What is Measure E?
WHAT IS MEASURE E?
Measure E is a general obligation (GO) bond measure on the November 8, 2022, general election ballot. If approved by 55% of the votes cast, it will result in an extension of the current tax rate to authorize $160 million to make critical renovations and improve schools and classrooms throughout the Kern High School District. In addition, voter approval of Measure E will allow the district to qualify for state matching funds.
WHAT TAXPAYER PROTECTIONS ARE IN PLACE?
Measure E ensures that an independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee must review and report on all bond expenditures, and a third-party auditor must audit all bond expenditures. Measure E includes a specific list of projects that bond funds may be spent on. Laws prohibit funds from being used for administrators’ salaries, pensions, or benefits. Laws also prohibit the state from taking Kern High School District funds to spend in other districts.
WHAT IS A GENERAL OBLIGATION (GO) BOND?
California school districts commonly use GO bonds to fund improvement projects, such as constructing and renovating classrooms. Similar to a home loan, GO bonds are repaid over time. Funds to repay the bonds come from a tax on all taxable property—residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural—located within the district.
WHAT PROJECTS WILL BE FUNDED BY MEASURE E?
- Expanding vocational education training centers for careers in construction, information technology, robotics, nursing, and auto mechanics
- Renovating math and science classrooms, and engineering labs
- Installing walkway lighting, monitoring systems, and mass communications systems to improve campus security
- Renovating classrooms, restrooms, and common areas
- Upgrading fire alarms and emergency preparedness systems to increase student safety and school security
- Improving special education classrooms
- Increasing student access to the internet, computers, and improved classroom technology
HOW DO I VOTE BY MAIL?
All registered voters in California will receive a vote-by-mail ballot. If you need to register to vote, you can register online at www.registertovote.ca.gov. Once you complete your ballot, sign your ballot envelope and simply drop your ballot in the mail—postage is prepaid—by November 8, 2022. If you need additional assistance or would like to drop off your ballot in person at a polling place or drop box, please visit kernvote.com for more information.