Frequently Asked Questions about Measure I

How would funds from Measure I be used?

Repairs and upgrades to our schools could include:

  • Repairing or replacing leaky roofs, wood and support beams that have termite damage and dry rot as well as replacing plumbing and failing electrical systems as needed
  • Upgrading classrooms, science labs and technology to support high-quality instruction in science, technology, engineering and math
  • Keeping computer systems and instructional technology up to date
  • Modernizing labs and career-training facilities that prepare students for careers in healthcare, biomedical science, computer science, robotics and skilled trades
  • Removing hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint from older school sites
  • Installing, repairing or replacing air conditioning units in classrooms to improve air quality as well as renovating bathrooms and water fountains to meet current health, safety and ADA standards
  • Upgrading older schools so they meet the same academic and safety standards as newer schools

How much would this bond measure cost?

The annual cost of a school improvement measure would not exceed approximately $34 per $100,000 in assessed value (not market value) of a property per year and the tax will be in place as long as the bonds are outstanding and until they are fully repaid. The measure could generate up to $300 million in locally controlled funding.

I don’t have any kids in schools. How does local education funding affect me?

Great schools support strong, safe communities. Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting high quality schools means protecting our quality of life, keeping our community a desirable place for young families to move to and protecting our home values.

How do I know funds from a measure would be used responsibly?

Measure I would require a clear system of accountability. This would include provisions such as:

  • A detailed project list identifying exactly how the money would be used
  • An independent citizens’ oversight committee comprised of local residents to ensure funds are spent as promised
  • By law, no money from this measure could be used for administrator salaries or pensions
  • No funds can be taken by the State and all of the funds generated by this bond measure would go to schools in Aliso Viejo, Dana Point and Laguna Niguel

Would the funds from this bond measure be shared equally across all schools in Capistrano Unified School District?

No, the funds generated from this school improvement bond measure would be dedicated to only the schools in Aliso Viejo, Dana Point and Laguna Niguel.

Is there any other way to update our schools?

Capistrano Unified School District has very few options when it comes to making the necessary renovations and upgrades to our local schools. We can’t rely on the State to complete these repairs. A local school facility improvement funding measure would provide the local control necessary to complete prioritized projects to provide a safe and modern learning environment for our students.

What level of support does this measure need to pass?

This measure needs to be supported by 55% of those who vote on the measure in order for it to pass.