ANTIOCH -- The second chance was a charm for a property tax to modernize Antioch High School.
Voters in the older part of the city went to the polls Tuesday and decided to pay an additional property tax to modernize Antioch High School. More than 61 percent of voters supported the measure, pushing it well past the 55 percent approval it needed to pass.
Measure B is a $56.5 million school bond measure that would modernize the well-worn 58-year-old school.
Unlike Measure J, which failed by just 31 votes in June, all of the money would be devoted to Antioch High. Because of the narrow defeat, Antioch Unified decided to bring a ballot initiative back to voters in the area identified as School Facilities Improvement District 1.
Needs identified at Antioch High that would be covered with money from Measure B include a larger cafeteria; new and reconfigured classrooms that better suit the school's aim to create learning groups, including math, science and computer labs; repairs to hallways and other aging structures; a new library and media center; and renovated sports facilities, including a new pool and locker rooms.
No that voters have approved the bond, tax bills to retire school bonds will double from about $56 per $100,000 to about $106 in 2014, and reach about $125 by 2026. For a home assessed at a current average of $142,714, that's $179.41 a year.
Taxpayers in the School Facilities Improvement District area already pay about $50 for every $100,000 of assessed value because of 2008's voter-approved Measure C to address renovation and modernization needs at older schools.
The tax cost for Measure B could be more if district projections of an average 3.66 percent annual increase in property tax assessments don't pan out.
The Measure B bonds would be paid off by 2044. It would include an independent citizens oversight committee, and no funds would be spent on administrators.
A survey of 404 residents conducted earlier this year found about 61 percent of those who live in the area would vote for the bond.
Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.