Norwalk~Tomorrow, voters in Norwalk and La Mirada will decide if they again want to subsidize the school system and approve a bond on the November 4th ballot.
The Board of Education of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District has placed a $375 million dollar bond on the ballot they say is needed to modernize the schools-just 12 years after they asked for $165 million in 2002.
-We are still paying for Measure S in 2002 and residents will essentially be “double-taxed” for the next 23 years.
-Measure G upgrades and proposals were supposed to be accomplished in 2002 with Measure S bond.
-La Mirada residents paid for the construction of La Mirada Stadium why should they pay for two proposed stadiums at Norwalk and John Glenn High for $100 million?
-There is insufficient room at Norwalk and Glenn campuses for new stadiums.
-Measure G is a “blank check” with the allocation of the bond proceeds possibly altered in the future by State actions and other variables.
-Of the $375 million asked for, only $160 million is for urgent infrastructure needs-the rest are “feel-good” wish list projects.
-The bond will pay for the repair of deteriorating classrooms, fix leaky roofs and bathrooms and remove asbestos paint.
-Will pay for the upgrade of science and computer labs and physical education facilities.
-Will fund improvements to campus security including fencing, fire proofing, smoke alarms, and communications systems.
-Includes tough accountability provisions and safeguards, every penny is required by law to be spent locally.
-Will provide air-conditioning in all adequate spaces on campuses.
-Will provide instructional technology and wiring projects at every school.
If Measure G passes, homeowners will pay $60 per $100,000 assessed value on their homes per year for the next 52 years. The assessed value is usually 50% or lower of the market value.
Polls are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.