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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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School Safety, Renovation, and Modernization MeasureBond Measure

Special District
November 8, 2016California General Election

Pleasanton Unified School District
Measure I1 Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

23,782 votes yes (69.1%)

10,633 votes no (30.9%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (64/64).

To repair and upgrade aging classrooms and facilities at local schools; provide 21st-century learning technology and facilities; improve school safety and security; update science labs; improve energy and water efficiency; renovate, construct, and acquire classrooms, equipment and facilities; and construct a new elementary school, shall Pleasanton Unified School District issue $270,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, with independent citizen oversight, annual audits, all funds used for local schools, and no money used for administrators' salaries?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

COUNTY COUNSEL'S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE I1

 

ANALYSIS BY THE COUNTY COUNSEL OF A

PLEASANTON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND MEASURE

 

     Measure I1, a Pleasanton Unified School District (“District”) bond measure, seeks voter approval to authorize the District to issue and sell bonds of up to two hundred seventy million dollars ($270,000,000) in aggregate principal amount at interest rates within the statutory maximum. The purpose of the bonds is to finance school facilities projects as specified in the measure.

 

     Pursuant to California Constitution Section 18 of Article XVI and Section 1 of Article XIIIA and California Education Code Section 15274, this measure will become effective upon the affirmative vote of at least 55% of the qualified electors voting on this measure.

 

     California Education Code Section 15100 restricts the use of the proceeds from the bonds sale to items such as building school buildings, improving school grounds, supplying school buildings and grounds with equipment, and the acquisition of real property for school facilities. In addition, proceeds may only be used for the projects listed in the measure. This measure provides that its proceeds will fund projects that include, among others: school site safety and security; renovation, repair, and upgrading of school facilities; and construction of an elementary school. Proceeds may not be used for any other purpose, such as administrator salaries.

 

     If 55% of those who vote on the measure vote “yes”, the District will be authorized to issue bonds in the amount noted above. Approval of this measure will authorize a levy on the assessed value of taxable property within the District by an amount needed to pay the principal and interest on these bonds in each year that the bonds are outstanding.

 

     The Tax Rate Statement for this measure in this sample ballot pamphlet reflects the District’s best estimates, based upon currently available data and projections, of the property tax rates required to service the bonds. The District expects to issue the bonds in multiple series. The best estimate of the tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds during the first fiscal year after the sale of the first (FY 2017-2018) and last series (FY 2024-2025) of bonds is 4.9 cents per $100 ($49 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. This amount is also the best estimate of the highest tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds. The best estimate of total debt service, including principal and interest, if all the bonds are issued and sold is $540,500,000.

 

     An independent citizens’ oversight committee will ensure that the bond proceeds are expended only on the projects outlined in the measure. Performance and financial audits will be conducted annually.

 

     If 55% of those voting on this measure do not vote for approval, the measure will fail and the District will not be authorized to issue the bonds.

 

     This measure is placed on the ballot by the governing board of the District.

 

                                                                                            DONNA R. ZIEGLER

                                                                                            County Counsel

 

 

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure I1, which is printed in full in this sample ballot pamphlet. If you desire an additional copy of the measure, please call the Elections Official's office at (510) 272-6933 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. You may also access the full text of the measure on the Alameda County website at the following address: www.acgov.org/rov/.

— Donna R. Ziegler, County Counsel

Tax rate

TAX RATE STATEMENT 

     An election will be held in the Pleasanton Unified School District (the “District”) on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $270,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance school 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 9404 of the California Elections Code.

     1.     The best estimate of the tax which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the first series of bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 4.90 cents per $100 ($49 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 20172018.

     2.     The best estimate of the tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the last series of bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 4.90 cents per $100 ($49 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2024-2025.

     3.     The best estimate of the highest tax rate which 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 4.90 cents per $100 ($49 per $100,000) of assessed valuation and is projected to remain approximately the same in each year during the term of repayment of the bonds.

     4.     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 $540,500,000.

     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. 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. Certain taxpayers may also be eligible to postpone payment of taxes. 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 actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply, and the actual total debt service, 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, including the legal limitations on bonds approved by a 55% affirmative vote. 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.

Dated: __________, 2016.                                               ___________________________________________

                                                                                      Superintendent of Schools

                                                                                      Pleasanton Unified School District

 

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Arguments FOR

Vote YES on I1 to keep Pleasanton schools among the best.

Pleasanton Unified School District’s strong academic programs, excellent teachers and highachieving students make our community strong and desirable. Families move to Pleasanton for our schools, which keeps our property values high.

However, to continue providing top-quality education, Pleasanton’s aging classrooms, science labs and school facilities need urgent repairs and upgrades.

