HUSD trustees postpone bond measure

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No bond measure will be on the November ballot for the Hemet Unified School District. At its Aug. 2 meeting, the trustee board voted 6-1 against putting a $165.3 million proposal in front of taxpayers.

The funds would have been for constructing a new elementary school in the Winchester area, and repairs and improvements at 26 other sites, including Idyllwild School. The work at Idyllwild School would have been for improvements for building safety, security and ADA compliance.

Since the November ballot will include several state propositions and bond referenda, as well as the Hemet re-visit of its pubic safety tax and San Jacinto’s tax measures, the school board chose to avoid the plethora of financial measures and a possible voter rejection. Trustee Megan Haley of Anza cast the only vote in support of submitting the measure to voters.

“There will be plenty of other tax and bond measures to choose from,” said Trustee Vic Scavarda of Idyllwild. “There is no fewer than 17 propositions. We were afraid we’d be drowned in all the other noise …”

“We’ll have a better chance in an off-year,” he added.

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