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Tuesday November 8, 2022 — California General Election
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Special District

Lemon Grove School District
Measure Q Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

5,953 votes yes (69.4%)

2,626 votes no (30.6%)

100% of precincts reporting (23/23).

9,386 ballots counted.

To improve local schools with funds that cannot be taken by the State and spent elsewhere, shall Lemon Grove School District's measure to replace aging roofs; upgrade STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) classrooms; increase computer access; and replace portables with permanent classrooms be adopted, authorizing $27 million of bonds with legal rates, levies below $30/$100,000 of assessed valuation (generating $1.6 million/year through 2053), annual audits, independent oversight, state matching funds and no tax rate increase?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

YES vote means

A “YES” vote is in favor of authorizing the District to issue and sell $27,000,000 in general obligation bonds. 

NO vote means

A “NO” vote is against authorizing the District to issue and sell $27,000,000 in general obligation bonds

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Source: County Counsel, in sample ballot published by San Diego County Registrar of Voters

COUNTY COUNSEL IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS

This measure was placed on the ballot by the governing board of the Lemon Grove School District (“District”). This measure, if approved by 55% of the voters, will authorize the District to issue and sell general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $27,000,000.

Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by this measure can only be used for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, replacement, furnishing and equipping of school facilities on the Bond Project List set forth in the full text of the measure. These projects include but are not limited to upgrades and repairs to buildings and security systems, renovating classrooms and providing technology, repayment of short term funding for constructing a new early education campus and new classrooms, construction of a new early education campus, and funding for temporary facilities during that construction. Proceeds from the sale of the bonds shall not be used for teacher or administrator salaries, or other school operating expenses. The District certified that it evaluated safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List.

Approval of this measure does not guarantee that any of the projects will be completed. The District’s proposal for certain projects assumes receipt of matching State funds possibly subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

Principal and interest on the bonds will be paid from the proceeds of tax levies on the assessed value of taxable property within the District. These taxes would be in addition to property taxes already levied. The Tax Rate Statement submitted by the District estimates the average annual tax rate required to be levied to fund this bond issue would be $26.67 for every $100,000 of assessed valuation, with an anticipated end date of 2050-51, and the highest tax rate would be $30 for every $100,000 of assessed valuation. The estimated total debt service, including principal and interest, required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is approximately $47,222,901. This is an estimate. Actual amounts may vary depending on the timing of sales, bonds sold at each sale, interest rates, and assessed valuation.

The measure includes the accountability provisions of an annual independent performance audit to ensure funds have been expended on the projects listed, and an annual independent financial audit of bond proceeds. The measure also requires the District to establish an independent citizens’ oversight committee. 

 

A “YES” vote is in favor of authorizing the District to issue and sell $27,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

A “NO” vote is against authorizing the District to issue and sell $27,000,000 in general obligation bonds. 

Tax rate

Source: Superintendent, Lemon Grove School District Board of Trustees

TAX RATE STATEMENT

An election will be held within the boundaries of Lemon Grove School District (“School District”) on November 8, 2022 to authorize the sale of up to $27,000,000 in bonds to finance facilities as described in the measure. If the bonds are approved, the School District expects to sell the bonds in multiple series. Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property located within the School District. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400 to 9404, inclusive, of the California Elections Code.

1. The best estimate from official sources 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 the election, a projection based on experience within the same jurisdiction and other demonstrable factors, is estimated to be 2.667 cents per $100 ($26.67 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. The final fiscal year in which the tax is anticipated to be collected is 2050-51.

2. The best estimate from official sources of the highest tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, and an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply, based on assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement, a projection based on experience within the same jurisdiction and other demonstrable factors, is estimated to be 3 cents per $100 ($30 per $100,000) of assessed valuation first occurring in fiscal year 2027-28.

3. The best estimate from official sources 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 $47,222,901.

Voters should note that the estimated tax rate is based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the San Diego County official tax rolls, not on the property's market value. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills 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 School District's projections and estimates only, which are not binding upon the School District. The actual tax rates, debt service and the years in which they will apply may vary from those presently estimated, due to variations from these estimates in the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold and market interest rates 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 of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the School District based on need for construction funds and other factors. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold 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 School District as determined by the County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

 

/s/

Erica Balakian,
Superintendent

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE Q

To improve local schools with funds that cannot be taken by the State and spent elsewhere, shall Lemon Grove School District’s measure to replace aging roofs; upgrade STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) classrooms; increase computer access; and replace portables with permanent classrooms be adopted, authorizing $27 million of bonds with legal rates, levies below $30/$100,000 of assessed valuation (generating $1.6 million/ year through 2053), annual audits, independent oversight, state matching funds and no tax rate increase?

 

HANEY HONG
President & CEO of the San Diego County Taxpayers Assoc

HELEN OFIELD
Former President, Lemon Grove Historical Society

JAY BASS
Former School Board Member

JON PETTIS
Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee Member

BRYON SCOTT 

— Source: Sample ballot published by San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

No argument against Measure Q was submitted.

— Source: Sample ballot published by San Diego County Registrar of Voters
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Who supports or opposes this measure?

Yes on Measure Q
Elected & Appointed Officials (0)
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