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Special District

El Rancho Unified School District
Measure ER - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

13,790 votes yes (69.09%)

6,170 votes no (30.91%)

100% of precincts reporting (35/35).

To modernize/rebuild El Rancho High School for the 21st Century, prepare students for jobs of the future, improve/expand science/career training labs, repair/improve neighborhood schools, including aging classrooms, roofs, restrooms, heating/air conditioning/electrical systems, strengthen school safety/security, and repair/acquire/construct school sites and facilities, shall El Rancho Unified School District issue $200,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, requiring annual audits, citizen oversight and no money for administrator salaries, all funds for local schools?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

County Counsel Mary C. Wickham

Approval of Measure ER (“Measure”) would authorize the Board of Education (“Board”) of the El Rancho Unified School District (“District”), which placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 01-2016/2017, to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $200,000,000.

Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by the Measure shall be used only for the purposes specified in the Measure, including, but not limited to, rebuilding and modernizing El Rancho High School; repairing or replacing roofs, wiring, and electrical and plumbing systems; upgrading and installing new security systems, such as alarms, fencing, lighting, and fire-safety systems; upgrading heating and air-conditioning systems; repairing or replacing outdated classrooms, restrooms, labs, and school buildings; removing asbestos and other hazardous materials from older schools; and replacing portable classrooms and restrooms with permanent structures. Bond proceeds may not be expended on teacher and administrator salaries and pensions and 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 to ensure that all funds are spent only as authorized and in compliance with applicable law.

The maximum rate of interest on any bond shall not exceed the amount 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, or on a projection based on experience within the District and other demonstrable factors, is $99 per $100,000 of the assessed value of taxable property, which is expected to be the same in each year during the term of repayment of the bonds. Estimated tax rates are based on the assessed value of taxable property on the official tax rolls, not on the property’s market value.

This Measure requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote for passage.

Financial effect

Superintendent Martin Galindo, El Rancho Unified School District

TAX RATE STATEMENT - MEASURE ER

An election will be held in the El Rancho Unified School District (the “District”) on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $200,000,000 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 9404 of the California Elections Code.

1. The best estimate of the tax which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the first series of bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 9.9 cents per $100 ($99 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017-18.

2. The best estimate of the tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the last series of bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 9.9 cents per $100 ($99 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2031-32.

3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate which 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 9.9 cents per $100 ($99 per $100,000) of assessed valuation and is projected to remain approximately the same in each year during the term of repayment of the bonds.

4. 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 $382,100,000.

Voters should note that estimated tax rates are based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the Countys official tax rolls, not on the property’s market value, which could be more or less than the assessed value. 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 Districts projections and estimates only, which are not binding upon the District. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply, and the actual total debt service, 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 County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

 

Dated: August 8, 2016.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

The following is the full proposition presented to the voters by the El Rancho Unified School District.

“To modernize/rebuild El Rancho High School for the 21st Century, prepare students for jobs of the future, improve/expand science/career training labs, repair/improve neighborhood schools, including aging  classrooms,  roofs, restrooms, heating/air conditioning/electrical systems, strengthen school safety/security, and repair / acquirconstruct school sites and facilities, shall El Rancho Unified School District issue $200,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, requiring annual audits, citizen oversight and no money for administrator salaries, all funds for local schools?”

Bonds – Yes                                                         Bonds – No

 

PROJECT LIST

The Board of Education of the El Rancho Unified School District is committed to providing a modern learning environment in local schools with safe, secure and upgraded classrooms which attract and help retain qualified teachers and prepare our students for college and jobs of the future. To that end, the Board evaluated the District’s urgent and critical facility needs, including safety issues, enrollment, class size reduction, and technology in developing the scope of projects to be funded, as such are outlined in the District’s Student Centric Facilities Master Plan, dated as of December 9, 2014, incorporated herein by reference in its entirety (the “Master Plan”), and available for review on the District’s website (www.erusd.org). Therefore, in approving this Project List, the Board of Education determines that the District must:

(i) Make sure District schools have facilities to train students with modern career skills for jobs of the future; 

(ii) Modernize and transform El Rancho High School to meet 21st Century education needs and health and safety standards;

 

(iii)    Make urgent repairs at District schools – repair leaky and aging roofs, remove asbestos and other hazardous materials, upgrade heating and air conditioning and replace outdated plumbing, wiring, and sewer systems; and

(iv)    ADHERE TO SPECIFIC FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY SAFEGUARDS such as:

(a)      All funds must be spent locally on District schools, and no funds will be spent on administrators’ salaries or pensions.

