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Special District

Wiseburn Unified School District
Measure W - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results


1,631 votes yes (53.16%)

1,437 votes no (46.84%)

100% of precincts reporting (14/14).

To maintain all K-12 classrooms and labs; upgrade facilities to better prepare students for college and careers; provide 21st century learning technology; and otherwise continue improving our elementary, middle and high schools, shall Wiseburn Unified School District issue $29,000,000 in bonds at legal interest rates, projected tax rates of 1.9¢ per $100 of assessed valuation, estimated levies averaging $2.1 million annually through approximately 2042, citizens' oversight, audits, NO funds for administrators' salaries, and ALL funds benefiting local schools?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel

Approval of Measure W (“Measure”) would authorize the Wiseburn Unified School District (“District”), to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $29,000,000. The Measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Trustees (“Board”) of the District by Resolution No. 17/18.15.

Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by the Measure shall be used only for the purposes specified in the Measure, including, but not limited to, repairing/replacing/upgrading aging classrooms, bathrooms, and windows; rehabilitating school building exteriors, including roofs, doors, and fixtures; improving accessibility for disabled persons; upgrading outdated heating/ventilation, plumbing, electrical, communication, safety, fire alarm, and water systems; expanding existing libraries with equipment and technology; modernizing computer labs, food service, administrative, student and support facilities to accommodate before and after school child development programs; installing equipment and furnishings related to projects; landscaping upgrades; installing technology for college preparation and work-force training, and instructional media and presentation equipment; constructing renewable energy savings systems; removing hazardous materials; and planning, designing and providing temporary housing, easements, and facilities necessary to accomplish the projects. Bond proceeds may not be expended on teacher and administrator salaries and other operating expenses.

The Board shall cause independent performance and financial audits to be conducted annually to ensure that bond proceeds are spent only for projects identified in the Measure. The Board shall appoint an independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee (“Committee”) in compliance with Education Code section 15278 no later than 60 days after the Board enters the election results in its minutes. The Committee will ensure that bond proceeds are spent as specified in the Measure and as provided by law. The District shall create an account into which proceeds of the bond shall be deposited and shall comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code section 53410.

The bonds shall not exceed the maximum interest rate or maturity as allowed by law. The tax and levy authorized to secure the bonds shall not exceed the Proposition 39 limits per $100,000 of taxable property in the District when assessed valuation is projected by the District to increase.

According to the District’s Tax Rate Statement, the best estimate of the highest tax rate required to fund the bond issue, which is estimated to be fiscal year 2021-22, is $19.00 per $100,000, based on a projection of assessed valuation available when the District filed its Tax Rate Statement.

This Measure requires a fifty-five percent (55%) vote for passage.

Tax rate

An election will be held in the Wiseburn Unified School District (the “District”) on June 5, 2018, to authorize the sale of up to $29,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the proposition. If the bonds are approved, the District expects to issue the bonds in multiple series over time. Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400 through 9405 of the California Elections Code.

1.The best estimate of the average annual tax rate that would be required tobe levied to fund this bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, based on assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 1.874 cents per $100 ($18.74 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. The final fiscal year in which the tax to be levied to fund this bond issue is anticipated to be collected is fiscal year 2041-42.

2.The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to belevied to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 1.900 cents per $100 ($19.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2021-22.

3.The best estimate of the total debt service, including the principal andinterest, that would be required to be repaid if all of the bonds are issued and sold is approximately $49,862,000.

Voters should note that estimated tax rates are based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the County’s official tax rolls, not on the property’s market value, which could be more or less than the assessed value. In addition, taxpayers eligible for a property tax exemption, such as the homeowner’s exemption, will be taxed at a lower effective tax rate than described above. Certain taxpayers may also be eligible to postpone payment of taxes. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors to determine their property’s assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

Attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon the District’s projections and estimates only, which are not binding upon the District. The average annual tax rate, the highest tax rate and the year or years in which it will apply, and the actual total debt service, may vary from those presently estimated due to variations from these estimates in the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold and market interest rates at the time of each sale, and actual assessed valuations over the term ofrepayment of the bonds. The dates of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on need for construction funds and other factors, including the legal limitations on bonds approved by a 55% affirmative vote. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on the bond market at the time of each sale. Actual future assessed valuation will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined by the County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

Dated: March 8, 2018.

Wiseburn Unified School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Together with Da Vinci Schools, Wiseburn Unified School District has developed an unparalleled level of 21st Century K-12 education. We are blessed with some of the best schools in the state and nation, and our dream of providing our own world-class high school education is now a reality!

We could not have achieved any of this without the entire Wiseburn community. Your support has made our schools what they are – thank you! And we know that Wiseburn’s excellent schools make our neighborhoods desirable and keep our property values strong.

Looking into the future, we know we MUST maintain our current achievements AND build on them as well. We believe maintaining AND continuing to improve all our elementary, middle and high schools will preserve the sense of community we’ve developed in Wiseburn, Hollyglen, Del Aire and 360 – AND reap rewards for generations.

