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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
Special District

Lucia Mar Unified School District
Measure I-16 Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

24,656 votes yes (65.59%)

12,934 votes no (34.41%)

100% of precincts reporting (45/45).

40,439 ballots counted.

To repair and modernize aging classrooms and facilities with funding that cannot be taken by the State, repair deteriorating roofs, plumbing/ electrical systems, improve student safety and campus security, construct, acquire, repair classrooms, sites, facilities/ equipment, upgrade classrooms/ science labs/ career/ vocational facilities and computer systems to keep pace with technology, shall Lucia Mar Unified School District issue $170,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with independent audits, citizen oversight, no money for administrator salaries, and all money staying local?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “yes” vote on this measure is a vote in favor of the District issuing $170 million in bonds for the purposes set forth in the full-text of the measure.

NO vote means

A “no” vote on this measure is a vote against the District issuing $170 million in bonds for the purposes set forth in the full-text of the measure.

Background

 

Impartial analysis / Proposal

RITA L. NEAL County Counsel

This measure will determine whether the Lucia Mar Unified School District (“the District”) may issue $170 million in bonds for the purpose of improving school facilities within the District. The measure is placed on the ballot by the Board of Education of the District (“the Board”) and will become effective if fifty-five percent (55%) of the voters vote “yes” on the measure.

On November 7, 2000, California voters passed “Proposition 39,” amending Article XIIIA, section 1(b)(3) of the California Constitution.  That amendment authorizes the District to incur bonded indebtedness for the purpose of financing the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, in accordance with certain accountability requirements. To implement the requirements of Proposition 39, the Legislature enacted the “Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bond Act of 2000” (Educ. Code, § 15264, et seq.; “the Act”). This measure is proposed in accordance with the Act.

If approved, the measure will authorize the District to issue up to $170 million in general obligation bonds, to bear interest at a rate not to exceed the maximum permitted by law. The types of school facility improvement projects to be funded by bond proceeds are included in the Project List (included in the full-text of the measure). In accordance with the Act, the Board has certified that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction, enrollment growth and information technology needs in developing the Project List.

Revenue from bond sales will be used only for the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, repair, or replacement of school facilities within the District, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and employee salaries and other school operating expenses. Approval of the bond measure does not guarantee that particular projects will be funded.

Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable from the proceeds of ad valorem taxes levied annually on taxable real property within the District. These taxes would be in addition to the property taxes currently levied on taxpayers within the District. The amount of the increased taxes each year would depend upon the amount needed to pay the principal and interest on the bonds.  The District’s Tax Rate Statement, which accompanies this analysis, reflects an estimate of the maximum property tax levies required to service the bonds. The actual tax rates may vary depending on the timing of sales, number of bonds sold, and increases in assessed valuations.

Performance and financial audits must be completed annually to ensure that bond proceeds are spent only as specified in the measure. An independent citizens’ oversight committee will monitor expenditures and provide oversight. Bond proceeds will be deposited in a separate account. As long as any bond proceeds remain unexpended, annual reports will be filed with the Board stating the amount of funds collected and expended, and the status of projects authorized by the measure.

A “yes” vote on this measure is a vote in favor of the District issuing $170 million in bonds for the purposes set forth in the full-text of the measure.

A “no” vote on this measure is a vote against the District issuing $170 million in bonds for the purposes set forth in the full-text of the measure.

 

Tax rate

Dr. Raynee J. Daley Superintendent, Lucia Mar Unified School District

An election  will be held in the Lucia Mar Unified  School  District  (the “District”) on November 8, 2016 to authorize the  sale  of  up  to $170,000,000  in bonds  of  the District  to finance  school  facilities as described in the proposition. If the bonds are approved, the District expects to issue the bonds in several series over time.  Principal and  interest  on  the  bonds will  be  payabl from  the  proceeds of  tax  levies  made  upon  the  taxable  property  in the District. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400 through 9404 of the California Elections Code.

          1.     The best estimate  of the tax which  would  be required  to be levied 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 $0.04242 per  $1 00  (or  $42.42   per              $100,000) of assessed  valuation in fiscal year 2017-18.

          2.     The  best  estimate  of the  tax rate which  would  be required  to be levied  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  $0.04243 per  $100  (or               $42.43   per  $100,000) of assessed  valuation in fiscal year 2024-25.

