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Special District

Oceanside Unified School District
Measure W Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

34,514 votes yes (61.2%)

21,898 votes no (38.8%)

To protect quality schools and upgrade aging facilities, shall Oceanside Unified School District's measure to: upgrade classrooms for science, technology, engineering, arts, math instruction; address school earthquake, fire, health and safety standards; modernize computers and technology; and repair or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems; by issuing $160,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, providing approximately $9,100,000 annually, levying 3ȼ per $100 of assessed value while bonds are outstanding, with independent oversight and audits, be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Pros & Cons — Unbiased explanation with arguments for and against

Information provided by League of Women Voters North County San Diego

The Question

Should the Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD) authorize $160,000,000 in bonds to protect quality schools and upgrade aging facilities? 

The Situation

The District has conducted a full evaluation of its facilities’ needs, has created a Facilities Master Plan (and updated that Plan) to guide ongoing facilities repair, modernization, and improvement efforts.  The last such measure benefiting OUSD, Proposition H in 2008, was approved with over 71% voter support, making it possible to complete many school facilities upgrades. 

As OUSD schools continue to age and need attention, the needs list grows.  The average age of schools in the District is over 40 years old.  In fact, todays OUSD facility needs far exceed the standard funding allotment that the district receives for school facilities maintenance – and no other funding source is available to complete needed repairs and upgrades.

To achieve the educational mission serving approximately 17,000 students, the District operates 22 local school sites and related student support facilities, furniture, equipment, and technology infrastructure.  Many schools have been in use for decades.  These schools are in constant use by thousands of OUSD students, staff, and community members every day. 

The Proposal

Measure W would authorize the sale of $160,000,000 in bonds in multiple series over a period of time at legal interest rates.  A property tax of 3 cents per $100 of assessed valuation to fund this issue would be levied at an annual cost of $9,100,000 while the bonds are outstanding.  In accordance with the California Education Code, a citizen oversight committee  will conduct independent audits to ensure all money is spent on OUSD projects to upgrade classrooms for science, technology, engineering, arts, math instruction; address school earthquake, fire, health and safety standards; modernize computers and technology; and repair or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems.

To pass, the measure requires a 55 percent approval of the registered voters.

A YES vote supports this measure to authorize $160 million in general obligation bonds for school facilities.

A NO vote opposes this measure to authorize $160 million in general obligation bonds for school facilities.

Fiscal effect

The total debt service amount is estimated to be $272,332,594 which is reflected on the Tax Information Statement (page B-1) of the published full text of Measure W.  

Supporters say

  • ALL funds stay LOCAL for Oceanside schools ONLY. These funds CAN’T be taken by the State.
  • NO funds go to employee salaries, benefits, or pensions.
  • Citizens' Oversight, independent audits, and public reporting ensure proper spending.  Taxpayer protections are mandatory.
  • Whether or not you have school-age children, supporting quality schools is a wise investment. Good schools contribute to Oceanside’s quality of life and protect your local property values.

The factual accuracy of these arguments has not been verified by any official entity. 

Opponents say

  • This tax hike will cost residents more than $9 million per year.
  • Another tax increase will make it harder for families to make ends meet.
  • The revenue will be used to take out a $160 million loan (bond) to pour more money into a broken system with no reform in sight.
  • Measure W rewards poor decision-making by school bureaucrats and makes housing more expensive in Oceanside.

The factual accuracy of these arguments has not been verified by any official entity.

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “YES” vote is in favor of authorizing the District to issue and sell $160,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

NO vote means

A “NO” vote is against authorizing the District to issue and sell $160,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Source: Office of the San Diego County Counsel

OCEANSIDE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOND ELECTION

COUNTY COUNSEL IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS

This measure was placed on the ballot by the governing board of the Oceanside Unified School District (“District”). This measure, if approved by 55% of the qualified electors voting on this measure, will authorize the District to issue and sell general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $160,000,000. If approved, the bonds may be issued in several series and may mature in 40 years or such shorter period as determined by the District Board. The interest rate on the bonds could not exceed statutory limits.

