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Special District

Western Placer Unified School District
Measure D - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

7,230 votes yes (33.76%)

14,189 votes no (66.24%)

100% of precincts reporting (42/42).

21,419 ballots counted.

Shall the measure to support and enhance student health and curriculum by constructing an aquatics center and athletic fields for community/school use, shall Western Placer Unified School District issue $29,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying an average 1.1¢ per $100 assessed value, generating $1,600,000 Districtwide annually, while bonds are outstanding, with strict accountability including: annual audits, independent citizens' oversight, no money for salaries and all money staying in the Lincoln community 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 Western Placer Unified School District ("District") in the amount of up to $29,000,000 (twenty-nine 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 $29,000,000, 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

Measure D will fund the much-needed Lincoln Aquatics Center and Athletics Complex. The Western Placer Unified School District (WPUSD) seeks to provide its students with a well-balanced curriculum and healthy opportunities. The construction of a new aquatics center and athletic facilities will do just that. Please VOTE YES on Measure D.

Measure D provides for the construction of recreational facilities to Lincoln students and the community. Physical activity has shown to decrease the risk of disease, improve physical and mental wellbeing, lower risk of injuries, and more. Further, recreational activities have a positive impact on students' classroom behavior, test scores and overall academic achievement. The construction of a new aquatics center and athletic facilities in Lincoln will benefit students and the community as a whole.

Taxpayer safeguards are REQUIRED:

  • ALL funds STAY LOCAL for WPUSD schools
  • The State CANNOT take this funding away
  • NO funds are allowed for administrators' salaries or pensions
  • Independent Citizens' Oversight and audits ensure funds are spent properly

BOND PROJECT LIST

Lincoln Aquatics Center and Athletic Complex at Twelve Bridges High School

  • Construction of an aquatic center
  • Field and hardcourt surface installation with lighting, fencing and installation of athletic equipment
  • Parking for fields and the Lincoln Public Library

Our community has generously supported WPUSD in the past and our local schools are improving with that support. Measure D continues the progress so all our children get the same access to success in school, college, careers and life.

Whether or not you have school-age children, improving Western Placer schools is a wise investment. Good schools protect property values and keep our community strong.

Join teachers, parents, WPUSD alumni, business, community leaders, and residents in VOTING YES to support quality Western Placer schools.

Please VOTE YES on Measure D.

Paul Carras, WPUSD Board Member/Sun City Resident
Paul Long, WPUSD Vice-President/Thermalands Resident
Brian Haley, WPUSD Board Member/Sheridan Resident
Kris Wyatt, WPUSD Board Clerk/Community Champion
Damian Armitage, WPUSD President/Lincoln Crossing Resident

Arguments AGAINST

WARNING: MEASURE D IS A MAJOR TAX INCREASE.

If you’re a homeowner, your property taxes will skyrocket. If you’re a renter, your rent will skyrocket because your landlord will have to increase your rent to cover this new tax. The price of goods and services in Lincoln will increase, too, because business owners will pass along this new tax to their customers. The good people of Lincoln, who are paying off so many other bonds already, will have a lot less to spend on their own families and businesses.

Proposition 13 does not protect homeowners from tax increases to pay back voter-approved bonds like this one. A "Yes" vote on this measure is equivalent to placing a new 30-year mortgage on your home. Like any mortgage, if you don't pay it, they will take your home and sell it to pay this tax.

Everyone knows that Lincoln has been growing rapidly. NEW DEVELOPMENT SHOULD PAY FOR ITSELF! Why should we increase our taxes to pay for developments where we don't live? If a pool is important to a new development and the people moving there, let them pay for it.

In 2014, this district passed Measure A, a 60-milliondollar bond, but they claimed that was not enough. In 2016, they proposed another 60-million-dollar bond as Measure N, and the voters approved that, too. In 2018, they proposed yet another 60-million-dollar bond - but the voters finally said, "Stop!" We are still paying off the massive debts from the previous bonds, but they want to borrow more and more. We need to force them to live within their means, the way taxpayers do.

Vote "No" on higher taxes!

Vote "No" on higher rent!

Vote "No" on higher prices for goods and services in Lincoln!

Vote "No" on Measure D!

Thomas N. Hudson, President, California Taxpayer Protection Committee
Jean Pagnone, Treasurer, Placer County Taxpayers Association
Edward Rowen, President, Placer County Republican Assembly, Lincoln Resident
Laurie Wallace, Placer County Republican Central Comm Secretary, Lincoln Resident
Ken Campbell, Past Chairman Placer County Republican Party + Lincoln Resident

Replies to Arguments FOR

Their argument did not mention that Measure D is a tax increase. How can we trust them if they're not even honest about that?

The real question raised by Measure Dis whether we really need higher taxes and irresponsible borrowing to fund an outrageously-expensive swimming pool for new development.

We are still paying off many other local bonds and parcel taxes, in addition to our regular property taxes. Every election, they try to raise taxes by claiming that it will cost only "a cup of coffee a week," even when the average cost is much higher. All these tax increases add up and we cannot afford them! We've already approved over $120 million in bonds for this district in less than five years, plus much more in interest, even though their budget has increased dramatically. This District is better funded than ever before, even taking inflation into account.

This District has already received more than enough new money to build a pool, but they squandered it and now they're demanding even more. They need better management, not more money!

Taxpayers have not enjoyed record-breaking revenue growth like this District, but we're expected to make sacrifices and live within our means. Our school district needs to do the same. If an over-priced pool is a priority for new development, let them pay for it, but stop demanding more from the rest of us every two years.

Vote "NO" on higher taxes. Vote "NO" on Measure D!

Kathryn J. Arts, Lincoln Resident
Carol R. Wilson, Lincoln Resident
Daniel P. Catana, Liberty Calif/Lincoln Resident
Thomas N. Hudson, President, California Taxpayer Protection Committee
Mark Wright, Chairman, Placer County Republican Party

 

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Measure D opponents do not have all the facts!

Measure D will not cause your property taxes to skyrocket. The estimated average annual tax rate is only $11 per $100,000 of assessed value, not market value. If you have a home with an assessed value of $300,000, you would only pay $33 per year.

The new Lincoln Aquatics Center will benefit all residents, new and old. It will fill a need by providing much needed improvements. In addition to the aquatics center, the bond will provide necessary library parking for the school and community and athletic fields for community and school use. For students, a new aquatics center, library parking, and fields will enable the District to provide curriculum to support well-rounded student education.

Western Placer Unified School District has kept its bond measures small and focused on specific projects highly desired by the community, so tax rates are manageable. Measure A focused on significant improvements and enhancements to Lincoln High School as well as the construction of Twelve Bridges High School, scheduled to open in the Fall of 2021. Measure N focused on substantial upgrades and modernization of Glen Edwards Middle School and the construction of Leaman Elementary School, scheduled to open in the Fall of 2020. Measure D specifically funds the Lincoln Aquatics Center and Athletics Complex.

For less than $3 per month, Measure Dis a great investment for our community!

Yes on D!

Paul Carras, WPUSD Board Member/Sun City Resident
Paul Long, WPUSD Vice-President/Thermalands Resident
Brian Haley, WPUSD Board Member/Sheridan Resident
Kris Wyatt, WPUSD Board Clerk/Community Champion
Damian Armitage, WPUSD President/Lincoln Crossing Resident

 

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