          3.     The  best  estimate  of the highest  tax rate which  would  be required  to be levied  to fund  this               bond issue, based on estimated assessed  valuations  available at the time of filing of this statement, is             $0.04245 per $100 (or $42.45  per $100,000) of assessed  valuation in fiscal year 2019-20.

          4.     These  estimates would  result  in  an  average  annual  tax  of  $0.04101  per  $100  (or  $41.01             per $100,000) of assessed valuation over the life of the bonds.

 

          5.     The best estimate of the total debt service required to be paid if all the bonds are issued and sold,           including principal and interest, is approximately three-hundred ninety-six million dollars.

Voters should  note that estimated  tax rates are based on the assessed  value of taxable  property in the District on the official  tax roll of San Luis Obispo  County,  not  on the property's market value, which could  be more or less than  the assessed  value. Taxpayers eligible for a property tax exemption, such as the homeowner's exemption, will be taxed at a lower effective tax rate than described above, and certain taxpayers may be eligible for a postponement of their property taxes.  Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors to determine their property's assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

The actual  tax rates and the years in which  they will apply  may vary from  those  presently  estimated, due to variations from  these  estimates in the timing of  bond  sales,  the amount  of bonds  sold,  market  interest  rates  at the time of each sale, and actual assessed  valuations over the term of repayment of the bonds. The estimates are based on the District’s projections and are not binding upon the District. The dates of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on the need for construction funds and other factors.  The actual interest rates at which the bonds would be sold will depend on the bond market a t the time of each sale. Actual future assessed valuation will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined by the County Assessor of San Luis Obispo County in the annual assessment and equalization process.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE I-16

VOTE YES on Measure I to protect and improve the outstanding quality of education that local children receive attending schools in the Lucia Mar Unified School District (LMUSD). 

Our community faces a serious educational challenge:  Lucia Mar schools have educated generations of local children but our schools have grown old – really old.   As academic standards rise, our kids deserve a competitive edge preparing for college and 21st Century careers. LMUSD’s 18 schools are aging and in constant use, serving nearly 11,000 students each day.  Some schools are now over 60 years old, and all need continuing repairs and upgrades. 

Spanning two years, parents, staff and community members have helped build Measure I’s prudent, responsible plan to meet LMUSD’s most critical needs.  NO other funding currently exists to properly upgrade these facilities.  

Measure I will:

  • Upgrade school facilities to keep pace with advancing technology.
  • Renovate classrooms, labs and instructional equipment to meet rising college and university admission requirements.
  • Repair/replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems. 
  • Improve career-training facilities for instruction in fields like health, science, technology, engineering, math, and skilled trades.
  • Replace aging portable classrooms with modern, permanent classrooms.
  • Improve school safety and security on LMUSD campuses.

ALL Measure I funds stay local, benefitting ONLY Lucia Mar USD schools.  The State CANNOT take this funding away.   Measure I qualifies LMUSD to receive state matching funds when they become available. 

Taxpayer protections are REQUIRED. NO funds can be spent on administrators' salaries or pensions. Independent Citizens' Oversight & mandatory audits ensure funds are spent properly.

Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting the local quality of education is a wise investment. Good schools protect property values and keep our community strong. 

Join teachers, parents, and residents in VOTING YES to support safe, modern Lucia Mar schools.

VOTE YES on Measure “I”!

www.sayyesonmeasurei.org

s/ Stacy Meko
Nipomo Area Resident; Small Business Owner; Parent of LMUSD Graduates

s/ Juan Olivarria
Retired Grover Beach Elementary Principal; Lucia Mar Teacher/Administrator

s/ Carrol Pruett
Arroyo Grande Resident and Civic Leader; Retired President/CEO Mid-State Bank

s/ Edwin Hayashi, M.D.
Surgeon; Parent; Former Lucia Mar Student

s/ Kevin Statom
Retired AGHS Math Teacher; Teacher of the Year LMUSD & SLO County 2000

 

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE I-16 WAS SUBMITTED

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

 “To repair and modernize aging classrooms and facilities with funding that cannot be taken by the State, repair deteriorating roofs, plumbing/ electrical systems, improve student safety and campus security, construct, acquire, repair classrooms, sites, facilities/ equipment, upgrade classrooms/ science labs/ career/ vocational facilities and computer systems to keep pace with technology, shall Lucia Mar Unified School District issue $170,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with independent audits, citizen oversight, no money for administrator salaries, and all money staying local?”

