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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Special District

Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District
Measure R - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results


2,815 votes yes (32.53%)

5,838 votes no (67.47%)

100% of precincts reporting (26/26).

$43 Million in Bonds to Improve Parks and Recreation Facilities
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To improve parks and recreation for children, families and senior citizens; upgrade and renovate outdated parks; build new restrooms; construct a community, aquatic, and senior center; shall Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District issue $43,000,000 of bonds at legal rates, raising on average $2,400,000 annually as long as bonds are outstanding at a yearly rate of approximately $0.039 per $100 of assessed value, with NO money for salaries and all money staying local and cannot be taken by the state?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Kern County Registrar of Voters

The Board of Directors of the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District (“Dis­trict”) placed the measure on the ballot. A “Yes” vote by at least two-thirds of the voters voting on this measure will authorize the District to issue bonds to benefit the District in the maximum amount of 43 million dollars ($43,000,000).

The bond proceeds may only be used to fund the acquisition or improvement of real property. The measure lists the specific projects to be funded.

The Board of Directors will establish an independent Citizens’ Oversight Commit­tee to ensure the bond proceeds are spent only on the projects listed in the mea­sure. The District’s General Manager will report to the Board annually the amount of bond proceeds received and expended in that year and the status of any project funded or to be funded by the bond proceeds.

The bonded debt will be a general obligation of the District and will be financed by property taxes levied annually on taxable property located within the District in an amount necessary to pay the annual debt obligation. The District estimates that the average annual tax rate necessary to fund the bonds issued will be $0.03762 per $100 of assessed property value. The District anticipates that the final year in which the tax will be collected is 2053-54.

Tax rate

General Manager of Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park district

$43.0 Million



An election will be held in the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District (the “District”) on November 6, 2018, to authorize the sale of up to $43.0 million in bonds of the District to finance facilities as described in the measure. If such bonds are authorized and sold, principal and interest on the bonds will be payable onlyfrom the proceeds of ad valoremtax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the Elections Code of the State of California. Such information is based upon the best estimates and projections presently available from official sources, upon experience within the District, and other demonstrable factors.

Based upon the foregoing and projections of the District’s assessed valuation, the following information is provided:

1. The best estimate of the average annual tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.03762 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $37.62 per$100,000 of assessed value). The final fiscal year in which it is anticipated that the tax will be collected is 2053-54.

2.  The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.039 per$100 of assessed valuation (or $39.00 per $100,000 of assessed value). It is estimated that such rate would be levied starting in fiscal year 2019-20 and following.

3.  The best estimate of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is approxi­mately $86,775,000 million.

Voters should note the estimated tax rate is based on the assessed value (not market value) of taxable property on the County’s official tax rolls. In addition, tax­payers eligible for a propertytax exemption, such as the homeowner’s exemption, will be taxed at a lower effective tax rate than described above. Property owners should consulttheirown propertytax bills and taxadvisors to determinetheirprop-erty’s assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

The attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon projections and estimates only, which amounts are not maximum amounts and are not binding upon the District. The actual debt service, tax rates and the years in which theywill apply may vary from those used to provide the es­timates set forth above, due to factors such as variations in the timing of bond sales, the par amount of bonds sold and market interest rates available at the time of each sale, actual assessed valuations overthe term of the bonds, and other factors. The date and amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on the need for project funds and other considerations. The ac­tual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on conditions in the bond market at the time of sale. Actual future assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of taxable propertywithin the District as determined by the County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

As Tehachapi Valley residents, we enjoy a good quality of life and sense of com­munity. Great schools, low crime, and ample recreational opportunities and parks help to make our area a great place to live. While our parks and facilities have been well maintained over the years, many are old having been built from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. It has been decades since we have made significant invest­ments to our parks. But they are needed. Please vote YES on Measure R to allow the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District to improve local parks and facilities.

With your YES vote, Measure R will upgrade and renovate existing parks, grounds, and facilities while also providing new recreational opportunities and jobs to local residents. This is an important and affordable investment in our com­munity that will increase home values, upgrade aging facilities, and make the Tehachapi Valley a great place to live for many years.

If passed, Measure R will:

- Build a new Senior Center to provide recreational opportunities for active adults

- Upgrade/construct new restrooms

- Improve drainage and water conservation systems

- Upgrade and renovate Brite Lake, including new boat launch, paved roads, restrooms, and pavilion/group areas

- Construct a Community Center with a Children’s Learning Center and aquatics center

Measure R makes financial sense, is good for our local economy, and pro­tects taxpayers.

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

- Spending must be annually reviewed by an independent citizens’ oversight committee.

- Funds can only be spent to improve local parks and facilities, not for administrator or staff salaries.

Measure R upgrades and renovates outdated parks and facilities, expands recre­ational opportunities for local children, families and senior citizens, improves the economy, and upgradesthe qualityof ourcommunity. That’s something we can all support. Please join us and VOTE YES ON MEASURE R!

s/Steve Denman, Hall of Fame High School Coach/Grandfather 
s/Jon E. Hammond, Historian/Father 
s/K.J Horowitz, M.D., Physician/Business Owner 
s/Laura Lynne Wyatt, Rec & Park Board President/Realtor 
s/Zack Scrivner, County Supervisor/Parent

— Kern County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST



TVRPD has forced to ballot a ‘general obligation bond’ to repair existing facilities and to build a new mega Recreation Center. The Recreation Center, alone, has a proposed project cost of nearly $28 Million Dollars (!). At approximately $649 a square foot, this far exceeds the average construction cost per/sq.ft.

