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High School Facilities Improvement InitiativeBond Measure

Special District
November 8, 2016California General Election

Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
Measure H-16 Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

23,818 votes yes (57.29%)

17,754 votes no (42.71%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (66/66).
  • 41,572 ballots counted.

To rebuild Santa Maria High, improve student safety, renovate and construct classrooms and support facilities at Righetti, Pioneer Valley and Delta high schools that provide modern learning environments, increase classroom technology and infrastructure, replace portable classrooms, and improve vocational career and college pathway facilities District-wide that support student achievement, shall Santa Maria Joint Union High School District be authorized to issue up to $114,000,000 in bonds, at legal interest rates, with an independent citizens' oversight committee and annual audits?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

This measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Trustees of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, which is the governing board of the school district. 

If approved by 55% of the voters voting on the proposition, this measure authorizes the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District (District) to issue and sell bonds of up to $114,000,000 in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed in the District’s Project List.  The Project List, as well as the full text of the measure, is printed in the ballot pamphlet.  None of the proceeds from the sale of bonds may be used for teacher or administrator salaries or operating expenses.

The bonds and interest thereon would be payable from property taxes levied on taxable property in the District.  These taxes would be in addition to the property taxes currently levied on taxpayers in the District.  The amount of the increased taxes each year would depend upon the amount needed to pay the principal and interest on the bonds.  

The bond measure includes the following accountability requirements:  

     A.     A requirement that the proceeds from the bond sale be used only for the above                    purposes and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator                        salaries, and other school operating expenses.

     B.     A list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded and certification that the                school district board has evaluated safety, class size reduction, and information                     technology needs in developing that list.  

     C.     A requirement that the school district board conduct an annual, independent                        performance audit to ensure that the funds have been spent only on the specific                  school facilities projects listed in the Project List.

     D.     A requirement that the school district board conduct an annual, independent                        financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of such proceeds have been spent for                the school facilities projects listed in the Project List.

      E.    If the measure is approved, the District Board of Trustees will also establish a                      citizens' oversight committee to ensure bond proceeds are used only to fund the                  specific projects listed in the Project List, as printed in the ballot pamphlet. 

 

— Michael C. Ghizzoni County Counsel

Tax rate

An election will be held in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District (the "District") on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $114,000,000 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 3.00           cents per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017-18.

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               3.00 cents per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2023-           24.

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 3.00 cents per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation           and is expected 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 approximately         $193,000,000.

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.

 

— Dr. Mark Richardson   Superintendent, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District

YES vote means

If approved by 55% of the voters voting on the proposition, this measure authorizes the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District (District) to issue and sell bonds of up to $114,000,000 in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed in the District’s Project List.  

Arguments FOR

In Santa Maria, we recognize the value of a good education and the contribution good schools have on the desirability of our community. But the impact of student learning continues to change rapidly in the 21st century and many of our classrooms are 40 to 60 years old. We need to modernize all classrooms and reconstruct portions of older schools to accommodate more modern classroom instruction and technology so our students are better prepared to compete for quality college and career opportunities. To assist, the District is eligible to receive over $50 million in State grants, but a local match is required.

As taxpayers and homeowners, we all agree quality schools improve property values, attract business and maintain the desirability of our community.

MEASURE “H-2016” will:

  • Rebuild the 80 year old Santa Maria High School campus into a modern 21st century high school facility reflective of its heritage and the quality of our newer schools
  • Modernize and upgrade existing classrooms, science labs and support facilities at all schools, including Righetti and Pioneer Valley, to support modern classroom instruction and technology for increased student achievement and teacher use
  • Construct additional college and vocational/career technical education facilities so students are better able to compete for better college or good paying opportunities upon graduation
  • Provide the required local match for eligible State grants for modernization and new construction of school facilities

MEASURE “H-2016” PROVIDES TAXPAYER SAFEGUARDS WE CAN ALL SUPPORT:

  • Establishes an independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee to ensure funds are spent on voter-approved school improvements with no monies for employee salaries 
  • Requires annual financial and performance audits

We need to make an investment in our schools to attract families, businesses and good paying jobs, and look forward to a stronger Santa Maria and improved student success.

VOTE YES on MEASURE “H-2016”!

The undersigned authors of the Argument in Favor of ballot measure H2016 at the Presidential General Election for the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District to be held on November 8, 2016 hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.

Dated: July 28, 2016

/s/ Jack Garvin, Board President of SMJUHSD

/s/ Jeffrey N. Hearn, Retired Superintendent of SMJUHSD

/s/ Alice Patino, Mayor of the City of Santa Maria

/s/ Willie Galvan, Business man

 

/s/ Ron Burk, AG Business

Proposed legislation

SANTA MARIA JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOL FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT INITIATIVE
This Proposition may be known and referred to as the “Santa Maria Joint Union High School District High School Facilities Improvement Initiative” or as “Measure H-16”.

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this proposition by at least 55% of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District (the “District”) shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $114,000,000 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”), and qualify to receive State of California matching grant funds, 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 Education of the District (the “Board”) has prepared a master schools improvement plan 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 facilities 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.

