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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
Special District

Hueneme Elementary School District
Measure B - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

3,491 votes yes (69.43%)

1,537 votes no (30.57%)

100% of precincts reporting (20/20).

5,407 ballots counted.

School District Bond
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To improve the quality of education; upgrade, modernize, and construct classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; repair or replace leaky roofs; renovate plumbing, sewer, and build new classrooms; shall the Hueneme Elementary School District issue $34,200,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, raising between $1,300,000 and $3,300,000 annually at a rate of approximately $0.03 per $100 assessed value, with annual audits, an independent citizens' oversight committee, NO money for salaries, and funding that cannot be taken by the State?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Ventura County Counsel

Measure “B” was placed on the ballot by the governing Board of the Hueneme Elementary School District. Under the Constitution, school districts may issue general obligation bonds if approved by at least 55% of the District’s voters. A “Yes”  vote on Measure B would permit the District to issue Bonds in an amount not to exceed $34.2 Million for the upgrading, modernizing, constructing, repairing, renovating, and replacing of the District school facilities listed in Measure B’s School  Facilities Projects List.

According to the District’s Tax Rate Statement (signed by the District’s Superintendent), Bonds would be issued at legal interest rates resulting in a tax estimated at $0.03 per $100 of assessed valuation (i.e., $30.00 per $100,000 of assessed  value). The District Superintendent also estimates that the total debt service, including principal and interest, that may be required to be paid if all the bonds are issued and sold is approximately $62.5 million. The final fiscal year during which  the tax will be collected for the Bonds is estimated to be 2047-48.

Bond proceeds may be used only for Measure B’s stated purposes. Measure B’s stated purposes include the following: financing the design, acquisition, installation, restoration, and construction of schools and school facilities; payment for  improvements and upgrades to school facilities, as well as related costs, including, but not limited to, financing the following: modernizing, repairing, and rehabilitating existing school facilities and adding certain new school facilities. Specific  projects listed in Measure B include, but are not limited to, repairing and replacing leaky roofs; expanding school libraries; renovating school bathroom facilities; and reconstruction, renovation, modernization, and construction of classrooms, libraries, computer labs, roofs, playgrounds, plumbing, electrical and network infrastructure, walkways, fields, and related projects. Measure B’s proceeds cannot be used for teacher or administrator salaries or other non-construction related operating expenses.

If Measure B passes, the Board must establish an independent citizens’ oversight committee to ensure bond proceeds are expended only for authorized purposes. This independent citizens’ oversight committee must prepare and submit annual  reports to the Board detailing bond proceeds collected and expended, to ensure that the funds are spent solely for projects in Measure B’s School Facilities Projects List and for no other purposes.

Principal and interest on the Bonds will be payable only from proceeds of ad valorem taxes levied upon taxable property within the District. These taxes would be in addition to the other real property taxes levied in the District. The amount of  increased taxes will depend upon the amount needed to pay principal and interest on the Bonds but is estimated to range from $1.3M to $3.3M annually.

Approval of Measure B does not guarantee that all projects specified in Measure B’s School Facilities Projects List will be funded beyond what can be funded with local revenues generated by the Bonds. Measure B’s School Facilities Projects List  includes some projects that may require receipt of matching State funds for completion, which could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a separate Statewide bond measure.

* Section 9500 of the California Elections Code requires the County Counsel to prepare an Impartial Analysis for each school measure appearing on the ballot.

Tax rate

Superintendent Hueneme Elementarty School District

           As shown on the enclosed official ballot, an election is being held in the Hueneme Elementary School District (“District”) on June 5, 2018, for the purpose of submitting to the registered voters within the District the question of whether  the District shall issue and sell bonds in an amount not to exceed $34.2 million for the purpose of providing funds for the specified school facilities and school projects as set forth in the resolution of the District calling such bond election. This measure will authorize a tax sufficient for payment of interest on, and redemption of, the bonds. The bonds shall bear interest at a rate, or rates, to be established at such time as the bonds are sold, in one or more series, at fixed or variable  interest rates not to exceed the maximum applicable statutory rate for such bonds. If such bonds are authorized and sold, the principal thereof and the interest thereon are a general obligation of the District, payable from the proceeds of ad  valorem taxes on taxable real property located within the District.

           The following information is submitted in compliance with California Elections Code Sections 9401 through 9404 based on estimates of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement:

           (a) The best estimate from official sources of the average annual tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue during the entire duration of the bond debt service (repayment of the bonds) based on estimated  assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, which is a projection based on experience within the same jurisdiction or other demonstrable factors, is $0.03 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $30 per $100,000 of assessed  value). The final fiscal year in which it is anticipated that the tax will be collected is 2047-48.

