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Special District

Brisbane Elementary School District
Measure K - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

1,739 votes yes (64.53%)

956 votes no (35.47%)

2,869 ballots counted

To make campus security and safety improvements; renovate classrooms, buildings and utility systems; replace roofs; install air conditioning units; make technology improvements; and improve access for students with disabilities, shall the Brisbane School District measure authorizing $27,000,000 in bonds, at legal interest rates, be adopted, levying approximately 2.6 cents per $100 of assessed valuation ($1,600,000 annually) while bonds are outstanding, with a board appointed citizens' oversight committee and annual independent audits to assure proper expenditure of funds?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The California Constitution and Education Code authorize a school district to issue bonds for specified purposes if approved at an electionby55% of those voting on issuance of the bonds.

The Board ofTrustees of BrisbaneSchoolDistrict (“District”) proposes this Measure, which would authorize the District to issue bonds in aprincipal amount not to exceed $27million. The bonds will have an interest rate not exceeding the legal maximum and will be repaid within the time permitted by law. The Tax Rate Statement printed in this pamphlet contains the District’s best estimates of tax rates required to service the bond debt during the life of the bonds, which is estimated to be approximately 32 years. The Districts best estimate of the average annual tax rate levy to fund this bond is $25.41per $100,000 ($0.02541/$100) of assessed valuation. Thus, for example,a property assessed at $800,000 would likely have an annual tax obligationof $203.28 under this Measure.The District estimates that the total amount repayable during the life of the bond, including principal and interest, will be approximately $52,898,434.

The California Constitution requires the listing of specific projects to be funded from the bond revenue and certification that the Board of Trustees has evaluated safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs inthe development of that list. The Bond ProjectListcan be found in the full text of the Measure,and includeswithout limitation:

Renovation/upgradeof classrooms, school facilities, school grounds, and school utility systems/equipment;

Furnish/equip school facilities;

Construction/upgrade of renewable energy, security, communication, and firesystems;

Renovation of roads, sidewalks, and other paved areas, including pick-up/drop-off areas;

Construction of a bus garage and storage facility;

Elimination/mitigation of health and safety risks and compliance with building, health, safety, and accessibility requirements;

Construction/installation of outdoor learning areas;

Renovation of play areas;

andWork related to landscaping, hardscape, irrigation, and drainage.

The Measure authorizes equipment acquisition, upgrades, repairs, services, construction, and other items related to the listed projects. The Bond Project Listdoes not imply a specific prioritization among the projects, and should be reviewed for further details.

No proceeds from the bonds shall be used for teacher or administrator salaries or operating expenses.

State law requirethat the District take certain steps to account for the proceeds from the bonds. Accordingly, the District will direct that the proceeds are deposited into a special account, appoint an independent citizensoversight committee, prepare annual reports, and conduct annual independent performance and financial audits to ensure that funds are spent only for the purposes listed in the Bond Project List and for no other purposes.

A "Yes" vote on this measure would authorize the District to issue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $27 million for the purposes listed in the Project List.

A "No" vote would prevent the District from issuing the bonds.

This Measure passes if 55% of those voting on the measure vote "Yes." 

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

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

While our facilities have been well maintained, outdated classrooms must be upgraded. A local school improvement measure would allow the District to improve the quality of the school facilities and education provided to local children. By investing in our schools, we can meet today's safety, technological, and educational standards as well as better our community.

If passed Measure K will provide funding to make critical facility improvements to Brisbane District Schools, including:

 * Repairing or replacing deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems

 * Making health, safety, and handicapped accessibility improvements

 * Repairing or replacing leaky roofs

 * Modernizing outdated classrooms, restrooms, school facilities, and

 * Repairing or replacing outdated heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems

Measure K makes financial sense and protects taxpayers.

* By law, spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens' oversight committee

* All bond funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State

*Funds are required to be spent only on our local schools, not for administrator or teacher salaries.

Measure K upgrades and renovates classrooms, restrooms and other school facilities, improves the education of local children, and maintains the quality of our community.  That's something we can all support.  Please VOTE YES ON MEASURE K.

