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Special District

Geyserville Unified School District
Measure A Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results


426 votes yes (60%)

284 votes no (40%)

100% of precincts reporting (7/7).

739 ballots counted.

To improve the quality of Geyserville schools; repair/replace outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; and repair or replace leaky roofs; shall Geyserville Unified School District's measure be adopted authorizing $22,000,000 in bonds at legal interest rates, generating approximately $1.3 million annually while bonds are outstanding with levies of approximately 4.4 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

YES vote means

A “yes” vote on Measure A will authorize the District to issue the bonds and levy taxes to pay for the indebtedness.

NO vote means

A “no” vote on Measure A will not authorize either the issuance of bonds or the associated levy of taxes.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

County Counsel’s Impartial Analysis of Measure A

California law permits school districts to issue bonds to pay for construction, repair, upgrades and modernization of school facilities, provided 55 percent of voters who vote on Measure A approve the sale of the bonds. The Geyserville Unified School District Board of Trustees has placed on the ballot the question of whether to issue $22,000,000 in bonds for such purposes.

Money raised by bond sales may only be used for the purposes and projects stated in the Bond Project List set forth in Measure A, following this analysis. Proceeds could be used to modernize, renovate, construct, acquire, equip, expand, or otherwise improve educational and support facilities. The Bond Project List includes a complete list of projects and allowed expenditures. As required by law, Measure A prohibits using bond proceeds for teacher or administrator salaries or other operating expenses.

The Board of Trustees has certified that it evaluated safety, class size, and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List.

Inclusion of a project on the Bond Project List does not guarantee it will be funded or completed. The District may seek State funds to augment Bond proceeds to advance the Bond Project List. The Board of Trustees will establish the priority and order in which projects are undertaken.

Measure A includes “Accountability Safeguards” that require the Board of Trustees to: annually conduct independent financial and performance audits; establish an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee; and maintain bond proceeds in a separate account in the County Treasury.

Measure A further requires the District Superintendent to provide an annual report to the Board on the status of projects undertaken and the amount of bond proceeds received and expended in each year.

If approved, Measure A authorizes the District to issue and sell general obligation bonds in series, at different times, as projects are undertaken.

Bonds of any series must mature within the statutory maximum number of years from date of issue. The interest rate on the bonds will depend on the market rate at the time bonds are sold, but cannot exceed the maximum rate set by law. Bonds will be repaid from property taxes levied on real property within the District through Fiscal Year 2051-52 based on the value of land and improvements on each property. Those taxes would be in addition to current real property taxes within the District.

The amount of tax needed each year will depend upon the amount needed to repay outstanding principal and interest. The District’s Tax Rate Statement, which follows this analysis, estimates the highest tax rate necessary to fund the bonds is $44 per $100,000 of assessed value.

Those tax levies are projections, and could go up or down, depending on a number of factors including the timing and amount of bond sales, and changes in assessed property values in the District. If all bonds are sold, the total debt service (including principal and interest) will be $43,300,000.

A “yes” vote on Measure A will authorize the District to issue the bonds and levy taxes to pay for the indebtedness. A “no” vote on Measure A will not authorize either the issuance of bonds or the associated levy of taxes.

County Counsel

By: s/ Robert Pittman
Assistant County Counsel

Tax rate

Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

An election will be held in the Geyserville Unified School District (the “District”) on March 3, 2020, to authorize the sale of up to $22.0 million in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the measure. If such bonds are authorized and sold, principal and interest on the bonds will be payable only from the proceeds of ad valorem tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the Elections Code of the State of California. Such information is based upon the best estimates and projections presently available from official sources, upon experience within the District, and other demonstrable factors.

Based upon the foregoing and projections of the District’s assessed valuation, the following information is provided:

1. The best estimate of the average annual tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.043 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $43.00 per $100,000 of assessed value). The final fiscal year in which it is anticipated that the tax will be collected is 2051-52.

2. The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.044 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $44.00 per $100,000 of assessed value). It is estimated that such rate would be levied starting in fiscal year 2020-21 and following.

3. The best estimate of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is approximately $43.3 million.

Voters should note the estimated tax rate is based on the assessed value (not market value) of taxable property on the County’s official tax rolls. 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. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors to determine their property’s assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

The attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon projections and estimates only, which amounts are not maximum amounts or durations and are not binding upon the District. The actual debt service, tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary from those used to provide the estimates set forth above, due to factors such as variations in the timing of bond sales, the par amount of bonds sold and market interest rates available at the time of each sale, actual assessed valuations over the term of the bonds, and other factors. The date and amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on the needs for project funds and other considerations. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on conditions in the bond market at the time of sale. Actual future assessed valuations 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.

s/ Deborah Bertolucci
Geyserville Unified School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

Our schools are the most important assets in our community and should be our number one priority. Quality schools improve student achievement, increase property values, prepare students for a productive future, and create greater neighborhood safety. Our teachers and staff do a great job educating local children, but many classrooms and buildings in the Geyserville Unified School District are outdated and inadequate to provide students with the school facilities they need to succeed.

Our children need your Yes vote on Measure A! While our facilities have been well maintained, our classrooms and school facilities are outdated and do not meet 21st century standards. Measure A would allow the District to improve the quality of education provided to local students. Therefore, we must invest in our schools so they meet today’s safety, technological, and educational standards.

Measure A will provide funding to make critical facility improvements at local schools by repairing or replacing outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; improving student access to computers and modern technology; repairing or replacing leaky roofs; making health, safety and security improvements; upgrading inadequate plumbing systems; and modernizing and renovating outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities.

Measure A 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 and funds can only be spent to improve our local schools, not for teacher or administrator salaries.

Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting our local, high quality education is a wise investment for your property values and a strong community. Vote Yes on Measure A!

s/ Joseph Pelanconi
Retired Educator

s/ Kimberly A Petersen
Business Owner

s/ Hilary F Marckx 
Pastor, Kiwanis President

s/ Kathleen Zunino
Former GUSD School Board Member

s/ Laura A Equitz, Board President

— Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

No argument was submitted against Measure A

— Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
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