           (b) The best estimate from official sources of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund such bond issue(s) based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, which is a projection based on experience within the same jurisdiction or other demonstrable factors, is $0.03 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $30 per $100,000 of assessed value). It is estimated that such rate would be levied starting in fiscal year  2018-19 and following.

           (c) 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 $62.5 million Voters should note that these estimated tax rates are based on the assessed value of taxable property within the District as shown on the official rolls of Ventura County, not on the property’s market value. In addition, taxpayers eligible for a property tax exemption, such as the homeowner’s exemption, will be taxed at a lower effective rate than described above. Actual future assessed valuation will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined by the Ventura County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and/or tax advisors to determine their property’s assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

Attention of all voters is directed to the fact that these estimates are based on assumptions and projections derived from information obtained from official sources. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary depending on the timing of any bond sales, the amount of bonds sold, market interest rates at the time of each sale of bonds and actual assessed valuations over the term of repayment of the bonds. The timing of the bond sales and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be governed by the needs of the District. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on the bond market at the time of each such sale. Actual future assessed valuation will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined by the Ventura County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

Dated: January 22, 2018

Christine Walker
Superintendent
Hueneme Elementary School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Our students need your YES vote on Measure B! Our schools are the most important assets in our community and should be a top priority. Quality schools result in higher achieving students, increased property values, and greater neighborhood  safety. Many classrooms and school facilities in the Hueneme Elementary School District are old and inadequate to provide students with the school facilities they need to succeed.

Although our schools have been well maintained over the years with major construction and renovation projects, our work is not done. Today, the average age of our classrooms is over 60 years old. Hueneme Elementary, the District’s oldest,  was first built in 1920. Measure B would allow the District to continue our investment in our classrooms and improve the quality of education provided to local children. By investing in our schools, we can meet today’s safety, technological, and  educational standards and get the best return – well educated students.

If passed, Measure B would provide funding to make critical facility improvements in our classrooms at local schools including:

- Repairing or replacing leaky roofs

- Renovating or replacing deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems

- Upgrading inadequate electrical systems

- Making health, safety, security and handicapped accessibility improvements

- Upgrading technology infrastructure to improve student access to computers

Measure B makes financial sense and protects taxpayers.

- All funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the state.

- By law, spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens’ oversight committee.

- Funds can only be spent to improve our local schools, not for teacher or administrator salaries.

Measure B upgrades and renovates old and inadequate classrooms, improves the education of local children, and maintains the quality of our community. That’s something we can all support. Please join us and VOTE YES ON MEASURE B! 

s/Dr. Charles Weis
Governing Board Clerk, Hueneme ESD/
Former Ventura County Superintendent
of Schools

s/Jessica Lamb
Business Owner

s/Andres Martinez
Firefighter/Parent

s/Vianey Lopez
Governing Board Member,
Hueneme Elementary
School District

s/Tom Figg
Business Owner,
Former Mayor and
Current Councilmember

— Ventura County Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

Are you parents? Do you hold your children accountable?

Supporting schools is good. Supporting wasting your money on vague, unenforceable promises is bad.

Don’t be deceived by District’s campaign, funded by businesses that will likely benefit from bond money. (Isn’t that called pay-to-play?) Beware of high-priced marketers masquerading as “parents, teachers, and community leaders.”

Why Vote No on Measure B

- It’s virtually, word-for-word, identical to every other bond measure written by lawyers and advisors who made $1,142,847 (payable by you, with interest) from facilities bonds issued since 2005.

- Did you hear about a list of projects? Why isn’t there a list of SPECIFIC projects in Measure B? Because it would restrict the District to spend the money ONLY on those things?

- Can you trust District? Why did it skirt oversight laws for Measure T (2012) ($19,600,000)?

- Were you surveyed? Did you get a campaign mailer from District? YOU PAID for it all. Is that fair? Using your money for campaign purposes?

- Did you know that District claimed “leaky roofs” in Measure I (2004) ($17,100,000) AND Measure T (2012) ($19,600,000)? Did it deceive you then? Or is it deceiving you now?

Proposition 39 permits a bare majority of voters (55%) to approve these bonds. “To ensure that before they vote, voters will be given a list of specific projects their bond money will be used for,” it requires that Measure B be a “list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded.”
(Source: Proposition 39 ballot measure.)

Measure B’s intentionally vague language gives District a BLANK CHECK with NO ACCOUNTABILITY.

Don’t vote to waste your taxes on vague promises. Did District keep its promises from Measure T? Measure I? It spent $36,699,996 and still has “leaky roofs?”

Want more evidence of District’s deception? http://bit.ly/NoHESDBond

s/Robin Westmiller, J.D.
Libertarian Party of Ventura County Chair

— Ventura County Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments FOR

Did you know that lawyers and advisors write bond arguments all over California? Just tired, old cliches. You’ve read the spin. Here’s the rest of

the story.

