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Lake Elsinore Unified School District
Measure V Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

24,845 votes yes (66.74%)

12,383 votes no (33.26%)

100% of precincts reporting (44/44).

37,228 ballots counted.

In order to provide classrooms, labs, equipment for career education to prepare local students for college and skilled careers; upgrade school facilities and instructional technology to support advanced math and science, and keep pace with technology; improve school safety/security; and add classrooms/school facilities to reduce overcrowding at existing schools, shall Lake Elsinore Unified School District issue 105 million dollars in bonds at legal rates, with citizen oversight, no money for administrator salaries and all money staying local?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Riverside Deputy County Counsel

The Board of Education (“Board”) of the Lake Elsinore Unified School District (“District”) by adopting Resolution No. 2016-17-028 (“Resolution”), elected to call an election pursuant to Section 18 of Article XVI and Section 1 of Article XIII A of the California Constitution and Section 15100 and 15624 et seq. of the California Education Code to obtain authorization to issue and sell general obligation Bonds (“Bonds”) in the aggregate amount principal amount of one hundred and five million dollars ($105,000,000).

This Measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of the above-identified District.

The Bonds would be used by the District to acquire land for a new elementary school, construct two new elementary schools, provide additional classrooms and support facilities at existing elementary schools. The Bonds would also be used for the District-Wide 21st Century Instructional Technology Program, which include upgrading, installing, and furnishing equipment to support instructional/ technological infrastructure. The Bonds would be used to improve student safety, upgrade playground equipment and sports fields and improve heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems. The Bonds would not be used to fund the salaries, pensions or benefits of any board members, administrator, and/or teachers or for other school operating expenses.

If Measure V is approved, the Board of the District will appoint a citizens’ oversight committee, and conduct annual independent financial and performance audits to assure that bond funds are spent only on 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, and for no other purposes.

An ad valorem tax would be levied and collected on property within the boundaries of the District to pay the principal and interest on the Bonds.

The Resolution provides that the maximum interest rate on the Bonds will not exceed the maximum interest rate of twelve percent (12%) per annum and the maximum term of the Bonds, or any series thereof, will not exceed 40 years. 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 $170,968,160.00.

Approval of Measure V does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the District, that are the subject of the Bonds under Measure V, will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure V. The District’s proposal for the project or projects assumes the receipt of matching state funds, which could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

For this Measure to be approved fifty-five percent (55%) of qualified voters who vote on the Measure must vote yes.

A “YES” vote on Measure “V” is a vote to allow the District to sell the Bonds and levy the necessary taxes to pay for the Bonds.

A “NO” vote on Measure “V” is a vote against allowing the District to sell the Bonds and levy the necessary taxes to pay for the Bonds.

By:           Ronak N. Patel, Deputy County Counsel

Tax rate

Riverside County Registrar of Voters

MEASURE/PROPOSITION “V”

As shown on the enclosed official ballot, an election is being held in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District (“District”) on November 8, 2016, for the purpose of submitting to the registered voters within the District the question of whether the District shall issue and sell bonds in an amount not to exceed $105,000,000 for the purpose of providing funds for the specified school facilities and school projects as set forth in the resolution of the District calling such bond election. This measure will authorize a tax sufficient for payment of interest on, and redemption of, the bonds. The bonds shall bear interest at a rate, or rates, to be established at such time as the bonds are sold at fixed or variable 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 District, payable from the proceeds of ad valorem taxes on taxable real property located within the 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 $0.019 per $100 ($19.00 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 $0.025 per $100 ($25.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. It is estimated that this tax rate would apply in the 2045-2046 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 $0.029 per $100 ($29.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. It is estimated that the highest tax rate would apply in the 2025-2026 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 $170,968,160.

The best estimate from official sources of the average annual tax rate that would be required to be levied to over the lifetime of the bonds for their repayment, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, projections based on historical assessed valuations within the District and other demonstrable factors, is $19.00 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.

