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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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City of El Cerrito
Measure B - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

No se aprueba

7,910 votos si (62.96%)

4,653 votos no (37.04%)

100% de distritos activos (13/13).

13,624 boletas electorales serán contadas.

Library Bond Measure
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To replace the 67 year old El Cerrito Library with a safe, energy efficient, 21st century library that meets earthquake and fire codes with space for a children's area for story times/books; public access computers/computer learning center; up-to-date book/resource collections; and improved senior/disabled access, shall El Cerrito issue $30,000,000 in bonds at legal rates for 33 years, as the Voter Guide describes, requiring independent citizen oversight, and all funds for El Cerrito Library?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Contra Costa Registrar of Voters

The El Cerrito City Council placed Measure B on the ballot to ask the City’s voters to approve the issuance of $30 million in general obligation bonds to fund the construction of a new El Cerrito library.

 

The existing El Cerrito library was built in 1948 and expanded in 1960 to its current size, 6,500 square feet. In 2006 and 2014, qualified professionals analyzed the current and anticipated use of the library by the El Cerrito community through 2030. The analyses concluded that a facility approximately 20,845 square feet would meet current and future needs. A new library would also be designed for current and future technology and meet current seismic and disabled accessibility standards, unlike the current library. The City has identified several potential sites for a new library, some of which would require the acquisition of land. The library project potentially includes associated facilities that would provide additional space for educational and recreational programming. Bond proceeds could be used to fund land acquisition; design, planning, and construction of the library project; and any equipment, fixtures, and materials for the project permitted by law.

Principal and interest on the bonds would be paid for by taxes levied on taxable real property in El Cerrito. Annual revenue from the taxes levied must be sufficient to pay each year’s principal and interest. Actual tax rates, the final fiscal year in which the taxes would be levied, and the total cost of the bonds depend on market conditions when bonds are sold (which establishes the interest rate), the number of series of bonds sold, and total assessed valuation of taxable property each year. The City anticipates issuing the bonds in two series, starting in 2017. The final fiscal year in which the taxes would be levied is anticipated to be 2049-50.

The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required during the first fiscal year after the sale of the first series of bonds is $18.78 per $100,000 of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017-18.

The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required during the first fiscal year after the last sale of the bonds is $42.80 per $100,000 of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2020-21.

The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required is $43.09 per $100,000 of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2021-22.

The best estimate of the average annual tax rate that would be required over the entire life of the bond debt service is $31.07 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.

The City’s Finance Director would be required to prepare an annual report regarding the use of bond proceeds and the status of the library project. The report would be submitted to the City’s Financial Advisory Board for review.

A “Yes” vote is a vote to approve the proposed bonds for a new El Cerrito library. A “No” vote is a vote against the bonds. Measure B would be approved if two-thirds of voters voting on the measure vote “Yes.”

DATED: August 19, 2016

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Sky Woodruff, City Attorney

Efectos fiscales

Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters

An election will be held in the City of El Cerrito (the “City”) on November 8, 2016, on the question of issuing bonds in the principal amount of $30,000,000 to finance the Safe Modern El Cerrito Library Project as described in the bond measure and Ordinance No. 2016-XX, which submitted the bond measure to the City’s voters for approval at the November 8, 2016, election. If the bonds are approved, the City expects to sell the bonds in two series beginning in 2017. Principal and interest on the bonds will be paid from taxes levied on taxable property in the City. The following tax rate information is given to comply with Sections 9400-9404 of the Elections Code of the State of California.

 

Based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement:

  1.      The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the 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 $0.0188 per $100 ($18.78 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017/18.
  2.      The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue during the first fiscal year after the last sale of the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.0428 per $100 ($42.80 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2020/21.
  3.      The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement, is $0.0431 per $100 ($43.09 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2021/22.
  4.      The best estimate of the average annual tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue over the entire life of the bond debt service, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.0312 per $100 ($31.07 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. The final fiscal year in which a tax is anticipated to be collected is 2049/50.

