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Special District

San Ysidro Elementary School District
Measure U Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

3,472 votes yes (68.8%)

1,573 votes no (31.2%)

To reconstruct or replace roofs and plumbing and construct, rehabilitate, replace, acquire, equip and furnish classrooms and school facilities, shall the San Ysidro School District measure to authorize the issuance of $55,500,000 of bonds to replace bonds previously authorized in 1997, at legal interest rates raising an average $3.3 million per year while bond are outstanding, with projected levies of less than $0.03 per $100 assessed valuation, requiring annual audits and citizens' oversight, be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “YES” vote is in favor of authorizing the District to issue and sell $55,500,000 in general obligation bonds.

NO vote means

A “NO” vote is against authorizing the District to issue and sell $55,500,000 in general obligation bonds.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

COUNTY COUNSEL IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS

This measure was placed on the ballot by the governing board of the San Ysidro School District (“District”) and is independent of Measure T. This measure, if approved by 55% of the qualified electors voting on the measure, will authorize the District to issue and sell general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $55,500,000. 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 would 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 $105,100,000. 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, as permitted by State law. Approval of this measure does not guarantee that 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 interest and redemption charges 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 $55,500,000 in general obligation bonds.

A “NO” vote is against authorizing the District to issue and sell $55,500,000 in general obligation bonds.

Tax rate

Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

TAX RATE STATEMENT
REGARDING PROPOSED
$55,500,000
SAN YSIDRO SCHOOL DISTRICT
GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND MEASURE

An election will be held in the San Ysidro School District (the “District”) on March 3, 2020, on a measure to authorize the sale of up to $55,500,000 in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the measure. If such bonds are authorized and sold, principal and interest on the bonds will be payable only from the proceeds of ad valorem tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400- 9404 of the Elections Code of the State of California. Such information is based upon the best estimates and projections presently available from official sources, upon experience within the District, and other demonstrable factors. Based upon the foregoing and projections of the District’s assessed valuation, the following information is provided:

1. The best estimate of the average annual tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, using a projection of assessed valuations based on experience within the District available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.029 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $29.00 per $100,000 of assessed valuation). The final fiscal year in which the tax is anticipated to be collected is 2051-52.

2. The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, using a projection of assessed valuations based on experience within the District available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.030 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $30.00 per $100,000 of assessed valuation). It is estimated that such rate would be levied starting in fiscal year 2020-21 and following.

3. The best estimate of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is approximately $105.1 million.

The attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon projections and estimates only, which amounts are not maximum amounts and are not binding upon the District. The actual debt service, tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary from those used to provide the estimates set forth above, due to factors such as variations in the timing of bond sales, the par amount of bonds sold and market interest rates available at the time of each sale, actual assessed valuations over the term of the bonds, and other factors. The date and amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on the need for project funds and other considerations. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on conditions in the bond market at the time of sale. Actual future assessed valuations 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.

/s/ By: Gina Potter, Ed.D.
Superintendent
San Ysidro School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE U

Vote YES on Measure U to Repair Our Schools!

San Ysidro’s elementary and middle schools – La Mirada, Ocean View Hills, Smythe, Sunset and Willow Elementary Schools; Vista Del Mar and San Ysidro Middle Schools; plus our Preschool Child Development Programs – not only provide our children with critical knowledge in order to succeed as students, they are among our community’s most valuable assets. It is our responsibility as citizens and voters to make sure these schools are well-cared for and protected.

Funds from Measure U will repair and modernize aging elementary and middle schools and classrooms throughout the San Ysidro School District. Projects include:

  • Repairing or replacing outdated plumbing and leaking roofs
  • Building more classrooms to reduce overcrowding
  • Repairing or replacing outdated heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • Renovating and modernizing aging classrooms and facilities throughout the district
  • Replacing outdated electrical wiring throughout the district
  • Replacing aging portable classrooms

Measure U will also protect taxpayers by:

  • Requiring annual audits and independent taxpayer oversight of the funds
  • Prohibiting funds from going to administrators’ salaries, pensions or benefits
  • Making sure that funds are used locally and not taken by the state and spent elsewhere

Vote YES on Measure U:

To improve student performance by building, renovating, repairing and modernizing our schools and classrooms, and to enhance local home prices and property values, please join parents, teachers, grandparents, guardians, neighbors, business owners and community leaders in voting YES on MEASURE U!

TINA ZABALA

FELIPE NUNO

LUCIANA CORRALES
San Ysidro Women's Club

NATALIE LA ROSA
SYEA - San Ysidro Education Association

JORGE VONBORSTEL
CSEA - California School Employees Association

— Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE U

Why is the answer always “more money”, i.e. more taxes? What is needed is better prioritization of spending, just like all of us do in our own household budgets.

