Measure Z Frequently Asked Questions

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East Side Union High School District
Measure Z Frequently Asked Questions

What_Is_Measure_Z? Card IconWhat Is Measure Z?Top of Page

Measure Z is a $510 million general obligation (G.O.) bond on the November 8 Presidential Election ballot.  Designed as a G.O. Flex-Bond, the measure provides funding to continue the improvements and rehabilitation of Andrew P. Hill, Calero, Evergreen Valley, Foothill, Independence, James Lick, Mt. Pleasant, Oak Grove, Piedmont Hills, Santa Teresa, Silver Creek, Yerba Buena and W.C. Overfelt high schools and alternative, adult and District charter schools.

What_Is_A_G.O._Flex-Bond? Card IconWhat Is A G.O. Flex-Bond?Top of Page

Unlike typical G.O. bonds that are often repaid over 30 years, G.O. Flex-Bonds are issued as a series of short-term, low interest loans designed to match the District’s construction funding needs. This structure is designed to reduce borrowing costs by millions of dollars, resulting in a 90% reduction in interest payments. The concept is similar to the interest savings on a home mortgage when it is paid o in 15 years instead of 30.

What_Will_Be_Funded_By_Measure_Z? Card IconWhat Will Be Funded By Measure Z?Top of Page

The measure authorizes improvements throughout East Side Union High School District, including:
• Improving and constructing science, technology and engineering classrooms
• Removing hazardous materials from classrooms and schools
• Upgrading fire/security systems for increased student safety
• Improving disabled (ADA) accessibility
• Replacing portable classrooms
• Replacing deteriorating roofs and fixing leaky plumbing

Why_Is_Measure_Z_Needed? Card IconWhy Is Measure Z Needed?Top of Page

The District has made extensive progress in repairing and rehabilitating schools and classrooms throughout
the District with past voter-approved bond measures.  This measure allows the District to continue the job
with an ongoing source of locally controlled funding.  Measure Z will also make the District eligible for State
matching funds.

How_Much_Will_Measure_Z_Cost? Card IconHow Much Will Measure Z Cost?Top of Page

The measure’s average tax rate is estimated to be $29.90 per $100,000 of assessed valuation per year
($2.49 per month). Assessed valuation should not be confused with market value; assessed valuations are the value placed on the property by the County and are almost always lower than market values. Current projections show the bonds will be fully repaid in 20 years.

What_Protections_Are_In_Place_To_Ensure_Measure_Z_Funds_Are_Used_Responsibly? Card IconWhat Protections Are In Place To Ensure Measure Z Funds Are Used Responsibly?Top of Page

An independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee must review and audit all bond expenditures. By law,
bond funds cannot be used to pay administrator salaries, pensions or benefits. Legal safeguards prohibit the State from taking these funds and spending them elsewhere.
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 Voter Information Guide
Election Day, November 8, 2016



Who is eligible to vote on Measure Z?


All registered voters who live in the East Side High School District are eligible to vote on Measure Z. If you are a U.S. citizen and are 18 or over, you can register to vote until 15 days before this election.



How do I register to vote?


You may register online at or find registration forms at the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, most post offices, libraries, city and county government offices and high schools. Mail your completed form to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, PO Box 611750, San Jose, CA 95161-1750.  You can register to vote any time through October 24, 2016.



When will polls be open? Where do I vote?


 Election Day is November 8, 2016. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

You can find your polling place online at:



I want to vote by mail.  How do I apply and what’s the deadline?


To request a vote-by-mail ballot, you have several options:

  • Complete the vote-by-mail ballot application on the back cover of the sample ballot sent to you prior to each election and mail it to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, PO Box 611750, San Jose, CA 95161-1750
  • Send a signed letter requesting vote-by-mail status to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Office at the same address
  • Print your request online at
  • Fax your request to (408) 293-6002


If you apply in writing or by fax, your request must include your name, your residence/home address, the mailing address where you want your vote-by-mail ballot to be sent and the name and the date of the election for which you are applying. Remember to sign and date your request! A ballot will be mailed to you. Requests for a vote-by-mail ballot must reach the County Elections Office no later than November 1.


What’s the deadline to return my completed vote-by-mail ballot?


Vote-by-mail ballots can be mailed to:

Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters

PO Box 611750, San Jose, CA 95161-1750


Vote-by-mail ballots that are mailed must be postmarked on or before Election Day.


Vote-by-mail ballots may also be dropped off at any polling place before polls close on Election Day, November 8, at 8 p.m.