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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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Martinez Unified School District
Measure R Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

9,287 votos si (67.72%)

4,427 votos no (32.28%)

100% de distritos activos (32/32).

16,157 boletas electorales serán contadas.

Bond Measure
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To modernize, construct and/or renovate classrooms, restrooms and school facilities at elementary schools; improve student access to modern technology; upgrade inadequate electrical systems; replace deteriorating plumbing systems; construct career/technical education classrooms, including science labs; and replace leaky roofs, shall the Martinez Unified School District issue $120,000,000 of bonds, at legal interest rates, with annual audits, an independent citizens' oversight committee, NO money for teacher or administrator salaries and all funds locally-controlled?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

County Counsel

 The California Constitution provides that school districts may issue bonds 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, with the approval of 55% of the voters voting at an election for that purpose.

 

     By resolution, the Martinez Unified School District has proposed that bonds of the District be issued in an amount up to $120,000,000. This measure provides that proceeds from the sale of the bonds will generally be used to “modernize, construct and/or renovate classrooms, restrooms and school facilities at elementary schools; improve student access to modern technology; upgrade inadequate electrical systems; replace deteriorating plumbing systems; construct career/technical education classrooms, including science labs; and replace leaky roofs.” The specific projects are set forth in the bond project list attached to the resolution of the Board of Education. The measure provides that a citizens’ oversight committee will be established to ensure that bond proceeds are properly expended and that annual performance and financial audits will be conducted. The measure further provides that bond proceeds will only be used for the purposes specified in the measure, and not for any other purpose.

     Approval of this measure authorizes the levy of ad valorem taxes upon taxable property to repay the bonded indebtedness, both principal and interest, in each year that bonds are outstanding. The Martinez Unified School District has prepared a Tax Rate Statement, which represents the school district’s best estimates of the property tax rates required to service the bonds. The estimated highest tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds is expected to be $60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.

     Approval of the measure does not guarantee that the bonds will generate sufficient funds to allow completion of all of the proposed project or projects on the bond project list. The proposed 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.

     A “yes” vote authorizes the issuance of the bonds and the levy of taxes as estimated in the Tax Rate Statement to repay the bonded indebtedness. A “yes” vote by 55% of the voters within the District voting on the measure is required for passage of this measure. A “no” vote on this measure disapproves the issuance of the bonds and the levy of the taxes for the bonded indebtedness.

Tax rate

An election will be held in the Martinez Unified School District (the “District”) on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $120,000,000 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 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 6.00 cents per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017-18.

 

    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 last series of bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 6.00 cents per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2026-27.

 

  1.      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 6.00 cents per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017-18.
     

     

  2.      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 $252,000,000.

     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: July 1, 2016
CJ Cammack
Superintendent of Schools
Martinez Unified School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Vote YES on Measure R to prevent overcrowding and provide a high-quality, modern education to local students. 

Martinez Unified School District’s award-winning schools make Martinez a wonderful place to live, protecting strong property values for us all. As more families move to our community, however, we need to prevent overcrowding so all students have access to a quality education.

Many of our elementary schools are outdated and classrooms need essential safety improvements and upgrades. Basic repairs to plumbing, electrical systems and restrooms are needed.

In addition, our schools prepare students to excel in college and future careers. Career-training programs help students go directly into the workforce and compete for good-paying jobs. Science labs and career and technical education classrooms need to be improved so students receive the training they need.

Martinez students are counting on your YES vote. We can’t wait for the State to upgrade our schools. Vote YES on R so students have a safe and up-to-date learning environment.

Vote YES on R: Ensure Student Safety and Prevent Overcrowding

  • Modernize and provide additional classrooms, restrooms and school facilities at aging elementary schools to prevent overcrowding
  • Make essential repairs to ensure student safety
  • Upgrade inadequate electrical systems and replace deteriorating plumbing systems
  • Construct career and technical education classrooms, including science labs, to prepare students for college and careers
  • Improve student access to modern technology to support 21st-century learning

Every Penny Supports Martinez Schools:

  • All funds will be locally controlled and support Martinez schools
  • No funds can be taken away by the State
  • Independent citizens’ oversight and independent annual audits are required
  • No funds can be used for teacher or administrator salaries

Join Martinez community leaders, parents, teachers, longtime residents and business leaders: Vote YES on R for local control and outstanding Martinez schools.

Dylan Radke, Parent and Local Attorney
John W. Searles, Retired Superintendent, Martinez Unified
Annie H. Martin, Teacher
William Frisbie, Business Leader
Amber Cole, Business Owner

— Contra Costa County Elections Division

Argumento EN CONTRA

None Filed.

— Contra Costa County Elections Division

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