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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Facilities Bond Measure

Special District
November 8, 2016California General Election

Bayshore Elementary School District
Measure S - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

1,225 votes yes (81.7%)

274 votes no (18.3%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (2/2).
  • 323,303 ballots counted.

To improve the quality of education at local schools with funding that cannot be taken by the state; finish construction of a new school; improve student access to modern technology; construct classrooms, restrooms and school facilities that meet all health, safety and handicapped accessibility (ADA) requirements; shall the Bayshore Elementary School District issue $7,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, with annual audits, independent citizens' oversight and NO money used for administrative salaries?

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 Bayshore Elementary School District (the "District") proposes this measure which would authorize the District to issue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $7 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 contain 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 annual tax rate levy to fund this bond is $30.00 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. This means that a property assessed at $700,000 would likely have an annual tax obligation of $210.00 under this measure. The District estimates that the total amount payable during the life of the bond, including principal and interest, is approximately $14.6 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 and includes: finishing construction of a school serving transitional kindergarten through eighth grade; increasing student access to modern technology; ensuring health, safety, and accessibility compliance; constructing/improving outdoor learning areas and landscaping; improving parking, utilities, and grounds; upgrading wiring systems in buildings; constructing a multi-purpose room; installing safety upgrades; abating and removing hazardous materials; improving paving, turf, and other surfaces to improve and 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 operating expenses.

State law requires the District to take certain steps to account for the proceeds from the bonds. Accordingly, the District will direct funds to be deposited into a special account, appoint an independent citizens' oversight committee, conduct annual independent performance and financial audits to ensure that 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 $7 million for the purposes listed in project list.

A "no" vote would prevent the District from issuing these bonds.

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

Arguments FOR

Everyone knows the importance and value of having quality schools. From higher achieving students, to greater neighborhood safety and improved property values, quality schools make a difference. While our teachers and staff do a great job in educating our children, many classrooms and school facilities at the Bayshore Elementary School District are outdated and inadequate to provide students with the facilities they need to succeed. This is why our children need your YES vote on Measure S!

Over the years, our District has made improvements to modernize, upgrade, and renovate many of our local classrooms and school facilities. Today we need to finish the job we started by completing school construction projects and improving access to 21st century classrooms and technology. Measure S will allow us to prepare our children for productive futures by meeting today's safety, technological, and educational standards. This will not only improve our schools but benefit our community.

If passed, Measure S will provide funding to make facility improvements of Bayshore schools including: 

* constructing classrooms to support math, reading, and writing programs

 * improving student access to computers and modern technology

 * finishing construction of a new school

 * ensuring all classrooms meet health, safety, and handicapped accessibility requirements

Measure S makes financial sense and protects taxpayers.

* All funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State

 * By law, spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens' oversight committee

 * Funds can only be spent to improve our local schools, not for teacher or administrator salaries.

Measure S upgrades, renovates and constructs school facilities, improves the education of local children, and maintains the quality of our community. That's something we all can support. Please join us and Vote Yes on Measure S!

/s/ Edith Renderos, Board Member

/s/ Theresa Faapuaa, Board member 

s/ Irene Cuellar

/s/ Bridget Rudolph

Arguments AGAINST

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