On June 12, 2014, the Santa Barbara City College Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution to place a $288 million facility improvements bond measure on the November 4, 2014 ballot. The Santa Barbara County Election Office has provided Santa Barbara City College the designation of Measure S for this November 2014.
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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Q. Why has Santa Barbara City College placed a local bond measure on the November 2014 ballot?
A. Officially named the top community college in the nation, SBCC provides an excellent local education and is a valuable resource in our community. Unfortunately, aging and deteriorated classrooms, labs and instructional technology badly need modernization and upgrades to meet 21st-century standards.
Q. What projects would the bond measure fund?
A. Top priorities include vital upgrades to instructional facilities, including science, engineering, healthcare and vocational classrooms, labs and technology.
Q. How much would the measure cost property owners annually?
A. This measure would cost homeowners an estimated $16.65 per $100,000 of their homes’ assessed valuation (not market value).
Q. How do I know that the funds would be properly spent?
A. The measure includes strict fiscal accountability requirements. By law, a Citizens’ Oversight Committee and third-party annual public audits are required to ensure funds are spent appropriately on voter-approved projects. All funds raised by this measure stay local and cannot be taken away by the state or used on administrators’ salaries or pensions.
Q. How would the independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee be formed?
A. By law, the Citizens’ Oversight Committee must be representative of the community and must include at least one individual from the business community, a senior organization and a taxpayer organization.
Q. When will the measure appear on a ballot?
A. This measure will appear on the November 4, 2014 ballot. To pass, this measure needs to be supported by 55% of those who vote. All registered voters in the Santa Barbara Community College District will be eligible to vote.
Q. How has the funding for the 2008 Measure V bond been spent?
A. For an overview and update about Measure V, click here.
Q. How can I get more information about voting in this election or registering to
A. Please contact the Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters at www.sbcvote.com or call (805) 568-2200.