Voting Yes on I1 provides the modern classrooms and labs our students need to keep up with the growing demand for science, technology, engineering, arts and math education. Measure I1 provides a dedicated source of local funding to expand science labs, computers and other learning technology so that all students are prepared for success in college and 21st century jobs. Measure I1 will also relieve student overcrowding at some of our elementary schools.

Vote YES on I1 to:

  •      Expand classroom space to support programs in science, technology, engineering, arts and math
  •      Make necessary repairs to leaky roofs, update bathrooms and address safety concerns
  •      Replace outdated portable classrooms
  •      Provide facilities and instructional technology needed to attract and retain the best teachers
  •      Provide up-to-date science labs, science equipment and learning technology to prepare students for college and modern careers
  •      Build new classrooms to prevent student overcrowding
  •      Ensure classrooms continue to meet current safety codes
  •      Improve energy and operational efficiency and utilize the savings to support classroom instruction

Local Control and Fiscal Accountability Requirements Keep Funds Focused on The Classroom

  •      Annual audits and independent citizen oversight ensure all funds are spent as promised
  •      No funds can be spent on teachers’ or administrators’ salaries 
  •      All funds must stay local and the State can’t take a penny
  •      Strong schools make a strong community

Please join local parents, teachers and community leaders in providing all students with 21st century classrooms and labs.

Vote Yes on I1.

Signers:

Jim Ott - College Educator, Former Banker

Debbie Look – Former PTA Leader + Parent

Kenneth H. Mano – Retired, IT Analyst, 45 year resident

Jan Batcheller – Business Owner

Tanya Ludden – Child Advocate + Former PTA Leader 

Arguments AGAINST

      

Arguments AGAINST

No argument was submitted against this measure.

Proposed legislation

FULL TEXT OF BOND PROPOSITION 

 

PLEASANTON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM SAFETY, RENOVATION,

CONSTRUCTION AND MODERNIZATION MEASURE 

    This Proposition may be known and referred to as the “Pleasanton Unified School District School and Classroom Safety, Renovation, Construction and Modernization Measure” or as “Measure __”. [designation to be assigned by County Registrar of Voters]

BOND AUTHORIZATION 

     By approval of this proposition by at least 55% of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the Pleasanton Unified School District (the “District”) shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $270,000,000 in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed under the heading entitled “BOND PROJECT LIST” below (the “Bond Project List”), subject to all of the accountability safeguards specified below.

ACCOUNTABILITY SAFEGUARDS 

     The provisions in this section are specifically included in this proposition in order that the voters and taxpayers of the District may be assured that their money will be spent to address specific facilities needs of the District, all in compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) of the California Constitution, and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000 (codified at Sections 15264 and following of the California Education Code (the “Education Code”)).

     Evaluation of Needs. The Board of Trustees of the District (the “Board”) has prepared a facilities plan and conducted an evaluation of building systems, in order to evaluate and address all of the facilities needs of the District at each campus and facility, and to determine which projects to finance from a local bond at this time. The Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List.

     Limitations on Use of Bonds. Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses. 

     Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The Board shall establish an independent citizens’ oversight committee (pursuant to Education Code Section 15278 and following), to ensure bond proceeds are expended only for the school projects listed in the Bond Project List. The committee shall be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the Board. In accordance with Section 15282 of the Education Code, the citizens’ oversight committee shall consist of at least seven members and shall include a member active in a business organization representing the business community located within the District, a member active in a senior citizens’ organization, a member active in a bona fide taxpayers’ organization, a member that is a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District, and a member that is both a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District and active in a parent-teacher organization. No employee or official of the District and no vendor, contractor or consultant of the District shall be appointed to the citizens’ oversight committee.  

     Annual Performance Audits. The Board shall conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. These audits shall be conducted in accordance with the Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States for performance audits.  The results of these audits shall be made publicly available and shall be submitted to the citizens’ oversight committee in accordance with Section 15286 of the Education Code.

     Annual Financial Audits. The Board shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. These audits shall be conducted in accordance with the Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States for financial audits.  The results of these audits shall be made publicly available and shall be submitted to the citizens’ oversight committee in accordance with Section 15286 of the Education Code.

     Special Bond Proceeds Account; Annual Report to Board. Upon approval of this proposition and the sale of any bonds approved, the Board shall take actions necessary to establish an account in which proceeds of the sale of bonds will be deposited. As long as any proceeds of the bonds remain unexpended, the Superintendent of the District shall cause a report to be filed with the Board no later than January 1 of each year, commencing January 1, 2018, stating (a) the amount of bond proceeds received and expended in that year, and (b) the status of any project funded or to be funded from bond proceeds. The report may relate to the calendar year, fiscal year, or other appropriate annual period as the Superintendent of the District shall determine, and may be incorporated into the annual budget, audit, or other appropriate routine report to the Board.

