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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

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November 6, 2018 —California General Election

Lompoc Unified School District
Measure E2018 - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

8,417 votes yes (52.89%)

7,498 votes no (47.11%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (24/24).

To repair/replace leaky roofs; upgrade inadequate electrical systems; construct/modernize classrooms, restrooms/schools; replace outdated air-conditioning systems; upgrade P.E. fields/facilities for school and community use; shall Lompoc Unified School District issue $79,000,000 of bonds at legal rates, generating on average $5,000,000 annually as long as bonds are outstanding, at a rate of approximately $.06 per $100 assessed value, with annual audits, citizens' oversight, NO money for salaries, all money staying local, without increasing tax rates?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

This measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Education of the Lompoc Unified School District, which is the governing board of the District.

If approved by 55% of the voters voting on the proposition, this measure authorizes the Lompoc Unified School District (District) to issue and sell bonds of up to $79,000,000 in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed in the District’s Project List. The Project List, as well as the full text of the measure, are printed in the voter information guide. None of the proceeds from the sale of bonds may be used for teacher or administrator salaries or operating expenses.

The bonds and interest thereon would be payable from property taxes levied on taxable property in the District. These taxes would be in addition to the property taxes currently levied on taxpayers in 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 bond measure includes the following accountability requirements:

          A.       A requirement that the proceeds from the bond sale be used only for the above purposes and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries, and other school operating expenses.
          B.       A list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded.
          C.       A requirement that the school district board conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the funds have been spent only on the specific school facilities projects listed in the Project List.
          D.       A requirement that the school district board conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed in the Project List.
          E.       If the measure is approved, the District Board of Education will also establish an independent citizens' oversight committee to ensure bond proceeds are used only to fund the specific projects listed in the Project List, as printed in the voter information guide.

/s/ Michael C. Ghizzoni
County Counse
July 26, 2018

— Santa Barbara County Counsel

Tax rate

An election will be held in the Lompoc Unified School District (the “District”) on November 6, 2018 to authorize the sale of up to $79,000,000 in general obligation bonds. The following information is submitted in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code. Such information is based upon the best estimates and projections presently available from official sources, upon experience within the District, and other demonstrable factors.

Based upon the foregoing and projections of the District’s assessed valuation, the following information is provided:

1.   The best estimate of the average annual tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.06 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $60 per $100,000 of assessed value). The final fiscal year in which it is anticipated that the tax will be collected is 2053-54.

2.   The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.06 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $60 per $100,000 of assessed value). It is estimated that such rate would be levied starting in fiscal year 2021-22 and following.

3.   The best estimate 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 $175.0 million.

Voters should note the estimated tax rate is based on the assessed value (not market value) of taxable property on the County’s official tax rolls. In addition, 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. 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 attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon projections and estimates only, which amounts are not maximum amounts and are not binding upon the District. The actual debt service, tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary from those used to provide the estimates set forth above, due to factors such as variations in the timing of bond sales, the par amount of bonds sold and market interest rates available at the time of each sale, actual assessed valuations over the term of the bonds, and other factors. The date and amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on the need for project funds and other considerations. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on conditions in the bond market at the time of sale. Actual future assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined by the County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

/s/ Trevor McDonald                                           6/28/18
Superintendent, Lompoc Unified School District

— Superintendent, Lompoc Unified School District

Arguments FOR

Measure E2018 is the key to providing Lompoc students with a learning environment that is free of crumbling drywall and leaking walls/roofs. A Yes vote on Measure E demonstrates to the youth of Lompoc that we value their education and are investing in them; our future.

Measure E2018 is a vote of confidence in our students. It will repair aging schools, enhance security, increase opportunities for our children to play safely, and provide much needed maintenance to our 50-year old facilities.

Measure E2018 provides dedicated, locally-controlled funding to support a safe and modern learning environment for local students – without increasing taxes above what we already pay.

In the past, communities have shown their support for education and children by voting for bonds that were used to build or repair schools. We are asking you to vote for our future, our children, and help us provide them quality facilities. A detailed plan outlining projects by school can be found at https://www.lusd.org/domain/2401.

