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— [$58 Million Bond Measure for School Facilities]Bond Measure —

Special District
November 8, 2016 —California General Election

Bonsall Unified School District
Measure DD Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Failing

4,204 votes yes (50.63%)

4,099 votes no (49.37%)

To construct and equip a new high school; install emergency communication systems; reduce traffic hazards for increased student safety; upgrade power/electrical systems; provide health/fitness facilities for student/community use; repair leaky pipes/deteriorating roofs; and replace temporary buildings with permanent classrooms; shall Bonsall Unified School District issue $58 million of bonds with interest rates below legal limits, independent citizen oversight, and all funds spent locally and not taken by the State and spent elsewhere?

Background

This measure was placed on the ballot by the governing board of the Bonsall Union School District (“District”). 

— San Diego County Counsel
Impartial analysis / Proposal

This measure, if approved by 55% of the votes cast on the measure, will authorize the District to issue and sell $58,000,000 in general obligation bonds. The sale of these bonds by the District is for the purpose of raising money for the District, and represents a debt of the District. In exchange for the money received from the bond holders, the District promises to pay the holders an amount of interest for a certain period of time, and to repay the bonds on the expiration date.

Voter approval of this measure will also authorize an annual tax to be levied upon the taxable property within the District. The purpose of this tax is to generate sufficient revenue to pay interest on the bonds as it becomes due and to provide a fund for payment of the principal on or before maturity.

Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this measure may be used by the District for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities.

The interest rate on any bond, which is established at the time of bond issuance, could not exceed 12% per annum. The final maturity date of any bond could be no later than 40 years after the date the bonds are issued as determined by the District.

The tax authorized by this measure is consistent with the requirements of the California Constitution. The California Constitution permits property taxes, above the standard one percent (1%) limitation, to be levied upon real property to pay the interest and redemption charges on any bonded indebtedness for, among other things, the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, when approved by 55% of the voters if: 

(1) the proceeds from the sale of the bonds are used only for the purposes specified,
(2) the District, by evaluating safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs, has approved a list of specific projects to be funded,
(3) the District will conduct an annual, independent performance audit, and
(4) the District will conduct an annual, independent financial audit.

If a bond measure is approved, state law requires the District to establish an independent citizens’ oversight committee. The District has made this ballot measure subject to these requirements.

Approval of this measure does not guarantee that the proposed projects in the District that are the subject of these bonds will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by this measure. 

— San Diego County Counsel

Tax rate

An election will be held in Bonsall Unified School District (the “District”) on November 8, 2016 to authorize the sale of $58,000,000 in general obligation bonds. 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 $0.06000 per $100 ($60.00 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 $0.06000 per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2021-22.

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 $0.06000 per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. The highest tax rate is expected to be in effect in fiscal years 2017-18 through 2041-42.

4. The best estimate of the average tax rate required to fund this bond issue, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $.05693 per $100 ($56.93 per $100,000) of assessed valuation.

5. The best estimate of the total debt service, including principal and interest that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is $105,752,000.

These estimates are based on projections derived from information obtained from official sources. 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 timing of the bond sales and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the needs of the District. Actual assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District.

Dated: July 26, 2016

Justin Cunningham
Superintendent
Bonsall Unified School District 

— Superintendent, Bonsall Unified School District

YES vote means

A “YES” vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the District to issue and sell $58,000,000 in general obligation bonds. 

NO vote means

A “NO” vote is a vote against authorizing the District to issue and sell $58,000,000 in general obligation bonds. 

Arguments FOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE DD

 

Vote YES on Measure DD!

Your YES Vote on Measure DD will protect, build, and repair our community’s most valuable assets – our children’s public schools – while at the same time guaranteeing significant taxpayer protections.

Measure DD will improve our schools by:

  • Building a state-of–the-art Bonsall High School, including a Career Volunteer Center and other community use projects
  • Improving safety and security for our children, many of whose families have military ties
  • Updating emergency communication systems and fire alarms
  • Improving school parking, traffic flow, and disabled access.
  • Developing fitness facilities for joint use by schools and community

Measure DD will protect taxpayers by:

  • Making our local school projects eligible for State matching funds
  • Requiring independent citizen oversight and annual audits to ensure funds are spent as promised
  • Prohibiting funds from going to administrators' salaries, pensions or benefits
  • Imposing tough legal restrictions requiring all monies to be spent on our local schools
  • Prohibiting the state from taking local bond funds and spending it in other districts

Vote YES to improve security and safety at our school sites.

Vote YES to ensure our schools continue to offer students the outstanding education they need to compete in the modern world.

Vote YES to retain and attract high-quality educators. And Vote YES to provide the quality schools that improve property values.

Vote YES to help Bonsall Unified School District achieve their goals of academic excellence and support for all students to be highly competitive in their chosen career path and/or college.

To build better, safer schools, improve student achievement, save taxpayer dollars with historically low interest rates, and turn community use possibilities into realities, please join business leaders, teachers, parents, grandparents and neighbors in voting YES on Measure DD.

/s/

VAUGHN ‘BUD’ COLE
President, Bonsall Chamber of Commerce

SYLVIA TUCKER 
Grandmother & 20-year Bonsall Unified School District Board Member

TIMOTHY COEN
Father & Physician

HECTOR SOTO 
President, District English Learner Advisory Committee

GREGORY A. STEIN
Chairman of the Board, San Diego County Taxpayers Association

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE DD

 

Don’t be a victim of The School Bond Scam! (www.schoolbondscam.org)

News articles and campaign finance disclosures show Wall Streeters, contractors and consultants pay money to pass school bonds for their immediate profit leaving each taxpayer with decades of additional debt. Google: “Local School Bonds: Big Donors Win Big Contracts” OR Orange County Register’s “Bankers Push School Bonds for C.A.S.H.”

