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Marin and Ocean View Modernization and Albany High Overcrowding Relief MeasureBond Measure

Special District
June 7, 2016California Primary Election

Albany Unified School District
Measure B Bond Measure - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

4,754 votes yes (68.96%)

2,140 votes no (31.04%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (13/13).

Shall the district be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $70 million in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific purposes set forth herein, and subject to all of the accountability safeguards specified?

Information provided by Pros/Cons — League of Women Voters of California

Supporters say

Albany Unified School District provides an excellent education to local students, making it among the highest performing districts in the State. However, local schools require seismic repairs, safety improvements, and modernizations to meet today’s safety and educational standards. Measure B, in combination with Measure E, will provide funds to complete these school improvements.

In 2013, Albany Unified School District engaged a firm of architects and engineers to conduct a facilities assessment, which evaluated classroom repairs, student safety, and school site capacity. The assessment found that Marin and Ocean View Elementary Schools require significant seismic and safety improvements, and that rebuilding them will be more cost-effective than repairing them.

Measures B and E address these findings by ensuring schools are earthquake safe, relieving school overcrowding, and providing up-to-date classrooms, science labs, and technology so students are better prepared for college and future careers.

Funds from both of these measures will stay local and cannot be taken by the State.

Voting Yes on Measure B will:

  • Rebuild Marin and Ocean View Elementary Schools with seismically safe school facilities to support modern learning standards in subjects like Science, Engineering, Math, and the Humanities
  • Relieve Albany High School overcrowding
  • Improve school safety and accessibility
  • Improve energy efficiency and renewable energy generation

Both Measures B and E Require Strict Fiscal Accountability

  • By law, no money can be used for administrator salaries, benefits, or pensions
  • Independent citizen’s oversight and annual audits will be required
  • No money can be taken by the State

Measures B and E will help our District qualify for our fair share of state matching funds, which will be used to fund additional projects or reduce the cost to local taxpayers.

 

Opponents say

No argument against Measure B was submitted

Summary

To rebuild Marin and Ocean View elementary schools with seismically safe school facilities that support modern learning standards in subjects such as science, the humanities, engineering, and math; relieve overcrowding; enhance school safety, accessibility, sustainability, and energy efficiency; and improve other school facilities; shall Albany Unified School District issue $70 Million of bonds at legal rates for the acquisition and improvement of land and facilities, with citizen oversight and all funds staying in Albany to benefit local schools?

— Alameda County Registrar of Voters

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Measure B, an Albany Unified School District (“District”) bond measure, seeks voter approval to authorize the District to issue seventy million dollars ($70,000,000.00) of bonds at legal rates. The primary purpose of the bonds is to finance school facilities as specified in the measure.

Pursuant to California Constitution Section 18 of Article XVI and Section 1 of Article XIIIA and California Education Code Section 15124, this measure will become effective upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the qualified electors voting on this measure.

California Education Code Section 15100 restricts the use of the proceeds from the bonds sale to items such as building school buildings, improving school grounds, supplying school buildings and grounds with equipment, and the acquisition of real property for school facilities. In addition, proceeds may only be used for the projects listed in the measure. This measure provides that its proceeds will fund projects outlined in the measure (reproduced in the sample ballot pamphlet) that include, but are not limited to: rebuilding Marin and Ocean View elementary schools; adding new classrooms at Albany Middle School and Albany High School; improving district facilities; and relocating district offices. Proceeds may not be used for any other purpose, such as administrator salaries.

If two-thirds of those who vote on the measure vote “yes”, the District will be authorized to issue bonds in the amount of seventy million dollars ($70,000,000.00). Approval of this measure will authorize a levy on the assessed value of taxable property within the District by an amount needed to pay the principal and interest on these bonds in each year that the bonds are outstanding.

The Tax Rate Statement for Measure B in this sample ballot pamphlet reflects the District’s best estimates, based upon currently available data and projections, of the property tax rates required to service the bonds. The best estimate of the tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds is 12 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, or $120.00 per $100,000.00 of the assessed valuation. That estimate applies during the first fiscal year (2016–2017) after the sale of the first series of bonds, during the first fiscal year (2019–­2020) after the sale of the last series of bonds, and at the highest tax rate. The best estimate of the total debt service, including principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all of the bonds are issued and sold is $148,500,000.00.

The Board of Education (“Board”) will establish an independent citizens’ oversight committee to ensure that bond proceeds are spent for the projects listed in the measure. The Board will conduct annual, independent performance and financial audits.

If two-thirds of those voting on this measure do not vote for approval, the measure will fail and the District will not be authorized to issue the bonds.

This measure is placed on the ballot by the governing board of the District.

— Alameda County Counsel

Tax rate

An election will be held in the Albany Unified School District (the “District”) on June 7, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $70,000,000.00 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 multiple series over time. Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable 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 12 cents per $100 ($120 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2016–2017.

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 12 cents per $100 ($120 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2019–2020.

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 12 cents per $100 ($120 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2019–2020.

4. The best estimate of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all of the bonds are issued and sold is $148,500,000.

The estimated rates presented above apply only to the taxes levied to pay bonds authorized by this measure. Additional taxes will be levied to pay bonds pursuant to previous, concurrent, and future authorizations.

Voters should note that estimated tax rates are based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the County’s official tax rolls, not on the property’s market value, which could be more or less than the assessed value. 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. Certain taxpayers may also be eligible to postpone payment of 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.

Attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon the District’s projections and estimates only, which are not binding upon the District. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply, and the actual total debt service, may vary from those presently estimated, due to variations form these estimates in the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold and market interest rates at the time of each sale, and actual assessed valuations over the term of repayment of the bonds. The dates of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on need for construction funds and other factors. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on the bond market at 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 in the annual assessment and the equalization process.    

— Albany Unified School District Superintendent of Schools
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