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— $105 Million Bond Issue to Fund Repairs and UpgradesBond Measure —

Special District
November 8, 2016 —California General Election

Solana Beach School District
Measure JJ Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

11,776 votes yes (65.75%)

6,135 votes no (34.25%)

To replace or upgrade aging, outdated classrooms, science labs, libraries, and school buildings; restore deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems; improve student safety and campus security; and, provide students access to educational facilities, science, and technology needed to prepare for high school, college, and careers, and qualify for State grants, shall School Facilities Improvement District No. 2016-1 of the Solana Beach School District issue $105,000,000 in bonds at legal interest rates, with annual audits, a citizen's oversight committee, and NO money for administrators' salaries?

Summary

[The first paragraph of the Offical Tax Rate Statement is presented here in lieu of an official summary.]

An election is being held within School Facilities Improvement District No. 2016-1 of the Solana Beach School District (“Improvement District”) on November 8, 2016, for the purpose of submitting to the registered voters within the Improvement District the question of whether bonds shall be issued by the Solana Beach School District (“School District”), on behalf of the Improvement District, in an amount not to exceed $105,000,000 (“2016 Bond Authorization”) for the purpose of providing funds for the acquisition, construction and completion of specified school facilities and school projects as set forth in the resolution of the School District, on behalf of the Improvement District, calling such bond election. This measure will authorize a tax sufficient for interest on, and principal of, the bonds.

— Superintendent, Solana Beach School District
Background

This measure was placed on the ballot by the Solana Beach School District (“District”) for the School Facilities Improvement District No. 2016-1 of the Solana Beach School District (“SFID”). 

— San Diego County Counsel
Impartial analysis / Proposal

SCHOOL FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 2016-1 OF THE SOLANA BEACH SCHOOL DISTRICT

GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND ELECTION

This measure, if approved by 55% of the votes cast on the measure, will authorize the District to issue and sell $105,000,000 in general obligation bonds. The sale of these bonds is for the purpose of raising money for the SFID, and represents a debt of the District on behalf of the SFID. 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 SFID. 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 within the SFID 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 30 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 SFID that are the subject of these bonds will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by this measure.

Statement provided pursuant to California Education Code Section 15272:

If this Bond measure is approved, the Solana Beach School District Board of Education will appoint a citizens’ oversight committee and conduct annual independent audits to assure that bond funds are spent only on school and classroom improvements and for no other purposes. 

— San Diego County Counsel

Tax rate

[The first paragraph of this statement is omitted here because it was presented above, in the "Official Summary" section.]

This measure will authorize a tax sufficient for interest on, and principal of, the bonds. The bonds shall bear interest at a rate, or rates, to be established at such time as the bonds are sold, in one or more series, at interest rates not to exceed the maximum applicable statutory rate for such bonds. If such bonds are authorized and sold, the principal thereof and the interest thereon are a general obligation of the School District, on behalf of the Improvement District, payable from the proceeds of ad valorem taxes on real property located within the boundaries of the Improvement District.

The following information is submitted in compliance with California Elections Code Sections 9401 through 9404 based on estimates of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement: 

(a) The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement or a projection based on experience within the same jurisdiction or other demonstrable factors, is $0.030 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. It is estimated that this tax rate would apply in the 2017-2018 tax year.

(b) It is currently anticipated that the bonds will be sold in multiple series The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund such bond issue during the first fiscal year after the final sale of the bonds based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement or a projection based on experience within the same jurisdiction or other demonstrable factors is $0.030 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. It is estimated that this tax rate would apply in the 2019-2020 tax year.

(c) The best estimate from official sources of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund the bond issues during the term of the bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement or a projection based on experience within the same jurisdiction or other demonstrable factors, is $0.030 per $100 ($30.0021 per $100,000) of assessed value. It is estimated that the highest tax rate would apply in the 2017-2018 tax year based on assessed valuations available at the time of this filing or a projection based on experience within the same jurisdiction or other demonstrable factors.

(d) 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 $196,490,231. 

Voters should note that the estimated tax rates are based on the assessed value of taxable property within the Improvement District as shown on the official rolls of San Diego County, not on the property’s market value. In addition, taxpayers eligible for a property tax exemption, such as the homeowner’s exemption, will be taxed at a lower effective rate than described above. Actual future assessed valuation will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined by the San Diego County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and/or tax advisors to determine their property’s assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

Attention of all voters is directed to the fact that these estimates are based on assumptions and 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 any bond sales, the amount of bonds sold, market interest rates at the time of each sale of bonds and actual assessed valuations over the term of repayment of the bonds. The timing of the bond sales and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be governed by the needs of the School District, including the legal limitations on bonds approved by a 55% vote. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on the bond market at the time of the bond sale. Actual future assessed valuation will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the Improvement District as determined by the San Diego County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

 

— Superintendent, Solana Beach School District

YES vote means

A “YES” vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the District to issue and sell $105,000,000 in general obligation bonds. 