Approval of this measure will authorize a levy on the assessed value of taxable property within the District in an amount needed to pay the principal and interest on the bonds each year the bonds are outstanding. The Tax Rate Statement submitted by the District estimates the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue is $30.00 for every $100,000 of assessed valuation and the total debt service, including principal and interest, required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is approximately $272,332,594. These amounts are estimates. Actual amounts may vary depending on the timing of sales, amount of bonds sold at each sale, and assessed valuation.

Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this measure can only be used for purposes described in the full text of this measure and as permitted by State law. Approval of this measure does not guarantee that any or all of the proposed projects identified by the District will be funded by the sale of the bonds. The District’s proposal for certain projects may assume receipt of matching State funds subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

The California Constitution permits property taxes, above the standard 1% limitation, to be levied upon real property to pay the principal and interest on any bonded indebtedness for, among other things, the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, when approved by 55% of the voters if:

(1) the proceeds from the sale of the bonds are used only for the purposes specified,

(2) the District evaluates safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs to approve a list of specific projects to be funded,

(3) the District conducts an annual, independent performance audit to ensure funds have been expended on the specific projects listed, and

(4) the District conducts an annual, independent financial audit of bond proceeds.

Additionally, if the bond measure is approved, State law requires the District to establish an independent citizens’ oversight committee. The District has made the issuance of the bonds in this measure subject to these legal requirements.

A “YES” vote is in favor of authorizing the District to issue and sell $160,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

A “NO” vote is against authorizing the District to issue and sell $160,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

https://www.sdvote.com/content/dam/rov/en/election/4182-Nov-2020/Measures/Measure_W.pdf

Tax rate

Superintendent, Oceanside Unified School District

TAX RATE STATEMENT

An election will be held in the Oceanside Unified School District (the “District”) on November 3, 2020, to authorize the sale of up to $160,000,000 in bonds of the District. If the bonds are approved, the District expects to issue the bonds in multiple series over time. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400 through 9405 of the California Elections Code.

1. Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by the proposition will benefit the community by providing financing for the school facilities projects described in the proposition.

2. The proposition imposes a tax on taxable property in the District. The tax rate to be levied for the bonds for any given year is generally equal to the debt service on the bonds in such year divided by the assessed value of taxable property within the District for such year.

3. 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 3 cents per $100 ($30 per $100,000) of assessed valuation.

4. 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 3 cents per $100 ($30 per $100,000) as of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2021-22.

5. The final fiscal year in which the tax to be levied to fund this bond issue is anticipated to be collected is fiscal year 2051-52. The tax will expire upon the final payment of the bonded indebtedness.

6. 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 $272,332,594.

Voters should note that estimated tax rates are based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the County’s official tax rolls, not on the property’s market value, which could be more or less than the assessed value, and that such estimated tax rates are in addition to taxes levied to pay bonds authorized under other measures and other taxes imposed by or on behalf of the District. In addition, taxpayers eligible for a property tax exemption, such as the homeowner’s exemption, will be taxed at a lower effective tax rate than described above. 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 District’s projections and estimates only, which are not binding upon the District. The projected tax rates, average annual tax rate, highest tax rate, final fiscal year in which the tax is anticipated to be collected, the average annual dollar amount of taxes collected during the ten-year period following the initial tax levy, and the actual total debt service may vary from those presently estimated for a variety of reasons, including, without limitation, due to variations in the timing of bond sales, the amount or amortization of bonds sold, market conditions 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 or amortization of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on need for construction funds and other factors, including the legal limitations on bonds approved by a 55% affirmative vote. Market conditions, including, without limitation, interest rates, are affected by economic and other factors beyond the control of the District and 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. The growth or decline in assessed valuation is the result of a number of economic and other factors outside the control of the District.