Voters should note that such estimated tax rates are specific to the repayment of bonds issued under this authorization and exclusive of any other bond authorizations approved or to be approved by the City or any other overlapping public agency.

Voters should note that the estimated tax rates are based on the assessed value of taxable property on the Contra Costa County’s official tax rolls, 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 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 the County Assessor to determine their property’s assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply 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 estimates are based upon the City’s projections and are not binding upon the City. The dates of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the City based on the need for construction funds and other factors. 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 City as determined by the County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

Dated: August 3, 2016

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Gregory B. Lyman
Mayor, City of El Cerrito

Tax rate

Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters

An election will be held in the City of El Cerrito (the “City”) on November 8, 2016, on the question of issuing bonds in the principal amount of $30,000,000 to finance the Safe Modern El Cerrito Library Project as described in the bond measure and Ordinance No. 2016-XX, which submitted the bond measure to the City’s voters for approval at the November 8, 2016, election. If the bonds are approved, the City expects to sell the bonds in two series beginning in 2017. Principal and interest on the bonds will be paid from taxes levied on taxable property in the City. The following tax rate information is given to comply with Sections 9400-9404 of the Elections Code of the State of California.

 

Based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement:

  1.      The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the 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 $0.0188 per $100 ($18.78 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017/18.
  2.      The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue during the first fiscal year after the last sale of the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.0428 per $100 ($42.80 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2020/21.
  3.      The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement, is $0.0431 per $100 ($43.09 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2021/22.
  4.      The best estimate of the average annual tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue over the entire life of the bond debt service, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.0312 per $100 ($31.07 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. The final fiscal year in which a tax is anticipated to be collected is 2049/50.

Voters should note that such estimated tax rates are specific to the repayment of bonds issued under this authorization and exclusive of any other bond authorizations approved or to be approved by the City or any other overlapping public agency.

Voters should note that the estimated tax rates are based on the assessed value of taxable property on the Contra Costa County’s official tax rolls, 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 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 the County Assessor to determine their property’s assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply 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 estimates are based upon the City’s projections and are not binding upon the City. The dates of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the City based on the need for construction funds and other factors. 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 City as determined by the County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

Dated: August 3, 2016

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Gregory B. Lyman
Mayor, City of El Cerrito

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Vote YES on B – A Safe, Modern Library for El Cerrito!

 

Consider this:

  • El Cerrito Library was built in 1948 and does NOT meet today’s earthquake safety standards.
  • The Library is in poor condition and needs significant upgrades to address cramped, dilapidated conditions and lack of space.
  • When school gets out, the Library is packed with school children. It is overcrowded, seismically unsafe, and too small for what our community needs.

YES on B provides a SEISMICALLY-SAFE, MODERN LIBRARY for El Cerrito residents to use, for years to come.

YES on B provides an up-to-date, functioning 21st century library, including:

  • A safe, energy-efficient library that meets earthquake and fire codes
  • Space for public-access computers, a computer learning center, and free Wi-fi
  • A children’s area with space for story times
  • Improved access for seniors and disabled residents
  • Updated wiring for computers and technology

YES on B expands after-school and summer programming for youth/teens to keep them off the streets, out of trouble, and away from gangs/drugs.

YES on B provides more space for children and youth programs, an expanded library collection, public computers, group study areas and community meeting rooms.

YES on B provides after-school programs for children and teens such as the homework help and reading resources so critical to providing students the resources they need.

YES on B includes strong fiscal accountability, Independent Citizen Oversight, mandatory financial audits, and local control of funds to ensure all funds are spent as promised.

Join a unanimous City Council, local teachers, firefighters, El Cerrito Library Foundation leaders, and Friends of the El Cerrito Library in voting YES on B for a safe, modern library for future generations.

Remember to VOTE LOCAL this busy election—we need a 2/3s vote! Visit www.YesonB.ElCerritoLibrary.org to get information or volunteer.

