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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Bond MeasureBond Measure

Special District
November 8, 2016California General Election

San Miguel Joint Union School District
Measure D-16 Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

1,281 votes yes (62.3%)

774 votes no (37.7%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (3/3).
  • 2,195 ballots counted.

To repair, improve and equip Lillian Larsen and Cappy Culver Schools including new classrooms for technology, science and vocational training, security fencing for improved student safety, and upgraded heating/air conditioning systems, shall San Miguel Joint Union School District be authorized to issue $5.9 million of bonds with interest rates below legal limits, annual audits, independent citizens' oversight, all funds spent locally and no money used for administrative salaries or taken by the State and spent elsewhere?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

This measure will determine whether the San Miguel Joint Union School District (“the District”) shall issue $5.9 million in bonds for the purpose of improving school facilities within the District. The measure, placed on the ballot by the District’s governing board (“the Board”), will become effective only if fifty-five percent (55%) of the voters vote “yes” on the measure.

On November 7, 2000, California voters passed “Proposition 39,” amending Article XIIIA, section 1(b)(3) of the California Constitution.  That amendment authorizes the District to incur bonded indebtedness for the purpose of financing the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, in accordance with certain accountability requirements. To implement the requirements of Proposition 39, the Legislature enacted the “Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bond Act of 2000” (Educ. Code, § 15264, et seq.; “the Act”). This measure is proposed in accordance with the Act.

If approved, the measure will authorize the District to issue up to $5.9 million in general obligation bonds, to bear interest at a rate not to exceed the maximum permitted by law. School facility improvement projects to be funded by bond proceeds are included in the Bond Project List (in the full-text of the measure). In accordance with the Act, the Board has certified that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction, enrollment growth and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List.

Revenue from bond sales will be used only to modernize, replace, renovate, construct, equip, acquire and rebuild District facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and employee salaries and other school operating expenses. Approval of the bond measure does not guarantee that particular projects will be funded.

Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable from the proceeds of ad valorem taxes levied annually on taxable real property within the District. These taxes would be in addition to the property taxes currently levied on taxpayers owning real property within the District. The amount of the increased taxes each year would depend upon the amount needed to pay the principal and interest on the bonds. The District’s Tax Rate Statement, which accompanies this analysis, reflects an estimate of the maximum property tax levies required to service the bonds. The actual tax rates may vary depending on the timing of sales, number of bonds sold, and increases in assessed valuations.

Performance and financial audits must be performed annually to ensure that bond proceeds are spent only as specified in the measure. An independent citizens’ oversight committee will monitor expenditures and provide oversight. Bond proceeds will be deposited in a separate account. As long as any bond proceeds remain unexpended, annual reports will be filed with the Board stating the amount of funds collected and expended, and the status of the projects authorized by the measure.

A “yes” vote on this measure is a vote in favor of the District issuing $5.9 million in bonds for the purposes set forth in the full-text of the measure.

A “no” vote on this measure is a vote against the District issuing $5.9 million in bonds for the purposes set forth in the full-text of the measure.

 

— s/ RITA L. NEAL County Counsel

YES vote means

A “yes” vote on this measure is a vote in favor of the District issuing $5.9 million in bonds for the purposes set forth in the full-text of the measure.

NO vote means

A “no” vote on this measure is a vote against the District issuing $5.9 million in bonds for the purposes set forth in the full-text of the measure.

Arguments FOR

Vote YES on Measure D-16! 

Your YES Vote on San Miguel Joint Union School District’s Measure D-16 will allow us to repair and protect Cappy Culver and Lillian Larsen Elementary Schools – two of our community’s most valuable resources – while at the same time ensuring significant taxpayer protections. Here’s how. 

Measure D-16 will improve our school by:

  • Replacing and updating outdated heating air-conditioning systems
  • Constructing and equipping new classrooms for technology, science and vocational training
  • Renovating and modernizing school kitchens
  • Installing fencing and monitoring systems for increased student safety

Measure D-16 will protect taxpayers by: 

  • Making our local school projects eligible for State matching funds
  • Requiring independent citizen oversight
  • 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 money and spending it in other districts

Vote YES to protect our schools. 

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

Vote YES to protect taxpayers with independent financial audits. 

And Vote YES to provide the kinds of schools that help maintain property values. 

To build better and safer schools, improve student achievement, save taxpayer dollars and protect your property values, please join business leaders, teachers, parents, grandparents and neighbors in voting YES on Measure D-16. 

s/ Michael J. Sanders

s/ Lynne B. Schmitz

s/ Daniel A. Del Campo

s/ Susan L. Clark

s/ Robert Roberson 
San Miguel Fire Chief

 

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE D-16 WAS SUBMITTED

Proposed legislation

To repair, improve and equip Lillian Larsen and Cappy Culver Schools including new classrooms for technology, science and vocational training, security fencing for improved student safety, and upgraded heating/air conditioning systems, shall San Miguel Joint Union School District be authorized to issue $5.9 million of bonds with interest rates below legal limits, annual audits, independent citizens’ oversight, all funds spent locally and no money used for administrative salaries or taken by the State and spent elsewhere?