Dated: August 4, 2020

Dr. Julie A. Vitale
Superintendent
Oceanside Unified School District

https://www.sdvote.com/content/dam/rov/en/election/4182-Nov-2020/Measures/Measure_W.pdf#page=2

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Arguments are the opinions of the authors, and have not been checked for accuracy by any official agency. 

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE W

If you live within Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD) boundaries, VOTING YES on Measure W may be the most important local vote you cast in this election. Consider these facts:

Today’s OUSD graduates must be prepared to compete in a highly technical workforce. Especially now, we need schools with modern up-to-date classrooms and instructional technology to better prepare students for college and careers. Our last OUSD school bond (approved overwhelmingly by voters 12 years ago) helped, but more work remains. We must continue modernizing OUSD school facilities so OUR children can have the same access as others to competitive college and career opportunities.

Measure W authorizes a prudent, responsible plan to get the job done. NO other funding exists to address these needs.

Measure W will:

  • Modernize science, technology, engineering and math instructional spaces
  • Renovate classrooms and labs for hands-on 21st century learning
  • Improve computers and technology - for both classrooms and safe online/distance learning
  • Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems
  • Upgrade student-support facilities and instructional equipment
  • Complete safety upgrades to meet current earthquake, fire, health and safety standards

TAXPAYER PROTECTIONS ARE MANDATORY!

  • ALL funds stay LOCAL for Oceanside schools ONLY. These funds CAN’T be taken by the State.
  • NO funds go to employee salaries, benefits, or pensions.
  • Citizens' Oversight, independent audits, and public reporting ensure proper spending.

Whether or not you have school-age children, supporting quality schools is a wise investment. Good schools contribute to Oceanside’s quality of life and protect your local property values. The longer we wait to make these improvements the more expensive they will be.

Please! Make your vote count – for our children, for our community. Local teachers, parents, civic leaders and residents across Oceanside urge your support.

VOTE YES on W. Thank you!

Learn more at: www.YesonWforOceansideSchools.com

ROBERT HO
Science Teacher, MLK Middle School 

ROBBIE HASS 
Realtor, Civic Leader

EDWARD BACERRA
Education Advocate

CORINNA GOODWIN
Small Business Owner, Parent Leader

ROBERT 'CAMO' GLEISBERG 
USMC (Ret.), 42-Year Resident

https://www.sdvote.com/content/dam/rov/en/election/4182-Nov-2020/Measures/Measure_W.pdf#page=4

— Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

Arguments are the opinions of the authors, and have not been checked for accuracy by any official agency. 

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE W

Surprise! Another tax hike proposed by politicians! This time more than $9 million PER YEAR! Vote No on Measure W - another tax increase on residents that will make it harder for families to make ends meet. The revenue will be used to take out a $160 million loan to pour more money into a broken system with no reform in sight.

Without proper reforms and spending restraints $160 million will easily disappear in the system but unfortunately, the tax increases will be hurting those who can afford it the least. This is a $9 million ANNUAL tax grab by politicians.

Measure W is another tax increase on residents of the school district that will make it harder for families to make ends meet. While local residents are facing the worst economic climate on record, this tax increase would cost local residents more than $160,000,000 – or more than $9 million every year for DECADES.

School districts deliberately put off maintenance and repairs for decades, then use it as an excuse to raise taxes to fund repairs. This is like leaving every broken light switch and fixture in your house broken, then taking out a second mortgage to pay for the repairs, paying interest for decades on what should have been repaired along the way.

Measure W rewards poor decision-making by school bureaucrats and makes housing more expensive in Oceanside. Vote No on Measure W! Enough is enough!

TONY KRVARIC
Chairman, Republican Party of San Diego County

https://www.sdvote.com/content/dam/rov/en/election/4182-Nov-2020/Measures/Measure_W.pdf#page=6

— Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments FOR

Arguments are the opinions of the authors, and have not been checked for accuracy by any official agency. 

