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Special District
November 8, 2016California General Election

Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Facilities Improvement District 1
Measure M-16 Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

10,343 votes yes (57.57%)

7,623 votes no (42.43%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (21/21).
  • 19,352 ballots counted.

To repair, acquire, upgrade, equip and construct school classrooms and facilities including science, technology, engineering, arts, and math classrooms; expand career technical education; replace aging portables, fix leaky roofs, repair deteriorating plumbing/ electrical wiring; and improve building earthquake safety, shall the School Facilities Improvement District No.1 of Paso Robles Joint Unified School District be authorized to issue $95,000,000 of bonds with legal interest rates, independent citizens' oversight, annual audits, all funds spent on local schools and not for administrator salaries or taken by the State?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

          This measure will determine whether the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District (“the District”) may issue $95 million in bonds to improve school facilities within School Facilities Improvement District No. 1 (“the SFID”), an improvement district previously established by the Board of Trustees of the District (“the Board”) under California Education Code section 15300 et seq. The measure is placed on the ballot by the Board and will become effective if 55% of the voters of the SFID vote “yes” on the measure.

          On November 7, 2000, California voters passed “Proposition 39,” amending Article XIIIA, section 1(b)(3) and Article XVI, section 18 of the California Constitution.  The amendments authorize the District to incur bonded indebtedness for the purpose of financing the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, in accordance with certain accountability requirements. To implement the requirements of Proposition 39, the Legislature enacted the “Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bond Act of 2000” (Educ. Code, § 15264, et seq.; “the Act”). This measure is proposed in accordance with the Act.

          If approved, the measure will authorize the District to issue up to $95 million in general obligation bonds, to bear interest at a rate not to exceed the maximum permitted by law. The types of improvement projects to be funded by bond proceeds are included in the Bond Project List (included in the full-text of the measure). In accordance with the Act, the Board has certified that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction, enrollment growth and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List. 

          Revenue from bond sales will be used only to repair, acquire, upgrade, equip and construct classrooms and school facilities within the SFID, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and employee salaries and other school operating expenses. Approval of the bond measure does not guarantee that particular projects will be funded.

         Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable from the proceeds of ad valorem taxes levied annually on taxable real property within the SFID. These taxes would be in addition to the property taxes currently levied on taxpayers within the SFID. The amount of the increased taxes each year would depend upon the amount needed to pay the principal and interest on the bonds. The District’s Tax Rate Statement, which accompanies this analysis, reflects an estimate of the maximum property tax levies required to service the bonds. The actual tax rates may vary depending on the timing of sales, amount of bonds sold, fluctuations in market interest rates, and changes in assessed valuations.

          Performance and financial audits must be completed annually to ensure that bond proceeds are spent only as specified in the measure. An independent citizens’ oversight committee will monitor expenditures and provide oversight. Bond proceeds will be deposited in a separate account. As long as any bond proceeds remain unexpended, annual reports will be filed with the Board stating the amount of funds collected and expended, and the status of projects authorized by the measure.

         A “yes” vote on this measure is a vote in favor of the District issuing $95 million in bonds to improve school facilities within the SFID. 

          A “no” vote on this measure is a vote against the District issuing $95 million to improve school facilities within the SFID. 

 

— RITA L. NEAL County Counsel

Tax rate

          An election will be held in School Facilities Improvement District No. 1 of the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District (“SFID No. 1”) on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $95 million in bonds of SFID No. 1 to finance school facilities.

          If the bonds are authorized and sold, debt service thereon will be payable from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property within SFID No. 1. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the Elections Code of the State of California.

          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 $0.04853 per $100 ($48.53 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017 - 2018.

          2.     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 last series of bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.04853 per $100 ($48.53 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2026 - 2027.

          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 $0.04853 per $100 ($48.53 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal years 2017 - 2018.

          4.     The best estimate of the average tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue during the life of the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.04775 per $100 ($47.75 per $100,000) of assessed valuation.

          5.     The best estimate of the total debt service, including principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is $163,477,337.

          Voters should note that the 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.  Property owners should consult their own property tax bills 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 and SFID No. 1. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply 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 the need for construction funds and other factors, including the legal limitations on bonds approved by a 55% 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 SFID No. 1 as determined by the County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

— Chris Williams Superintendent, Paso Robles Joint Unified School District

YES vote means

A “yes” vote on this measure is a vote in favor of the District issuing $95 million in bonds to improve school facilities within the SFID. 

NO vote means

A “no” vote on this measure is a vote against the District issuing $95 million to improve school facilities within the SFID. 

