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Bonds cost: $5,400 per home
Voters decide Tuesday on Measure G, other races
Manteca mayoral and council candidates, from left, Ben Cantu, Steve DeBrum, Richard Silverman, and Vince Hernandez at a forum last month. - photo by HIME ROMERO/ The Bulletin

Passage of Manteca Unified’s $159 million Measure G school bond in Tuesday’s election could cost the owner of a typical home in Manteca and Lathrop home $5,400 over the next 30 years.

The additional taxes will pay for classroom technology to enable all students from kindergarten through 12th grade to use tablets, fund new construction including $20 million plus for an expanded campus for the be.Tech Academy that currently has around 100 students, and may address maintenance issues throughout the district.

Manteca Educators Association representatives —  the primary group backing the bond — say that amount is minuscule noting it is equivalent of the cost of a latte once a week at Starbucks.

The bond issue — if it receives 55 percent of the vote in favor of its passage — is going to cost $60 per $100,000 assessed valuation. For a typical $300,000 home that’s $180 a year or $3.46 a week. The median selling price of homes in Manteca-Lathrop as of last month was $294,000.  The median value of homes closing escrow in Weston Ranch in October was $225,000.

Landlords typically pass on increases in property taxes by upping monthly rents.

Manteca Unified voters will also decide whether to do away with districtwide elections. Measure I, if passed, would allow only voters in specific areas to vote for that area’s board representative.

There are two contested board seats in Tuesday’s election.

Experts are anticipating near record low voter turnout throughout California.

In the South County, Manteca voters will elect a new mayor as well as two council members.

Lathrop also will elect a mayor and council members while Ripon has two council seats open. Ripon voters also will vote on a new county supervisor to represent not just their community but Lodi, Escalon and eastern San Joaquin County.