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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
Special District

Grossmont Union High School District
Measure BB Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

105,700 votes yes (60%)

70,458 votes no (40%)

[$128 Million Bond Issue to Fund Repairs and Upgrades]
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To upgrade East County high school classrooms/labs/facilities; repair aging roofs, plumbing/electrical systems; modernize technology infrastructure; improve student safety/security; replace deteriorated portables; construct new school facilities to accommodate growth; and renovate career-training facilities for instruction in science, technology, engineering, math and skilled trades; shall Grossmont Union High School District issue $128,000,000 in bonds at legal interest rates, with independent citizen oversight, annual audits, no funding for administrator salaries, and all money benefitting East County high schools?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “YES” vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the District to issue and sell $128,000,000 in general obligation bonds. 

NO vote means

A “NO” vote is a vote against authorizing the District to issue and sell $128,000,000 in general obligation bonds. 

Background

San Diego County Counsel

This measure was placed on the ballot by the governing board of the Grossmont Union High School District (“District”). 

Impartial analysis / Proposal

San Diego County Counsel

This measure, if approved by 55% of the votes cast on the measure, will authorize the District to issue and sell $128,000,000 in general obligation bonds. The sale of these bonds by the District is for the purpose of raising money for the District, and represents a debt of the District. In exchange for the money received from the bond holders, the District promises to pay the holders an amount of interest for a certain period of time, and to repay the bonds on the expiration date.

Voter approval of this measure will also authorize an annual tax to be levied upon the taxable property within the District. The purpose of this tax is to generate sufficient revenue to pay interest on the bonds as it becomes due and to provide a fund for payment of the principal on or before maturity.

Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this measure may be used by the District 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.

The interest rate on any bond, which is established at the time of bond issuance, could not exceed 12% per annum. The final maturity date of any bond could be no later than 40 years after the date the bonds are issued as determined by the District.

The tax authorized by this measure is consistent with the requirements of the California Constitution. The California Constitution permits property taxes, above the standard one percent (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, by evaluating safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs, has approved a list of specific projects to be funded,
(3) the District will conduct an annual, independent performance audit, and
(4) the District will conduct an annual, independent financial audit.

If a bond measure is approved, state law requires the District to establish an independent citizens’ oversight committee. The District has made this ballot measure subject to these requirements.

Approval of this measure does not guarantee that the proposed projects in the District that are the subject of these bonds will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by this measure. 

Tax rate

Superintendent of Grossmont Union High School District

An election will be held in the Grossmont Union High School District (the “District”) on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $128,000,000 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 rate 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 $0.01085 per $100 ($10.85 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 $0.01085 per $100 ($10.85 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2020-21.

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 $0.01085 per $100 ($10.85 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2020-21.

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 $256,162,445. 

The estimated rates presented above apply only to the taxes levied to pay bonds authorized by this measure. Additional taxes will be levied to pay bonds issued pursuant to prior and future authorizations. 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: August 4, 2016.

/s/

Timothy Glover
Superintendent of Grossmont Union High School District 

STATEMENT REQUIRED BY EDUCATION CODE SECTION 15122.5
Approval of Measure BB does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the Grossmont Union High School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure BB will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure BB. The school district’s proposal for the project or 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.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE BB

 

Everyday 21,860 East County students attend school on Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) campuses, including: El Cajon Valley, El Capitan, Granite Hills, Grossmont, Helix, IDEA Center, Mount Miguel, Monte Vista, Santana, Steele Canyon, Valhalla, and West Hills high schools. Whether preparing for college or pursuing career pathways in high-demand skilled trades, East County high school students DEPEND on these facilities to get college- and career-ready.

Repairs and upgrades are needed to give East County students the same opportunities as others to compete for college and 21st century careers. Measure BB will help.