Proposed legislation

To repair, acquire, upgrade, equip and construct school classrooms and facilities including science, technology, engineering, arts, and math classrooms; expand career technical education; replace aging portables, fix leaky roofs, repair deteriorating plumbing/ electrical wiring; and improve building earthquake safety, shall the School Facilities Improvement District No.1 of Paso Robles Joint Unified School District be authorized to issue $95,000,000 of bonds with legal interest rates, independent citizens’ oversight, annual audits, all funds spent on local schools and not for administrator salaries or taken by the State?

Bonds—Yes                                                                        Bonds—No

                                                                                                                                               

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this proposition by at least 55 percent of the registered voters voting on the measure within School Facilities Improvement District No. 1 of the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District (“SFID No. 1”), the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District (the "District") will be authorized to issue and sell bonds on behalf of SFID No. 1 of up to $95 million in aggregated principal at interest rates not in excess of the legal limit and to provide financing for the specific projects listed in the Bond Project List described below, subject to all the accountability requirements specified below.

The Bonds may be issued under the provisions of the California Education Code (starting at Section 15100), under the provisions of the California Government Code (starting at Section 53506), or under any other provision of law authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds by school districts.  The Bonds may be issued in series by the District from time to time, and each series of Bonds shall mature within the legal limitations set forth in the applicable law under which the Bonds are issued.

FINANCING PLAN

The District intends to use the Bonds to repair, renovate and equip schools, facilities and classrooms throughout SFID No. 1 as set forth on the Bond Project List.  No series of Bonds will be issued if such issuance would cause the tax rate levied to pay debt service on all of the outstanding Bonds to exceed the Proposition 39 limits per one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) of taxable property, based on projections made by the District at the time of issuance of such series of Bonds.

ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS

The provisions in this section are specifically included in this proposition in order that the voters and taxpayers in SFID No. 1 may be assured that their money will be spent wisely.  Expenditures to address specific facility needs of the District will be in compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3), of the State Constitution and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000 (codified at Education Code Sections 15264 and following).

Evaluation of Needs.  The Board of Trustees of the District (the “Board of Trustees”) has identified detailed facility needs of the District and has determined which projects to finance from a local bond at this time.  The Board of Trustees hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction, enrollment growth, and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List shown below.

Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee.  The Board of Trustees shall establish an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee under Education Code Section 15278 and following to ensure that bond proceeds are expended only on the school facilities projects listed below.  The committee will be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the Board of Trustees. 

Performance Audits.  The Board of Trustees shall conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects described in the Bond Project List below.

Financial Audits.  The Board of Trustees shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects described in the Bond Project List below.

Annual Report.  The Chief Business Officer of the District will cause an annual report to be filed with the Board of Trustees, the first report to be filed not later than one year after the issuance of the first series of the bonds, which report will contain pertinent information regarding the amount of funds collected and expended, as well as the status of the projects listed in this measure, as required by applicable California law.

Expenditure of Bond Proceeds.  The proceeds from the sale of the SFID No. 1’s bonds will be used only for the purposes specified in this measure, and not for any other purpose.  Such proceeds will be deposited into a Project Fund to be held by the San Luis Obispo County Treasurer, as required by the California Education Code.

FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS

No Administrator Salaries.  Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the school facilities projects on the Bond Project List below, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.

BOND PROJECT LIST

The Board of Trustees of the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District is committed to protecting the quality of education in our local schools with safe, secure, upgraded classrooms and labs so that all students are prepared for college and/or good paying jobs.  To that end, the Board evaluated the District’s facility’s needs and prepared a comprehensive 2016 Facilities Master Plan to develop the scope of projects to be funded.  The Board, in developing the project list and priorities, solicited input from community members, teachers, and staff.

Proceeds of the Bonds will be used to upgrade, repair, construct, renovate and equip schools, facilities and classrooms (as listed below) throughout SFID No. 1.  The exact size, configuration and location of each project will be determined by the Board of Trustees based on the needs of the District.

Major repairs, renovations, improvements, constructions and equipment acquisitions shall include but not be limited to:

  • Constructing or renovating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM) facilities and classrooms
  • Upgrading career technical education/vocational education facilities to align curriculum and facilities across grade levels
  • Replacing portable classrooms with permanent facilities
  • Repairing or replacing leaking roofs, deteriorating plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems, where needed
  • Constructing new classrooms and classroom buildings
  • Renovating and repairing existing classrooms and school facilities
  • Updating safety, security and fire alarm systems
  • Constructing or renovating multipurpose rooms
  • Upgrading electrical systems to support demands of modern technology
  • Constructing and improving school libraries
  • Upgrading science labs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specific projects and District facilities to be improved include:

Daniel E. Lewis Middle School

  • Build two story classroom building
  • Construct new classrooms
  • Remove relocatables
  • Upgrade library/multipurpose room/computer lab
  • Expand library
  • Refurbish restrooms and locker rooms
  • Improve parking and student drop-off  

