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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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West Covina Unified School District
Measure ES Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

14,299 votos si (74.97%)

4,774 votos no (25.03%)

100% de distritos activos (33/33).

$143 Million in Bonds for Upgrades to School Facilities and Systems
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To upgrade and modernize outdated classrooms, science labs/career-training facilities to support 21st Century instruction and student achievement in math, science, engineering, arts and skilled trades, repair/replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, electrical systems/portables, improve student/campus safety, repair, acquire/construct classrooms, sites, facilities, equipment/technology, shall West Covina Unified School District issue $143,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with independent citizen oversight, audits, no money for administrator salaries, and all money staying local?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Approval of Measure ES (“Measure”) would authorize the Board of Education

(“Board”) of the West Covina Unified School District (“District”), which placed

the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 17-01, to issue general obligation

bonds in an amount not to exceed $143,000,000.

Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by the Measure shall be used

only for the purposes specified in the Measure, including, but not limited to,

replacing portable classrooms; repairing or replacing roofs and plumbing,

heating, ventilation, and electrical systems; providing facilities and technology for

instruction in math, science, and technology;providing facilities and equipment

for instruction in music and performing arts; repairing or replacing athletic

facilities; improving campus security systems, including lighting, cameras,

emergency communication systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms, and sprinklers;

providing classrooms, labs, and equipment for career and technology education;

creating modern, multi-use classrooms; keeping classroom technology

up-to-date; improving pick-up and drop-off zones and parking lots to improve

safety and traffic flow; and upgrading children’s playground equipment and play

areas to meet current health and safety standards. 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 60days 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 District shall create an account into which bond proceeds shall be deposited

and shall comply with   the   reporting   requirements   of   Government   Code     

section 53410.

The bonds shall be issued pursuant to Education Code section 15264 et seq. or

Government Code section 53506, and the maximum rate of interest on any bond

shall not exceed the maximum rate allowed by law. According to the District’s

Tax Rate Statement, the best estimate of the highest tax rate required to fund

the bonds is $60 per $100,000, based on assessed valuations available at the time

of the election and taking into account estimated future growth. The best

estimate of the fiscal year in which the highest tax rate will apply is 2017-18, and

thereafter.

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

 

 

Tax rate

To: The voters voting in the November 8, 2016 election on the question of the

issuance of $143,000,000 General Obligation Bonds of the West Covina Unified

 School District.

You are hereby notified in accordance with Section 9401 of the ElectionsCode

of the State of California of the following:

1.The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate which would be required

to be levied to fund principal and interest payments during the first fiscal year

after the first sale of bonds, based on assessed valuations available at the time

of the election and taking into account estimated future growth, is the

following:

$.060000 per $100 of assessed valuation, which equates to $60.00 per $100,000.

First fiscal year after the first sale of bonds: 2017-2018.

2.The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate which would be required

to be levied to fund principal and interest payments during the first fiscal year

after the last sale of bonds and an estimate of the year in which that rate will

apply, based on assessed valuations available at the time of the election and

taking into account estimated future growth, is as follows:

$.060000 per $100 of assessed valuation, which equates to $60.00 per $100,000.

First fiscal year after last sale of bonds: 2026-2027.

3.The best estimate from official sources of the highest tax rate which would be

required to be levied to fund principal and interest payments on the bonds and

an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply, based on assessed

valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account

estimated future growth, is as follows:

$.060000 per $100 of assessed valuation, which equates to $60.00 per $100,000.

Year of highest tax rate: 2017-2018 and thereafter.

4.The best estimate from official sources of the total debt service, including the

principal and interestwhich would be required to be repaid, if all of the bonds

are issued and sold, based on interest rate information along with assessed

valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account

estimated future growth, is as follows:

Estimated total debt service, including the principal and interest: $257,507,200.

The attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is

based upon projections and estimates only. 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 date of sale and the amount of bonds

sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on its 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 sale. Actual future

assessed valuations 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. Accordingly, the actual tax rates and

the years in which such rates are applicable may vary from those presently

estimated as above stated.

CHARLES D. HINMAN, Ed. D.

Superintendent of the

West Covina Unified School District

 

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

VOTE YES on Measure ES

We need your help. For over 100 years, West Covina School District has

provided high-quality education to the children of our community. With schools

approaching 60 plus years old, they require more than maintenance and repair.

We must replace and upgrade facilities to keep our students healthy and safe

while adding facilities to provide the education required in today’s world.

Measure ES is the solution to make the critical improvements necessary to

continue keeping students safe while updating schools to prepare them for

success in not only college,but also future careers.

