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

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

15,684 votos si (84.23%)

2,936 votos no (15.77%)

100% de distritos activos (35/35).

$160 Million in Bonds for Upgrades to School Facilities and Systems
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To repair/ upgrade schools that prepare students for college/ careers; upgrade classrooms/ labs for job training/ college preparation; improve school security/ technology, electrical wiring, air conditioning, emergency alarms, earthquake safety, disabled access, aging gymnasiums/ athletic fields and tracks; repair deteriorating roofs, water pipes; remove lead paint/ asbestos; shall Paramount Unified School District issue 106 million dollars in bonds at legal rates, with independent audits, citizens' oversight, all funds used locally?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE I 

By Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel 

Approval of Measure I (“Measure”) would authorize the Board of Education (“Board”) of the Paramount Unified School District (“District”), which placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 16-07, to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $106,000,000. 

Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by the Measure shall be used only for projects at the schools identified in the bond project list. Projects include, but are not limited to, acquiring, replacing, upgrading, and/or installing student safety and security systems; renovating, replacing, and/or upgrading portable classrooms and restrooms; renovating, repairing, and/or expanding roads, sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots; upgrading sites/grounds and facilities to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act; renovating and/or repairing playgrounds, play fields, landscaping, and other hard surfaces; acquiring, installing, and upgrading technology equipment, fixtures, and infrastructure; replacing, upgrading, and installing electrical and data systems, equipment, power sources, supplies, and related technology infrastructure; constructing and/or renovating classroom, labs, and related support facilities for career technical education; renovating, replacing, and/or expanding portable and permanent classrooms, classroom buildings, labs, and support facilities; replacing heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and lighting systems; furnishing and equipping career technical education and other facilities; renovating and expanding athletic fields, track, and gym facilities; acquiring real property for the construction of new facilities; planning, designing, and providing temporary housing for listed bond projects; and removing or abating asbestos, lead, and other hazardous materials. Bond proceeds may not be expended on teacher and administrator salaries and other operating expenses. 

The Board shall cause independent performance and financial audits to be conducted annually to ensure that bond proceeds are spent only for the projects identified in the Measure. The Board shall appoint an independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee in accordance with Education Code section 15278 no later than 60 days after the Board enters the election results in its minutes to ensure that bond proceeds are spent as specified in the Measure and as provided by law. The Board shall create an account into which bond proceeds shall be deposited. 

 

The maximum rate of interest on any bond shall not exceed the maximum rate allowed by law. No bond shall have a maturity exceeding the maximum number of years allowed by law. According to the District’s Tax Rate Statement, the best estimate of the highest tax rate required to fund the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available when the District filed its Tax Rate Statement, is $59 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, which is projected to be the same in every fiscal year that the bonds remain outstanding. Estimated tax rates are based on the assessed value of taxable property on the official tax rolls, not on the property’s market value. 

This Measure requires a fifty-five percent (55%) vote for passage. 

NOTICE TO VOTERS 

 

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

Tax rate

TAX RATE STATEMENT - MEASURE I 

An election will be held in the Paramount Unified School District (the “District”) on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $106,000,000 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 5.823 cents per $100 ($58.23 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017-18. 

2. 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 5.860 cents per $100 ($58.60 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2026-27. 

3. 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 5.900 cents per $100 ($59.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation, which is projected to be the same in every fiscal year that the bonds remain outstanding. 

4. 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 $209,450,342. 

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: August 8, 2016. 

RUTH PERÉZ 

Superintendent 

 

Paramount Unified School District 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE I 

Our children need your help! Our neighborhood schools were built more than 50 years ago and need basic health and safety repairs. 

Vote Yes on I to fix local schools, keep children safe, and prepare them for success! 

Yes on I benefits all local schools that serve Bellflower, Lakewood, Long Beach, Paramount, and South Gate. 

Yes on I prepares students for college and careers by upgrading local classrooms and labs, providing a strong basis for college and helping students compete for 21st century jobs. 

Yes on I upgrades vocational and career education programs. Students who choose not to attend college need opportunities too! Yes on I helps prepare students for good-paying jobs once they graduate! 

Yes on I attracts and retains qualified teachers for our local schools, improving the quality of education for all students. 

Yes on I makes our students and schools safer by upgrading school security, including upgrading emergency communication systems, installing cameras and alarms, and improving emergency lighting and fencing. Vote Yes on I for safer schools! 

Yes on I provides basic repairs for aging, outdated, and deteriorating local schools by: 

Repairing water pipes & drinking fountains 

Removing asbestos & lead paint 

Repairing deteriorating roofs 

Upgrading outdated electrical wiring/systems 

Upgrading fire doors, sprinklers & smoke alarms 

Improving earthquake safety 

Providing every classroom with up-to-date computer technology 

Improving water conservation 

By law, Measure I requires published annual independent financial audits and oversight by an independent citizens’ oversight committee to ensure that all funds are spent locally and as promised. No money can be spent on administrators’ salaries. 

