As a father of children in Central Unified School District, I find it imperative to our students and community to offer resources, infrastructure and abilities to our schools.
Measure C, an $87.3 million general obligation re-authorization bond on the November 2016 ballot, provides the voters of Central Unified with an opportunity to continue needed work to many campuses and classrooms.
The original bond, Measure B, was approved in 2008 to upgrade and update resources, but suffered due to property-valuation drops from the unforeseen housing market challenges thereafter.
By passing Measure C, Central Unified will be able to repair and modernize aging schools, repair leaking pipes, deteriorating roofs, heating/air-conditioning systems and upgrading fire alarm systems.
If approved, the average tax rate is estimated to be $55.89 per $100,000 of assessed valuation per year or $4.91 per month. The funds from Measure C would not go to administration, pensions or salaries, and would be protected by an independent citizens’ oversight committee.
Without the passage of Measure C, our schools and students may lack resources and opportunities. Paying a few dollars per month for a lifetime of student success is a worthy investment in our schools, children and community.
Mike Newton, Fresno