Yes on Measure ES will:

-Build new science labs, career, and technology classrooms to support high

quality instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math.

-Replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, sewer systems, wiring, and power

to keep our facilities and classrooms safe and support the technology

requirements to meet rising academic standards.

-Construct performing arts classrooms/facilities to provide our students with

more educational opportunities.

-Update classrooms to meet 21st century education and graduation standards.

-Enhance campus safety and security for our students and staff.

Accountable to Taxpayers

Measure ES is fiscally sound. By law, funds STAY in the School District and the

State CANNOT take them. Measure ES only funds projects itemized in the ballot

measure. NO funds go for salaries or pensions. Independent Citizens’ Oversight,

mandatory audits, and public reports ensure proper spending of funds.

Protecting quality education is a smart investment for our community whether

you have children in our schools or not. Outstanding public schools protect

property values and keep our community STRONG.

Please join other residents in all West Covina neighborhoods, community and

business leaders, parents, teachers, and staff in keeping safe, modern, and

excellent schools in West Covina for years to come.

 

VOTE YES on Measure ES.

CAMIE POULOS

School Board President/Foster Parent

EILEEN MIRANDA JIMENEZ

School Board Vice President/Parent

MICHAEL FLOWERS

School Board Clerk/Retired Postal Carrier

JESSICA C. SHEWMAKER

School Board Member/Paralegal

DANIEL C. MONARREZ

School Board Member/Public School Educator

 

 

Argumento EN CONTRA

The West Covina School Board wants you to approve the largest

single tax increase in the history of the City of West Covina, a $143,000,000 school bond,

the maximum tax increase allowed by law.

I oppose this outrageous and unnecessary tax increase on the property owners

and taxpayers of West Covina.

The School Board must control its spending. They have to spend and save

responsibly just like you do with your household finances. This free-wheeling

spending has to stop. Send a message to our School Board....NO NEW TAXES!!

Based on the District’s audited financial statements and the District’s income

projections, using the State Local Control Funding Formula, the School

District’s average annual total General Fund revenue for 2014-2019 is expected

to be over $100,000,000-an annual increase of over $26,000,000 or 35% more

than the 2008-2013 average total General Fund revenue. When this new State

funding program is fully implemented from 2014-2024, West Covina USD’s

estimated aggregate increase in total General Fund revenue could be well over

$250,000,000. But that’s not enough for this School Board. Instead, they want the 

property owners and taxpayers to pay an additional $143 million. That is

egregious, reprehensible and unacceptable. The School Board should use this

additional $250 million in revenue for essential site improvements, science labs,

technology upgrades, and improved security systems.

Don’t be fooled by the School Board’s taxpayer-funded propaganda claiming

this $143 million tax is an investment in our schools that will only cost the

“typical” homeowner $163 a year. Doesn’t this sound just like one of those

“to-good-to-be-true” late night cable TV infomercials?

The School Board Members promised to keep our children competitive by

providing outstanding education opportunities in safe and secure facilities. They

promised to spend our money wisely and responsibly, within their current

budget.

Please VOTE NO on this tax increase and hold the School Board to their

promises.

STEPHEN J. COX, CPA

Former Governing Board Member

West Covina Unified School District

1994-2014

 

 

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

Measure ES is not fiscally sound, it’s fiscally irresponsible.

The Measure ES School Bond is the most expensive way to fund school

improvementsA vote for this bond is like maximizing your credit card debt and

then paying off the balance by making minimum required monthly payments for

the next 40 years. It’s not fiscally sound.

Measure ES is a massive property tax increase. This $143,000,000 bond could

cost the taxpayers as much as $300,000,000 over the life of the bonds. The district

wants to pay for short term costs with long term financing. These upgrades will

be obsolete long before the bond is paid off. Today’s schoolchildren will pay for

this bond long after their own children have graduated.That’s not fiscally sound.

The School Board did not set their budget priorities appropriately. A child’s

health, safety and security should have been first priority, not administrative

salaries and employee benefits. They have known for years that our schools need

more than repairs and maintenance. Their failure to prioritize these costs is 

unforgivable.

The School Board wants to borrow money and increase your property taxes to

pay for their irresponsible fiscal management. Your education dollars will be

going to institutional investors and other wealthy people to be used as a tax

shelter.

Homeowners will pay more taxes. Renters and small businesses will pay higher

rent. Customers will pay higher prices.That’s not fiscally sound.

Vote NO on Measure ES.

STEPHEN J. COX,

CPA

 

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

VOTE YES on Measure ESExcellent SchoolsExemplary Students!

