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Special District

Mount San Antonio Community College District
Measure GO - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

121,406 votes yes (62.43%)

73,048 votes no (37.57%)

100% of precincts reporting (386/386).

To upgrade job training/college transfer/vocational classrooms, science, computer/technology labs, improve student safety, veterans' career resources, access for disabled students; remove asbestos, replace deteriorating roofs, gas, electrical/sewer lines; acquire, construct, repair sites, facilities, equipment; shall Mt. San Antonio Community College District's measure authorizing $750,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, levying 2.5 cents/$100 assessed valuation, $37,000,000 annually while bonds are outstanding, be adopted, requiring annual audits/citizen oversight?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel

Approval of Measure GO (“Measure”) would authorize the Board of Trustees (“Board”) of the Mt. San Antonio Community College District (“District”), which placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 18-01, to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $750,000,000.

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, providing job training and vocational programs; removing asbestos and mold; repairing gas, electric, and sewer lines; electrical and sewer lines; improving access to facilities for people with disabilities; making seismic upgrades; replacing and/or upgrading fire, sprinkler, security, lighting, and emergency-communication systems; constructing new, permanent buildings; upgrading science, computer, and technology labs; expanding career and academic counseling facilities; upgrading vocational classrooms; repairing classrooms and other facilities; upgrading technology infrastructure; improving water conservation and energy efficiency; repairing and/or replacing heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems; repairing and/or replacing hard courts, fields, turf, and irrigation systems; and upgrading roadways and pedestrian paths. Bond proceeds may be used to pay or reimburse the District for the cost of District staff when performing work on, or necessary or incidental to, bond projects. Bond proceeds may not be expended on teacher, faculty, or 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 projects identified in the Measure. The Board shall appoint an independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee under Education Code sections 15278 et seq. to ensure that bond proceeds are spent as specified in the Measure and as provided by law. The Board shall deposit bond proceeds in a special account and comply with statutory reporting requirements.

Bonds shall be issued under Education Code section 15300 et seq. or Government Code section 53506 et seq. The maximum rate of interest on any bond shall not exceed the legal limit. According to the District’s Tax Rate Statement, the best estimate of the average annual tax rate required to fund the bonds, based on assessed valuations available when the District filed the statement, is $25 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. The best estimate of the highest tax rate required to fund the bonds is the same as the average tax rate. The final fiscal year the tax is estimated to be collected is 2057-58. The estimated total debt service required to be repaid if all bonds are issued and sold is $1,455,662,029, including principal and interest. Estimated tax rates are based on the assessed value of taxable property on official tax rolls, not on a property’s market value.

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

Tax rate

An election will be held in the Mt. San Antonio Community College District (the “District”) on November 6, 2018, to authorize the sale of up to $750,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance 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 2.5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation (or $25.00 per $100,000 of assessed value). The final fiscal year in which the tax to be levied to fund this bond issue is anticipated to be collected is fiscal year 2057-58.

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 2.5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation (or $25.00 per $100,000 of assessed value) in fiscal year 2019-20.

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 $1,455,662,029.

Voters should note that the estimated tax rate is based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the County of Los Angeles 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 District’s projections and estimates only, which are not binding upon the 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 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.

MICHAEL D. GREGORYK
Vice President, Administrative Services
Mt. San Antonio Community College District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Mt. San Antonio College—known as “Mt. SAC”—serves over 60,000 local students annually with high-quality, affordable education programs.

Vote yes on GO to support local high school students getting a jumpstart on earning college credit, and help local students transfer to 4-year universities.

Whether preparing students for college transfer, expanding vocational education programs, serving veterans or preparing students for vocational education, Mt. SAC is an essential resource for students seeking an affordable, quality education and specialized skills to compete for good-paying, modern careers. Vote yes on GO to upgrade workforce development programs that train and prepare students for today’s in-demand jobs and a competitive global economy.

Several buildings at Mt. SAC are over 70 years old and need basic upgrades. Yes on GO funding will remove asbestos; repair leaky roofs, deteriorating restrooms and plumbing; improve disabled accessibility, update our stormwater system to prevent water pollution; replace outdated electrical and air conditioning; and upgrade security and fire safety systems.

Yes on GO keeps our college campus safe by installing cameras, lighting, and up-to-date security measures including improved security and emergency communications systems.

Our communities have a strong tradition of patriotism and supporting our military and our veterans! Mt. SAC serves over 1,100 military veterans, many of whom have recently returned from war zones.

Yes on GO upgrades and expands facilities for veterans’ services and job training so returning service members receive the academic and career counseling and support they need to complete their education and enter the civilian workforce.

Yes on GO includes strict fiscal safeguards including Independent Citizens Oversight Committee and annual financial and performance audits. All money will be spent locally and can’t be taken by Sacramento. No money can be spent on administrators’ salaries or pensions.

To learn more, visit www.gomtsac.org

DR. MANUEL BACA
President, Mt. SAC Board of Trustees

ERIKA DIAZ
War Veteran and Mt. SAC Student

MEGHAN CHEN
San Dimas Homeowner and Taxpayer

ALTA SKINNER
Mt. SAC Citizens Oversight Committee Chair

MARC RUH
55-Year Resident, Homeowner and Taxpayer

Arguments AGAINST

Mt. SAC is asking $750 Million from taxpayers. The amount of this bond makes it most likely the largest single campus school bond in US history! In the end taxpayers will fork up to $2 Billion with interest. We join with two of the seven Mt. SAC Trustees who oppose this bond.