Bonds—Yes Bonds—No

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this proposition by at least 55 percent of the registered voters voting on the measure, the San Miguel Joint Union School District (the "District") will be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $5,900,000 in aggregated principal at interest rates not in excess of the legal limit and to provide financing for the specific projects listed in the Bond Project List described below, subject to all the accountability requirements specified below.

The Bonds may be issued under the provisions of the California Education Code (starting at Section 15100), under the provisions of the California Government Code (starting at Section 53506), or under any other provision of law authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds by school districts.  The Bonds may be issued in series by the District from time to time, and each series of Bonds shall mature within the legal limitations set forth in the applicable law under which the Bonds are issued.

FINANCING PLAN

The District intends to use the Bonds to modernize, replace, renovate, construct, equip, acquire and rebuild the District facilities on the Bond Project List. 

All Bonds will be sold as current interest bonds and the use of capital appreciation bonds will not be permitted.  No series of Bonds will be issued if such issuance would cause the tax rate levied to pay debt service on all of the outstanding Bonds to exceed $30 per year per $100,000 of taxable property, based on projections made by the District at the time of issuance of such series of Bonds.

ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS

The provisions in this section are specifically included in this proposition in order that the voters and taxpayers in the District may be assured that their money will be spent wisely.  Expenditures to address specific facilities needs of the District will be in compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3), of the State Constitution and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000 (codified at Education Code Sections 15264 and following).

Evaluation of Needs.  The Governing Board of the District (the “Governing Board”) has identified detailed facilities needs of the District and has determined which projects to finance from a local bond at this time.  The Governing Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction, enrollment growth, and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List shown below.

Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee.  The Governing Board shall establish an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee under Education Code Section 15278 and following to ensure that bond proceeds are expended only on the school facilities projects described in the Bond Project List below.  The committee will be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the Governing Board.  

Performance Audits.  The Governing Board shall conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects described in the Bond Project List below.

Financial Audits.  The Governing Board shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects described in the Bond Project List below.

Annual Report.  The Business Manager of the District will cause an annual report to be filed with the Governing Board, the first report to be filed not later than one year after the issuance of the first series of Bonds, which report will contain pertinent information regarding the amount of funds collected and expended, as well as the status of the projects listed in this measure, as required by applicable California law.

Expenditure of Bond Proceeds.  The proceeds from the sale of the District’s bonds will be used only for the purposes specified in this measure, and not for any other purpose.  Such proceeds will be deposited into a Project Fund to be held by the San Luis Obispo County Treasurer, as required by the California Education Code.

FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS

No Administrator Salaries.  Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the school facilities projects described in the Bond Project List below, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.

BOND PROJECT LIST

Scope of Projects.  The Bond Project List shown below is a part of the ballot measure and must be reproduced in any official document required to contain the full statement of the bond measure.

Bond proceeds will be expended to modernize, replace, renovate, construct, equip, acquire and rebuild the District’s facilities as described in the following list.  Whenever specific items are included in the following list, they are presented to provide an example and are not intended to limit the generality of the broader description of the types of authorized projects.

Such projects shall include but shall not be limited to:

LILLIAN LARSEN SCHOOL

  • Construct and equip one new modular building for science labs, art/music rooms, woodshop and robotics/high-tech labs
  • Upgrade/replace outdated heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Improve student safety by installing additional fencing, security, and monitoring systems
  • Renovate and modernize school kitchen
  • Acquire and install solar panels 
  • Construct a shade structure for the north-east patio off of the gym
  • Construct and equip sites with utilities for the placement of added portables for future growth
  • Improve athletic fields
  • Replace roof on Administration/Library Building

CAPPY CULVER SCHOOL

  • Construct and equip one new modular building for science labs, art/music rooms, woodshop and robotics/high-tech labs, 
  • Upgrade and replace outdated heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Improve student safety by installing additional fencing, security, and monitoring systems
  • Renovate and modernize school kitchen
  • Acquire and install solar panels 
  • Renovate and upgrade cafeteria 
  • Construct and equip sites with utilities for the placement of added portables for future growth
  • Improve athletic fields
  • Improvements for additional parking

SAN MIGUEL SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • Construct and equip additional portable classrooms to house Special Education programs 

Projects Subject to Available Funding. The foregoing list of projects is subject to the availability of adequate funding to the District.  Approval of the bond measure does not guarantee that the proposed projects in the District that are the subject of bonds under the measure will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by the bond measure. The District's proposal for the 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.

 

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