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Possible vote on new school bond tonight

Sara Thompson

The school board could approve another school bond for the November ballot tonight.

At the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board meeting, the board will discuss and take possible action on a resolution to put Measure G to the voters.

After an emergency LTUSD board meeting was called June 6 to discuss the failure of Measure A, the $87 million bond measure on the June 3 ballot, board members discussed placing another bond resolution before voters in November.

At the June 10 meeting, board members voted 4-1 to develop a $64.5 million bond.

The new bond measure, Measure G, would tax voters $28.70 per $100,000 of assessed value every year.

Certified election results showed Measure A garnered only 52.28 percent of the votes. It needed 55 percent to pass.

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The district needs to submit the ballot measure to the county by July 14, said Norma Gray, El Dorado County assistant registrar of voters.

Since the bond amount is less than under Measure A, LTUSD Board President Sue Novasel said tough choices had to be made on what projects were cut.

“These are severe cuts from what we need,” Novasel said.

According to the revised project list, two items were cut from South Tahoe Middle School: the new library and media center, and upgrades to the parking lot and drop-off areas.

Novasel’s opinion is that the board should be conservative with the next bond amount given the outcome of Measure A, and the previous bond defeat of Measure L in 2003. At the last board meeting, Novasel was the sole no vote because she opted for a lower bond amount for Measure G.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow to vote against the rest of board,” Novasel said.

Novasel said she’ll support the bond in November but thinks it should be a conservative amount.

This is the last chance to receive $15.4 million in matching funds, which are Career Technical Education Grants from the state. These funds are secure and can’t be taken away because California voters passed these matching fund grants in November 2006.

To retain the funds, the district must match them, or other school districts would receive them. According to the Financial Implication statement on the LTUSD Board’s agenda, plans for these funds need to approved by the Department of State Architects, and the deadline to submit the plans is September. If Measure G fails, the district must absorb the planning costs.

Novasel said the district has facility funding needs well beyond the amounts of the previous bonds, but tight economic times are hitting people’s pocket books.

“It’s a matter of how much voters are willing to pay,” Novasel said. “Zero is zero if it doesn’t pass.”