PROJECT LIST

The Board of Education of the Lucia Mar Unified School District is committed to maintaining the quality of education in local schools with safe, secure, upgraded classrooms and labs for career and technology education to keep pace with 21st century technologies and learning standards.  To that end, the Board evaluated the District’s urgent and critical facility needs, including safety issues, class size, computer and information technology, enrollment trends and prepared a Facilities Master Plan, in developing the scope of projects to be funded.  The District conducted a facilities evaluation and received public input in developing this Project List.  Teachers, staff, community members and the Board have prioritized the key health and safety needs so that the most critical facility needs are addressed.  The Board concluded that protecting the quality of our schools, the quality of life in our community, and the value of our homes is a wise investment.  Therefore, in approving this Project List, the Board of Education determines that the District must:

          (i)     Retain all funds to support local students and ensure that money cannot                    be taken away by the State; and

          (ii)    Upgrade classrooms, science labs, computer systems to keep pace with                       technology; and

          (iii)   Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing and electrical systems;                      and

          (iv)   Upgrade facilities to support student achievement in core subjects like                        math, science, engineering and technology; and

          (v)    Qualify for State matching funds; and

          (vi)    Adhere to specific fiscal accountability safeguards such as:

                    (a)     All expenditures must be subject to annual independent financial                                 audits.

                     (b)    No funds can be used for administrators’ salaries and pensions.

                     (c)    An independent citizens’ oversight committee must be appointed                              to ensure that all funds are spent only as authorized.

The Project List includes the following types of upgrades and improvements at District schools and sites:

LOCAL SCHOOL FUNDING TO KEEP PACE WITH TECHNOLOGY:

Basic School Repair and Upgrade Projects

Goals and Purposes:  All money raised by the measure will stay local to support Lucia Mar schools and students.  It cannot be taken away by the State or used for other purposes.  

Since most of our schools were built more than 50-years ago, they need basic repairs and improvements so that these schools can serve our community well for decades to come.

This measure will provide classrooms and labs for career technical education courses so students are prepared for college and good paying jobs in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology, and skilled trades.

  • Upgrade and construct classrooms, science labs, career-training facilities and computer systems to keep pace with technology.
  • Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing and electrical systems where needed.
  • Remove hazardous asbestos and lead paint.
  • Repair or replace outdated classrooms and school buildings with safe, modern facilities.
  • Upgrade facilities to support achievement in math, science, engineering and the arts.
  • Improve heating, air conditioning, insulation, doors and windows to increase energy efficiency and save money.

SAFETY AND STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT:

Projects That Improve Student Safety

Goal and Purpose:  Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting the quality of our schools, the quality of life in our community, and the value of our homes is a wise investment.  This measure will upgrade campus security systems for improved student safety.   

  • Replace aging, outdated portables that are expensive to repair with modern permanent classrooms.
  • Upgrade fire alarm systems to automatic systems, repair fire safety equipment, add smoke detectors/ sprinklers and fire safety doors to make students safe in the event of an emergency.
  • Remove hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint from older school sites.
  • Improve access to school facilities for students with disabilities.
  • Improve student safety and campus security systems, including security, lighting, and security cameras, fencing and classroom door locks.
  • Upgrade emergency communication systems to improve student safety.
  • Provide classrooms and labs for career technical education courses so students are prepared for college and good paying jobs in fields like health, sciences, engineering, technology and skilled trades.

COLLEGE AND CAREER PREPARATION:

District-Wide Instructional Technology Projects

Goal and Purpose:  If we want our students to succeed in college and careers, they must be skilled in the use of today’s technologies and have a solid background in math, science, engineering and technology.  This measure will update instructional technology in the classroom for improved student learning in core subjects like reading, math, science and technology.

  • Update instructional technology in the classroom for improved student learning in core subjects like reading, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
  • Upgrade classrooms and labs for career and technical education classes and computer systems to keep pace with technology.
  • Upgrade computer systems to keep pace with technology; upgrade classroom and library technology and teaching equipment to enhance instruction.

