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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Special District

Mountain Empire Unified School District
Measure JJ Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

2,332 votes yes (55.4%)

1,878 votes no (44.6%)

100% of precincts reporting (17/17).

4,553 ballots counted.

School Bond
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To construct, renovate and equip classrooms, science labs, and school facilities that support college and career readiness in math, science, engineering, technology and skilled trades; improve school safety/security; repair deteriorating roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems, shall Mountain Empire Unified School District issue $15,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, with estimated repayment amounts averaging $840,967 annually for approximately 36 years at projected tax rates averaging 3.7 cents per $100 of assessed value, with annual audits and citizens' oversight?

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 $15,000,000 in general obligation funds.

NO vote means

A "NO" vote is a vote against authorizing the District to issue and sell $15,000,000 in general obligation funds.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

San Diego County Counsel

This measure was placed on the ballot by the governing board of the Mountain Empire Unified School District ("District"). This measure, if approved by 55% of the votes cast on the measure, will authorize the District to issue and sell $15,000,000 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 bondholders, the District promises to pay the bondholders 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 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 evaluates safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs to approve a list of specific projects to be funded,
(3) the District conducts an annual, independent performance audit to ensure funds have been expended on the specific projects listed, and
(4) the District conducts an annual, independent financial audit of bond proceeds.

Additionally, if the 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 legal requirements.

Approval of this measure does not guarantee that the specific projects listed by the District will be funded by the sale of the bonds.

A "YES" vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the District to issue and sell $15,000,000 in general obligation funds.

A "NO" vote is a vote against authorizing the District to issue and sell $15,000,000 in general obligation funds.

Tax rate

Superintendent, Mountain Empire Unified School District

TAX RATE STATEMENT

An election will be held in the Mountain Empire Unified School District (the “District”) on November 6, 2018, to authorize the sale of up to $15,000,000 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 9405 of the California Elections Code.

1. The best estimate of the average annual tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, based on assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 3.699 cents per $100 ($36.99 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. The final fiscal year in which the tax to be levied to fund this bond issue is anticipated to be collected is fiscal year 2054-55.

2. The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 4.222 cents per $100 ($42.22 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2025-26.

3. 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 $30,274,822.

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 average annual tax rate, the highest tax rate and the year or years in which they will apply, and the actual total debt service, may vary from those presently estimated due to variations in the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold, 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: July 10, 2018

/s/ Kathy Granger
Superintendent
Mountain Empire Unified School District

Approval of Measure JJ does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the Mountain Empire Unified School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure JJ will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure JJ. The 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 JJ

VOTE YES on Measure JJ to improve the quality of education in our local public schools – including Mountain Empire High School, Camp Lockett and Pine Valley middle schools, and Campo, Descanso, Potrero, and Clover Flat elementary schools.

Our Mountain Empire schools have educated generations of local children, but they have grown old, really old. Mountain Empire High School science labs, constructed in 1975, have never been updated and do NOT meet the requirements to teach to current science standards. Descanso Elementary’s 1935 main building has never been modernized. Even our newest school, Campo Elementary, was constructed 30 years ago. All of our schools are aging and ALL have growing facility needs.

Measure JJ will help. VOTING YES authorizes a responsible plan to fix OUR schools. Every MEUSD school will benefit.

Measure JJ will:

  • Modernize 43-year old high school science labs, classrooms and equipment for current math, science, engineering, technology, skilled trades and career-training instruction
  • Repair/replace deteriorated roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems
  • Renovate music, visual, and performing arts classrooms and instructional facilities
  • Upgrade heating, ventilation, and insulation, to increase energy efficiency and save money
  • Improve school safety/security

Taxpayer protections are REQUIRED. ALL FUNDS STAY LOCAL. NO funds are allowed for administrators' salaries, benefits or pensions. Independent Citizen Oversight and annual financial audits ensure proper spending.

With the above prudent steps and others that Mountain Empire Unified School District has taken to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars, The San Diego County Taxpayers Association endorsed JJ, and also urges a YES VOTE.

It's time to make these repairs. Most of our schools were built more than 40 years ago. The longer we wait, the more expensive upgrades will be.

Whether or not you have school-age children, Measure JJ is a wise investment. That’s why parents, teachers, Redhawk alumni, and residents throughout Mountain Empire are VOTING YES.

Please - make your vote count, for our children and our community.

VOTE YES on Measure JJ.

YesOnJJForMtEmpireSchools.org

Haney Hong
President & CEO,
San Diego County Taxpayers Association 

Mona Noren
Campo Elementary Principal

Roberto Daniel Uribe Jr
Fire Chief, Pine Valley, RET.

Richard E. Phillips
Deputy Sheriff

Trina Ambrose
Former Board Trustee

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE JJ

No argument against the measure was filed in the office of the Registrar of Voters

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

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Due to the length and complexity of this measure, its full text will not be entered into Voter's Edge by a League of Women Voters volunteer. Instead, Voter's Edge is pointing to a PDF version of a sample ballot prepared by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters: https://www2.sdcounty.ca.gov/rov/Sample_Ballots/Eng/SB-ENG-102.pdf

To find your own sample ballot version, containing all the candidates and measures on your own ballot, please use the ROV's sample ballot look-up tool at https://www2.sdcounty.ca.gov/rov/Eng/ballot.asp .

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Who supports or opposes this measure?

Yes on Measure JJ

Organizations (1)

Elected & Appointed Officials (0)
No on Measure JJ

Organizations (1)

Elected & Appointed Officials (0)

More information

Contact Info

Yes on Measure JJ
Friends of Mt. Empire Schools - Yes on JJ 2018
No on Measure JJ
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