Alan C. Miller, President, El Cerrito Library Foundation
William C. Jones, III, Former Mayor, City of El Cerrito/Retiree
David Luongo, Former ECHS Principal/Resident
Joe Gagne, Local 1230 Representative for El Cerrito, Firefighter
Patricia Durham, Business Owner/ EC Community Activist

— Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

How many tax measures are on your ballot? If Measure B passes, this will be a new line item on your “Secured Property Tax Bill” to siphon money from your pockets. $30,000,000 translates to an average of about $31 per $100,000 of assessed property value, or about $150 a year for a $500,000 home. But that is just where it starts, and can increase heavily over the life of the repayment. Over the next 33 years, taxpayers could pony up as much as $60 million dollars, depending on interest and fees. The rising charges will be paid by the city taxpayers.

El Cerrito already boasts the highest sales tax rate in the county, one of the highest in the State. Sure, a new library sounds nice, but at what cost? Other cities manage to fund safe, clean, up-to-date, accessible libraries for much less. Another option is a remodel and upgrade. Have those been considered?

The measure states, in part, “shall El Cerrito issue $30,000,000 in bonds at legal rates”. Perhaps a clearer statement is “Shall you pay an unknown total amount to build an overpriced library for at least the next 33 years?”

Vote No on Measure B

Contra Costa Taxpayers Association, Jack Weir, President
Contra Costa Taxpayers Association, Susan L. Pricco, Chair, West County Branch

— Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

Let’s be clear: El Cerrito needs a better library. But Measure B does not pay for more library hours, computers, librarians, maintenance, upkeep or after-school programs.

 

Homeowners and renters (and our children) will be paying this bill for over three decades. We deserve an excellent return on our investment. $30 million is more than twice as much as many recent library projects, and many of those utilized grants from the State Library Bond Act of 2000, funds for which El Cerrito could have applied.

This ballot measure allows the City to build without plans, location or specific agreements with the County for staffing. It should be built for far less than this bond commits. In 2013, the award-winning West Berkeley Public Library was built for $592 per square foot. Even with inflation, a 21,000 square foot library should only cost about HALF the amount the proponents want you to pay. Why should you pay more?

El Cerrito deserves a library that will serve us well into the future. But there is no need to rush; there will be other opportunities. Measure B is a bond, backed by your taxes. As responsible citizens, we must know what we are paying for. With all the other tax measures and needs for our community, we cannot afford to hand out blank checks. Not now. Not ever.

Let’s get the plans and budget right and put this project responsibly on track.

Vote No on Measure B.

Contra Contra Costa Taxpayers Association,
Susan L. Pricco, West County Branch Chair

— Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Don’t let the same old special interest rhetoric get in the way of the safe, modern library that thousands of El Cerrito residents have said that they want—vote YES on B!

FACT: Thousands of El Cerrito residents and library stakeholders have been engaged in setting priorities and a vision for an updated library. The opponent did not bother to provide input or attend any of these planning sessions.

FACT: NO funds from Measure B can be spent on any other purpose other than a seismically-safe library. Measure B also requires Independent Citizens Oversight and mandatory annual audits.

FACT: El Cerrito’s Library – built in 1948 – does NOT meet current earthquake safety standards or fire codes, and is simply too small for what our community needs. It is routinely overcrowded, especially after school and is cramped and dilapidated. YES on B provides a safe, 21st century library that meets current library standards and future community needs.

FACT: Visits to the El Cerrito Library have increased 26% since 2006 and circulation is up over 27%. We need YES on B to meet user demand and provide space for the after-school and summer programs for youth and teens to keep them off the streets, out of trouble and away from drugs and gangs!

YES on B requires a 2/3rds vote. We urge each and every one of you to find Measure B on the ballot and vote “yes.”

Visit www.YesonB.ElCerritoLibrary.org and join the growing YES on B supporters throughout our community.

Greg Crump, Financial Advisory Board Member, Resident
Janet Hubble Abelson, Mayor Pro Tem
Mathew Burnham, Principal, Korematsu Middle School
Joanna K. Pace, Middle School Teacher and former PTSA President
Randy Schekman, Professor of Molecular & Cell Biology, UC Berkeley, 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology/ Medicine

— Contra Costa County Registrar of Voters
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