George H. Flamson Middle School

  • Construct new classrooms
  • Build new cafeteria
  • Renovate existing classrooms
  • Replace locker rooms, fitness and wrestling rooms
  • Remove antiquated buildings
  • Improve playfields

 

 

 

 

Georgia Brown Dual Immersion Magnet School

  • Construct new classrooms
  • Remove relocatables
  • Renovate shade structure and gazebo
  • Renovate playfields
  • Construct new library and multi-purpose room
  • Renovate kindergarten
  • Renovate existing classrooms and school buildings
  • Expand hard court
  • Improve student drop-off
  • Improve bus drop-off   

Glen Speck Academy of the Arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Construct new classrooms
  • Remove relocatables and antiquated building
  • Upgrade library
  • Build computer lab
  • Renovate student restrooms, school office and support facilities
  • Renovate playfields
  • Improve and expand hard court
  • Construct multi-purpose room/performing arts building
  • Improve parking and student drop-off
  • Renovate existing classrooms and facilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kermit King Elementary School

  • Construct new classrooms
  • Remove relocatable
  • Renovate shade structure
  • Field Renovation
  • Improve student drop-off and parking  

Marie Bauer Preschool

 

 

 

 

  • Remove existing buildings
  • Improve existing parking and student drop-off
  • Construct classrooms
  • Build new play area
  • Add new parking

 

 

 

 

Paso Robles Jt. USD Aquatics Complex

  • Construct 50-meter competition and 25-meter lap pools
  • Construct pool deck
  • Install bleachers and concessions
  • Build changing rooms, locker rooms and restrooms
  • Construct pool equipment room
  • Install solar water heating        

 

 

 

Pat Butler Elementary School

  • Construct new classrooms
  • Improve handicap access
  • Remove relocatable
  • Move ball wall
  • Renovate shade structure
  • Re-grade playfields
  • Improve student drop-off and parking area

Virginia Peterson Elementary School

  • Construct new classrooms
  • Remove relocatables
  • Renovate playfields
  • Improve handicap access
  • Improve bus drop-off   

 

 

 

 

Winifred Pifer Elementary School

  • Renovate shade structure
  • Renovate playfields
  • Improve student drop-off

 

 

Scope of Projects.  The Projects which are described above include all related and incidental costs, including their share of the costs of the election and bond issuance and costs of design, engineering, architect and other professional services, inspections, site preparation, demolition, utilities, and other planning, legal, accounting and similar costs, independent annual financial and performance audits, a customary contingency, and other costs incidental to and necessary for completion of the listed Projects.

In addition to the Projects listed above, the repair and renovation of each of the existing school facilities may include, but not be limited to, some or all of the following: renovate student and staff restrooms; installation of signage, clocks, bells and fencing; repair and replace heating and ventilation systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies; repair and replace worn-out and deteriorated roofs, windows, walls, doors and drinking fountains; improve school facilities for disability access; install wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; upgrade support facilities, repair and replace gas, water and sewer systems and lines, fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; resurface or replace hard courts, asphalt, turf and irrigation systems and campus landscaping; interior and exterior painting and floor covering; demolition; construct various forms of storage and support spaces and classrooms; repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems; improve or reconstruct playgrounds, athletic fields and play apparatus; and replace outdated security fences and security systems (including access control systems). 

The scope and nature of any of the specific Projects described may be altered by the District as required by unforeseen conditions that may arise during the course of design and construction.  In the event that a modernization or renovation project will result in higher costs than relocation and construction, this bond measure authorizes land acquisition, relocation and reconstruction, and all costs relating thereto, for said reasons or based on other considerations deemed in the best interest of the District by the Board of Trustees.  In addition, this measure authorizes the acquisition of real property required to expand or provide school facility projects at the listed sites.

The aquatic facility will be a district wide facility supporting physical education, athletic, swimming, and emergency water safety programs in all schools as well as for community use outside of school hours, including senior health and wellness programs.  The facility is currently planned to be constructed on the Paso Robles High School campus.  In addition to bond funding, the District will seek private donations and joint-use funding to complete the project.

Bond proceeds may also be expended to acquire equipment in any classroom or other educational facility within the District.  The District may alter the scope and nature of any of the specific projects that are described below as required by conditions that arise over time.

Whenever specific items are included in the following list, they are presented to provide examples and are not intended to limit the generality of the broader description of authorized projects. The order in which particular projects are listed is not intended to indicate priority for funding or completion.

Projects Subject to Available Funding. The foregoing list of projects is subject to the availability of adequate funding to the District for SFID No. 1.  Approval of the bond measure does not guarantee that the proposed projects in SFID No. 1 that are the subject of bonds under the measure will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by the bond measure. The District plans to pursue funds from the State of California, if available, to complete certain of the identified Projects. The District's proposal for the Projects may assume the receipt of matching state funds, which could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure. 

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