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Measure J

On November 12, 2019 the Board of Trustees for the Fullerton School District voted to place a bond on the March 3rd, 2020 ballot. 
 
Measure JMeasure J is a bond that would raise $198 million for the Fullerton School District. This bond would be funded by a property tax increase of $30 per $100,000 of assessed value of all Fullerton properties. Assessed value is NOT the current market value of the properties, but instead the value that the county uses to assess property taxes. This information can be found for your home by visiting the Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector's page here (http://tax.ocgov.com/tcweb/search_page.asp)
 
Fullerton School District's current property tax funding in comparison to other local districts is seen below.
 
Property Tax Comparisons

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is Measure J?

Measure J is a school facilities bond on the March 3, 2020, primary election ballot.  If approved by over 55% of voters, Measure J will authorize $198 million of locally-controlled funds to improve and upgrade classrooms and school facilities throughout the District.

The improvements will help students prepare for rigorous high school course work and jobs in growth industries, including nanotechnology, the eco-sciences, and information management. The jobs that will power the 21st-century economy – in a cleaner, greener, more conducive learning spaces, labs, and technical facilities.

 

What will Measure J do?

Fund Necessary Repairs and Upgrades

Fullerton School District currently operates 20 schools, including 15 elementary schools, two K-8 campuses, and three junior high schools.  Most of our schools are 60 years old, and they need to be repaired and upgraded so that they can serve the community well for decades to come. Intended Projects include:

  • Upgrade 50 and 60 year old Classrooms and Science Labs
  • Replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems
  • Replace aging portable classrooms that are expensive to repair and maintain with modern, permanent classrooms
  • Upgrade Wiring and Communication Infrastructure
  • Modernize Libraries and Media Centers.
  • Improve heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, insulation, doors, and windows to increase energy efficiency and reduce utility bills
  • Upgrade older schools so they meet the same academic and safety standards as newer schools


Improve Student Safety

Students, staff, and community members will be better-protected with improved campus security systems, including video cameras, area lighting, additional fencing, emergency communication systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms & sprinklers.

 

How do we know Measure J will be spent correctly?

 

  • All revenues from Measure J would be controlled locally and could not be taken by the State  
  • Require annual Performance and Financial Audits to be carried out by third-party firms unaffiliated with any aspect of any project’s vendors 
  • Appoint a Citizens’ Oversight Committee to ensure that funds are allocated properly, that project timelines are being met, and give the community an ongoing conduit of input.

 

What will be the cost of Measure J?

Measure J bonds would be paid by property taxes estimated to not exceed $30 per each $100,000 of assessed valuation (not market value) as long as bonds are outstanding which is typically 25 years. What this means for the median home-owner in Fullerton is $128.70 per year based on a median home assessed valuation of $428,971.


When will the Measure CC from 2002 be paid-off?

Measure CC from 2002 will be paid off in 2025-2026.  Currently, homeowners are paying $21.81 per $100,000 of assessed valuation (not market value).  What this means for the median home-owner in Fullerton is $93.56 per year based on a median home assessed valuation of $428,971.


Doesn’t the STATE provide funding for facility upgrades?

 

In order to access State funding, school districts must generate local matching funds by passing a local school bond measure. In fact, passing a local bond is the only way to qualify for additional State funding when it becomes available. 

 

What is required for Measure J to pass? 


Only Registered Voters within the jurisdiction of the Fullerton Elementary School District will have the final say when they vote for or against the measure on the March 3, 2020 ballot.  At least 55% of the voters who cast their ballots on Measure J in the March 3rd Primary Election must vote in favor of the bond for it to be approved. 


Who made the decision to place Measure J on the March 3, 2020 ballot? 


The locally elected Board of Education for the Fullerton Elementary School District is the legal entity that unanimously called for the Measure J election. 


Who is eligible to vote on Measure J? 


All registered voters living within the jurisdiction of the Fullerton Elementary School District who are registered to vote by February 18th will be eligible to participate in the March 3rd Primary Election.

 

Ballot Board Meeting Minutes Passed Resolution