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Special District

Mountain View Elementary School District
Measure M - 2/3 Approval Required

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To improve the quality of local schools; make health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements; modernize/renovate classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; and replace outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; shall Mountain View School District's measure be adopted authorizing $56,000,000 of bonds at legal rates, generating on average $2.9 million annually as long as bonds are outstanding at a rate of approximately 4.5 cents per $100 assessed value, with annual audits, NO money for salaries, all money staying local?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel

Approval of Measure M ("Measure") would authorize the Board of Education ("Board") of the Mountain View School District ("District"), which placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution 20-014, to issue general obligation bonds in a maximum principal amount of $56,000,000.

Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by the Measure shall be used only for the purposes specified in the Measure, including construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of school facilities, including, but not limited to, installing seismic reinforcements and replacing building materials, making Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility improvements, repairing or replacing heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, plumbing and sewers system, roofs and electrical systems, acquiring or installing infrastructure, hardware, wiring, security systems, communications systems, security cameras, lighting, fencing, and other instructional equipment for use in school facilities, constructing, repairing, replacing, expanding and/or renovating classrooms, restrooms, libraries, computer and science labs, playgrounds, gyms or other athletic facilities, parking areas and walkways. Bond proceeds may not be expended on teacher or administrator salaries or other operating expenses.

The Board shall authorize the District Facility Committee to make periodic public reports regarding progress of bond financed projects and expenditure of bond funds. 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 District shall create an account into which proceeds of the bond shall be deposited and shall comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code section 53410.

Approval of the Measure does not guarantee that proposed projects described in the Measure will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by the Measure. District's proposal for certain projects may assume receipt of matching State funds that are subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

The bonds may be issued in series by the District over time. The bonds shall not exceed the maximum interest rate or maturity as allowed by law. According to the District's Tax Rate Statement, the best estimate of the average tax rate required to fund the bond issue, based on assessed valuations available at the time when the District filed the statement, is $41 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. The best estimate of the highest tax rate required to fund the bonds is $45 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. The final fiscal year the tax is estimated to be collected is 2053-2054. The estimated total debt service, including principal and interest, is $109,800,000.

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

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Our schools are the most important assets in our community and should be our number one priority. Quality schools improve student achievement, increase property values, prepare students for a productive future, and create greater neighborhood safety. Our teachers and staff do a great job educating local children, but many classrooms and buildings in the Mountain View School District are outdated and inadequate to provide children with the school facilities they need to succeed.

Our children need your Yes vote on Measure M! Aging classrooms and facilities must be upgraded since many do not meet 21st century standards. Much was done with the funds from our successful 2016 school improvement measure, including replacing outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, but more work is needed. Your YES vote on Measure M will ensure a safe, clean, and modern learning environment for children for decades to come.

Measure M will provide funding to make critical facility improvements at local schools by modernizing and renovating classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; making health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements; repairing deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems; replacing outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; and upgrading P.E. fields and playgrounds. 

Measure M 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 schools, not for teacher or administrator salaries.

Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting our local, high quality education is a wise investment for your property values and a strong community. VOTE YES on Measure M!

GREGORIO JIMENEZ
Business Owner

FLORENCIO BRIONES
President, El Monte Union High School District Board of Education

RAFAEL SALDIVAR
Senior Citizen, Grandparent

MARTHA CABRERA
Community Liaison, Grandparent

GLORIA CARRILLO
Resident, Parent

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED
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