Measure BB will:

  • Repair leaky roofs, deteriorated plumbing, air conditioning, and electrical systems
  • Renovate career-training facilities for science, technology, engineering, math and skilled trades
  • Upgrade classrooms and technology to meet rising college/university admission requirements
  • Rehabilitate or replace aging student support facilities (e.g. labs, libraries, restrooms, etc.)
  • Improve campus safety, security and access for disabled students

A typical homeowner would pay about $32/year - less than $3/month. Whether or not you have school-age children, this is a wise investment. Good schools protect property values.

Passing Measure BB also qualifies GUHSD for up to $50 million in State matching funds, leveraging local taxpayer dollars even further.

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY IS REQUIRED:

  • ALL funds STAY LOCAL for East County high schools
  • NO funds are allowed for administrators' salaries or pensions
  • Independent Citizens' Oversight and mandatory audits ensure proper spending

In today’s economy, good-paying jobs require specialized training and education. Passing Measure BB means that college bound students will be able to properly prepare for higher education, and students seeking jobs immediately after graduation, will get the job training they need.

Please – for our kids and our community - join the San Diego County Taxpayers Association, teachers, parents, GUHSD alumni, and civic leaders across East County VOTING YES to keep our high schools moving forward.

VOTE YES on BB.

YESforEastCountyHighSchools.com

GREG STEIN,
Chairman of the Board, 
San Diego County Taxpayers Association

EILEEN BAGG-RIZZO, 
San Diego County Teacher of the Year

DR. MARK ZACOVIC, 
Retired Cuyamaca College President

LISA STEWART, 
Parent Volunteer of the Year 2016
San Diego Co. School Boards Association

MAJOR JAMES PANKNIN USMC (Ret.),
Parent of GUHSD Graduate 

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE BB

 

Don’t be a victim of The School Bond Scam! (www.schoolbondscam.org)

News articles and campaign finance disclosures show Wall Streeters, contractors and consultants pay money to pass school bonds for their immediate profit leaving each taxpayer with decades of additional debt. Google: “Local School Bonds: Big Donors Win Big Contracts” OR Orange County Register’s “Bankers Push School Bonds for C.A.S.H.”

The School Bond Scammers gladly pay to pass bonds anticipating school boards will reward them with inflated no bid contracts in return. Google: Sweetwater school pay to play OR Fresno Leaseback FBI Arax.

Voice of San Diego’s August 6, 2012 investigative report revealed Poway School District’s "Capital Appreciation Bonds" put their taxpayers on the hook to pay back about $1 billion for their $105 million bond. Google: “Thanks a Billion”

California Taxpayers Action Network (www.caltan.org) is not against all school bonds and has supported those (i.e. Walnut Valley Unified School District) that contain proper internal controls to prevent waste and encourage good value for taxpayers.

This bond does not include such taxpayer protections. Contracts can be handed to favored contractors and consultants without regard to price!

Worse, this bond lacks a prioritized Project List with estimated project costs for each and a commitment to build the proposed projects in the promised prioritized order. This bond allows pet projects to be built instead of necessary ones.

Why does District need another bond so soon after their last one? Did they handout over priced contracts and put in astroturf fields with the last bond instead of making needed classroom repairs?

Vote NO until they propose a better bond next election.

California Taxpayers Action Network is a San Diego based all-volunteer, statewide network of taxpayer advocates who promote sound fiscal policies, practices and business methods by government entities for the public’s benefit and protection.

/s/

M. KEVIN O’NEILL,
President 
California Taxpayers Action Network 

EDWIN R. CUNNINGHAM
Resident/Taxpayer

MARK REVETTA

NICK MARINOVICH
Past GUHSD Band
Oversight Committee

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments FOR

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE BB

 

Measure BB’s tax increase is unfair to seniors and fixed income property owners.

Why another bond so soon? How can GUHSD still claim leaky roofs, rusty pipes or unsafe conditions after spending over half billion? Why was bond money wasted on pools, AstroTurf, bleachers or theaters instead of classrooms and student safety? Where’s Alpine’s high school? TOO MANY NO BID CONTRACTS TO FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS?