Our students deserve to have the same educational opportunities as others in the region.

Vote Yes on Measure E2018 to:

·         Repair/replace crumbling drywall.

·         Remove & replace broken blinds that scream inner-city school.

·         Paint interior walls that haven’t been painted in over 2 generations.

·         Repair roofs and wall systems to prevent leaking and flooding.

·         Replace heating and air-conditioning systems to prevent sweltering/freezing classroom environments.

·         Improve student safety and campus security systems

Mandatory Fiscal Accountability:

·         All funds must stay in our Lompoc schools

·         Independent citizen oversight and annual reports are required

·         No money can be used for administrator salaries

Measure E2018 will fund needed repairs and safety improvements in our Lompoc schools by extending, not increasing, the tax rate currently paid to support schools facilities.

Our town supports our youth, show your support by voting YES on Measure E2018.

The undersigned authors of the Argument in Favor of ballot measure E2018 at the Consolidated General Election for the Lompoc Unified School District to be held on November 6, 2018, hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of his/her/their knowledge and belief.

/s/ Edward G. Casarez 7/27/18 
Retired Lompoc Fire Chief, LUSD Alumni  

/s/ Susanne Boyer 7/27/18
58-year Lompoc resident; LUSD alumni & parent LUSD students  

/s/ George Bedford 7/27/18 
46-year Lompoc resident; grand-parent LUSD students  

/s/ Wendy Knowles 7/30/18 
Parent; grandparent LUSD students  

/s/ John Lizarraga Jr. 7/30/18
Business owner AceCo Rentals; LUSD Alumni; lifelong Lompoc resident 

 

— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

We’re your neighbors, not some “Shadowy group” conceived in someone’s wild imagination. It’s District’s backers that hide in the shadows.

You told District “No” in 2016, again in June. Did District respect your wishes? Is it about school facilities or freeing up money earmarked for maintenance to pay wildly generous salaries, pensions, and benefits. It’s a scam.

Facilities contractors paid $37,200 to fund Q2018 campaign. (Isn’t that called pay-to-play?) Parents, teachers, and community leaders? Zero! Who got paid? Slick San Francisco marketer that sells bond elections all over California that District also paid $60,568.66 with your taxes for sleazy “information” campaign. Local newspaper! Can you trust the news?

How much will District waste on Measure E2018? It’s not District’s money. It’s yours.

Why vote No on Measure E2018

-Did District change anything from failed Measure Q2018?

-Where’s the list of SPECIFIC projects REQUIRED BY LAW?

-Can you trust District? After wasting money on L2016, it wasted even more on Q2018. How much will it waste to get its way?

-Why did District violate oversight laws over many years for previous Measure N (2002)?

-Why did oversight committee mix $40,548,278 of state money with bond money?

Proposition 39 permits a bare majority of voter (55%) to approve these bonds. “To ensure that BEFORE they vote, voters will be given a list of specific projects their bond money will be used for,” it requires that Measure E2018 be a “list of specific school facilities projects to be funded.” (Source: Proposition 39 ballot measure.)

Measure E2018’s intentionally vague language gives District a BLANK CHECK with NO ACCOUNTABILITY.

The undersigned authors of the Argument Against ballot measure E2018 at the Consolidated General Election for the Lompoc Unified School District to be held on November 6, 2018, hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of his/her/their knowledge and belief.

/s/ William H. Heath     7/26/18
Parent of LUSD Students, LUSD Board VP

/s/ Gavin Allred         7/26/18
Parent of former LUSD students

/s/ Greg Doyle    7/26/18
Former LUSD Board President

/s/ Ann W. Ruhge      7/27/18
Retired Teacher, Former Lompoc City Couselor

/s/ Ron Fink      7/27/18
Tax Payer

— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments FOR

Let’s talk law. Law says Measure N could tax you $60 per $100,000 maximum. Why is your tax rate $75.98? District issued CABs (capital appreciation bonds, like those in Poway Unified scandal}.