The School Bond Scammers gladly pay to pass bonds anticipating school boards will reward them with inflated no bid contracts in return. Google: Sweetwater school pay to play OR Fresno Leaseback FBI Arax.

Voice of San Diego’s August 6, 2012 investigative report revealed Poway School District’s "Capital Appreciation Bonds" put their taxpayers on the hook to pay back about $1 billion for their $105 million bond. Google: “Thanks a Billion”

California Taxpayers Action Network (www.caltan.org) is not against all school bonds and has supported those (i.e. Walnut Valley Unified School District) that contain proper internal controls to prevent waste and encourage good value for taxpayers.

This bond does not include such taxpayer protections. Contracts can be handed to favored contractors and consultants without regard to price!

Worse, this bond lacks a prioritized Project List with estimated project costs for each and a commitment to build the proposed projects in the promised prioritized order. This bond allows pet projects to be built instead of necessary ones.

Why does District need another bond so soon after their last one? Did they handout over priced contracts and put in astroturf fields with the last bond instead of making needed classroom repairs?

Vote NO until they propose a better bond next election.

California Taxpayers Action Network is a San Diego based all-volunteer, statewide network of taxpayer advocates who promote sound fiscal policies, practices and business methods by government entities for the public’s benefit and protection.

/s/

M. KEVIN O’NEILL
President,
California Taxpayers Action Network 

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments FOR

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE DD

 

Measure DD’s tax increase is unfair to seniors and fixed income property owners. Growers can’t afford this $105 million debt.

A $500,000 property can expect $300 more taxes per year for decades if Measure DD passes. Worse the estimated high of $60 per $100,000 is not guaranteed.

How many extra taxes already on your bill? Can you afford another? Landlords will raise rents!

Bonsall Unified School District isn't in Fallbrook Union High School District anymore but properties in Bonsall are still paying taxes for Fallbrook bonds. Why? This separation and doubling of administration costs was a waste! Surprised there’s not enough money for classrooms?

Bonsall tax bills also include these extra charges:

  • Metropolitan Water District
  • Palomar Community College District, 2006 bond
  • Bonsall Unified School District, 2005 bond
  • Palomar Pomerado Healthcare District, 2005 bond

Why another Bonsall bond so soon? How can District claim leaky roofs, rusty pipes or unsafe conditions? Where was proper maintenance? Was prior bond money wasted on pools, AstroTurf, bleachers or theaters instead of classrooms and student safety?

Measure DD is endorsed by San Diego County Taxpayers Association. They’re putting lipstick on this pig. Don’t be fooled. Many of their directors / officers profit directly / indirectly from school bonds. Should be called San Diego County “TAXTAKERS” Association.

Is SDCTA looking out for you or themselves? They endorsed Poway ’s $105m bond that’s now costing those taxpayers nearly $1 billion. Why? They profit! Google: San Diego County Taxpayers Association Gonsalves Cozy.

Promised Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee = toothless tiger. Measure DD lacks specific prioritized project list with estimated costs so Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee can measure accountability.

Vote NO until these problems are fixed.

www.CalTAN.org

/s/

M. KEVIN O’NEILL, President
California Taxpayers Action Network 

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE DD

 

The writer of the argument against Measure DD doesn’t live anywhere near our community and filed identical arguments against many other school bonds throughout the county, ignoring the facts regarding our local schools.

  • Contrary to the opponent’s claims, Measure DD isn't a capital appreciation bond, like Poway's, nor does Bonsall have any athletic fields with astro turf.
  • Measure DD projects are critical to our community. The school district has carefully evaluated student safety, the deterioration of school facilities and the technology needs of our schools.
  • Measure DD funds are subject to audit and oversight by an independent citizens' committee. Funds cannot be used for administrator salaries, benefits or pensions.
  • Measure DD will save Bonsall taxpayers millions of dollars by locking in today’s low interest rates.
  • Measure DD will continue improving our local schools, increase home values and create new construction jobs that will boost our local economy.
  • Measure DD will qualify the Bonsall Unified School District for state matching funds. The most economical way to improve our schools is to share the cost with the state. If we do not take advantage of this opportunity, we will be forfeiting our fair share to other California school districts.

By approving Measure DD, you can bring jobs, attract state funding, create better places to learn, continue the job of improving our local schools and ensure that we get the best deal possible at the lowest price.

The choice is clear. Vote YES on Measure DD!

/s/

SYLVIA TUCKER
Grandmother & 20-year Bonsall Unified School District Board Member

RICHARD C. SMITH, Ed D 
Property Owner & Taxpayer

RICHARD OLSON 
22-year Bonsall Unified School District Board Member

SHAWN WALKER 
Local Business Owner

HANEY HONG
President and CEO
San Diego County Taxpayers Association 

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters
Yes on Measure DD
No on Measure DD

News (2)

BUSD to have $58 million bond on November ballot — July 28, 2016 Fallbrook & Bonsall Village News

Contact Info

Yes on Measure DD
Bonsall Unified School District
Phone: 760-631-5200
Address:
31505 Old River Rd.
Bonsall, CA 92003
No on Measure DD
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