- $43 Million dollar bond to be paid from a special assessment on YOUR Property.

- YOU will payfor35 years, plus INTEREST of an estimated total of up to $86 Million dollars.

- Defaulting on this assessment could result in foreclosure.

- A family would pay up to $720 dollars per/year to use the facility.


Everyone in the TVRPD District WILL pay this tax. Property owners in Golden Hills, Tehachapi City, Oak Knolls, Sand Canyon, Cummings Valley, Country Oaks, Fair View Ranches, Mountain Meadows, Alpine Forest, Keene, Hart Flat and Old West Ranch, will be forced to payforthis mega boondoggle almost exclu­sively located within the city limits. (Bear Valley Springs and Stallion Springs are excluded.)


- A property tax hike for this bond measure is irresponsible!

- TVRPD Board is appointed, NOT elected by voters.

- Up to $86 million dollars will be paid for 35 years from only 17,000 rural properties!

- It will negatively impact homeowners, potentially devastate those on a tight budget or fixed income in an already heavily assessed district.

- Will dramatically increase property taxes causing rental prices to rise and negatively impacting related businesses.

- This project will take one-two years to begin and at the very least eight years to complete.

VOTE “NO” $43 Million dollar TVRPD bond!

s/Dr. Beverly Billingsley 
s/Michael Biglay
s/April Biglay
s/Larry Barrett

— Kern County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments FOR

Many local organizations offer recreational activities within our community.

-Benz Visco Youth Sports & Cultural Park offering soccer and football to hundreds of our youth 
-Private fitness centers 
-Lehigh competitive Mountain Bike Park 
-Tehachapi Rodeo Association, and Junior Rodeo 
-Golden Hills Nature Park and trails 
-Kern County Mountain Park 
-Assorted School sports programs
-Senior Center 
-Roller Hockey
-Equestrian activities
-Tehachapi Sportsman Club
...And so many festivals and events throughout the year, as well.

Passing measure ‘R’ will very likely create a hardship for seniors, retirees and families on a tight budget in an already heavily assessed bond district.

Nearly 17,000 properties will be forced to pay the cost of this bond which is esti­mated to be in excess of $86 million dollars over a 35+ year term.

As stated, the new facilities will not increase property values of all TVRPD resi­dents.

Many overlooked future community costs include: New infrastructure, first re­sponders and unforeseen additional operational costs. Residents of the park dis­trict already pay, and will continue to pay, an assessment to TVRPD.

History in our community suggest that there will be additional bonds and/or a par­cel tax necessary to handle cost over-runs.

Measure R is not a necessity for our recreation at this time.
Please join us in Voting NO on this $43 million dollar bond.

                     VOTE NO ON MEASURE R

s/April I. Biglay, House Wife/Grandmother
s/Dr. Beverly J Billingsley, Veterinarian, Mother & Grandmother 
s/Michael Biglay, California State Park Conservation Worker 
s/Larry Barrett, Recreational Enthusiast

— Kern County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Good parks and recreation facilities are important to a community. From healthier residents, greater neighborhood safety, a stronger economy, and a higher quality of life, parks and rec make a difference.

Don’t be misled by the argument against Measure R. They are deceptive, dishon­est, and “fake news” scare tactics at best. Consider the facts:

FACT: Our facilities and parks are old and need major renovations.

     - For nearly 100 years, local residents have benefited from our parks and facilities, but they are outdated. Most of them were built in the 1920’s through 1960’s. It is time to fix them up.

FACT: After a long and involved process, local residents specifically asked the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Park District for a new Community Center to benefit senior citizens, families, children, and visitors.

     - Since 2012, the District conducted dozens of town hall and community meet­ings, received feedback from thousands of residents, and paid professionals to design and create something Tehachapi area residents wanted.

FACT: Measure R is a responsible, affordable program.

     - Measure R is liked a home loan. We borrow money. It is repaid with interest. Repayment takes around 30 years. Measure R is affordable costing less than the price of a pizza a month.

FACT: Some of the most respected individuals and groups have studied and sup­port Measure R.

     - Kern County Taxpayers Association, Greater Tehachapi Economic Develop­ment Council, Kern County District Attorney Elect, Cynthia Zimmer, and County Supervisor Zack Scrivner among many others support Measure R, because it is good for         businesses, homeowners, taxpayers, and the residents of our community.

Please join us in voting YES on Measure R.

s/Ana Reyna Orkiz, Physician/Small Business Owner
s/Patricia Ann Gracey, Historian/Great Grandmother
s/Jim Cyr, President/CEO
s/Linda C. Pettitt, Retired Teacher/Business Owner 
s/Zack Scrivner, County Supervisor/Parent

— Kern County Registrar of Voters
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