Voters should note that the estimated tax rates are based on the assessed value of taxable property within the District as shown on the official rolls of Riverside 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 Riverside 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 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 District as determined by the Riverside County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

Dated: August 4, 2016
By:     Dr. Doug Kimberly, Superintendent Lake Elsinore Unified School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR



Vote Yes on Measure V to update and repair neighborhood schools in Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake and Wildomar. Measure V will help prepare our students to compete successfully in high school, college and 21st-century careers.

We are fortunate to enjoy a special quality of life here in the Elsinore Valley. Our community schools are routinely recognized for outstanding academic achievement including multiple Blue Ribbon and California Distinguished Schools.

Unfortunately, aging classrooms, labs, libraries and instructional technology – especially in older schools- simply aren’t up to current academic and safety standards.

Measure V provides essential repairs and upgrades so all students have equal access to clean, safe and up-to-date classrooms, science labs, instructional technology and career training to prepare them for college and the workforce.

Whether or not we have children in school, we all know our great schools improve the quality of life in our community and protect the value of our homes.

Vote YES on V to:

·       Upgrade career and technology education programs that prepare students for college and high-demand jobs

·       Upgrade classrooms, equipment and the educational technology to support high-quality instruction in math, science, music and the arts

·       Improve student safety and security systems

·       Improve heating, ventilation, insulation, doors and windows to increase energy efficiency and save money

·       Add new classrooms and facilities to relieve overcrowding

An independent community oversight committee and annual public audits ensure strict oversight and accountability. No funds can be used for administrator salaries or benefits.

Best of all, every dollar will be spent on Elsinore Valley schools - no funds can be taken by the State. And Measure V will allow our schools to qualify for future state matching funds.

Join us and vote YES on V to support quality education in Elsinore Valley schools.

By:      Bill Cavanaugh, Lake Elsinore Teacher’s Assn, President

Stan Crippen, LEUSD Bd Mbr

Cherie Potter, Parent

Dawn Haggerty, Mayor Pro Tem

Kim Cousins, President/CEO

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT FILED AGAINST MEASURE "V"

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

In order to acquire, construct and reconstruct school facilities, and provide for supporting infrastructure at existing school sites of the Lake Elsinore Unified School District and to construct new school facilities, and in so doing increase health, safety, welfare and educational effectiveness of classrooms for students, shall the Lake Elsinore Unified School District be authorized to issue Bonds in an amount not to exceed $105,000,000, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities or the acquisition or lease of real property for schools and school facilities listed in Attachment “1” on file at the District office and herein incorporated, which Bonds shall be issued for a term not to exceed the applicable statutory maximum, at an interest rate below the legal maximum, and which Bonds shall be subject to the following provisions:

(A)       That proceeds of the Bonds shall be used only for the construction of school facilities and supporting infrastructure, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities pursuant to California Constitution Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) and further that the proceeds of the Bonds shall be used only for the purposes specified in California Constitution Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) (as amended by Proposition 39) and not for any other purpose, including teacher and non-construction related administrator salaries and any other school operating expenses.

(B)       That a list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded with the proceeds of the Bonds is attached hereto as Attachment “1” and, based upon the adoption of this Resolution, this Governing Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the school facilities listed in Attachment “1”.

(C)       That the Governing Board of the District shall conduct an annual, independent performance audit to insure that the proceeds from the sale of the Bonds have been expended only on the specific projects listed in this bond proposition.

(D)       That the Governing Board of the District shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the proceeds from the sale of the Bonds until all of those proceeds have been expended for the school facilities projects identified herein.

(E)       That the Governing Board of the District will, pursuant to the provisions of applicable State law, appoint a citizens’ oversight committee, and conduct annual independent audits (as referenced above) to assure that the Bond proceeds are spent only on the school, facilities and classroom improvements, projects and costs identified in Attachment “1” and for no other purposes.

Taxpayer Protections: The following taxpayer protections are specifically provided in this Bond Measure and by law:

·              Bond funds shall be used only for the school facilities projects identified herein, and not for any other purpose.

·              As required by law, an Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee shall oversee expenditures of bond funds, and related matters, and shall report to the Governing Board and communicate with the public on such expenditures.

·              As required by law, the School District shall conduct annual financial audits and performance audits (using independent auditors) for all bond funds.

