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Special District

Lawndale Elementary School District
Measure L Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

9,287 votes yes (73.54%)

3,342 votes no (26.46%)

100% of precincts reporting (22/22).

To improve the quality of local public education by modernizing outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities with funding that cannot be taken by the state; make health and safety improvements; repair or replace leaky roofs; update electrical systems for modern technology; and replace outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; shall the Lawndale Elementary School District issue $27,000,000 of bonds at legal rates, have an independent citizens' oversight committee and have NO money used for administrative or teacher salaries?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

County Counsel Mary C. Wickham

Approval of Measure L (“Measure”) would authorize the Board of Education (“Board”) of the Lawndale Elementary School District (“District”), which placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 32, 2015-2016, to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $27,000,000.

Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by the Measure shall be used only for the purposes specified in the Measure, including, but not limited to, repairing and upgrading facilities throughout the District to improve school safety and campus security; building, repairing, renovating, or replacing aging classrooms, libraries/media centers, labs, core building infrastructure, and equipment throughout the District; upgrading technology infrastructure throughout the District; and upgrading outdoor structures, hardscapes, fields, landscaping, and equipment on school grounds throughout the District.

Proceeds from the sale of the bonds shall be used only for the purposes specified in the Measure, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries or other operating expenses.

The Board shall cause independent performance and financial audits to be conducted annually to ensure that bond proceeds are spent only for the projects identified in the Measure. The Board shall cause the appointment of an independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee in accordance with Education Code section 15278, no later than 60 days after the Board enters the election results in its minutes. The purpose of the Citizens’ Oversight Committee shall be to inform the public concerning the expenditure of bond revenues. The Board shall create an account into which bond proceeds shall be deposited.

The maximum rate of interest on any bonds shall not exceed the maximum rate allowed by law. Bonds may be issued and sold in several series, and shall mature only as allowed by law. According to the District’s Tax Rate Statement, the best estimate of the highest tax rate required to fund the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available when the District filed its Tax Rate Statement, and not based on a property’s market value, is $30 for every $100,000 of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2021-22.

This Measure requires a fifty-five percent (55%) vote passage.

NOTICE TO VOTERS

Approval of Measure L does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the Lawndale Elementary School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure L will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure L. The school 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.

Financial effect

Superintendent Ellen Dougherty, Lawndale Elementary School District

TAX RATE STATEMENT - MEASURE L

An election will be held in  the  Lawndale  Elementary  School  District (the “District”) on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $27 million in bonds of the District for the specific school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List established by the District, as described in the proposition. If the bonds are authorized, the District expects to sell the bonds in one or more series. 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 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code.

(1) The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bonds during the first fiscal year after the first sale of the bonds based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is

$0.03 per $100 of assessed valuation ($30 per $100,000 of assessed valuation) in fiscal year 2016-17.

(2) The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bonds during the first fiscal year after the last sale of the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is

$0.03 per $100 of assessed valuation ($30 per $100,000 of assessed valuation) in fiscal year 2021-22.

(3) The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.03 per $100 of assessed valuation ($30 per

$100,000 of assessed valuation) in fiscal year 2021-22.

(4) 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 $55,000,000. This estimate is based on assumptions regarding future interest rates and the term, timing, structure and amount of each series of bonds.

Voters should note that such estimated tax rates are specific to the repayment of bonds issued under this authorization and are and will be in addition to tax rates levied in connection with other bond authorizations approved or to be approved by the District or any other overlapping public agency.

Voters should note that estimated tax rate is based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on Los Angeles County’s 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 Districts projections and estimates only, which are not bindingupon the District. The actual tax rates 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 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 District as determined by the Los Angeles County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

 

Dated: June 28, 2016.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

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Proposed legislation

FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE L

LAWNDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND PROJECT LIST

Bond funds may be spent on the following projects at some or all of the Districts sites although there is no guarantee that the bonds will provide sufficient funds to allow completion of all listed projects:

SCHOOL SAFETY & CAMPUS SECURITY REPAIRS & UPGRADES THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT

School Site Safety Projects

   Security and safety systems, including, but not limited to, fire alarm systems, intrusion and security systems, access systems, video systems, security lighting, and telephones and communication systems, etc.

   Walkways, perimeter fencing and exterior lighting, portable ramps with concrete and handrails.

   Playground equipment and safety surfacing.

   Parking lots, parking structures; pick-up/drop-off zones, and other asphalt-paved areas, including, but not limited to, security fencing.

   Hazardous materials abatement.

BUILD, REPAIR, RENOVATE OR REPLACE AGING, DETERIORATED CLASSROOMS, LIBRARIES/MEDIA CENTERS, LABS, CORE BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURE & EQUIPMENT THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT

Core Infrastructure Projects

   Roofing, flashing, and waterproofing systems.

   Classrooms.

   Lighting systems and infrastructure; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; EMS controls, including switches; and irrigation systems.

   Site utilities and utility infrastructure, such as gas, electrical, water, sewage, and drainage; power infrastructure; valves, back flow prevention, laterals, storm drains, water mains, sinks, water heaters, neutralization tanks, shower heads, and other fixtures; boilers, gas lines, control systems, automation systems, chilled water coils, control valves, etc.

General Modernization

   Classrooms, libraries/media centers, labs, performing arts rooms, and/or physical education rooms; classroom, lab, performing arts and/or physical education building interiors and exteriors, including items such as: walls, ceilings, floors, roofs, cabinetry, windows, doors and hardware.

