Frequently Asked Questions
Measure R is a $575 million general obligation bond to repair, upgrade neighborhood schools, modernize core classrooms; provide safe, secure school environments, including updated technology and air conditioning, that improve academic achievement and provide relevant career pathways for all students.
Yes. District voters have previously passed six bonds.They were in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2010, and 2012.
The voters have been very generous with their investment in schools for the children of our community and almost all of our schools have benefited from this investment. However, there are at least another $1 billion worth of improvements (Facilities Master Plan Page 109)that need to be made at District schools.
No. Bond funds cannot be used for operational expenses.
The state constitution bond funds are to be spent on “the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities.” - California Constitution
State law provides for a committee of local residents to inform the public about how the bond money is spent. The committee, known as the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, reports on the expenditure of taxpayer’s money for school construction to ensure that bond funds are spent in accordance with the provisions of the bond measure. Visit the CBOC website to learn more at https://www.wccusd.net/cboc.
In order to obtain facilities funding grants from the State, the District must be able to provide the local matching funds required by the State. Bond measures help the District to qualify for state matching funds that otherwise would not be available to our schools. WCCUSD has been able to obtain millions in State dollars because local bond funds have allowed the District to provide the required matching funds.
All voters registered within West Contra Costa Unified School District registered by February 18, 2020 are eligible to vote on the measure.
55% of all votes cast on the measure are needed for it to prevail.
Good public schools are the foundation of any healthy, thriving community. Good schools protect property values.
The bond is paid for by a maximum estimated property tax of 6 cents per $100 (or $60 per $100,000) of assessed home value. For example, a home assessed at $400,000 (you can go to the county assessor’s website to see the assessed value of your home), would cost the homeowner an estimated $240 a year or $20 per month.
On November 20, 2019, the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Education passed Resolution No. 43-1920, placing a $575 million bond measure on the March 3, 2020 ballot. The bond program plan reflects the District’s commitment to investing in excellence across all WCCUSD schools so that our schools are safe and clean and every student gets the best possible education. Bond funds can only be spent to benefit WCCUSD schools and cannot be taken away by the state or used for teacher or administrator salaries.