Understanding this responsibility – to our students AND to our community – the Board placed Measure “W” on the June ballot. Vote YES on Measure “W” to:
–Maintain K-12 science, technology, engineering, arts, and math classroomsand labs, and upgrade them for more innovative learning programs
–Provide 21st Century learning technology
–Update facilities to support college level education, additional workforcetraining and career technical education to prepare students for both collegeand careers
–Construct new classrooms for our child development programs
–Improve student safety and security

Wiseburn is committed to doing this the right way and taxpayer safeguards are in place. Measure “W” requires:
–Funds CANNOT be taken away by the State
–A Citizens’ Oversight Committee
–Annual audits
–NO money for administrators’ salaries
–All funds spent on Wiseburn schools

Measure “W” makes sense. Measure “W” will keep our elementary, middle, and high schools well maintained, improve student safety, and sustain and build upon all our achievements.

Vote YES on Measure “W”!

Wiseburn Unified Board President

Wiseburn Education Foundation President and Resident

Three Sixty Resident/Parent

President, Del Aire Neighborhood Association

Principal, Da Vinci Science High School

Arguments AGAINST

Parents, do you hold your children accountable?

Supporting our schools is good. Wasting your money on vague, unenforceable promises is bad.

Don’t be deceived. District’s campaign is funded by vendors who will likely benefit from bond spending. (pay-to-play?) Beware high-priced marketers masquerading as “parents, teachers, and community leaders.”

Vote No on Measure W. Why?
- It’s virtually, word-for-word, identical to every other bond measure written by lawyers and advisors who made $4,712,335 (paid by you, with interest) from facilities bonds issued since 1997.
- Can you find a single specific project that District guarantees will be completed?
- Can you trust District? Why did it ignore oversight laws over many years for Measure AA (2010) ($87,000,000)? Measure A (2007) ($32,600,000)?
- Were you surveyed? Did you get a campaign mailer from District? If Measure W passes, YOU PAY for it all.
- Did you know that District has issued $119,593,451 in bonds since 2007? Where has that money gone?
- Did you know District issued interest only bonds 6 times? In Poway Unified, taxpayers ended up paying 10 times the amount borrowed for similar bonds.

Current law permits a bare majority of voters (55%) to approve Measure W provided “…that BEFORE they vote, voters will be given a list of specific projects their bond money will be used for…”. Measure W is required to be a “list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded.” But intentionally vague language gives District a BLANK CHECK with NO ACCOUNTABILITY.

Don’t vote to waste your taxes on vague promises. Did District keep its promises from Measure AA (2010)? Measure A (2007)? They spent $119,593,451. Where’s the “21st-century learning technology?”

Bond money is like drugs. Measure W is another fix. Just say NO!

Want more evidence of District’s deception?

Chief Financial Officer, California Taxpayers Action Network

Replies to Arguments FOR

Just tired old cliches written by slick lawyers and advisors!

Back in March, did you know Wiseburn Unified had ordered an election for a huge, new, $49,862,000 tax on your home? Do you feel compelled to reward reckless spending and poor management? If not for us, you wouldn’t get the whole story.


Constitution says no salaries. Statutes say no salaries. Resolution, question, measure, and argument say no salaries. Guess what lawyers snuck in? Hint: “other costs incidental to and necessary” (lawyer code for salaries). You can take that to the bank.


How did District get to $29,000,000? Who knows? It doesn’t tell you.

Measure W is a contract. Have you read the fine print? Besides District salaries, what else does it pay for? -- “costs of the election,” “legal,”, “accounting,” “audits,” and on and on.
Are schools REALLY falling apart? Have you ever read School Accountability Report Cards? ( Three school facilities are rated “exemplary,” four “good.” Why is District “improving” two nearly new schools? Who’s being deceptive and dishonest here?

District’s spent $168,691,826 from previous measures. Why are you buying same promises again? Have you ever seen oversight reports?


Can you trust District? Have you seen enough to convince you that, when you’re not looking, District is willing to breach law, its promises, and your trust?

Would you really agree to a written contract where promises weren’t explicitly and unambiguously written into it?

Don’t be deceived! Don’t sign a blank check. Vote NO! Learn more:

Chief Financial Officer, California Taxpayers Action Network

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

In Wiseburn, promises made are promises kept!

With our community’s support, we have made our schools some of the best in the state and nation – and Wiseburn’s excellent schools make our neighborhoods better too! Measure “W” will help keep property values strong by maintaining and upgrading all our schools. Vote YES on Measure “W”!

We know that supporting our schools IS good for our children AND our community! That’s why we have enthusiastically agreed to invest in our schools – and the District modernized Burnett School (1997), finished construction of Anza School (2002), built a new Dana Middle School (2007), and rebuilt Cabrillo School (2008). Then, Wiseburn High School opened last November, as everyone in the South Bay has taken notice.

Now we need to maintain all our achievements AND all our schools – vote YES on Measure “W”!

Measure “W” will improve student safety and security, provide 21st Century technology, and build classrooms for our youngest children. And it will help keep our schools well maintained.

Measure “W” requires an Oversight Committee, just like our prior measures. Since 2007, that Committee has frequently met to review how we’ve spent every dollar. Additionally, to make sure Measure “W” remains responsible, the Board adopted policies prohibiting Capital Appreciations Bonds (CABs) and restricting the total cost of the bonds.

So, we’d invite everybody from the California Taxpayers Action Network to drive the 100+ miles from Chula Vista, and spend a day here in Wiseburn, touring our schools. We’d invite them to see what we’ve built together – then we’re sure they’d say vote YES on Measure “W” too!

Wiseburn Unified Board President

Wiseburn Education Foundation President and Resident

Three Sixty Resident/Parent

President, Del Aire Neighborhood Association

Principal, Da Vinci Science High School

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