Measure Z: A $7.8 million bond to modernize aging classrooms, construct necessary student support facilities for school and community use and increase access to classroom technology. Required to pass: Two-thirds approval.
Kingsburg Joint Union High School District
Measure K: A $13 million bond to modernize classrooms, make repairs to roofs and other upgrades and improve student access to technology in the district that takes in students from Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties. Required to pass: 55% approval.