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Special District

Eureka Union School District
Measure A - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

4,696 votes yes (43.63%)

6,068 votes no (56.37%)

100% of precincts reporting (23/23).

10,764 ballots counted.

To repair/upgrade old infrastructure/classrooms/other facilities (including leaky roofs, deteriorating restrooms/electrical systems); improve student/school safety and disability access; update classroom technology; and replace outdated science/computer labs; shall Eureka Union School District's measure authorizing $49,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying $28.71 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, raising approximately $2,950,000 annually for local schools while bonds are outstanding, and requiring citizen oversight/audits, be adopted?

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 Eureka Union School District ("District") in the amount of up to $49,000,000 (fortynine million 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 $49,000,000, 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

Say YES to academic excellence in the Eureka Union School District and YES to investing in your local community - vote YES on Measure A!

Measure A allows our local schools to prepare students in a safe environment, to compete in the technologically advanced, highly competitive 21st Century economy! That's why educators, parents, seniors, business owners, and community leaders agree -- vote YES on A!

The State of California DOES NOT provide funds to maintain, renovate or repair our local school facilities unless we provide our own funds first. Measure A would provide Eureka with $49 million from the sale of bonds and make us eligible for matching state dollars.

Vote YES on Measure A to:

  • Upgrade classrooms, technology infrastructure, replace out-of-date science and computer labs
  • Turn libraries into digital learning centers 
  • Improve school safety through additional fencing, lighting upgrades, improved fire suppression, security cameras and keyless entry systems
  • Repair leaky roofs and deteriorating restrooms, upgrade electrical, plumbing and other aging systems

Eureka Union is committed to protecting taxpayers. Measure A requires:

  • A Citizens' Oversight Committee
  • Annual audits and public reports of bond expenditures
  • NO money for school employees' salaries or pensions
  • Funds spent locally on Eureka Union School District classrooms and facilities
  • No funds will go to the State

Measure A is affordable -- A homeowner whose assessed value is $500,000 will pay $2.76 per week.

Strong schools make our entire community stronger. Measure A allows students in Eureka to receive an outstanding 21st Century education and maintain the top test scores in the region. Say YES to academic excellence for students and teachers and say YES to safer and better maintained schools. Let's invest together in our local public schools and community. Join families, community leaders and educators in voting Yes on A!

Ron Severson, Retired Superintendent
Ryan Jones, Trustee, Eureka Union School District
Margot Birch, Parent/Former officer of Eureka
Mark Holt, Orthodontist/Grandparent
Sonbol Aliababi, Sierra College Executive Director

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE A WAS SUBMITTED

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