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Decision '92 : SPECIAL VOTERS' GUIDE TO STATE AND LOCAL ELECTIONS : THE LOCAL CONTESTS : Vote Centers on Bonds, Plant

October 25, 1992|TOM GORMAN

Two school bonds and construction of an asphalt plant are among the propositions to be decided by voters in northern San Diego County.

* In Del Mar, Proposition O seeks permission for municipal spending to match the city's revenue projections.

Over the next four years, the city will receive more income than it is allowed to budget under the state's Gann Initiative spending limit law, effectively hamstringing the city's budget. If Proposition O is approved, the city will be allowed to spend that surplus money on general municipal services; if the measure is not approved, the city would forfeit that surplus.

Voters in Del Mar approved the same measure four years ago, but it needs to be renewed every four years.

* In Poway, Proposition S seeks adoption of a city ordinance that would require voter approval for the construction of a controversial asphalt plant in the South Poway Planned Community.

Last year, the city approved the expansion of a sand and gravel mining operation at the proposed site of the asphalt plant, but denied the asphalt plant itself in the face of strong community protest.

Approval of Proposition S would not in itself allow the plant's construction, but would require a public vote to approve its construction. Rejection of Proposition S would put the asphalt plant back in the lap of the City Council.

* In San Marcos, Proposition T is an advisory measure to the City Council, asking voters if they would prefer the biannual City Council elections to be held in November, as they are now, or rescheduled to June.

City Councilman Mike Preston argues that city issues are lost in the shuffle of the November ballot, and that city voters could better focus on local issues in June.

* In Valley Center, Proposition X seeks two-thirds voter approval to issue $6.2 million in construction bonds, to be repaid over 25 years, to pay for half the construction costs of a new middle school. The other half would be paid by the state.

The community's student population has doubled in the past 10 years, from 1,200 students in 1981 to 2,400 today, and officials say a fourth school is needed to alleviate overcrowding. Bonds that paid for construction of the other schools have been repaid.

If Proposition X is approved, property owners would pay an additional $17.21 per year for each $100,000 assessed valuation.

* In Fallbrook, Proposition AA needs two-thirds voter approval to authorize $11.8 million in bonds to finance various improvements at Fallbrook High School, which now has 2,600 students, twice its design limit.

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