 

Join classroom teachers, parents, PTA/civic leaders, business, and public safety leaders in voting YES on I! 

PATRICIA REAL 

Paramount USD Teacher of the Year 

JASON JOHNSON 

PTA Council President 

ANTHONY RENDON 

Speaker of the Assembly, 63rd District 

JON T. TANKLAGE 

President, Marukan Vinegar USA, Inc. 

TONY PEÑA 

President, Board of Education PUSD 

 

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED 

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE I 

PARAMOUNT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 

NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL REPAIR, CAREER EDUCATION, SAFETY 

IMPROVEMENT MEASURE 

This Proposition may be known and referred to as the “Paramount Unified School District Neighborhood School Repair, Career Education, Safety Improvement Measure” or as “Measure I”. 

KEY FINDINGS 

– Paramount Unified School District (the “District”) is committed to safe schools with upgraded classrooms, libraries, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) labs and learning environments needed to support career technical education and 21st-century instruction; and 

– The District has conducted a thorough assessment of its school facility needs and received input from teachers, staff and the community and evaluated the District’s urgent and critical school facility needs, including safety issues, career technical education facility requirements, computer and classroom instructional technology needs, class size reduction objectives, and prepared a needs assessment in developing the scope of facility projects to be funded; and 

– The District believes that improving school facilities will improve the high quality of education for each student in every classroom; and 

– The District desires to improve student safety and security and reduce risks from earthquakes and fires by upgrading school security communication systems, fire alarms, and sprinklers, and retrofitting buildings, as required; and 

– The District believes that updating instructional technology will equip our students with skills and solid background in science, math and technology needed to succeed in high school, college and careers; and 

– With many aging facilities, the District desires to remove hazardous materials like asbestos from older school campuses; and 

– This measure will benefit local schools and no funds can be taken away by the State or other school districts, and by law, no money can be used for administrator salaries; and 

– This bond requires strict fiscal accountability protections including mandatory annual audits and an independent citizens’ oversight committee made up of local residents to ensure funds are managed and spent properly; and 

BOND AUTHORIZATION 

By approval of this proposition by at least 55% of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the Paramount Unified School District (the “District”) shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $106,000,000 in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed under the heading entitled “BOND PROJECT LIST” below (the “Bond Project List”), and qualify to receive State of California matching grant funds, subject to all of the accountability safeguards specified below. 

ACCOUNTABILITY SAFEGUARDS 

The provisions in this section are specifically included in this proposition in order that the voters and taxpayers of the District may be assured that their money will be spent to address specific facilities needs of the District, all in compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) of the California Constitution, and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000 (codified at Sections 15264 and following of the California Education Code (the “Education Code”)). 

Evaluation of Needs. The Board of Education of the District (the “Board”) has prepared an updated School Facilities Needs Assessment Analysis in order to evaluate and address all of the facilities needs of the District at each campus and facility, and to determine which projects to finance from a local bond at this time. The Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, student career and college preparation standards, facility and classroom information technology needs, and class size reduction objectives in developing the Bond Project List. 

Limitations on Use of Bonds. Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only 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, including, to the extent permitted by law, the acquisition or lease of real property in connection with an existing or future financing of the specific school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List, including the prepayment of existing or future interim lease, certificate of participation or lease revenue bond financings, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses. 

Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The Board shall establish an independent citizens’ oversight committee (pursuant to Education Code Section 15278 and following), to ensure bond proceeds are expended only for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. The committee shall be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the Board. In accordance with Section 15282 of the Education Code, the citizens’ oversight committee shall consist of at least seven members and shall include a member active in a business organization representing the business community located within the District, a member active in a senior citizens’ organization, a member active in a bona fide taxpayers’ organization, a member that is a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District, and a member that is both a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District and active in a parent-teacher organization. No employee or official of the District and no vendor, contractor or consultant of the District shall be appointed to the citizens’ oversight committee. 

Annual Performance Audits. The Board shall conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. These audits shall be conducted in accordance with the Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States for performance audits. The results of these audits shall be made publicly available and shall be submitted to the citizens’ oversight committee in accordance with Section 15286 of the Education Code. 

Annual Financial Audits. The Board shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. These audits shall be conducted in accordance with the Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States for financial audits. The results of these audits shall be made publicly available and shall be submitted to the citizens’ oversight committee in accordance with Section 15286 of the Education Code. 