Until existing funds are prioritized towards the direct needs of students and hard-working teachers rather than gigantic bureaucracies and union leader demands there is no reason to think that more revenue will improve the quality of education or increase our safety.

New bonds are promoted under the guise of improving the infrastructure and resources in schools, only to see existing district money squandered to meet labor union demands and feeding ever growing bureaucracies that don’t directly help students or teachers.

The problems we face in our schools are more systemic – making the top priority the placating of powerful union bosses and burgeoning school bureaucracies that crowd out teachers and the resources they need to properly educate our students.

Proponents argue that reforms have been made and that these additional funds will only go to worthy needs. But the reality is that new revenue allows school districts to shift existing school district money that's currently slated for maintenance and improvements to instead pay for bloated bureaucracies and associated pension benefits.

The truth is teachers struggle with classroom resources because of rigid labor union rules and too many bureaucrats, and wasteful contracting policies – not a lack of funding.

The needs of classrooms must be funded FIRST. Somehow student safety, facilities, and teachers get funded LAST, and then the tugging at the heartstrings comes in the form of issuing more bonds which means taking on MORE DEBT and MORE taxes to pay. No more.

Vote NO to force the right kind of prioritization in school spending, putting the needs of students and taxpayers ahead of bureaucrats and union bosses.

TONY KRVARIC
Chairman, Republican Party of San Diego County

— Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments FOR

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE U

Vote NO on Measures U to avoid further wasteful bureaucratic spending at the expense of our students and teachers.

Every year we are told that our schools are underfunded, with our teachers lacking necessary supplies and school buildings rapidly decaying. These pleas are not exclusive to San Diego County, nor is the trend of drastically increasing education spending per pupil over the last several decades.

MORE SPENDING SOLVES NOTHING:

The U.S. spends more on education per capita than nearly every other country, and our local schools are no exception. We spend more and more with little to no improvement in our schools. This is because the educational challenges we face can’t be solved by simply throwing more money at the issue. The problems we face are more systemic, with union priorities constantly superseding the needs of students and teachers. The predictable result has been an insatiable bureaucratic desire for more funding, which comes in the form of taxes in one way or another.

BONDS ALWAYS REQUIRE TAX INCREASES:

While proponents promote bond measures to avoid having to justify direct tax increases on working families, the measures immediately increase property taxes. Furthermore, state and local governments will need to pay back the bonds eventually, which necessitates more taxes or unsustainable borrowing.

Until existing funds are prioritized towards the direct needs of students and teachers rather than unaccountable bureaucracies and union demands, there’s no reason to believe that more revenue will improve school infrastructure, safety, or education quality.

TONY KRVARIC
Chairman, Republican Party of San Diego County

— Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE U

REPAIR OUR SCHOOLS. BUILD NEW CLASSROOMS.

The arguments filed against San Ysidro School District’s Measure U are simplistic, misleading and shortsighted. Maybe that’s because the gentleman who took it upon himself to tell us how to manage OUR local elementary schools don’t even live in San Ysidro School District!

The facts:

Our elementary schools need to be repaired.

From outdated plumbing to modernizing aging classrooms, Measure U will fund repairs at schools throughout the District.

We need new classrooms to reduce overcrowding. Measure U will do the job.

From replacing aging portables to building new classrooms, Measure U will help to relieve overcrowded schools.

Measure U is fiscally prudent.

The District’s Board of Trustees has developed a financial strategy that replaces previously approved bonds with new bonds without increasing the amount of debt, while saving millions in interest.

Strict taxpayer safeguards and citizen oversight begins immediately.

Every Measure U project will be thoroughly analyzed by the District’s Board of Trustees and professional auditors. An independent committee of local citizens is already in place with the legally mandated responsibility to review the spending of each and every Measure U dollar.

If our students are to excel, they must have access to safe classrooms that meet today’s educational standards. Measure U accomplishes these goals while still protecting taxpayers.

Vote YES on Measure U!

TINA ZABALA

FELIPE NUNO
U.S. Air Force, Retired

LUCIANA CORRALES
President, San Ysidro Women's Club

NATALIE LA ROSA 
SYEA

JORGE VONBORSTEL
CSEA President

— Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

A typeset version of the full text of Measure U, prepared by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, is found here:
https://www.sdvote.com/en/election/march-2020-primary/Measures/Measure_U.pdf

Who supports or opposes this measure?

Yes on Measure U

Organizations (1)

Elected & Appointed Officials (0)
No on Measure U

Organizations (2)

Elected & Appointed Officials (0)

More information

News (3)

San Ysidro School District plans for budget cuts — February 6, 2020 San Diego Union-Tribune
San Ysidro School District puts two bond measures on March ballot — November 21, 2019 San Diego Union-Tribune
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