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.

Bonds may be Issued in Excess of Statutory Bonding Limit. Issuance of all of the authorized  bonds  might  require  the  outstanding  debt  of  the  District  to  exceed  its statutory bonding limit of 1.25% of the total assessed valuation of taxable property in the District. In that event, the District intends to seek a waiver of its bonding limit from the State Board of Education, which has the power to waive certain requirements of the Education Code applicable to the District. By approval of this proposition, the voters have authorized the District to seek such a waiver, and to issue authorized bonds in excess of the 1.25% limit as the State Board of Education may approve. No such waiver has yet been sought or granted.

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 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 bids are awarded, and projects are completed. In addition, certain construction funds expected from non-bond sources, including State of California grant funds for eligible projects, have not yet been secured. 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:

DISTRICT WIDE PROJECTS

The following projects are authorized to be financed District wide:

  • Acquire, construct, and modernize classrooms and related facilities to accommodate student enrollment and implementation of the District’s educational program
  • Replace portable classrooms with permanent classroom facilities
  • Modernize existing teaching facilities and classrooms to accommodate modern classroom instruction

  • Replace classrooms, reconfigure classrooms and facilities, and provide furnishings, fixtures, and equipment to meet current teaching standards and requirements

  • Upgrade fields, play courts, and athletic and performance spaces for school and community use

  • Update science labs, aging bathrooms, assembly spaces, emergency communication systems, and technology infrastructure

  • Retrofit classrooms with energy efficient air conditioning, heating, and safety systems to reduce overall costs and improve the classroom learning environment for students and teachers

  • Improve circulation and parking and reconfigure drop-off and pick-up areas at schools to enhance student safety and reduce neighborhood traffic delays

  • Construct, create and expand vocational classrooms and career technical facilities, including an agricultural farm

  • Address unforeseen conditions revealed by construction/modernization (e.g., plumbing or gas line breaks, dry rot, seismic, structural, etc.)

  • Perform necessary site preparation/restoration in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

SANTA MARIA HIGH SCHOOL

The following projects are authorized to be financed at Santa Maria High School:

  • Replace classrooms, reconfigure existing permanent classrooms and facilities, and provide furnishings, fixtures, and equipment to meet current teaching standards and requirements

  • Retrofit classrooms with energy efficient air conditioning, heating, and safety systems to improve the classroom learning environment for students and teachers

  • Replace existing portable classrooms with permanent classroom facilities

  • Construct new buildings to replace older portions of the campus with new classrooms, labs, and related facilities

  • Construct, create, and expand vocational classrooms and career technical facilities

  • Renovate and restore the Ethel Pope Auditorium

  • Upgrade and modernize classrooms to accommodate modern classroom instruction and meet current teaching standards and requirements

  • Construct new student services center, athletic fields and courts, and related facilities, and reconfigure main campus entry to improve vehicular and pedestrian circulation

  • Upgrade classroom buildings, labs, and related facilities and provide modern furniture, fixtures, and equipment to implement the District’s educational program

  • Increase parking and reconfigure drop-off and pick-up areas to enhance student safety and improve neighborhood circulation

  • Upgrade and integrate information technology infrastructure for new and modernized facilities and expand the use of digital technologies in the classroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

RIGHETTI HIGH SCHOOL

The following projects are authorized to be financed at Righetti High School:

  • Upgrade and modernize classrooms to accommodate modern classroom instruction and meet current teaching standards and requirements

  • Modernize library and upgrade existing labs, including engineering, industrial arts, and science classrooms, to support academic pathways and implement the District’s educational program

  • Replace existing portable classrooms with permanent classroom facilities

  • Construct practice gymnasium and performing arts facility to supply additional indoor athletic and performance space for organized sports, theater, choir, band, and community uses

  • Retrofit classrooms with energy efficient air conditioning, heating, and safety systems to improve the classroom learning environment for students and teachers

  • Construct, create, and expand vocational classrooms and career technical facilities

  • Upgrade classroom buildings, labs, and related facilities and provide modern furniture, fixtures, and equipment to implement the District’s educational program

  • Improve parking and reconfigure drop-off and pick-up areas to enhance student safety and improve neighborhood circulation

  • Upgrade and integrate information technology infrastructure for new and modernized facilities and expand the use of digital technologies in the classroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

PIONEER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

  • Upgrade and modernize classrooms and related facilities to accommodate modern classroom instruction and meet current teaching standards and requirements

  • Construct, create, and expand vocational classrooms and career technical facilities

  • Upgrade classroom buildings, labs, and related facilities and provide modern furniture, fixtures, and equipment to implement the District’s educational program

  • Upgrade information technology infrastructure and expand the use of digital technologies in the classroom

 

 

 

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

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.

  • Associated onsite and offsite development, demolition and other improvements made necessary by listed bond projects.

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

  • Purchase of any rights-of-way and/or easements made necessary by listed bond projects.

 

 

 

 

 

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