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Special District

Colfax Elementary School District
Measure B - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

875 votes yes (45.41%)

1,052 votes no (54.59%)

100% of precincts reporting (6/6).

1,927 ballots counted.

To improve Colfax Elementary School; modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; improve student access to computers and modern technology; and make health and safety improvements; shall Colfax Elementary School District's measure be adopted authorizing $4,700,000 in bonds at legal interest rates, generating approximately $304,000 annually while bonds are outstanding with levies of approximately 2.7 cents per $100 assessed value, with annual audits, citizens' oversight, no money for salaries and all money for local projects?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

Impartial analysis / Proposal

This measure, if approved by fifty-five percent of the registered voters voting thereon, would authorize the issuance and sale of general obligation bonds by the Colfax Elementary School District ("District") in the amount of up to $4,700,000 (four million seven hundred thousand dollars) in aggregate principal amount. Bond proceeds would be used to fund school facilities improvements and upgrades, as more fully described in the text of the Measure, which precedes this analysis. Principal and interest on the bonds would be paid from a tax placed on the taxable property within the District. The District's estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue follows this analysis.

A general obligation bond is a form of borrowing used to fund school facilities. By law, local general obligation bonds, financed through an increase in local property taxes, can be used for renovating, reconstructing, and building new facilities and for acquiring certain new equipment. To authorize such bond issuance, school districts can seek either twothirds or 55% voter approval. If districts seek the 55% approval, as has been done here by the District, they must meet additional accountability requirements.

To meet these accountability requirements, the District Board of Trustees has committed to the following:

  • to use the bond proceeds only for the purposes set forth in the ballot measure, and not for any other purpose, such as teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.
  • the safety, class size, and information technology needs of the District have been evaluated prior to determining that bond issuance was necessary.
  • to conduct annual independent performance audits to ensure that the bond proceeds are expended only for the projects in the ballot measure.
  • to conduct annual, independent financial audits of the proceeds from the sale of the bonds until all bond proceeds have been expended.
  • to establish and appoint members to an independent citizens' oversight committee and conduct annual independent audits to ensure bond proceeds are expended only on the authorized school facilities projects.

The District has confirmed that the proposed bonds would bear interest at a rate not exceeding the statutory limit per annum and the maturity of the bonds will not exceed the statutory maximum.

A "YES" vote on this Measure would authorize the District to borrow money through the sale of bonds in an amount not exceeding $4,700,000, such bonds to be repaid by revenue derived from an annual tax levied upon the taxable property within the District.

A "NO" vote on this Measure is a vote against authorizing the sale of bonds by the District.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

Everyone knows the importance and value of having quality schools. From higher achieving students, to greater neighborhood safety, to increased home values, quality schools make a difference. While our teachers and staff do their best in educating our children, many classrooms and school facilities at the Colfax 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 B !

Although Colfax Elementary has been well maintained over the years, aging classrooms and facilities must be upgraded since many do not meet 21st century standards. Measure B. would allow the District to improve our elementary school and the quality of education provided to local children. By investing in our school, we can meet today's safety, technological, and educational standards and better our community.

If passed, Measure B will provide funding to make facility improvements at Colfax Elementary School by:

  • Improving student access to computers and modern technology
  • Modernizing outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities
  • Making health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements
  • Upgrading P.E. fields and facilities for school and community use, and
  • Helping the District qualify for over $1.0 million in state-matching funds to go toward modernization and construction projects

Measure B 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 elementary school, not for administrator salaries.

Measure B upgrades and renovates old and inadequate school facilities, improves the education of local children, and maintains the quality of our community. That's something we can all support. Please join us and VOTE YES ON MEASURE B!

Dr. Karen Sheets, President, Board of Trustees
Andrea Harrison, President-Colfax Green Machine
Kristin Pujol, Owner-Rebel Health
Carl E. Burson Jr., Retired Fire Battalion Chief
Ashley Austin, CES PTV VP

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE B WAS SUBMITTED

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