·              Bond Funds shall not be used for teacher or non-construction related administrator salaries or other non-construction related operating expenses.”

 

If this Bond measure is approved, the Lake Elsinore Unified School District Governing Board 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.

LIST OF SCHOOL FACILITIES PROJECTS 
TO BE FUNDED WITH PROCEEDS OF BONDS

The general obligation bond funds of the Lake Elsinore Unified School District (“District”) would be used to provide additional classrooms and support facilities, to create a 21st Century technology learning environment at District schools to upgrade and complete upgrades and repairs and related facilities costs on a District-wide basis at schools and school facilities as further identified and discussed below:

GOALS FOR DISTRICT-WIDE SCHOOL FACILITIES IMPROVEMENTS

It is the objective of the District’s Governing Board that the bond funded projects will occur at schools and school sites throughout the District with the goals of providing the following:

Ø  Classrooms, labs and equipment for career and technology education classes so students are prepared for college and in-demand jobs in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology and skilled trades

Ø  Improved student safety and campus security systems, including security fencing, security cameras, emergency communications systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms and sprinklers

Ø  The facilities and technology needed to support high quality instruction in math and science

Ø  Upgrades to old, worn-out playground equipment, play fields and sports fields to meet current health and safety standards

Ø  The facilities and equipment needed to support high quality instruction in music and the arts

Ø  Improved heating, ventilation, insulation, doors and windows to increase energy efficiency and save money

Ø  Additional classrooms and schools to reduce student overcrowding and support student education for a 21st Century learning environment

DISTRICT-WIDE 21ST CENTURY INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

These projects include preparation, planning, design, procurement, installation, furnishings and equipment to support instructional technology/ infrastructure, keep pace with new technology, provide high-speed access to information and learning in classrooms and teacher stations and will occur at schools and school sites throughout the District, which will include the following:

Ø  Upgrade/expand technology systems and equipment to support teaching and learning to keep pace with 21st Century standards

Ø  Increase broadband to improve communications access for high-speed data transmission

Ø  Upgrade learning technology infrastructure

Ø  Keep instructional technology current over time (including classroom instructional technology equipment)

Ø  Expansion/renovation of computer science labs and teaching stations

Ø  Installing and upgrading network infrastructure, including lighting and electrical systems and wiring to safely accommodate and support computers, technology, media presentation, communications and other electrical and/or electronic devices and systems

These projects include preparation, planning, design and architectural work, acquisition, construction and installation projects, furnishings and equipment (as further described herein) and supporting infrastructure costs (as further described below).

These projects may be undertaken at the District schools and school sites listed below under the heading “DISTRICT SCHOOL SITES FOR BOND PROGRAM”

NEW SCHOOLS AND CLASSROOMS PROGRAM -

TO MEET STUDENT EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND TO REDUCE OVERCROWDING

Proceeds of the Bonds may be used to design, acquire, construct, furnish and equip new elementary schools and add new classrooms and school facilities at existing District schools with the goals of meeting student educational needs and reducing student overcrowding. These projects will include the following:

Ø  Provide additional classrooms and support facilities at the District’s existing elementary schools

Ø  Acquire land for one new elementary school to reduce student overcrowding at existing schools

Ø  Construct two new elementary schools

These projects also include the following:

Ø  Make health and safety renovations and/or improvements

Ø  Modernize and upgrade old playgrounds, fields, and athletic areas to meet current health and safety standards

Ø  Upgrade/improve HVAC systems, repair and/or replace roofs & roofing systems, lighting and electrical systems to increase energy efficiency and save money

Ø  Installing new and upgraded security systems, fencing, cameras, emergency communications, and fire/earthquake safety systems

Ø  Handicap accessibility improvements to meet current health, safety and instructional standards

Ø  Upgrade and/or replace plumbing and sewer systems and facilities including, but not limited to, restrooms 

Ø  Improve student safety by replacing outdated/inadequate fire alarm and fire suppression systems including, but not limited to, fire safety equipment items including, but not limited to, fire safety equipment

 

Acquisition and construction projects would include, but not be limited to, site acquisition, classrooms, offices, cafeterias, gymnasiums, playing fields and other athletic facilities, school grounds, auditoriums, science and computer labs, libraries, restrooms, and other school facilities and supporting infrastructure. This may include site preparation, design costs, environmental and environmental control costs, consultant costs and site finish work, equipment and other costs as further described herein. The exact size, configuration and location of each school will be determined by the Governing Board based on the needs of the District.

