June 17, 2022

Primary elections also yield successful local school bonds and parcel tax measures

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The elections held on June 7, 2022, were closely watched for a number of reasons. As the state’s Primary Election, most of the attention throughout was on congressional, mayoral, and other hotly contested statewide races. For the most part, the primaries are used to determine the top two vote getters for runoffs in November. Less publicized, but equally as important for local communities, were the K-12 bond and parcel tax measures.

Matching historical trends, local voters passed the majority of the bond and parcel tax measures put before them. Of the 17 General Obligation (GO) Bond measures placed on ballots across California, voters passed 64.7%.1 They also passed 87.5% of the parcel tax measures.

There were a total of 25 local measures on ballots across California, 16 of which were Proposition 39 (or 55%) GO Bond measures totaling $1.68 billion. Of the 16 55% GO Bond measures, 10 (62.5%)—totaling $935.6 million—passed. Notably, the passage rate for this election’s Proposition 39 local school bonds was significantly lower than historical trends when well over 80% of them have passed. Some believe that new ballot language requirements may be affecting the ability of local educational agencies to pass their bonds.