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Committee’s advice: Don’t go for bond
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The Manteca Unified Bond Measure Committee will be recommending to the school board to not move forward with a Nov. 6 bond campaign based on the timing and the need to update the current Master Facilities Plan, according to Superintendent Clark Burke.

Two members of the nine-person group chose to see what the pollsters had to say before moving forward. The rest of the group agreed to recommend the board not pursue another bond measure but rather wait until 2020. It was incorrectly reported Friday that the majority wanted to wait to make a decision until a consultant did a sample polling of voters.

“We do have an ongoing facility needs,” said Burke, who added that in the event of a bond – MUSD has a $143 bonding capacity – the cost to folks in the district would be $44 annually or $3.66 per $100,000 assessed property value.

He indicated that the committee, which helped in providing an “open, honest dialogue” – both pros and cons – will make the recommendation to the board at the next meeting. Trustees will still have the final say.

Burke, in addition, said that pollsters by FM3 in conjunctions with TBWB Strategies will not be asked to do the work.