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YUCAIPA -- With half of votes counted, fewer than 200 votes could spell the difference between Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified's proposed $98 million bond success and failure.

A general obligation bond, Measure O, was intended to repair and upgrade its schools.

As of midnight, 50 percent of the votes had been counted by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters. At that time, 50.41 percent of voters gave the bond a thumbs-up, a percentage that had grown over the course of the evening. Yes votes outnumbered the no votes by only 110 votes.

California (the biggest source of revenue for public school districts) has cut the amount of money paid to districts per student even as the district has seen enrollment decline, meaning fewer students to be paid for. In Dec. 2010, Yucaipa-Calimesa made the decision to close the 100-year-old Yucaipa Elementary School, citing, among other factors, a 27.24 percent decline in enrollment since the 2005-2006 school year.

The district would use the money to repair existing infrastructure, including portable classrooms older than the 20 years of use they were designed for, non-functional drinking fountains, damaged bathrooms and leaky roofs. The funds would also go to improving the high-tech infrastructure at schools, adding wifi Internet access to classrooms.


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If approved by voters, Measure O would required mean an additional $44.25 in annual property taxes for every $100,000 of assessed value for approximately 20 years.

The next set of ballot results is expected at 2 a.m.


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