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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Facilities Upgrade and Improvement Bond Measure

Special District
November 8, 2016California General Election

Burlingame School District
Measure M - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

10,706 votes yes (74.4%)

3,675 votes no (25.6%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (20/20).
  • 323,303 ballots counted.

To update schools and provide access for students with disabilities, remove lead paint/ asbestos, fix leaky roofs, update classrooms, libraries, labs/ facilities to meet current earthquake, fire/ safety codes, replace old portable classrooms, upgrade science Jabs, shall Burlingame Elementary School District issue $56,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, that cannot be taken by the State, to renovate, construct/acquire local neighborhood schools, sites, equipment/ facilities, with independent audits, citizens' oversight, no money for administrators, all money staying local?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The California Constitution and Education Code authorize a school district to issue bonds for specified purposes if voters approve the issuance of bonds at an election. Pursuant to Education Code Section 15274, such a bond measure passes if 55% of those voting on it approve it.

The Board of Trustees of the Burlingame Elementary School District (the "District") proposes this measure which would authorize the District to issue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $56 million. The bonds will have an interest rate not exceeding the legal maximum and will be repaid within the time permitted by law. The Tax Rate Statement printed in this pamphlet contains the District's best estimates of tax rates required to service the bond debt during the life of the bonds. The District's best estimate of the average annual tax levy to fund this bond is $22.00 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. this means that a property assessed at $700,000 would likely have an annual tax obligation of $154.00 under this measure. The District estimates that the total amount repayable during the life of the bond, including principal and interest, is approximately $103 million.

The California Constitution requires the listing of specific school facilities projects to be funded from the bond revenue and certification that the District governing board has evaluated safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs in the development of that list. The District's list of projects covered by the bond is attached to the full text of the measure. Listed improvements include: upgrading classrooms to improve access for students with disabilities; removing toxic substances; repairing roofs; upgrading classrooms, libraries, and education facilities to meet current safety codes; repairing outdated building engineering systems; bringing all classrooms to the same safety standards; bringing libraries to the same standard; ensuring hands-on science, technology, and engineering labs are up to modern standards at Burlingame Intermediate School; and creating single points of entry for all schools to improve safety and security. The measure authorizes equipment acquisition, upgrades, repairs, services, construction, and other items related to these listed projects. Projects are authorized at all District locations. The project list should be reviewed for further details. No funds from this tax shall be used for administrator salaries or administration.

State law requires the District to take certain steps to account for the proceeds from the bonds.  Accordingly, the District will direct the funds to be deposited into a special account, appoint an independent citizens' oversight committee, conduct annual independent performance and financial audits to ensure the funds are spent only on the listed improvements and for no other purposes, and prepare annual reports listing the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of any funded project.

A "Yes" vote on this measure would authorize the District to issue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $56 million for the purposes listed in the project list.

A "No" vote would prevent the District from issue the bonds.

The measure passes if 55% of those voting on the measure vote "Yes." 

Arguments FOR

Vote Yes on Measure M to repair aging classrooms and labs so that Burlingame students are prepared to excel in the modern world.

Burlingame School District provides an exceptional education for local elementary and middle school students, yet outdated schools - some of which are over 100 years old - are in serious need of repair.

Measure M provides dedicated, locally controlled funding to support a safe and modern learning environment for local students. Voting Yes on M will replace deteriorating classrooms and old portables so that teachers can focus on providing students with excellent instruction in core academics like math, science, reading, and writing. 

We need Measure M to prepare our students for success in high school, college, and beyond. Updated computers and classroom technology will ensure our students take the next step ready to compete for high-demand jobs in science, technology, and engineering.

Yes on Measure M - Necessary Repairs for Modern Burlingame Schools

 * Repair classrooms to provide access for students with disabilities

 * Fix leaking roofs and remove lead and asbestos where found

 * Update classrooms, libraries, and educational facilities to meet current earthquake, fire, and safety codes

 * Protect student safety and security by creating single point entries at all schools

 * Ensure hands-on science, technology, and engineering labs are up to the same 21st-century standards

Every Penny Stays Here in Burlingame

 * All money raised will be controlled locally to support local elementary and middle schools and cannot be taken away by the State

 * Independent citizen oversight and annual audits are required

 * No money can be used for administrator salaries

While some of our schools have been renovated recently, others have not, and all local students deserve equal access to safe and up to date classrooms. Join us in voting Yes On M - modern Burlingame schools equipped for 21st-century student success.

/s/ Michael Barber, BSD Citizens' Oversight Committee

/s/ Alisa Ruiz-Johnson, Burlingame Realtor

/s/ Lawrence Coskey, MD, Burlingame business owner

/s/ Lisa Rosenthal, 36 year Burlingame resident

/s/ Lori Potter, Burlingame PTA Council President 

Arguments AGAINST

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