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY

          This bond measure has strict accountability requirements including:

           1.     All money will benefit local schools and CANNOT BE TAKEN BY THE STATE.

           2.     NO MONEY can be used for ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES.

           3.     Require CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT and yearly reports to the community to keep the District accountable for how the funds are spent.

           4.    NO ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES.  Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher or administrator salaries, pensions and other operating expenses.

          5.     FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY.  THE EXPENDITURE OF BOND MONEY ON THESE PROJECTS IS SUBJECT TO STRINGENT FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS.  BY LAW, PERFORMANCE AND FINANCIAL AUDITS WILL BE PERFORMED ANNUALLY, AND ALL BOND EXPENDITURES WILL BE MONITORED BY AN INDEPENDENT CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE TO ENSURE THAT FUNDS ARE SPENT AS PROMISED AND SPECIFIED.  THE CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MUST INCLUDE, AMONG OTHERS, REPRESENTATION OF A BONA FIDE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION, A BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND A SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION.  NO DISTRICT EMPLOYEES OR VENDORS ARE ALLOWED TO SERVE ON THE CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.

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          The listed projects will be completed as needed.  Each project is assumed to include its share of furniture, equipment, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program/project management, staff training expenses and a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs.  In addition to the listed projects stated above, the Project List also includes the acquisition of a variety of instructional, maintenance and operational equipment, including the reduction or retirement of outstanding lease obligations and interim funding incurred to advance fund projects from the Project List; installation of signage and fencing; payment of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, facility studies, assessment reviews, facility master plan preparation and updates, environmental studies (including environmental investigation, remediation and monitoring), design and construction documentation, and temporary housing of dislocated District activities caused by construction projects. In addition to the projects listed above, the repair and renovation of each of the existing school facilities may include, but not be limited to, some or all of the following: renovate student and staff restrooms; repair and replace heating and ventilation systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies; repair and replace worn-out and deteriorated roofs, windows, walls, doors and drinking fountains; improve school facilities for disability access; install wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; upgrade or construct support facilities, physical education (including playground equipment, tracks, bleachers, gyms (for student and community use), stadiums and locker rooms) and visual and performing arts facilities; repair and replace gas, water and sewer systems and lines, fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; resurface or replace hard courts, asphalt, turf and irrigation systems; expand parking and drop-off areas; interior and exterior painting and floor covering; demolition; construct various forms of storage and support spaces and classrooms; repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems; improve playgrounds, athletic fields and play apparatus; replace outdated security fences and security systems (including access control systems), provide indoor space for assemblies or for rainy day lunch; install shade structures; upgrade career training and adult education facilities.  The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, Wi-Fi and other wireless technology systems, firewalls and computer security systems, phone systems, bells, alarms, cameras and other A/V systems, instructional technology such as projection systems digital whiteboards, document cameras and other classroom computer equipment and other miscellaneous equipment.  The allocation of bond proceeds will be affected by the District’s receipt of State matching funds and the final costs of each project.  In the absence of State matching funds, which the District will aggressively pursue to reduce the District’s share of the costs of the projects, the District may not be able to complete some of the projects listed above. The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the District’s control. Some projects throughout the District may be undertaken as joint use projects in cooperation with other local public or non-profit agencies.  The final cost of each project will be determined as plans and construction documents are finalized, construction bids are received, construction contracts are awarded and projects are completed.  Based on the final costs of each project, certain of the projects described above may be delayed or may not be completed.  Demolition of existing facilities and reconstruction of facilities scheduled for repair and upgrade may occur, if the Board determines that such an approach would be more cost-effective in creating more enhanced and operationally efficient campuses.  Necessary site preparation/restoration may occur in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling, or installation or removal of relocatable classrooms, including ingress and egress, removing, replacing, or installing irrigation, utility lines, trees and landscaping, relocating fire access roads, and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, or rights of way to the property.  Proceeds of the bonds may be used to pay or reimburse the District for the cost of District staff when performing work on or necessary and incidental to bond projects.  Bond proceeds shall only be expended for the specific purposes identified herein.  The District shall create an account into which proceeds of the bonds shall be deposited and comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code § 53410.

No Administrator Salaries:  Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and school administrator salaries and other operating expenses.

 

 

 

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