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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
Special District

Marin Community College District
Measure B - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

50,306 votes yes (63.24%)

29,236 votes no (36.76%)

100% of precincts reporting (175/175).

85,483 ballots counted.

To update/maintain College of Marin campuses that prepare students for 4-year universities and careers, shall Marin Community College District modernize classrooms, science, computer/biotechnology labs; repair, modernize and provide job-training classrooms; ensure classrooms meet earthquake, fire and safety codes; provide access for disabled students; and repair, construct, acquire, and equip classrooms, labs, sites and facilities by issuing $265,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, which cannot be taken by the State, with citizens' oversight and all funds staying local?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

s/JACK F. GOVI Assistant County Counsel

COUNTY COUNSEL’S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF BOND MEASURE B

If this Measure is approved by a fifty-five percent (55%) vote, pursuant to the Article XIIIA(1)(b)(3) of the California Constitution, the Marin Community College District will be authorized to incur bonded indebtedness of Two Hundred and Sixty Five Million Dollars ($265,000,000) with an interest rate not-to-exceed the limit set by law. The proceeds of the proposed bonds must be used for the purposes set forth in the measure and for no other purposes, and will be subject to citizen oversight and annual audits. This Measure was placed on the ballot at the request of the Marin Community College District.

Tax rate

s/DAVID WAIN COON, Ed.D. Superintendent/President Marin Community College District

TAX RATE STATEMENT FOR BOND MEASURE B

An election will be held in the Marin Community College District (the "District") on June 7, 2016 to authorize the sale of $265,000,000 in general obligation bonds. If such bonds are authorized and sold, principal and interest on the bonds will be payable only from the proceeds of tax levies made on the taxable property in the District. These estimates are based on projections derived from information obtained from official sources and other demonstrable factors. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary depending on the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold at each sale, and actual increases in assessed valuations. The following information is submitted in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code.

  1. The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the first series of bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.01850 per $100 ($18.50 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017-18.
  2. The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the last series of bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.01850 per $100 ($18.50 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2025-26.
  3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement, is $0.01850 per $100 ($18.50 per $100,000) of assessed valuation, which is projected to be the same in every fiscal year the bonds remain outstanding.
  4. The best estimate from official sources of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is approximately $420,000,000.

Based upon the forgoing and projections of the District’s assessed valuation, the timing of the bond sales and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the needs of the District and other factors. Actual assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined by the Marin County Assessor in the assessment and the equalization process.

Voters should note that the estimated tax rates are based on the assessed value of taxable property in the District as shown on the County’s official tax rolls, not on the property’s market value. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills to determine their property’s assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

 

Measure B provides locally controlled funds – which can’t be taken by the state – to:

  • Upgrade vocational classrooms and training centers for 21st-century jobs
  • Repair classrooms, science labs and vocational education facilities
  • Replace leaking roofs
  • Upgrade classrooms and educational facilities to meet current earthquake, fire and safety codes
  • Update campus facilities to provide safe access for students with disabilities
  • Modernize classrooms for job training in technology, computers and engineering

 

— s/ELISABETH SENNETT 1st VP, League of Women Voters of Marin Cnty s/MARY JANE BURKE Marin Cnty Superintendent of Schools

Arguments AGAINST

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF BOND MEASURE B

Measure B’s argument is a repeat of 2004: “The buildings are old and need repair, renovation and modernization”. Really? After 2004’s $250 million, their buildings are still run down firetraps, unsuitable for students and about to fall over?

Management—not money—is the problem. Why hasn’t Marin Community College District dedicated sufficient annual revenue maintaining and improving the existing facilities? Will this bonded loan from Wall Street be wasted on routine maintenance too?

Were 2004’s projects “shovel ready” or were prior bond funds wasted on “planning”? What projects are shovel-ready now? Is Marin Community College District just starting another costly planning boondoggle? What about the Fine Arts Building lawsuits? Any money coming back or will the attorneys get it all?

Some facilities may need renovation and repair. What are Marin Community College District’s priorities? Why no mention of the Olympic-sized pool at the Indian Valley campus? Why not provide a specific list guaranteeing—in order—the specific projects they will build with this loan? The promised citizens’ oversight committee can’t ensure accountability without specifics!

— s/G. RICK MARSHALL Chief Financial Officer, California Taxpayers Action Network

Replies to Arguments FOR

ARGUMENT AGAINST BOND MEASURE B

How many extra charges already on your property tax bill? Can you afford another? Marin Community College District 2004 bond won’t be paid off until 2034. Measure B borrows another $265 million costing you approximately $420 million over 30 years.

Renters, do you really think your landlord won’t raise your rent to cover these added costs? Google:California Policy Center: Voters Wary Borrowing Billions More for Educational Construction; Thanks a Billion Poway.

According to Marin Independent Journal, “Enrollment at College of Marin overall has declined since 2010, with 7,789 credit students in fall 2010 and 5,737 students in fall 2014.” With declining enrollment why spend $265 million more?

Look who’s financing the Yes campaign. There’s historical correlation between campaign contributors and who profits.  Google: Local School Bonds Big Donors Win Big Contracts. Reject “PAY TO PLAY”! Google:Southwestern College corruption.

Under Measure B, Marin Community College District can buy things—like iPads—that you’ll pay for longer than they last. You wouldn’t take a car loan lasting longer than the car? Why would you ever authorize MCCD to do so now at your expense? Google: School bond iPads.

The pie in the sky “Project List” says "projects will be completed as needed" meaning no guarantee any particular thing listed will be done. BAIT & SWITCH!

VOTE NO until Marin Community College District proposes a measure with a prioritized Project List; guaranteeing specific projects with realistic budgets for each. There can’t be real value or accountability without it. NO BLANK CHECKS! www.caltan.org

 

 
— s/G. RICK MARSHALL Chief Financial Officer, California Taxpayers Action Network

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST BOND MEASURE B

The lone opponent of Measure B lives in Southern California, hundreds of miles from Marin. He hasn’t visited College of Marin to understand our needs for preparing local students for four-year universities and today’s careers. Yet, he wants to tell Marin how to vote without knowing the facts.

If he did live in Marin, he would know that College of Marin students attend class in outdated facilities that are 45 to 80 years old. Calling this proposal “snake oil” and citing irrelevant articles from faraway communities ignores the urgent need to update classrooms and labs that support strong academics and job training.

If he lived here, he’d understand that College of Marin conducted an in-depth assessment of all campus facilities to identify the condition and work required to bring them up to current safety, environmental and educational standards. Mandatory independent oversight and annual audits ensure locally controlled funding from Measure B is used only for the most urgent improvements needed at College of Marin.

If he lived in Marin, he would know that College of Marin is a vital part of our community that keeps our local economy thriving by providing job training and skill enhancement for thousands of workers and veterans each year.

If he were from Marin, he’d respect our tradition of supporting quality higher education.

Marin’s most respected leaders and organizations recommend a Yes vote on B to ensure our classrooms, science labs and educational facilities can prepare our students for transfer to four-year colleges and to compete for 21st-century jobs.

Vote Yes on B. B4COM.org

s/STEPHANIE O'BRIEN
President, College of Marin Board of Trustees

s/PATTY GARBARINO
Businesswoman/Trustee, County Board of Education

s/CECILIA ZAMORA
Executive Director, Latino Council

s/ROSS MILLERICK
Former Chair, COM Citizens Oversight Committee

s/ERIC SITZENSTATTER
President of ESCOM

— s/G. RICK MARSHALL Chief Financial Officer, California Taxpayers Action Network
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