NO ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES?

Is that promised?

Constitution says no salaries. Statutes say no salaries. Question, measure, and argument say no salaries. Guess what lawyers snuck in? Hint: Read boilerplate paragraphs. Salaries will be paid. You can take that to the bank.

FACTS

How did District get to $34,200,000? It’s maximum it can tax in one measure.

Measure B is a contract. Have you read the fine print? Besides District salaries, what else does it pay for? -- “endowment fund,” “legal costs,”, “prepayment of lease obligations,” “informational distribution costs” (campaign mailers?), “election  costs,” and on and on.

Are our schools REALLY falling apart? Have you ever read School Accountability Report Cards? (sarconline.org) 8 of our school facilities are rated “exemplary,” 3 good. Not a “leaky roof” in the lot. Who’s being deceptive and dishonest here?

Should you believe SARCs required by law? Or Districts’s fantasies (Measure B) written to sell you a bill of goods?

District’s spent $15,600,000 since 2015 from Measure T. Why are you buying Measure T promises again?

BOTTOM LINE

Can you trust District? Have you seen enough to convince you that, when you’re not looking, District is willing to breach law, its promises, and its trust?

You’re being deceived! Don’t sign a blank check. Vote NO! Learn more: http://bit.ly/NoHESDBond

s/Robin Westmiller
Libertarian Party of Ventura County Chair

— Ventura County Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Measure B funds will go right where they’re needed – improving campus safety and security, upgrading electrical systems and fire alarms, and modernizing/renovating classrooms throughout the District.

This solitary opponent doesn’t have the facts and has submitted nearly identical arguments against multiple Ventura County school districts.

Measure B is an affordable, carefully considered program with strict accountability that will allow the District to continue providing a quality education and the safest and best learning environment for local students.

Here are the facts:

- Measure B is locally controlled with every dollar staying here, benefitting local schools, children, and property values.

- By law, a detailed project list exists for review. Projects are outlined in the sample ballot sent to all voters, the Resolution approved by the Board, and available on the District’s website.

- The District has been an excellent steward of prior voter-approved Measures I and T. Each Citizen Oversight Committee report and annual Audit indicated full compliance under the law for the District’s spending of funds.

- Measure B will require the same independent citizens oversight committee to review all expenditures.

- Measure B will not raise taxes above the original projected tax rates of Measures I and T approved by voters in 1997 and 2000, but instead will extend those rates after 2027 when the old measures go away.

Our students deserve a quality education. To protect excellent local schools and ensure students have safe and up-to-date classrooms, join us in voting YES on B.

s/Dr. Charles Weis
Governing Board Clerk, Hueneme ESD/
Former Ventura County Superintendent
of Schools

s/Jessica Lamb
Business Owner

s/Joni Corey
Citizens Oversight
Committee Member

s/Vianey Lopez
Governing Board Member,
Hueneme Elementary
School District

s/Tom Figg
Business Owner,
Former Mayor and
Current Councilmember

— Ventura County Clerk-Recorder, Registrar of Voters

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

“In order to acquire, construct and reconstruct school facilities, and provide for supporting infrastructure at the existing school site of the Hueneme Elementary School District, and in so doing increase health, safety, welfare and educational  effectiveness of classrooms for students, shall the Hueneme Elementary School District be authorized to issue Bonds in an amount not to exceed $34.2 million, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities or the acquisition or lease  of real property for schools and school facilities listed in Attachment “1” on file at the District office and herein incorporated, which Bonds shall be issued for a term not to exceed the applicable statutory maximum, which is currently twentyfive (25) years in the case of bonds issued under the authority of the Education Code and forty (40) years in the case of bonds issued under the authority of the Government Code, at an interest rate below the legal maximum, and which  Bonds shall be subject to the following provisions:

           (A) That proceeds of the Bonds shall be used only for the construction of school facilities and supporting infrastructure, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities or the acquisition or lease of real property for school  facilities pursuant to California Constitution Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) and further that the proceeds of the Bonds shall be used only for the purposes specified in California Constitution Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) (as amended by Proposition 39) and not for any other purpose, including teacher and non-construction related administrator salaries and any other school operating expenses.

           (B) That a list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded with the proceeds of the Bonds is attached hereto as Attachment “1” and, based upon the adoption of this Resolution, this Board of Trustees hereby certifies that it has  evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the school facilities listed in Attachment “1”.

          (C) That the Board of Trustees of the District shall conduct an annual, independent performance audit to insure that the proceeds from the sale of the Bonds have been expended only on the specific projects listed in this bond proposition. 

