School districts from Fallbrook and Bonsall through El Cajon and the South Bay are asking voters for a total of $1.6 billion in bond money this November.

[one_half][box type=”shadow this-matters”]Voters throughout San Diego County are being asked to weigh in on bond measures impacting taxes and school infrastructure for decades.[/box]

Take a look at any of the 10 bond measures on the ballot and you’ll see a familiar litany of needs: leaky roofs, deteriorating pipes and overwhelmed electrical systems. The new money is aimed at improving school safety, modernizing classrooms and, perhaps as a nod to the people footing the bill, revamping student drop-off areas to reduce traffic.

A few districts propose major construction: a new community college workforce training center in the East County, and a new high school in Bonsall.

All the measures promise strict protections, sometimes written in bond documents in all caps: No money for administrators’ salaries, regular audits of the bond program, an independent bond oversight committee and none of the money will be snatched away by Sacramento. Those taxpayer protections, it should be noted, are mandated by the California education code.
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Leonardo Castañeda was a reporter and economic analyst for inewsource. To contact him with tips, suggestions or corrections, please email leocastaneda [at] inewsource [dot] org.