     Other Accountability Safeguards.  The District shall structure the bonds to mature in compliance with Section 147(b) of the Internal Revenue Code (or any successor thereto), which requires bonds to mature in a manner consistent with the useful lives of the assets financed.  

FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS 

     Joint-Use Projects. The District may enter into agreements with other public agencies or nonprofit organizations for joint use of school facilities financed with the proceeds of the bonds in accordance with Education Code Section 17077.42 (or any successor provision). The District may seek State grant funds for eligible joint-use projects as permitted by law, and this proposition hereby specifies and acknowledges that bond funds will or may be used to fund all or a portion of the local share for any eligible joint-use projects identified in the Bond Project List or as otherwise permitted by California State regulations, as the Board shall determine.

     Single Purpose. All of the purposes enumerated in this proposition shall be united and voted upon as one single proposition, pursuant to Education Code Section 15100, and all the enumerated purposes shall constitute the specific single purpose of the bonds, and proceeds of the bonds shall be spent only for such purpose, pursuant to California Government Code Section 53410.

     Other Terms of the Bonds. When sold, the bonds shall bear interest at an annual rate not exceeding the statutory maximum, and that interest shall be made payable at the time or times permitted by law. The bonds may be issued and sold in several series, and no bond shall be made to mature more than the statutory maximum number of years from the date borne by that bond.  

BOND PROJECT LIST 

     The Bond Project List below lists the specific projects the District proposes to finance with proceeds of the bonds. The Bond Project List shall be considered a part of the bond proposition and shall be reproduced in any official document required to contain the full statement of the bond proposition. Listed projects will be completed as needed at a particular school or facility site according to Board-established priorities, and the order in which such projects appear on the Bond Project List is not an indication of priority for funding or completion. Any authorized repairs shall be capital expenditures. The Bond Project List does not authorize non-capital expenditures. Each project is assumed to include its share of costs of the election and bond issuance, construction-related costs, such as project and construction management, architectural, engineering, inspection and similar planning and testing costs, demolition and interim housing costs, legal, accounting and similar fees, costs related to the independent annual financial and performance audits, a contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs, and other costs incidental to and necessary for completion of the listed projects (whether the related work is performed by the District or third parties). The final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction contracts are awarded, and projects are completed.  Therefore, the Board cannot guarantee that the bonds will provide sufficient funds to allow completion of all listed projects. Alternatively, if the District obtains unexpected funds from non-bond sources with respect to listed projects, such projects may be enhanced, supplemented or expanded to the extent of such funds. Some projects may be subject to further government approvals, including by State officials and boards and/or local environmental or agency approval. Inclusion of a project on the Bond Project List is not a guarantee that the project will be completed (regardless of whether bond funds are available).

     The specific projects authorized to be financed with proceeds of the bonds under this proposition are as follows: 

SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM SAFETY, RENOVATION,

CONSTRUCTION AND MODERNIZATION PROJECTS

The following projects are authorized to be financed at all school sites and school support facilities.  

School Site Safety and Security Projects

•   Upgrade and/or acquire and install exterior lighting, fire detection and suppression, security alarm, video surveillance, emergency, master key and door lock, clock, bell, data, voice and audio-visual communication (including telephone and public address) systems, networks, fixtures, equipment and controls.  

•    Renovate, repair, replace, upgrade, expand and/or install and improve fencing. All or portions of these facilities may be used as joint-use projects within the meaning of Section 17077.42(c) of the Education Code (or any successor provision).

21st Century Learning Environment Projects

•   Construct new science labs and related school facilities, and furnish and equip such labs and facilities.  

•    Upgrade, acquire and install technology equipment, fixtures and infrastructure, including computers, tablets, mobile devices, software, interactive educational technology, digital projectors, document cameras, amplification devices, monitors, audio systems, video systems, network equipment (including servers, network interface devices, network switches and routers, firewalls, network security equipment, racking, power and cooling equipment, wiring and uninterruptible power supplies), etc.  

•    Upgrade, replace, acquire and/or install media, audio/visual equipment, and other technology equipment and fixtures, including smart boards.   All or portions of these facilities may be used as joint-use projects within the meaning of Section 17077.42(c) of the Education Code (or any successor provision).