 

/s/ Raul Alcaraz, Member, Board of Trustees

/s/ Yakim "Kima" Hayuk, Member, Board of Trustees

/s/ Lillian Markind, Member, Board of Trustees

/s/ Jacque McLaughlin, Member, Board of Trustees

/s/ Curtis Washington, Member, Board of Trustees 

 

Arguments AGAINST

When bond debt measures like Measure K are put before the voters, the school District is admitting that everything they are currently spending your tax dollars on now, is more important than the projects for which this tax increase is being sought.

Budgets Set Priorities.  Brisbane Elementary School District is saying every educational dollar spent today is going to a higher priority than to "renovate classrooms." 

Do you agree?

The District doesn't think "campus security and safety improvements" are important because they are not in the current budget.

Do you agree?

The District doesn't think "technology improvements" are important because they are not in the current budget.

Do you agree?

Would you take out a 25-30 year loan to buy a personal computer? Nuts, right? But that's what the District wants you to pay for now and for decades to come. That technology is going to be obsolete in 4-6 years yet bond debt payments for it will be made for the next 25-30 years.

The website: /www.ed-data.org/ shows at least 470 students in the district which means this bond expense is $54,446 per student plus 25-30 years of interest, plus $18,203 per student in the annual school budget which is 159% above the statewide average.

You deserved to know the full truth about the mountain of debt that is Measure K. 

If you value "renovating classrooms" and "campus security" and "technology improvements" more than making principal and interest payments (as high as 12% interest) for 25-30 years, vote NO on Measure K.

Remember financing school projects via bond debt routinely doubles the cost of the project. And purchasing technology via bond debt is just nuts!

Just say No to more debt. Vote No on K.

For more information: www.SVTaxpayers.org 

/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle, President 

Replies to Arguments FOR

Budgets Set Priorities.  Brisbane Elementary School District is saying every educational dollar spent today is going to a higher priority than to "renovate classrooms." 

Do you agree?

The District doesn't think "campus security and safety improvements" are important because they are not in the current budget.

Do you agree?

The District doesn't think "technology improvements" are important because they are not in the current budget.

Do you agree?

Would you take out a 25-30 year loan to buy a personal computer? Nuts, right? But that's what the District wants you to pay for now and for decades to come. That technology is going to be obsolete in 4-6 years yet bond debt payments for it will be made for the next 25-30 years.

The website: /www.ed-data.org/ shows at least 470 students in the district which means this bond expense is $54,446 per student plus 25-30 years of interest, plus $18,203 per student in the annual school budget which is 159% above the statewide average.

You deserved to know the full truth about the mountain of debt that is Measure K. 

If you value "renovating classrooms" and "campus security" and "technology improvements" more than making principal and interest payments (as high as 12% interest) for 25-30 years, vote NO on Measure K.

Remember financing school projects via bond debt routinely doubles the cost of the project. And purchasing technology via bond debt is just nuts!

Just say No to more debt. Vote No on K.

For more information: www.SVTaxpayers.org 

/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle, President 

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Measure K funds will go right where they're needed - to improve classrooms and support Brisbane students.

Don't let the solitary opponent mislead you. He doesn't have the facts and doesn't live in our community. Generic examples against bonds from someone living in Morgan Hill do not address local issues or solve local problems.

Measure K is a carefully considered, affordable plan that will allow the District to continue providing high quality education and the best learning environment for local children.

Here are the facts:

*Measure K is locally controlled and every dollar stays here, benefitting local schools, children, and property values

* Our District's last school improvement measure passed in 2003, nearly 20 years ago!

* New roofs, renovated classrooms and facilities, updated utility systems, and new construction projects will benefit local children for decades.

* No other source of funding exists to renovate/construct schools.  The per pupil funding which the District receives from the State is intended to be used for the day-to-day business of educating children and not the cost of upgrading, modernizing, and repairing facilities.

To protect excellent local schools and ensure students have safe and up-to-date classrooms, vote YES on K. Measure K is the only solution for our schools. The longer we wait, the more expensive these improvements will become.

Many of Brisbane's most respected community members support Measure K. Let's trust them and not listen to incorrect statements from an outsider.

Our children deserve a quality education. Join us - vote YES on K.

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