Building Trades Unions and Workers Produce Numerous Bond Victories Up and Down the State

November 15, 2012 - The California Building Trades councils, unions, business agents, members, and apprentices should feel immense pride in what we all accomplished on Election Day. The passage of over one hundred badly needed revenue increases is simply spectacular for the California construction industry. Here are some highlights:

85 School Bond Measures and 15 School Parcel Taxes Passed - There were 106 school bonds on local ballots totaling slightly over $14 billion and 85 of them passed. Those that passed will make $12.5 billion dollars available over the next several years for construction, modernization, and repair of school buildings in California with the highlight being a $2.8 billion dollar bond in San Diego.

3 out of 7 Local General Obligation Bond Measures Passed Totaling $411 Million - These include major bond measures that were actively opposed by ABC because they included PLAs: the San Diego Unified School District, Sacramento Unified School District, West Contra Costa Unified School District, and the Solano Community College District. The ABC’s new tactic is to oppose bonds that have a PLA -  we beat them on all three.

~ 15 out of 25 Local School Parcel Taxes Passed Even Though Many Required a 2/3 Vote
~52 Non-School Majority Vote and 19 Supermajority (2/3) Vote Tax Increases Passed
~ 24 Cities and 3 Counties Proposed Sales Tax Rate Increases. 24 Were Approved
~ 10 out of 24 Non-School Parcel and Special Taxes Were Approved

Here is a link that lists the localities and districts that passed these local measures: www.californiacityfinance.com/Votes1211prelim.pdf

You did this. The passage of these revenue increases will together equal hundreds of thousands of hours of work for the foreseeable future. Thank you for your tireless hard work and unwavering unity. It made the difference. Let’s keep it going in 2013 and beyond!

 

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