School Renovation, Repair and Upgrade Projects

•    Renovate, replace, upgrade, acquire, install and/or integrate major site/building/utility systems, equipment and related infrastructure and housing, including lighting, electrical (including electrical switchgear and related infrastructure for modern technology), heating, refrigeration, cooling and ventilation, water (including hydration stations), sewer, plumbing (including new toilet systems), gas, irrigation, drainage, and energy efficiency/management monitoring systems, networks, fixtures, equipment and controls. 

•    Acquire, install, upgrade and/or construct renewable energy and/or energy-saving systems, improvements and equipment, including electricity generation and distribution systems and/or water heating systems, natural light improvements, upgraded insulation and roofing, efficient lighting, windows and window coverings, shade structures, energy management and conservation systems, and other passive technologies, and structures to support such systems, improvements and equipment and related infrastructure.

•    Renovate, repair, re-configure and/or modernize portable classroom buildings or replace such buildings with permanent or modular classroom buildings.

•    Repair, renovate, replace, upgrade, acquire, and install roofing and insulation.

•    Modernize, upgrade, renovate, rehabilitate, re-configure, expand and/or upgrade classrooms, classroom buildings, labs, restrooms, common areas and school support facilities (including library, multipurpose room/auditorium, food storage, preparation and service, cafeteria and office/staff support facilities, whether permanent, portable or modular, including interior and exterior (as applicable)), doors, windows, door and window hardware, roofs, rain gutters and downspouts, walls, ceilings and floors and finishes, paint, siding, insulation, casework, cabinets, secured storage, carpets, drapes, window coverings, infrastructure, lighting, sinks, drinking fountains, fixtures, signage, fencing, landscaping, furniture and equipment.

All or portions of these facilities may be used as joint-use projects within the meaning of Section 17077.42(c) of the Education Code (or any successor provision).

New Elementary School

Acquisition and construction of a new elementary school and related facilities, including:

•   Acquisition of land, rights-of-way and easements made necessary by construction of such facilities.

•    Planning, designing, and constructing the school and related facilities, including costs related to construction services, architectural design, engineering, site inspection and testing services and plan review fees.

•    Associated onsite and offsite development, demolition of existing structures, and other improvements made necessary for construction of such facilities.

•    Construction of such school and related facilities and grounds, including necessary supporting infrastructure.

•    Acquisition and installation of furnishings and equipment related to the constructed facilities.

All or portions of these facilities may be used as joint-use projects within the meaning of Section 17077.42(c) of the Education Code (or any successor provision). 

 Refinancing of Certificates of Participation

(Retiring Existing Debt) 

Acquisition of all or a portion of any school site or facility, or an interest therein, or make  lease payments with respect to any school site or facility, encumbered in order to refinance capital improvements projects pursuant to the portion of the District’s 2010 Refunding Certificates of Participation attributable to the Alameda-Contra Costa Schools Financing Authority Variable Rate Demand Certificates of Participation (Capital Improvement Financing Projects, Series K) executed and delivered in 2002, which financed, among other things, additional classrooms and facilities at Amador Valley High School and Foothill High School and a child care facility.  This project shall be completed only if there is debt service savings and the refinancing shall not extend the maturity of the prior obligation. 

Miscellaneous 

All listed bond projects include the following as needed:

•    Removal of hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead paint as needed.

•    Construction and/or installation of access improvements for disabled persons, as required by state and federal law.

•    Planning, designing and providing temporary housing necessary for listed bond projects.

•    Necessary onsite and offsite preparation or restoration in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling, or installation or removal of relocatable buildings, including demolition of structures; removing, replacing, or installing irrigation, drainage, utility lines (gas, water, sewer, electrical, data and voice, etc.), trees and landscaping; relocating fire access roads; and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, land or rights of way made necessary by listed bond projects. 

•    Address other unforeseen conditions revealed by construction, renovation or modernization (including plumbing or gas line breaks, dry rot, seismic and structural deficiencies, etc.).

•    Acquire or construct storage facilities and other space on an interim basis, as needed to accommodate construction materials, equipment, and personnel, and interim classrooms (including relocatables) for students and school functions or other storage for classroom materials displaced during construction.

•   For any project involving renovation, rehabilitation or repair of a building or the major portion of a building, the District shall be authorized to proceed with new replacement construction/re-construction instead (including any necessary demolition), if the Board of Trustees of the District determines that replacement and new construction/re-construction is more practical than renovation, rehabilitation and repair, considering the building’s age, condition, expected remaining life, comparative cost and other relevant factors.

•    Furnishing and equipping of classrooms and other school facilities; furnishing and equipping shall include initial purchases, and scheduled and necessary replacements, upgrades and updating of technology.

•    All other costs and work necessary and incidental to the listed bond projects. 

 

 

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