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Special District

National School District
Measure HH Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

11,772 votes yes (83.15%)

2,386 votes no (16.85%)

To repair and rebuild aging classrooms and facilities throughout the District; meet handicapped access requirements; increase student access to computers/technology; repair roofs; and improve campus security and student loading zones for increased safety; shall National School District be authorized to issue $30 million of bonds with interest rates below legal limits, annual audits, independent citizens' oversight, no money for administrative salaries and all funds spent locally and not taken by the State and used elsewhere?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “YES” vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the District to issue and sell $30,000,000 in general obligation bonds. 

NO vote means

A “NO” vote is a vote against authorizing the District to issue and sell $30,000,000 in general obligation bonds. 

Background

San Diego County Counsel

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

Tax rate

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, National School District

An election will be held in National School District (the “District”) on November 8, 2016 to authorize the sale of $30,000,000 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 $.03 per $100 ($30.00 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 $.03 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2041-42.

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 $.03 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation.

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 $.02796 per $100 ($27.96 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 $38,685,000.

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 as determined in the assessment and the equalization process.

Dated: August 10, 2016

Chris Carson
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services
National School District 

STATEMENT REQUIRED BY EDUCATION CODE SECTION 15122.5
Approval of Measure HH does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the National School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure HH will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure HH. The school district’s proposal for the project or projects may assume the receipt of matching state funds, which could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE HH

 

Two years ago, our community voted overwhelmingly to take the first step to repair our aging school campuses. Thanks to Proposition N, all our classrooms have air conditioning and our campuses have fiber optic wiring so that our children can use technology to learn.

However, there’s more to do for our children’s schools. Measure HH gives us the necessary tools.

To make our schools better and safer places for our children. Measure HH will:

  • Replace aging roofs;
  • Install rapid-lock systems on all classroom doors;
  • Add additional lighting, fencing and security cameras on our campuses;
  • Upgrade aging water and sewer systems on our campuses;
  • Meet handicapped accessibility requirements in our restrooms and classrooms, and
  • Address student drop-off zones to improve traffic flow and safety.

To protect taxpayers, Measure HH will:

  • Require independent citizen committee oversight of all bond expenditures;
  • Impose tough legal safeguards that restrict all bond monies to be spent on local schools only;
  • Prohibit bond funds from being used for administrators’ salaries, benefits, and pensions;
  • Prohibit the State from using our local bond funds for other school districts;
  • Make our schools eligible to receive State matching funds; making our dollars go further;
  • Use short-term bonds to reduce interest costs by more than 90%, saving taxpayers millions of dollars in interest costs;

There are two other reasons Measure HH is good for all of us:

  • These improvements help recruit and retain the high-quality teachers we need to make our children successful learners.
  • These improvements can have a positive effect on surrounding home and other property values.

Let’s continue what we started two years ago with Proposition N to help National City school children become successful learners! Our children and our community as a whole are worth the investment.

Vote Yes for Measure HH!

/s/

ANNE L. CAMPBELL
Chairperson- Citizens’ Bond 
Oversight Committee

JAMES GRIER JR.
Retired Teacher/School Board Member

J.E.VAN DEVENTER 
Former City Council

LARRY TAGLE 
Retired School Board Member 

Arguments AGAINST

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE HH

 

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 

Replies to Arguments FOR

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE HH

 

Measure HH’s tax increase is unfair to seniors and fixed income property owners.

Why another bond so soon? How can National School District still claim leaky roofs, rusty pipes or unsafe conditions after spending all the prior bond money voters approved?

Was bond money wasted on pet projects instead of classrooms and student safety? WAS PRIOR BOND MONEY WASTED ON NO BID CONTRACTS TO FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS?

How can voters trust National School District not to waste this money too?

Measure HH would give National School District an additional $30 million at a cost of $38.6 million to taxpayers over decades.

A $400,000 property can expect $120 more taxes per year for decades if Measure HH passes. Worse the estimated high of $30.00 per $100,000 is not guaranteed. IT COULD BE HIGHER!

National School District taxpayers already pay these property taxes:

  • Countywide Proposition 13
  • Lower Sweetwater Fire Protection Tax
  • National School District, Bond 2000
  • Sweetwater High School District, Bond 2000
  • Sweetwater High School District, Bond 2006
  • Southwestern Community College, Bond 2000
  • Southwestern Community College, Bond 2008
  • Metropolitan Water District

STOP TAXING US TO DEATH!

National School District’s promised Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee is a toothless tiger. Measure HH lacks specific prioritized project list with estimated costs so voters and 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 

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE HH

 

Measure HH is best for our schools and our community. Here’s why:

Measure HH will keep safety as the number-one priority in our children’s schools.
All of our schools were built more than a half century ago. It’s time to update our campuses and classrooms to be as safe and modern as possible.

Measure HH will save taxpayers’ money.
Other school districts’ problems with bond financing do not apply here. In fact, Measure HH will save National School District taxpayers millions of dollars through short-term bonds, locked in at today’s low-interest rates.

Measure HH will protect taxpayers.
Measure HH funds will be subject to audit and oversight by an independent citizens' committee. Bond monies cannot be used for administrator salaries, benefits or pensions.

Measure HH will benefit all of our community.
By improving our local schools, Measure HH will increase property values in surrounding neighborhoods and create new jobs to boost our local economy.

Measure HH will make taxpayers’ money go further.
Through Measure HH, our schools will become eligible to receive additional matching funds from the State to improve our campuses and classrooms. Without Measure HH, we will lose these funds to other school districts.

Measure HH is a decision easy to make.
Safe and more modern campuses and classrooms … additional matching State funds … increased property values in surrounding neighborhoods … and jobs to boost our local economy - - all through Measure HH.

Vote YES on Measure HH!

/s/

ANNE L. CAMPBELL 
Chairperson- Citizen's Bond Oversight Committee

JAMES GRIER JR.
Retired Teacher/School Board Member

J.E. VAN DEVENTER
Former City Council

LARRY TAGLE
Former Trustee

Who supports or opposes this measure?

Yes on Measure HH

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Elected & Appointed Officials (0)
No on Measure HH

Organizations (1)

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More information

News (3)

National considering another school bond — April 15, 2016 San Diego Union-Tribune
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