Proposition 13 Summary: 

Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020

The School Facilities Bond Bill will put a $15 billion bond on the March 2020 election.

  • $9 billion for PK-12

  • $2 billion for community colleges

  • $2 billion for CSU system

  • $2 billion for UC system

The $9 billion for PK-12 would provide funding for the following programs:

  • $2.8 billion for new construction

  • $5.2 billion for modernization

    • Up to $150 million to remediate lead in water

  • $500 million for charter schools

  • $500 million for CTE facilities (career tech. ed.)

Allows funds to be spent on preschool classrooms, kitchens, and facility space for nurses and counselors.

The local bonding capacity of school districts would be increased by 60% to provide more access to local funds.

The State funding ratio for new construction can increase from 50% to up to 55% for lower wealth school districts based on points from a sliding scale which looks at the bonding capacity per student and the percentage of students that are low income, foster care or English learners.

The State funding ratio for modernization can increase from 60% to up to 65% for lower wealth school districts based on points from a sliding scale which looks at the bonding capacity per student and the percentage of students that are low income, foster care or English learners.

All Districts participating in the School Facility Funding Program will be required to prepare, approve and submit to OPSC a five-year school facilities master plan that must include the following:

  • Eligibility for State funding

  • Inventory of existing facilities and sites

  • Existing classroom capacity

  • Projected enrollment for 5 years

  • Capital Planning budget for proposed projects

  • Funding sources and financing plan

  • District’s assessed value and bonding capacity

  • Deferred maintenance plan

  • Master plan is consistent with goals in LCAP

Eligibility for new construction baseline capacity will be updated based on current classroom inventory with each new funding application.

Financial hardship program is available to districts with a bonding capacity of less than $15 million which will be adjusted annually for inflation.

Modernization of buildings over 50 years old can qualify for new construction grant amounts if replacement is justified.

Small school districts (<=2,500 students) still have three year lock on enrollment projections used for new construction eligibility.

Additional assistance for small school districts

  • Can request a preliminary apportionment

  • Similar to the design apportionment for financial hardship projects

  • Reserves State bond funds for entire project

An increase of up to 10% in the grants to remediate lead in water used for drinking or food service

New priority funding/processing system with quarterly project approvals

Modernization Processing Priorities

  • Facility Hardship is first priority

  • Financial Hardship is second priority

  • Projects with Lead in water is third priority

  • Projects not yet processed in past 6 months is fourth priority

  • ORG (overcrowding relief grant) projects is fifth priority

  • The sixth priority is all other projects rank by points

New Construction Processing Priorities

  • Facility Hardship is first priority

  • Financial Hardship is second priority

  • Projects not yet processed in past 6 months is third priority

  • ORG (overcrowding relief grant) projects is fourth priority

  • The fifth priority is all other projects ranked by points

Each quarter, new construction approvals will represent 35% of funding requests and modernization approvals will represent 65% of funding requests.

Developer fees

  • Level 3 fees are suspended until Jan 1, 2028

  • Multi-family units within ½ mile of major transit stop are exempt from school impact fees until Jan 1, 2026

  • All other multi-family units get a 20% reduction in the school impact fees (Level 1 and Level 2) until Jan 1, 2026

Status of AB 48 (Will be Proposition 13 on March Ballot)

10/07/19 Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 530, Statutes of 2019.

10/07/19 Approved by the Governor.

Next Step

Proposition 13 on March 3, 2020 Ballot

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