Constitution prohibits operating costs like repairs and painting.

NO ADMINISTRATION SALARIES?

Constitution says no salaries. Statutes say no salaries. Question, measure, and argument say no salaries. Guess what lawyers sneaked in? Hint: Read kitchen-sink paragraphs. Salaries will be paid. You can take that to the bank.

PENSIONS?

Shifting salaries and operating costs to bonds means more money for extravagant pensions.

OVERSIGHT?

Have you ever seen expenditure reports from Measure N? Good Stewardship? It’s all fake news.

FACTS

How did District get to $79,000,000? It’s maximum it can take in one measure.
Measure E2018 is a contract. Have you read the fine print? Besides District salaries, what else does it pay for? – “staff training,” “outstanding lease obligations,” “performing arts buildings,” and on and on.
Are our schools REALLY “crumbling?” See School Accountability Report Cards. (sarconline.org) Not a “leaky roof” in the lot.
Who’s being deceptive and dishonest?
Should you believe SARCs required by law? Or District’s deceptive sales pitch?

District spent $38,000,000 from Measure N plus $40,548,278 from State.
Why are you buying Measure N promises again?

BOTTOM LINE

Can you trust District? When you’re not looking, will District breach law, its promises, and your trust?
Would you really agree to a written contract where promises weren’t explicitly and unambiguously written into it?

You’re being deceived! Don’t sign a blank check.
Vote NO!

The undersigned authors of the Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of ballot measure E2018 at the Consolidated General Election for the Lompoc Unified School District to be held on November 6, 2018, hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of his/her/their knowledge and belief.

/s/ Caleb Stewart                            8/12/18
Parent of Former LUSD Students
/s/ Gavin M. Allred                          8/12/18
Parent of Former LUSD Students
/s/ Greg Doyle                                8/12/18
Former LUSD Board President
/s/ Justin M. Ruhge                         8/12/18
Retired Aerospace
/s/ Ron Fink                                    8/12/18
Taxpayer

— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Let’s be clear, a YES vote on Measure E2018 is a vote for our kids. Past generations invested in the construction of Lompoc Unified School District (LUSD) facilities 50 years ago. These schools are now showing their age and need significant infrastructure repair and modernization. A vote yes is a vote for our kids; our future.

Although Lompoc experienced low voter turn-out in June 2018, over half of the voters casted a YES vote for Measure Q which needed 55% to pass. Let’s rally behind our kids, vote yes on Measure E.

Specific projects, by site and approximate start date, are posted at each of our school sites and available at https://www.lusd.org/domain/2401. The Facility Master Plan is available at LUSD Office and the Lompoc and Vandenberg Village library branches.

State matching funds are available to LUSD if the community passes a local bond. Surrounding districts are tapping into those state funds to assist in upgrading their facilities. Utilizing state matching funds to maximize local resources is legal, ethical, and common. Other districts are benefitting from state matching funds, Lompoc youth deserve the same opportunities as others throughout the region.

An oversight committee, made up of community volunteers, oversees expenditures to ensure no funds are wasted, none are used for administrator salaries, and are used for critical repair and upgrade projects in our schools.

The youth make up approximately 25% of our population, but 100% of our future. Vote for our future, vote for our kids, vote YES on Measure E.

The undersigned authors of the Rebuttal to Argument Against ballot measure E2018 at the Consolidated General Election for the Lompoc Unified School District to be held on November 6, 2018, hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of his/her/their knowledge and belief.

/s/ Corey McIntyre                                  8/8/18
life-long Lompoc resident; LUSD alumni
/s/ Tom Blanco                                        8/9/18
37-year resident Lompoc
/s/ Robert K. Lawrence                            8/9/18
46 year Lompoc resident; parent LUSD;
/s/ Kurt S. Schmidt                                 8/9/18
life-long resident, California Highway Patrol; LUSD alumni
/s/ Rick Fridrich                                      8/10/18
local business owner; LUSD alumni; life-long resident

— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

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