NO vote means

A “NO” vote is a vote against authorizing the District to issue and sell $105,000,000 in general obligation bonds. 

Arguments FOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE JJ

 

KEEP OUR SCHOOLS GREAT!

Solana Beach is one of the top-ranked districts in San Diego County. The schools also provide playing fields and other facilities utilized by the entire community and enhance the value of homes and businesses within its boundaries.

Unfortunately, the quality and condition of many existing school facilities do not measure up to the District’s academic reputation. Some facilities are more than 40 years old and require extensive repairs and modernization. Seventeen percent of classrooms are portables.

Pressing needs include modern classroom facilities required for today’s courses in math, science, engineering, arts and technology, improvement of student safety and campus security systems, and repair of deteriorating roofs, plumbing and outdated electrical systems.

Measure JJ authorizes $105 million in general obligation bonds to implement the District’s LongRange Facilities Master Plan and access state matching funds when they become available. Bond proceeds will pay for complete redesign/reconstruction of Skyline and Solana Vista schools and modernization at Solana Highlands, Solana Santa Fe, Carmel Creek, Solana Pacific and Solana Ranch.

Improvements at every school will include security, access control, and surveillance systems, exterior lighting and fencing, shade structures, play structures and kindergarten play areas, heating and air conditioning, interior lighting, drought tolerant landscaping and irrigation controls, child nutrition kitchens and student dining areas.

Measure JJ guarantees bond proceeds will only be used for construction, reconstruction, modernization, or replacement of school facilities, all proceeds from the bond will stay in the District (they cannot be taken away by state government), and cannot be used to fund teacher or administrator salaries. Measure JJ requires appointment of an independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee to ensure funds are spent as promised, and requires annual reporting and audits.

Please join parents, teachers, taxpayers and community leaders in voting Yes on Measure JJ to keep our schools great! 

/s/

VICKI KING 
President, Solana Beach
Elementary School District

FRISCO WHITE
Community Leader and
Carmel Valley Resident

ROBERT SAYLER
Real Estate Broker
Solana Beach Resident

MANJEET RANU 
Community Leader and
Pacific Highlands Resident 

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE JJ

 

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 JJ

 

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

Measure JJ would give District $105 million at a cost of $196 million to taxpayers over decades.

A $700,000 property can expect $210 more taxes per year for decades if Measure JJ passes. Worse the estimated highest tax rate of $30.00 per $100,000 is not guaranteed. IT COULD BE HIGHER if necessary to pay back this loan from Wall Street!

Solana taxpayers already pay these property taxes:

Countywide Proposition 13
San Dieguito High School Bond 2012
Metropolitan Water District

STOP TAXING US TO DEATH! Some facilities need renovation and repair. What are District’s priorities? Why won’t District give you a specific list guaranteeing in order the specific projects they will build with this loan? District’s promised Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee is a toothless tiger. Measure JJ lacks a specific prioritized project list with estimated costs so voters and Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee can measure accountability.

Worse, many bond funded contracts will be handed out without competitive bidding that has historically protected schools from wasted funds, fostered healthy market competition, allowed all qualified bidders a fair opportunity to participate and protected against fraud, favoritism, corruption. Google: Sweetwater school pay to play OR Fresno Leaseback FBI Arax.

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 JJ

 

Don’t be misled by an outsider with a political agenda.

The individual who wrote the argument against Measure JJ doesn’t live anywhere near our community and filed the exact same argument against many other school bonds throughout the county, ignoring the facts regarding our local schools.

Here are the facts:

  • Measure JJ contains strict taxpayer protections. Proceeds from the bond can only be used for construction, reconstruction, modernization or replacement of school facilities. Not one cent can be spent on teacher or administrator salaries. There will be no Poway-style capital appreciation bonds.
  • The Solana Beach School District has never before proposed a school bond. Most of the District’s schools are more than 20 years old, some as old as 61 years, and in desperate need of facility upgrades.
  • The District developed an in-depth project list to ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent where they are most needed. Areas like student safety and security, modern classroom facilities for science, technology, research, engineering, arts, and math (STREAM) will be prioritized.
  • Failure to pass Measure JJ risks losing $20 million in matching state funds. Surrounding districts will put our tax dollars to work, while our local school infrastructure backlog expands.

Measure JJ will improve our local schools, save taxpayers millions by locking in today’s low interest rates, and contribute to increased property values. Join parents, teachers, businesses, and community leaders in supporting Measure JJ.

Vote Yes on Measure JJ

www.KeepOurSchoolsGreat.com

/s/

VICKI KING 
President, Solana Beach 
Elementary School District

FRISCO WHITE
Community Leader and 
Carmel Valley Resident

ROBERT SAYLER
Real Estate Broker
Solana Beach Resident

MANJEET RANU 
Community Leader and
Pacific Highlands Resident 

 

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

Contact Info

Yes on Measure JJ
Keep Our Schools Great! Yes on JJ
Email info@keepourschoolsgreat.com
Address:
330 Encinitas Blvd, Ste 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
No on Measure JJ
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