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South County Props. E and Y doing well in early returns

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Early returns show South County voters overwhelmingly in support of two school bond measures in Chula Vista, with Proposition E passing in the Chula Vista Elementary School District 64.05 percent to 44.08 percent with 33.9 percent precincts reporting, and Proposition Y passing in the South Bay Union School District with 71.43 percent support and 9.7 percent of precincts in.

If passed, Prop. E would authorize the Chula Vista Elementary School District to issue $90 million of bonds to pay for repairs, renovations, new buildings and upgrades to classrooms and facilities at 31 elementary schools. The measure also calls for the purchase of new technology for students, upgrades to heating systems and energy cost-saving improvements.

Property owners in the district would pay back the loans through an increase in property taxes of $29 per $100,000 dollars of assessed valuation. Noting the district’s past transparency in its construction bond programs, the San Diego County Taxpayers Association came out in support of Proposition E.

Proposition Y would authorize the South Bay Union School District to sell $26 million in general obligation bonds at a cost to property owners of $30 per every $100,000 of assessed property value. The measure would support improvements at 13 schools, including elementary classroom and school renovations, safety improvements, computers and technology access and roof, plumbing and heating and air-conditioning repairs.

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