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What are Measures A1 and A2?

Measures A1 and A2 are local school bond measures that will appear on the November 8, 2022 ballot to improve Napa and American Canyon area schools. All money raised by Measure A1 will stay in the Napa community and all money raised by Measure A2 will stay in American Canyon to benefit local children. Registered voters will only vote on one of these measures, depending on where they live.

Why are there two measures on the ballot?

Measure A1 is specifically targeted for schools located in Napa County, and Measure A2 is specifically targeted for American Canyon schools. The schools in Napa Valley are older and have different needs than the schools in American Canyon. By having two different bonds, we can give taxpayers and voters in each of these distinct cities the opportunity to support their local schools. This approach received very positive feedback from a broad range of both Napa County and American Canyon residents, and we believe it’s a smart solution to better allocate funds to each city’s unique school needs.

What will the Measures do?

Depending on the identified needs for each school, funds from these measures will: 

  • Provide classrooms, facilities, and technology needed to support high quality instruction in math, science and engineering
  • Provide labs and equipment for career and technology education classes so students are prepared for college and in-demand jobs in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology, and skilled trades.
  • Update older schools so they meet current health codes, building safety codes, and ensure proper access for students with disabilities.
  • Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, heating, ventilation, and electrical systems where needed.
  • Remove hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint from older school sites.
Why does the district need to raise money through bonds for its schools?

First, it is important to note that the state of California does not provide funding for capital improvement projects (i.e. facilities and buildings) for any schools. So, public schools (like ours) with millions of dollars in maintenance needs are left to fund campus maintenance through either our General Fund or by asking for public support through bond measures. 

We rely on our General Fund to pay for educational programs, teacher and staff salaries and other student-focused needs. So, without bond dollars to fix our schools, we’d be forced to trade off and use General Fund money. That means, for example, fixing a roof versus funding a program or a specialized curriculum. We simply do not have the budget to absorb the mounting costs of keeping our students warm, safe, and dry on our campuses, many of which are over 60 years old. For detailed information on public school finance please visit our Finance Hub.

How much will Measures A1 and A2 cost the average homeowner?

Measure A1 (Napa area) would authorize $200,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying 2 cents per $100 assessed value on a property ($14,000,000 annually). This would average about  $86 per year or about $7 per month.

 Measure A2 (American Canyon area) would authorize $25,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying 2¢/$100 assessed value ($2,000,000 annually)  This would average about  $86 per year or about $7 per month.

How can we be sure that the funds will be spent effectively?

These measures will have a clear system of accountability, including a project list detailing exactly how the money will be used and formation of an independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) to monitor expenditures. Audits will be performed and made public to ensure all funds are spent properly. 

What if one city’s bond passes and the other city’s bond does not?

The bonds are not dependent on each other. In other words, if American Canyon voters pass their bond measure, they will have money to improve their schools. If Napa does not pass its bond measure, they will not have bond dollars for their schools, but it will not impact American Canyon’s funds and vice versa.

Do the polling/survey results indicate an interest in supporting our schools?

Yes, our poll results showed that 84% of our Napa community and 90% of our American Canyon community expressed that the quality of education in our public schools is "extremely important" to them. We are confident that our voters care about the future of our cities and students and want a healthy and prosperous community. All of those values are directly related to a community having quality schools which, in turn, positively impacts homeowner values.

Where can I go for more information about Measure A1 & A2?

The committee, Friends of Napa and American Canyon Schools is made up of concerned citizens who want to improve our schools. There are campaign chairs for each measure and also websites where you can find out more information.