These projects may be undertaken at the District schools and school sites listed below under the heading “DISTRICT SCHOOL SITES FOR BOND PROGRAM”

DISTRICT SCHOOL SITES FOR BOND PROGRAM

 

The District-Wide 21st Century Instructional Technology Program and the New Schools and Classrooms Program would be undertaken at some or all of the District’s school sites (as listed below) and District educational support and administrative facilities:

 

High Schools
K-8 Schools
Elsinore High School 
Lakeside High School
Temescal Canyon High School
Lakeland Village K-8
  School 
Luiseño K-8 School
Elementary Schools
Middle Schools
Cottonwood Canyon
  Elementary School
Canyon Lake Middle School
Donald Graham Elementary
  School
David A. Brown Middle
  School
Earl Warren Elementary
  School
Elsinore Middle School
Elsinore Elementary
  School
Terra Cotta Middle School
Machado Elementary School
 
Railroad Elementary
  School
 
Rice Canyon Elementary
  School
Alternative
  Education
Ronald Reagan Elementary
  School
Ortega High School
Tuscany Hills Elementary
  School 
Wildomar Elementary School
Valley Adult School
William Collier
  Elementary School
 
Withrow Elementary School
 

The Bond Program projects undertaken at each school/school site will be determined by the Governing Board based on the needs of the District.

PROJECT COSTS FOR FURNISHINGS AND EQUIPMENT

Project costs for furnishings and equipment for the schools listed above may include, but are not limited to, some or all of the following: security and communication systems and equipment; desks and tables; window and floor coverings (including tiles and carpeting); computers; kitchen equipment; science laboratory equipment; and/or other electronic equipment and infrastructure.

Project costs for the above-referenced projects may include installation costs, engineering and design costs, project management/construction management costs, warranty costs, master facilities planning, State or local costs or expenses involving design, planning, site and facilities development costs and charges, environmental review(s) and proceedings, necessary supporting infrastructure costs, relocation costs and expenses, necessary contingency plans and related costs for construction and completion of the aforementioned facilities projects, direct legal costs and related costs. Project costs may also include the payment or prepayment of lease payments for lease of authorized facilities, property or buildings, prepayment of lease obligations for facilities purposes and payment of costs and expenses for interim financing of authorized facilities (including, but not limited to, financing delivery costs). Proceeds of the Bonds may be used to pay or reimburse the District for the cost of District staff when performing work on, or necessary and incidental to, Bond projects. Allowable project costs also include: costs of issuing the bonds or other securities (as authorized under California law), informational distribution costs and election costs authorized under State law. Funding for these projects may come from this bond measure or other District resources as the school facilities needs arise.

In preparing the foregoing list, the Governing Board of the Lake Elsinore Unified School District has evaluated safety, class size and information technology needs. Approval of the bond measure does not guarantee that all of the identified projects within this list will be funded beyond local funds generated by the bond measure and does not guarantee that the projects will be completed in any particular order. The project list assumes State matching funding from a future statewide bond measure. Other listed projects will be upgraded and major repairs made only if and when State matching funds are received. The Lake Elsinore Unified School District will aggressively pursue State funding and other types of funding in order to maximize total funding for projects on this list.

No Administrator Salaries. Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the design, demolition, construction, acquisition, repair, renovation, 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 as identified herein, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and non-construction related administrator salaries and other non-construction related operating expenses.

Bond Expenditure Accountability and Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The expenditure of bond funds on any of these projects is subject to tough accountability requirements required by law. These include:

  • Annual financial audit by independent auditors.
  • Annual performance audit by independent auditors.
  • Expenditure of bond funds will be monitored on an ongoing basis by an independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee.
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