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE W

No surprise... Another election. Another tax. Just vote No on Measure W!

This rebuttal is provided for Oceanside School District residents to think long and hard before imposing another property tax hike, costing taxpayers more than $9 MILLION PER YEAR to take out a $160 MILLION LOAN. This is a bailout for poor decision making. Just say No!

Vote No on Measure W!

Without proper reforms and spending restraints $160 million will easily disappear in the system and peanuts will go “to the children” but unfortunately, the tax increases will be hurting those who can afford it the least. This is a more than $9 million ANNUAL tax grab by politicians. Just say No!

Measure W is another tax increase on residents of the school district that will make it harder for families to make ends meet and hurt those who can least afford it.

School districts deliberately put off maintenance and repairs for decades, then use it as an excuse to raise taxes to fund repairs. This is like leaving every broken light switch and fixture in your house broken, then taking out a second mortgage to pay for the repairs, paying interest for decades on what should have been repaired along the way.

Measure W rewards poor decision-making by school bureaucrats and makes housing even more expensive in the Oceanside school District. Vote No on Measure W!

TONY KRVARIC
Chairman, Republican Party of San Diego County

https://www.sdvote.com/content/dam/rov/en/election/4182-Nov-2020/Measures/Measure_W.pdf#page=5

— Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Arguments are the opinions of the authors, and have not been checked for accuracy by any official agency. 

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE W

Here's what our Measure W Opponent didn't tell you: He filed similarly cynical, inaccurate, and deliberately misleading statements in communities across the county. He doesn't live in Oceanside. And apparently, he hasn't visited our schools recently or he would know, as we do, that Measure W is absolutely needed and is a sound investment.

Here are the facts:

  • OUSD facility needs are real and they aren't going away. Many schools are 40+ years old. Jefferson Middle School was built in 1954 - 66 years ago! These schools NEED upgrades for today's instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.
  • No other funding currently exists to complete these upgrades. The longer we wait, the more expensive they will be.
  • Measure W's Project List is based on a comprehensive OUSD Needs Assessment and Facilities Master Plan (available for public review at OUSD's District Office).
  • VOTING YES means ALL Measure W funds will be locally controlled, dedicated to Oceanside USO schools ONLY. This funding CAN'T be taken by the State.
  • NO Measure W funds can be used for administrator salaries.
  • Measure W REQUIRES: independent citizen oversight, annual performance audits and public reporting to ensure proper spending.
  • Updated classrooms and instructional technology will better prepare Oceanside students to successfully compete for college and the workforce opportunities.

The above facts have convinced homeowners, seniors, taxpayers and voters from all parties-in addition to parents and educators - to invest in our schools and VOTE YES on W.

Measure W deserves YOUR support too.

Stand with us. You'll be in good company.

VOTE YES on W.

www.YesonWforOceansideSchools.com

LARRY W. HATTER
OUSD Graduate, 71‐year Oceanside Resident 

JANET BLEDSOE LACY
Family Law Attorney

STEVEN R. JEPSEN
Retired Oceanside City Manager

KIM MARQUARDT
Retired Oceanside Principal

WILLIE BUCHANON
Local Business Owner, Former NFL Player

https://www.sdvote.com/content/dam/rov/en/election/4182-Nov-2020/Measures/Measure_W.pdf#page=7

— Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

More information

Videos (2)

— September 18, 2020 League of Women Voters of North County San Diego
Unbiased information about 7 local measures on the Nov 3, 2020 ballot in North County communities. Discussion of Measure W begins 14 minutes and 25 seconds into the video.
Información no partidista sobre las 7 medidas locales para las comunidades de Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside y Solana Beach en el norte del condado de San Diego en la boleta para las elecciones generales, el 3 de Noviembre 2020. La sección sobre la medida W comienza a los 12:11.

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