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Measure “B”

 
Meeting Technology Needs at Placerville Schools:
Frequently Asked Questions

The Placerville Union School District (PUSD) is committed to the infusion of educational technology at
all grade levels throughout the District. Students and staff will have equitable access to technological
tools to enhance educational experiences at school.


The District has developed a Technology Plan and its purpose is to recognize and build on the current
foundation of technological development within PUSD. With the implementation of this plan, the
teacher can take on the task of nurturing students who can think, plan, create, innovate, and solve the
challenges that this new millennium presents. Additionally, as schools and employers demand greater
proficiency with digital devices, increasing opportunities local students have to use classroom
computers and technology will better prepare them for high school, college and a job.


So what is Measure “B” and what will it do?

Measure “B” is a $3.2 million General Obligation (GO) bond that will improve technology at all of our
schools. Specifically, Measure “B” will:

  • Keep classroom computers, technology and software up-to-date and strengthen the computer network that connects classrooms to each other and to the Internet
  • Increase the opportunities local students have to use classroom computers and technology
  • Provide instructional technology to all elementary and middle school students that will benefit them in high school and beyond, maximizing the community’s investment in our local students
  • Require an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee to review the use of all bond funds and report to the community once a year

What are bonds?

Like Measure “K” in 2002, bonds fund a significant portion of school improvement projects throughout
El Dorado County and the rest of the State, and can help communities qualify for matching funds.


What would Measure “B” cost me?

Measure “B” is estimated to cost property owners no more than $13.50 per $100,000 of taxable value
per year. Taxable value is limited by Prop. 13 and is typically lower than market value.


How long would we be paying it off?

Measure “B” bonds are projected to be repaid in 20 years or less, because it requires the term for
each series of bonds to match the useful life of the improvements purchased with those bonds. This
means bonds that fund infrastructure improvements will be paid for the entire term, but bonds that
fund each new generation of computers will be fully repaid by the time the devices reasonably need to
be replaced. With these short-term bonds being such a significant part of Measure “B”, interest
expense will be minimized and more of every dollar the community invests will go directly to our
students.


How do I know these bond funds will be spent as planned?

Measure “B” has a specific project list, and all of the technology improvements are listed in the ballot
pamphlet and must be independently audited each year. Also, the District is required to appoint an
Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee to monitor and review all bond expenditures. This
volunteer committee of local residents and taxpayers will make sure that all funds are spent as
planned, for the benefit of local students.


Can Measure “B” be used for administrator salaries?

No. By law, no funds from Measure “B” can be used for administrator or teacher salaries.


Who could vote on Measure “B”?

All of registered voters within the boundaries of PUSD are eligible to vote on Measure “B”, and the
deadline to register is Monday, October 19th.

Measure B Frequently Asked Questions

UPDATED Measure B Bond Program Analysis

Infrastructure Upgrade Presentation