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Special District

West Side Union School District
Measure F Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

270 votes yes (62.07%)

165 votes no (37.93%)

100% of precincts reporting (7/7).

454 ballots counted.

To improve the quality of local schools; replace outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; increase student safety by improving drop-off and pick-up areas; and modernize/construct classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; shall West Side Union School District's measure be adopted authorizing $7,500,000 in bonds at legal interest rates, generating approximately $410,000 annually while bonds are outstanding with levies of approximately 3 cents per $100 assessed value, with annual audits, citizens' oversight and no money for salaries?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

YES vote means

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

NO vote means

A “no” vote on Measure F 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 F

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 West Side Union School District Board of Trustees has placed on the ballot the question of whether to issue $7,500,000 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 F, 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 F 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 F 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 F 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 F authorizes West Side Union 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 $28.20 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 $14,300,000. The tax will raise approximately $410,000 annually.

A “yes” vote on Measure F will authorize the District to issue the bonds and levy taxes to pay for the indebtedness. A “no” vote on Measure F 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

Tax rate

Source: Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

An election will be held in the West Side Union School District (the “District”) on March 3, 2020, to authorize the sale of up to $7.5 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 $0.028 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $28.20 per $100,000 of assessed value). The final fiscal year in which it is anticipated that the tax will be collected is 2054-55.

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 $0.03 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $30.00 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 $14.3 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 need 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/ Kris Menlove
Superintendent
West Side Union School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

Argument in Favor of Measure F

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 West Side Union 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 F!

Although West Side Elementary has been well maintained over the years, aging classrooms and facilities must be upgraded since many do not meet 21st century standards. Measure F 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 F will provide funding to make facility improvements at West Side Elementary School by: Repairing or replacing outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; Increasing student safety by improving drop-off and pick-up areas; Modernizing and constructing classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; Improving playgrounds and playfields for school and community use; and Constructing a multi-purpose room with a cafeteria.

Measure F 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 elementary school, not for administrator salaries.

Measure F 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 F!

s/ Joe Belli
Business Owner

s/ Nancy Citro
Community Organizer

s/ Elvia Vega
Former Board Member, Resident 

s/ Quincey Tompkins Imhoff
Former School Board President

s/ Patricia J. Bertapelle
School Board President

— Source: Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

No argument was submitted against Measure F

— Source: Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
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