On November 8, 2016, voters in the Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) overwhelmingly approved ‘Measure P’ authorizing $311 million in school bonds to fund safety improvements and modernization updates to support 21st century learning. Measure P drew the support of 76.3 percent of GGUSD voters – well above the 55 percent approval required to pass.
Measure P will:
Measure P will cost $34 per $100,000 of assessed property value or about $8 per month for the typical homeowner. An independent citizens’ bond oversight committee along with annual audits would ensure funds are spent as promised. This is the same accountability system that was implemented when the district passed Measure A in 2010 to begin the first phase of critical infrastructure improvements to its aging schools which had never been updated.
In 2010, 63.8% of voters approved Measure A to fund the first phase of urgent classroom repairs and updates our schools needed at that time. GGUSD used $250 million in Measure A funds to leverage approximately $300 million in state and $30 million in federal matching funds to upgrade schools at no additional cost to local taxpayers. Measure A was the district’s first-ever bond measure.
Measure A funds were used to make urgent safety and infrastructure improvements at some schools, including repairing or replacing plumbing and electrical systems, upgrading computer network systems, installing fire alarm and communications systems, and making our school campuses more accessible for students, staff, and visitors with disabilities.
Each year since 2010, the GGUSD independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee has verified that all Measure A funds have been spent as promised. While Measure A provided much-needed funds to begin important safety repairs, it was always known that the facility needs at GGUSD’s aging schools would exceed the funding available from Measure A and additional funding would be needed for the next phase of work.