GUHSD has $494.5 million outstanding bonds with existing authority for $128 million more. Measure BB would give GUHSD an additional $128 million at a cost of $256 million to taxpayers.

On top of city imposed taxes, you already pay taxes for your elementary schools’ bonds and these districtwide taxes:

Metropolitan Water District
Grossmont Hospital District, 2006 bond
Grossmont Cuyamaca College District, 2002 bond
Grossmont Cuyamaca College District, 2012 bond
Grossmont High School District, 2004 bond
Grossmont High School District, 2008 bond

STOP TAXING US TO DEATH!

San Diego County Taxpayers Association endorsed Measure BB?!? Don’t be fooled. Many of their directors / officers profit directly / indirectly from school bonds. Should be called San Diego County “TAXTAKERS” Association.

Is SDCTA looking out for taxpayers or themselves? They endorsed Poway ’s $105m bond that’s now costing taxpayers nearly $1 billion. Why? They profit! Google: Gonsalves Taxpayers cozy.

GUHSD Trustee Priscilla Schreiber voted against putting Measure BB on ballot. Google her article “Grossmont Bond Overseers Are Being Snookered.” To silence her valid criticisms GUHSD implemented REDISTRICTING.

Promised Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee = toothless tiger. Measure BB lacks specific prioritized project list with estimated costs so Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee can measure accountability.

Vote NO until these problems are fixed.

www.CalTAN.org

/s/

M. KEVIN O’NEILL, President California Taxpayers Action Network
MATTHEW MILLER, El Cajon Taxpayer/Resident
DOUGLAS G. BENSON, Alpine Taxpayer/Resident
RHONDA TURVEY, Blossom Valley Taxpayer/Resident
NICK MARINOVICH, La Mesa Resident/Taxpayer, Former GUHSD Citizens’ Bond Oversight Cmte. Member

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE BB

 

Measure BB’s opponents are either terribly misinformed or purposely distorting facts with misinformation. Moreover, they apparently haven't visited our high schools recently or they would know that Measure BB is absolutely needed and is a sound investment.

Consider THESE FACTS:

GUHSD school facility needs are REAL. They aren't going away.

The longer we wait to complete needed repairs and upgrades, the more expensive it will be.

BB’s Project List is based on an extensive study of GUHSD facility needs.

We cannot count on the State to fix our schools. With locally controlled BB funding, the District will encourage hiring local students from all state approved apprentice programs to complete BB projects.

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association conducted a full and thorough review of the measure, and has ENDORSED BB.

Taxpayer protections ARE MANDATORY. Independent Citizens Oversight and financial audits will ensure proper spending.

ALL BB funds stay LOCAL for East County high schools. Passage of BB qualifies Grossmont Union High School District for up to $50M in State matching funds, leveraging taxpayer dollars further.

These facts have convinced homeowners, realtors, business leaders, seniors, taxpayers and voters from all parties—in addition to parents and educators – to VOTE YES on BB.

If you value protecting the quality of East County high schools – whether to prepare students for college and careers, keep kids away from trouble, or simply to protect your property values – Measure BB deserves your support too.

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

For East County high schools, VOTE YES on Measure BB.

YESforEastCountyHighSchools.com

/s/

JOHN BERRAY
San Diego County Teacher of the Year

STEVE DEVAN 
Business Education Chair, 
San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce 

KAREN FLECK
Parent, Santee Person of the Year 2016
& Founder, West Hills High School Foundation

DR. MARK ARAPOSTATHIS 
Educator & Mayor City of La Mesa

CAPTAIN JACK R. EVANS, USN (ret.)
Veteran of WWII, Korea & Vietnam.
Purple Heart & Bronze Star Recipient 

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

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Yes on Measure BB
Yes for East County High Schools - Yes on BB 2016
Email YesforEastCountyHighSchools@gmail.com
Address:
1069 Graves Ave. #100
El Cajon, CA 92021
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