This Mt. SAC administration has a recent history of litigation where the court found it had abused its power and discretion. Mt SAC is asking for $2 Billion while presently in court facing charges of misuse and inappropriate expenditures from its prior 2008, $350 Million plus interest bond. In addition, mismanagement and legal entanglements with City, State and Federal agencies have resulted in inefficient use of the 2008 bond budget and up to $5 Million in litigation costs. This history also includes losing the 2020 Olympic Trials because of a lack of transparency and accountability with the US Olympics organization. If history repeats itself, Mt. SAC will squander our hard-earned tax dollars and return in a few years for a bail out.

This is not a responsible, accountable and transparent bond. We supported Walnut Valley Unified School District school bond in 2016 because it reflected responsibility in amount, accountability in use and transparency in process. When given the chance Mt. SAC administration failed to adopt these same criteria.

Our criteria are designed as a safeguard against out of control spending, cozy contractor agreements and unauthorized projects. Our most important criteria would be a dramatically reduced bond for essential facilities, and the adoption of a specific prioritized Project List with estimated cost. In the 2008 bond, Mt. SAC promised to upgrade and repair the campus library. Ten years later and broken promises.

Vote NO on this bond.
United Walnut Taxpayers

LAYLA ABOU-TALEB
President UWT

MANSFIELD COLLINS
UWT Board Member

KAMAL S. ISKANDER
UWT Board Member

DENNIS G. MAJORS
UWT Board Member

NAM HUYNH
UWT Board Member

Replies to Arguments FOR

Mt SAC administration misleads voters by hailing vocational programs, workforce development, affordable education, veteran’s programs and the like to attract votes to a flawed school bond with lack of accountability to taxpayers. Notice that none of the issues raised in the argument against the Bond were addressed:

Waste of Taxpayers’ Money: The 2008 Bond of 353 million had literally the same promise of asbestos removal, leaking roofs…etc.

https://ballotpedia.org/Mount_San_Antonio_Community_College_District_
bond_proposition,_Measure_RR_(November_2008).

Why weren’t these upgrades & repairs done? What happened to the 353 million?

Lack of transparency: Mt. SAC administration lost the 2020 Olympic trials for failing to disclose they were in litigation with the City of Walnut and Taxpayers group. The litigation was specifically for misuse of 2008 Bond monies. This lack of transparency is a continuing pattern of practice for this Mt. SAC administration.

Lack of Accountability: The so-called Citizens Advisory Committee, again proposed in this bond, did nothing to avoid the abuses of the past Bond, yet is again proposed for a bond more than double the amount and maybe the largest for a single campus. Citizen taxpayer’s groups have asked for simple accountability by listing projects by priority with separate budgets so taxpayers/voters can see and understand what they are voting for. Mt SAC has refused. Nothing proposed in this bond will protect against a repeat of the abuses of the past.

This Bond would be giving Mt. SAC over a billion-dollar blank check. Vote No on GO

LAYLA ABOU-TALEB
President, United Walnut Taxpayers

SHARON LU
Chinese American Association of Walnut

MANSFIELD COLLINS
Board Member UWT

SANTA CHAKRABARTI
Treasurer, United Walnut Taxpayers

LAMYAA SASSI
Walnut Resident Special Education Teacher

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Don’t be misled by political lies.

Your choice is to support Mt. SAC students, faculty, and affordable college education by voting yes on GO, or to believe special interests seeking to undermine our educational mission. Support Mt. SAC -- vote yes on GO!

These are the FACTS the opposition wants you to ignore.

Fact: The entire Mt. SAC Board of Trustees supports yes on GO to provide local veterans and students of all ages with an outstanding, affordable college education. Every trustee supports yes on GO!

Fact: Our College is an excellent steward of your taxpayer dollars. Every dime of voter-approved funding has been spent responsibly to fix aging buildings, improve campus safety, expand classrooms, and upgrade teaching and learning environments. View past independent citizens’ oversight committee reports at www.mtsac.edu/fiscal/audits.html.

Fact: Maintaining Mt. SAC’s academic programs requires 21st century learning environments. Our plan was developed following an extensive campus needs assessment by faculty, staff, and students--and input on priorities from hundreds of local residents.

The facts are:

Our 75-year-old college buildings must be repaired.

Our campus needs to be made safer by installing up-to-date 911 and safety security systems.

Mt. SAC prepares thousands of students annually for college transfer and the vocational training needed for highly competitive, in-demand jobs. We must continue to update our teaching and learning environments to meet the demand for students seeking an affordable college education.

Join faculty, staff, veterans and the entire Board of Trustees by voting yes on GO. www.gomtsac.org

JAY CHEN
Member, Mt. SAC Board of Trustees

LAURA SANTOS
Member, Mt. SAC Board of Trustees

MANUEL BACA
President, Mt. SAC Board of Trustees

BRUCE LAZENBY
Board President, Regional Chamber of Commerce-San Gabriel Valley*

JANE DYER-SMITH
Retired Walnut Elementary School Teacher, 30-year Walnut Resident and Taxpayer

*Title for identification purposes only

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