Measure U: Voters turn down education funding measure
November 4, 2008
Voters did not support Measure U Tuesday night, which lost in Placer County by 50 votes and Nevada County by only 80. The measure, a $93 million ballot initiative to upgrade the Truckee schools and athletic facilities, lost 3,034-2,952 in Nevada County, just a 1.4 percent difference.
Truckee residents voting at the Truckee Donner Public Utility District were vocal in their support, and displeasure, with the education funding measure.
Walter Wrobleski said it was important to support the education measure.
“I think education is the basis for everything we do in life, so I voted yes,” Wrobleski said.
The measure would fund a new football field for Truckee High School which would be more handicap accessible, build new classrooms at the school and expand parking at Truckee elementary, among a number of other capital and technological improvements.
Measure U would also have done away with the 1980s-era mobile classrooms at Truckee High School. Curtis Gustafson said he voted no on the project because it asked for too much.
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“I don’t think the resources were allocated efficiently,” Gustafson said. “I voted for conservation.”
Elizabeth Funk, who brought her young daughter along to vote, said she wasn’t worried about the price tag because of Measure U’s potential impact on Truckee.
“I think it’s important for the community to have these upgrades,” Funk said.
Two of Dick Spencer’s children graduated from the Truckee schools, and he said that was part of the reason he voted yes on U.
“I typically always vote for education, I raised two kids through the system and they both did well,” Spencer said.
Brian Devlin said he voted yes because he thinks the schools should be maintained, and added the amount U was asking for didn’t bother him.
“I’m not worried about the price, I voted against all the expensive stuff,” Devlin said.
Truckee resident Mike Davis echoed Devlin, adding he was for it because of his young children who will soon be in school.
“The amount it costs is minimal for what it will provide,” Davis said.
Before ballot counts were finalized at 1:15 a.m., U committee chair Alison Elder said she wasn’t surprised some ballots went against the measure, adding many of the early returns weren’t representative of the overall demographic.
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Ryan Slabaugh contributed to this report.