          (D) That the Board of Trustees of the District shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the proceeds from the sale of the Bonds until all of those proceeds have been expended for the school facilities projects identified herein.

          (E) That the Board of Trustees of the District will, pursuant to the provisions of applicable State law, appoint a citizens’ oversight committee, and conduct annual independent audits (as referenced above) to assure that the Bond proceeds  are spent only on the school, facilities and classroom improvements, projects and costs identified in Attachment “1” and for no other purposes. 

Repayment Projections: The tax levied to repay the Bonds is estimated at $1,300,000 - $3,300,000 annually anticipated to be collected through 2048 at a rate of approximately $0.03 per $100 of assessed value as further set out in the Tax  Rate Statement provided to voters with this bond measure.

Taxpayer Protections: The following taxpayer protections are specifically provided in this Bond Measure and by law:

•          Bond funds shall be used only for the school facilities projects identified herein, and not for any other purpose.

•          As required by law, an Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee shall oversee expenditures of bond funds, and related matters, and shall report to the Board of Trustees and communicate with the public on such expenditures.

•          As required by law, the School District shall conduct annual financial audits and performance audits (using independent auditors) for all bond funds.

•          Bond Funds shall not be used for teacher or non-construction related administrator salaries or other non-construction related operating expenses.”

ATTACHMENT “1”

HUENEME ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT

SCHOOL FACILITIES PROJECTS

The general obligation bonds of the Hueneme Elementary School District (“District”) would be used to finance the design, acquisition, installation, restoration and construction of public schools and school facilities and providing facilities  improvements and upgrades, and related facilities costs, including, but not limited to, financing the following: modernizing, repairing and rehabilitating existing school facilities and adding certain new school facilities to meet current health,  safety and instructional standards which will improve the overall educational experience for all students in the District.  Such projects include, but are not limited to, repairing and replacing leaky roofs; expanding school libraries to make room or books and materials; renovating bathroom facilities at each District school campus; and reconstruction, renovation, modernization and construction of classrooms, libraries, computer labs, roofing, playgrounds, plumbing, electrical and network  infrastructure, walkways, fields and related projects. Project costs for expansion of existing facilities may include, but are not limited to, some or all of the following: site preparation, infrastructure and related expenses; and construction,  acquisition or lease of temporary, portable or permanent classrooms, instructional support and ancillary facilities. Project costs for furniture and equipment may include, but are not limited to, some or all of the following: desks and tables; window and floor covering; computer, media recording and presentation equipment; kitchen equipment, improvements and furnishings; science laboratory equipment; and other electronic equipment.

The following projects are identified as projects on which the bond funds may be expended:

DISTRICT COMMUNITY SCHOOLS IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS TO BE COMPLETED AT FOLLOWING SCHOOL SITES (WITH ORIGINAL

CONSTRUCTION DATE INCLUDED):

Bard Elementary - Built 1955 Blackstock Jr. High – Built 1965
Hollywood Beach Elementary – Built 1951 E.O. Green Jr. High – Built 1960
Hathaway Elementary – Built 1963 Haycox Elementary – Built 1963
Hueneme Elementary – Built 1920 Larsen Elementary – Built 1951
Parkview Elementary – Built 1957 Sunkist Elementary – Built 1956
Williams Elementary – Built 1968  

School Facility Project List. The items presented on the following list provide are the types of projects authorized to be financed with voterapproved

bond proceeds. Specific examples included on this list are not intended to limit the broad types of projects described and authorized by

this measure. The types of projects authorized are:

  • Repair or replace leaky roofs
  • Repair or replace deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems
  • Make health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements
  • Upgrade inadequate electrical systems
  • Upgrade technology infrastructure to improve student access to computers
  • Replace outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems
  • Modernize and upgrade outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities
  • Make security improvements, including improving pedestrian access, lighting and fencing
  • Construct new classrooms , restrooms, and school facilities
  • Improve playgrounds and playfields for school and community use
  • Make energy efficiency improvements, including installing solar panels
  • Replace outdated and energy inefficient windows
  • Provide air-conditioning systems to classrooms that do not have them
  • Replace temporary portables with permanent classrooms
  • Increase water conservation by making landscaping and irrigation improvements
  • Federal and State-mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility upgrades including site access, parking, staff and student restrooms, relocation of some existing electrical devices, drinking fountains, playground equipment, etc.
  • Abate and remove hazardous materials identified prior to or during construction
  • Repair, replace and/or upgrade paved surfaces, turf, and other grounds to eliminate safety hazards and improve outside instructional areas

If this Bond measure is approved, the Hueneme Elementary School District Board of Trustees will appoint a citizens’ oversight committee and conduct annual independent audits to assure that bond funds are spent only on school and classroom improvements and for no other purposes.

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