Proposition 13, on school facilities, fails with close percent vote

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Proposition 13 failed in the statewide vote March 3, coming up short of a simple majority with 55.9 % voting against.

*Alameda County voted in support of the measure with a vote of 58.88 % to 41.12 %. The state voted against the proposition, however, with a vote 57.3 % to 42.7%, or 2,176,942 to 1,623,886 votes, as of press time.*

Prop. 13 was approved by the state legislature in September 2019 for the March ballot and would have allocated $15 billion total, with $9 billion toward public K-12 schools and charter schools and $6 billion toward higher education facilities, including $2 billion for the UC system.

According to the UC Office of the President, the bond would have been the first general obligation bond to provide funding to the UC system since 2006. In a statement released September 2019, UC administration said more than half of all UC spaces are 30 years old and that there is more than $11.8 billion in unfunded capital need in the UC system over the next five fiscal years.

ASUC External Affairs Vice President Varsha Sarveshwar, who also serves as the president of the UC Student Association, or UCSA, was one of the original supporters of the proposition. She previously told The Daily Californian that the ASUC and UCSA endorsed the proposition and worked to support it.

“Prop. 13 doesn’t address all of the UC’s deferred maintenance and seismic retrofitting need, but it’s a great start when it comes to addressing this serious issue on UC campuses,” Sarveshwar previously said to the Daily Cal before the election.

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, one of the main opponents of the proposition, however, said Prop. 13 would have added to California’s debt and therefore increased local property taxes, according to its website.

The website also said the means of allocating funding within the bill would have “needlessly” increased the costs of facility projects and inefficiently used taxpayers’ dollars.

Kate Finman is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @KateFinman_DC.