(b)      An independent citizens oversight committee must be appointed to ensure that all funds are spent only as authorized.


(c)      All  expenditures  must  be  subject  to  annual  independent  financial  and performance audits.

The Project List includes the following types of upgrades and improvements at District schools and sites:

Modernization, Safety and Security Projects

Goals and Purpose: Several local schools are deteriorating badly and are in need of repair, including El Rancho High School, which is one of the community’s most important institutions and which has served the community well for over 60 years.

This measure will make urgent repairs to modernize school facilities to meet current academic and health and safety standards. This measure will rebuild and modernize El Rancho High School to improve science and technology education and strengthen El Rancho High’s partnerships with local colleges and universities.

   Rebuild and modernize El Rancho High School to meet 21st   Century educational standards

--Repair or replace leaky or aging roofs, wiring, electrical and plumbing systems.

 

   Upgrade and install new security systems, such as alarms, fencing, lighting and fire safety systems.

--Upgrade aging heating and air conditioning systems.

   Repair or replace outdated classrooms, restrooms, labs and school buildings.

--Remove asbestos and other hazardous materials from older schools.

   Replace portable classrooms and restrooms with permanent structures.

The listed projects will be completed as needed. Each project is assumed to include its share of architectural, engineering, and similar planning and design costs, program/project management, and a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs. In addition to the listed projects stated above, the Project List also includes the payment of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, facility studies, assessment reviews, facility master plan preparation and updates, environmental studies (including environmental investigation, remediation and monitoring), design and construction documentation, and temporary housing of dislocated District activities caused by construction projects. In addition to the projects listed above, the repair and renovation of each of the existing school facilities may include, but not be limited to,  some  or  all  of  the  following:  installation  of  signage  and  fencing;


repair and renovate student and staff restrooms; repair and replace heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies; repair and replace worn-out and deteriorated roofs, windows, floors, walls, doors and drinking fountains; improve school facilities for disability access; install or upgrade shade structures, wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; upgrade or construct classrooms, libraries, labs, cafeterias, visual and performing arts buildings, media centers and support facilities, including administrative, physical education, and central and site kitchens; replace deteriorating portable classrooms with permanent buildings; repair and replace gas, water and sewer systems and lines and plumbing systems, fire alarms, phone systems, emergency communication systems, security systems, doors and locks; resurface or replace hard courts, asphalt, turf and irrigation systems and campus landscaping; improve outdoor learning spaces; expand, improve or relocate parking lots and drop-off/pick-up areas for safety or traffic mitigation; acquire land; interior and exterior painting and floor covering; demolition; construct various forms of storage and support spaces and classrooms; repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems; improve existing or construct new athletic fields; upgrade or construct support facilities and physical education facilities, including tracks, bleachers, gyms, stadiums, pools, locker rooms; install unitary surfacing in existing playgrounds; and replace outdated security fences and security cameras (including access control systems). The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the District’s control. Some projects throughout the District may be undertaken as joint use projects in cooperation with other local public or non-profit agencies. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans and construction documents are finalized, construction bids are received, construction contracts are awarded and projects are completed. Based on the final costs of each project, certain of the projects described above may be delayed or may not be completed. Demolition of existing facilities and reconstruction of facilities scheduled for repair and upgrade may occur, if the Board determines that such an approach would be more cost-effective in creating more enhanced and operationally efficient campuses. Necessary site preparation/restoration may occur in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling, or installation or removal of relocatable 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. Proceeds of the bonds may be used to pay or reimburse the District for the cost of District staff when performing administrative work on or necessary and incidental to bond projects, in accordance with Opinion No. 04-110 of the Attorney General of the State of California.

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