October 21, 2002
Proposed education bond includes nearly $40 million
By Louise Donahue
A proposed $13.05 billion education bond facing voters this November
includes money for several major UCSC projects. If passed, the Kindergarten-University
Public Education Facilities Bond Act would provide nearly $40 million
over two years, with almost $1.5 million the first year.
|The initial posting of this story did not
include complete information on funding proposed for both years.
This version of the story includes those figures.
The bond is listed as Proposition 47 on the November 5 ballot.
"This bond measure is extremely important to all segments of education--and
it is crucial for UC Santa Cruz. I urge everyone to be informed and
to vote," said Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood.
In the first year, the bond would provide almost $1.5 million for planning
the long-sought UCSC Humanities and Social Sciences Facility, and $517,000
to plan the Emergency Response Center.
In the second year, the bond would provide:
$25,826,000 for working drawings and construction of the Humanities
and Social Sciences Facility.
$6,592,000 for working drawings and construction of the Emergency
$396,000 for working drawings and construction for alterations
for Engineering, Phase 2.
$3 million for working drawings and construction of seismic
corrections, Phase 2A.
$1,906,000 for McHenry Library Addition planning, Phase 1, as
well as $682,000, for seismic and ADA improvement planning; $519,000
for fire and life safety omprovements/Library renovations planning;
and $495,000 for renovation/Library
addition completion planning.
Overall, the bond would provide public higher education--the University
of California, California State University, and the state's community
colleges--with $1.65 billion. UC's portion would be $408.2 million,
CSU would get $496 million, and the community colleges, $746 million.
UC would use Proposition 47 funds for capital improvements in three
Earthquake safety and life safety. The bond would help
UC make seismic repairs in classroom, laboratory, and office buildings.
More space for enrollment growth. An increase of 64,000
additional students is expected by 2010, creating a need for major new
facilities and programs.
Modernization. Outdated infrastructure and aging classroom
and laboratory buildings would be targeted for modernization.
Kindergarten through high school education would receive $11.4 billion,
with $3.3 billion going to repair and upgrade schools and about $8.10
billion directed to new construction to relieve overcrowding and provide
added space for new students.
In Santa Cruz County, the bond would provide a total of $64.9 million
for education when K-12 and higher education are combined.
Proposition 47's supporters include the UC Board of Regents, California
State PTA, California Teachers Association, California Taxpayers Association,
California Chamber of Commerce, and the League of Women Voters.
An opposition campaign has not been organized, but state Senator William
J. "Pete" Knight; Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis
Taxpayers Association; and Lewis K. Uhler, president of the National
Tax Limitation Committee, signed the ballot argument opposing Proposition
47 in the Official Voter Information Guide.
Arguments in favor and against the bond are available online
and in the voter guide. Information is also available at the University
of California Office of the President web
Another bond issue, providing an additional $2.3 billion for higher
education--including $690 million for UC and $39.4 million for UCSC--is
tentatively scheduled to go before voters in 2004, if this measure passes.
Voter registration ends today, October 21. Voter registration forms
are available at numerous locations on campus, including McHenry Library,
the Colleges, Carriage House, Bay Tree Bookstore, Student Health Center,
or by stopping by your local library, post office, or other government
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