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Special District

Roseland School District
Measure D Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

1,326 votes yes (62.58%)

793 votes no (37.42%)

100% of precincts reporting (6/6).

2,243 ballots counted.

To modernize and renovate outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; repair or replace roofs; acquire land; and make health and safety improvements, shall the Roseland Elementary School District measure authorizing $9,400,000 in bonds, at legal interest rates, and levying approximately 3 cents per $100 of assessed valuation ($539,000 annually) while bonds are outstanding, with a board appointed citizens' oversight committee and annual independent audits to assure proper expenditure of funds, be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

YES vote means

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

NO vote means

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

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Source: Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

County Counsel’s Impartial Analysis of Measure D

California law permits school districts to issue bonds to pay for construction, repair, replacement, and acquisition of school facilities provided 55 percent of voters who vote on the measure approve the sale of the bonds. The Roseland Elementary School District Board of Trustees has placed on the ballot the question of whether to issue $9,400,000 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 D, 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 D 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.

If adopted, Measure D 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 D further requires 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 D authorizes Roseland Elementary School 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 2054-55 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 $30 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 $18,800,000. The tax will raise approximately $539,000 annually.

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

 

BRUCE D. GOLDSTEIN
County Counsel

By: s/ Robert Pittman
Assistant County Counsel

Financial effect

Source: Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

State Matching Funds for Measure D

Approval of Measure D does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the Roseland Elementary School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure D will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure D. The District’s proposal for the project or projects may assume the receipt of matching State funds, which could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

California Education Code §15122.5

Tax rate

Source: Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

An election will be held in the Roseland Elementary School District (the “District”) on March 3, 2020, to authorize the sale of up to $9,400,000 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 to be 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 2.85 cents per $100 ($28.50 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 2054-55.

2. The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 3 cents per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2020-21 and such tax rate is expected to continue through fiscal year 2050-51.

3. The best estimate of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all of the bonds are issued and sold is approximately $18.8 million.

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. 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, the final fiscal year in which the tax is anticipated to be collected and the year or years in which they will apply, and the actual total debt service, may vary from those presently estimated for a variety of reasons, including, without limitation, due to variations in the timing of bond sales, the amount or amortization of bonds sold, market conditions at the time of each sale, and actual assessed valuations over the term of repayment of the bonds. The dates of sale and the amount or amortization 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. Market conditions, including, without limitation, interest rates, are affected by economic and other factors beyond the control of the District and 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. The growth or decline in assessed valuation is the result of a number of economic and other factors outside the control of the District.

Dated: Nov. 20th, 2019

s/ Amy Jones-Kerr
Superintendent
Roseland Elementary School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

Argument in Favor of Measure D

Everyone knows the importance and value of having quality schools. From higher achieving students, to increased home values, to greater neighborhood safety, quality schools make a difference. Our teachers and staff do their best in educating our children, but many classrooms and school facilities in the Roseland Elementary School District are old and inadequate to provide students with the school facilities they need to succeed.

Our children need your yes vote on Measure D! Although our elementary schools have been well maintained over the years, it is now time to finish our plan to fully renovate our schools into sustainable 21st Century learning environments. Measure D would allow the District to improve our schools and the quality of education provided to local children. By investing in our schools, we can meet today’s safety, technological, and educational standards and better our community.

Measure D, if passed, will provide funding to make critical facility improvements at our elementary schools by repairing or replacing leaky roofs; making health and safety improvements; acquiring land; replacing outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; modernizing and renovating outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; and making energy-efficiency improvements throughout the District.

Measure D makes financial sense and protects taxpayers. Measure D raises funds needed to improve our local schools. By law, spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens’ oversight committee; and all bond funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the state. In addition, funds can only be spent to improve our local schools, not for teacher or administrator salaries.

Measure D upgrades and renovates old and inadequate classrooms, 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 D!

s/ Ezbon Jen
Instructor at SRJC

s/ Florence E. Melander
Retired teacher

s/ Carlos Arita 
Assistant Superintendent, JMA

s/ Linda Mardell
Instructor for D.D. Adults

s/ Ignacio Padilla
Parent, 29 year resident

— Source: Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

No argument was submitted against Measure D

— Source: Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
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