Special Bond Proceeds Account; Annual Report to Board. Upon approval of this proposition and the sale of any bonds approved, the Board shall take actions necessary to establish an account in which proceeds of the sale of bonds will be deposited. As long as any proceeds of the bonds remain unexpended, the Superintendent of the District shall cause a report to be filed with the Board no later than January 1 of each year, commencing January 1, 2018, stating (a) the amount of bond proceeds received and expended in that year, and (b) the status of any project funded or to be funded from bond proceeds. The report may relate to the calendar year, fiscal year, or other appropriate annual period as the Superintendent of the District shall determine, and may be incorporated into the annual budget, audit, or other appropriate routine report to the Board. 

FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS 

Joint-Use Projects. The District may enter into agreements with other public agencies or nonprofit organizations for joint use of school facilities financed with the proceeds of the bonds in accordance with Education Code Section 17077.42 (or any successor provision). The District may seek State grant funds for eligible joint-use projects as permitted by law, and this proposition hereby specifies and acknowledges that bond funds will or may be used to fund all or a portion of the local share for any eligible joint-use projects identified in the Bond Project List or as otherwise permitted by California State regulations, as the Board shall determine. 

Single Purpose. All of the purposes enumerated in this proposition shall be united and voted upon as one single proposition, pursuant to Education Code Section 15100, and all the enumerated purposes shall constitute the specific single purpose of the bonds, and proceeds of the bonds shall be spent only for such purpose, pursuant to California Government Code Section 53410. 

Bonds may be Issued in Excess of Statutory Bonding Limit. Issuance of all of the authorized bonds might require the outstanding debt of the District to exceed its statutory bonding limit of 2.50% of the total assessed valuation of taxable property in the District. In that event, the District intends to seek a waiver of its bonding limit from the State Board of Education, which has the power to waive certain requirements of the Education Code applicable to the District. By approval of this proposition, the voters have authorized the District to seek such a waiver, and to issue authorized bonds in excess of the 2.50% limit as the State Board of Education may approve. No such waiver has yet been sought or granted. 

Other Terms of the Bonds. When sold, the bonds shall bear interest at an annual rate not exceeding the statutory maximum, and that interest shall be made payable at the time or times permitted by law. The bonds may be issued and sold in several series, and no bond shall be made to mature more than the statutory maximum number of years from the date borne by that bond. 

BOND PROJECT LIST 

The Bond Project List below lists the specific projects the District proposes to finance with proceeds of the bonds. The Bond Project List shall be considered a part of the bond proposition and shall be reproduced in any official document required to contain the full statement of the bond proposition. Listed projects will be completed as needed at a particular school or facility site according to Board-established priorities, and the order in which such projects appear on the Bond Project List is not an indication of priority for funding or completion. Any authorized repairs shall be capital expenditures. The Bond Project List does not authorize non-capital expenditures. Each project is assumed to include its share of costs of the election and bond issuance, construction-related costs, such as project and construction management, architectural, engineering, inspection and similar planning and testing costs, demolition and interim housing costs, legal, accounting and similar fees, costs related to the independent annual financial and performance audits, a contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs, and other costs incidental to and necessary for completion of the listed projects (whether the related work is performed by the District or third parties). The final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction bids are awarded, and projects are completed. In addition, certain construction funds expected from non-bond sources, including State of California grant funds for eligible projects, have not yet been secured. Therefore, the Board cannot guarantee that the bonds will provide sufficient funds to allow completion of all listed projects. Alternatively, if the District obtains unexpected funds from non-bond sources with respect to listed projects, such projects may be enhanced, supplemented or expanded to the extent of such funds. Some projects may be subject to further government approvals, including by State officials and boards and/or local environmental or agency approval. Inclusion of a project on the Bond Project List is not a guarantee that the project will be completed (regardless of whether bond funds are available). 

 

The specific projects authorized to be financed with proceeds of the bonds under this proposition are as follows: NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL REPAIR, CAREER EDUCATION, 

SAFETY IMPROVEMENT MEASURE PROJECTS 

The following projects are authorized to be financed at the schools listed below. 

– Collins Elementary School 

– Gaines Elementary School 

– Jefferson Elementary School 

– Keppel Elementary School 

– Lincoln Elementary School 

– Los Cerritos Elementary School 

– Mokler Elementary School 

– Roosevelt Elementary School 

– Tanner Elementary School 

– Wirtz Elementary School 

– Alondra Middle School 

– Jackson Middle School 

– Paramount Park Middle School 

– Zamboni Middle School 

– Paramount High School Senior Campus 

– Paramount High School West Campus 

– Buena Vista High School 

– Hollydale K-8 School 

– Alternative Education Center 

– Paramount Community Day School 

– Regional Occupational Program 

– Paramount Adult School 

– Paramount Preschool Programs 

– District-Wide Facilities 

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