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September 18, 2015

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New Measure Eligible for California's November 2016 Ballot


SACRAMENTO - Secretary of State Alex Padilla today announced that an initiative is eligible for the November 8, 2016, General Election ballot.  

In order to become eligible for the ballot, the initiative needed 365,880 valid petition signatures, which is equal to five percent of the total votes cast for governor in the November 2014 General Election. 

An initiative can qualify via random sampling of petition signatures if the sampling projects a number of valid signatures greater than 110 percent of the required number.  The initiative needed at least 402,468 projected valid signatures to qualify by random sampling, and it exceeded that threshold yesterday. 

On June 30, 2016, the Secretary of State will certify the initiative as qualified for the November 8, 2016, General Election ballot, unless the proponent(s) withdraws the initiative prior to that date pursuant to Elections Code section 9604(b). 

The Attorney General's official title and summary of the initiative is as follows: 

School Bonds. Funding for K-12 School and Community College Facilities. Initiative Statutory Amendment.  Authorizes $9 billion in general obligation bonds: $3 billion for new construction and $3 billion for modernization of K-12 public school facilities; $1 billion for charter schools and vocational education facilities; and $2 billion for California Community Colleges facilities. Bars amendment to existing authority to levy developer fees to fund school facilities, until new construction bond proceeds are spent or December 31, 2020, whichever is earlier. Bars amendment to existing State Allocation Board process for allocating school construction funding, as to these bonds. Appropriates money from the General Fund to pay off bonds. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: State General Fund costs of $17.6 billion to pay off principal ($9 billion) and interest ($8.6 billion) on bonds over a period of 35 years. Annual payments would average $500 million. Annual payments would be relatively low in the initial and final few years and somewhat higher in the intervening years. (15-0005.) 

The proponent of this initiative is Thomas W. Hiltachk. The proponent can be reached at (916) 442-7757. 

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