Santa Rita Union School District Modernization Efforts Measure R - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Measure R is the Santa Rita Union School District’s school bond modernization measure that will appear on the November 8, 2022, election ballot for local voter consideration.
What is Measure R?
Measure R is the Santa Rita Union School District’s school bond modernization measure that will appear on the November 8, 2022, election ballot for local voter consideration. Measure R dedicates funding for classroom modernization, infrastructure repair and improvements at La Joya, McKinnon, New Republic and Santa Rita elementary schools; and John Gutierrez and Gavilan View middle schools. Measure R requires 55% voter approval for passage.
What would Measure R do?
Measure R will authorize $24.9 million in general obligation (G.O.) bond funds to:
● Improve, repair, modernize, rehabilitate, and equip existing Santa Rita elementary and middle schools
● Provide state of the art classrooms, science, and instruction labs to support student achievement
● Upgrade, repair and replace deteriorating classrooms and infrastructure such as portables, restrooms, roofs, and outdated electrical, fire alarm and sprinkler systems, and HVAC
● Enhance student safety and security, including fencing, cameras, lighting, drop-off/pick-up areas and parking, campus accessibility, and removing hazards in play areas and athletic fields
● Meet local match requirements for an estimated additional $12 million in State matching funds
What are General Obligation (G.O.) bonds?
School districts in Monterey County and throughout the State rely on G.O. bonds to fund a significant portion of school facility improvements. G.O. Bonds are a type of long-term loan for capital projects. Similar to a mortgage, a G.O. bond is a type of loan that is repaid over time, typically 25-30 years. G.O. Pending local voter approval, G.O. bonds are repaid from local property taxes.
How did SRUSD evaluate its school facility needs?
SRUSD conducted an in-depth facilities assessment via a long-term facilities Master Plan. The Master Plan identified approximately $190 million in required school repairs and improvements over time. School site and public meetings were held to evaluate the results and gather public input regarding priorities and needs. Correspondingly, a 5-year Plan was devised, capturing the highest, most pressing improvements to be addressed in the near-term. The plans are available for review below, on our 5-Year Plan page and also at the District Office.
What would Measure R cost?
Measure R is estimated to cost no more than $30 per every $100,000 of assessed property value. For example, a home with an assessed value of $300,000 may be levied an annual tax of $90. Actual annual Measure R tax rates are based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property per the County’s official tax rolls, not on the property’s market value, which could be more or less than the assessed value.