Proposition 13, a $15 billion bond to modernize public schools in California, lost in San Luis Obispo. The state proposition was the only one on the ballot.
In San Luis Obispo county, about 65.2 percent voted “no” on the proposition whereas only about 34.8 percent voted “yes.” At the state level, about 57.2 percent voted “no.” The final votes are still being tallied.
If passed, the proposition will provide $9 billion in bond money for K-12 schools and $6 billion to community colleges, the California State University and the University of California.
Though the measure garnered bipartisan support, including Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and local Republican Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham, there is concern about potential increases in property taxes to repay the bond.
The San Luis Obispo Republican party opposed the proposition, claiming it will “put taxpayers on the hook for $27 billion” because the potential for debt would produce higher taxes. The party said the money would only provide for “wasteful construction projects that benefit special interests.”
While the measure received comparatively little support, advocates for the proposition said they hoped that the money would pay for much needed repairs in public school facilities.
“The kinds of things [university administration] is thinking about is fixing Fremont Hall landslide [or] doing the Kennedy Library,” political science professor Matthew Moore said.
This story has been updated to reflect the most recent election results.