   Student and staff restrooms; food service storage, preparation, and serving areas (including, but not limited to, kitchens and cafeterias), food service equipment; administrative areas; counseling areas; student services areas;

 


locker rooms, including showers and lockers; tracks; marquees; public address systems;    portable    classrooms   (including    acquisition,   rehabilitation   or replacement, including replacement with permanent classrooms); floors and roofs; structural repairs and improvements; windows, doors, and/or door locks; mitigation; façade improvements, etc.

   Multi-purpose rooms.

   Furniture, fixtures, and equipment.

   Building exteriors, siding, paint, windows, doors, entrances and hardware including, but not limited to, classrooms, and other student support spaces.

   Local, state, and federal building, health, safety, access, and other compliance-related requirements, including, but not limited to, seismic safety requirements, Field Act requirements, and access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

   Renewable energy and energy-saving systems, improvements and equipment, including, but not limited to, electricity generation and distribution systems, water heating systems, natural light improvements, insulation, lighting, windows and window coverings, shade structures, energy management and conservation systems, and structures to support such systems, improvements and/or equipment and related infrastructure.

TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT

   Network infrastructure and technology equipment, including, but not limited to, electrical capacity, and technology infrastructure, classroom and library technology; data ports, switching and cabling, computers, servers, printers, modems, displays, and teaching equipment.

   Improvements enhancing network availability and reliability.

UPGRADE OUTDOOR STRUCTURES, HARDSCAPES, FIELDS, LANDSCAPING AND EQUIPMENT ON SCHOOL GROUNDS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT

   School grounds, outdoor and sports facilities and structures, including, but not limited to, compliance with local, state, and federal building, health, safety, access, and other related requirements, including seismic safety requirements, Field Act requirements, and requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); lighting, tracks and fields, bleachers, etc.

   Landscape, including but not limited to, walkways, walkway covers, ramps, soil stabilization, soil mitigation, fencing, new or repaired irrigation systems, hydration systems; shade structures; grass areas, hard courts and playgrounds, etc.

 

The aforementioned projects are authorized at all District sites.

Incidental Work Authorized At All Sites (at which Projects listed above are undertaken)

Each project listed above includes allocable costs such as election and bond issuance costs, architectural, engineering, inspection and similar planning costs, construction management (whether by the District or a third-party), annual financial and performance audits, a contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs, and other costs necessary, incidental or related to the completion of the listed projects and otherwise permitted by law, including but not limited to:

   Remove hazardous materials, e.g., asbestos, lead, etc., if necessary or desirable.

   Address unforeseen conditions revealed by construction/modernization (e. g., plumbing or gas line breaks, dry-rot, seismic, structural, etc.).

   Other improvements required to comply with building codes.

   Furnishing and equipping of newly constructed classrooms and facilities.

   Replace worn/broken/out of date furniture and equipment to the extent allowed by bond funding restrictions.

   Acquisition of any of the facilities on the Bond Project List through temporary lease, lease-back, or lease-purchase arrangements, execution of a purchase option under a lease for any of these authorized facilities, or prepayment of lease payments.

   Demolition of existing facilities and reconstruction of facilities scheduled for modernization, if the Board of Education determines that such an approach would be more cost-effective in creating more enhanced and operationally efficient campuses.

   Rental or construction of temporary classrooms (including modular classrooms), and rental or construction of temporary locations, as needed to house students or administrative offices during construction.

   Necessary site preparation/restoration in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling, or installation or removal of modular classrooms, including ingress and egress, removing, replacing, or installing irrigation, utility lines, trees and landscaping, relocating fire access roads, and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, or rights of way to the property.

The allocation of bond proceeds may be affected by the Districts receipt of State matching funds and the final costs of each project. In the absence of State matching funds, which the District will pursue to reduce the District’s share of the costs of the projects, the District may not be able to complete some of the projects listed above.

 

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY: IN ACCORDANCE WITH EDUCATION CODE SECTION 15272, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL APPOINT A CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE AND CONDUCT ANNUAL INDEPENDENT AUDITS TO ASSURE THAT FUNDS ARE SPENT ONLY ON DISTRICT PROJECTS AND FOR NO OTHER PURPOSE. THE EXPENDITURE OF BOND MONEY ON THESE PROJECTS IS SUBJECT TO STRINGENT FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS. BY LAW, PERFORMANCE AND FINANCIAL AUDITS WILL BE PERFORMED ANNUALLY, AND ALL BOND EXPENDITURES WILL BE MONITORED BY AN INDEPENDENT CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE TO ENSURE THAT FUNDS ARE SPENT AS PROMISED AND SPECIFIED. THE CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MUST INCLUDE, AMONG OTHERS, REPRESENTATION OF A BONA FIDE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION, A BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND A SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION. NO DISTRICT EMPLOYEES OR VENDORS ARE ALLOWED TO SERVE ON THE CITIZENS OVERSIGHT  COMMITTEE.

 

NO ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES: PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THE BONDS AUTHORIZED BY THIS PROPOSITION SHALL BE USED ONLY FOR THE ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, REHABILITATION, OR REPLACEMENT OF SCHOOL FACILITIES, INCLUDING THE FURNISHING AND EQUIPPING OF SCHOOL FACILITIES, AND NOT FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE, INCLUDING TEACHER AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES AND OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES.

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