The sole opponent of the health, safety, and education of our children presents

DISTORTED information in an attempt to mislead you. Here are the facts:

The West Covina Unified School District Board is fiscally responsible and

maintains an above average mandated savings reserve. This reserve was used to

preserve classroom instruction in our District from 2008-2013 when other

Districts were cutting programs and increasing class size.

It is SURPRISING and DISAPPOINTING that a former Governing Board

Member would not be aware that the Local Control Funding Formula is required

by law to dedicate additional funding to improve instructional services for

targeted students. And, that recent State funding increases have helped to

replace reduced State funding since 2008. The District’s operating budget allows

for little to be spent on repairs, major upgrades, and additional facility

construction.

Our schools are 40-60 years old. They have served our community wellbut now

must be upgraded. No one doubts students must possess significantly more

technical skills now than in 1960 to compete for good paying jobs and colleges.

Our school facilities were simply not built for today’s curriculum.

Measure ES is important to the community as a whole. Quality public schools

create demand for our homes and increase residents’ property values.

Once again, our West Covina Unified School District Governing Board

Members, Civic and Community Leaders, Business Leaders and Owners,

Parents, Teachers, Staff, and our Children ask you for your help.

VOTE YES on Measure ES

CAMIE POULOS

School Board President/Foster Parent

EILEEN MIRANDA JIMENEZ

School Board Vice President/Parent

MICHAEL FLOWERS

School Board Clerk/Retired Postal Carrier

JESSICA C. SHEWMAKER

School Board Member/Paralegal

DANIEL C. MONARREZ

School Board Member/Public School Educator

 

 

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

West Covina Unified School District Repair/Security Measure. To upgrade and

 modernize outdated classrooms, science labs/career-training facilities to support

21st Century instruction and student achievement in math, science, engineering,

arts and skilled trades, repair/replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, electrical

systems/portables, improve student/campus safety, repair, acquire/construct

classrooms, sites, facilities, equipment/technology, shall West Covina Unified

School District issue $143,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with independent

citizen oversight, audits, no money for administrator salaries, and all money

staying local?”

PROJECT LIST

The Board of Education of the West Covina Unified School District is

committed to improving the quality of education in local public schools with safe,

secure,upgraded classrooms, labs and technology needed to support high

quality instruction in math, science, engineering and technologyTo that end,

the Board evaluated the District’s urgent and critical facility needs, including the

age of District schools, student safety, class size reduction, computer and

information technology, and prepared a Facilities Needs Assessment

ReportMarch 2016, which is incorporated herein in its entirety, in developing

the scope of projects to be funded. The District conducted a facilities evaluation

and received public input in developing this Project List. Teachers, staff,

community members and the Board have prioritized the key health and safety

needs so that the most critical facility needs are addressed.The Board concluded

 that protecting the quality of our schools, the quality of life in our community,

and the value of our homes is a wise investmentTherefore, in approving this

Project List, the

Board of Education determines that the District must:

(i)Provide classrooms, labs and equipment for career and technology

education classes so students are prepared for college and in-demand jobs

in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology, and skilled trades;

and

(ii)Improve student safety and campus security systems, including security

lighting, security cameras, emergency communication systems, smoke

detectors, fire alarms, and sprinklers; and

(iii)Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, heating, ventilation, and

electrical systems, where needed; and

(iv)Provide the facilities, equipment and technology needed to support high

quality instruction in math, science, engineering, and technology; and

(v) Adhere to clear system of accountability, such as:

(a)All expenditures must be subject to annual independent financial audits.

(b)An independent citizens’ oversight committee must be appointed to ensure

that all funds are spent properly.

The Project List includes the following types of upgrades and improvements at

District schools and sites:

LOCAL SCHOOL FUNDING TO SUPPORT HIGH QUALITY INSTRUCTION

IN MATH, SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY:

Basic School Repair and Upgrade Projects

Goals and Purposes: All money raised by the measure will stay local to support

our students. It cannot be taken away by the State or used for other purposes.

If we want our students to succeed in college and careers, they must be skilled in

the use of today’s technologies and have a solid background in science, math,

and technology. This measure will make this possible.

Since most of our schools were built more than 60-years ago and require

ongoing maintenance animprovements. Essential repairs and improvements

must be made so that these schools can serve our community well for the

decades to come.

Replace aging portable classrooms that are expensive to repair and maintain

with modern classrooms.

Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, heating, ventilation and

electrical systems,where needed.

Provide facilities and technology needed to support high quality instruction in

math, science and technology.

Provide facilities and equipment needed to support high quality instruction in

music and performing arts.

Repair or replace old, worn-out athletic facilities to support student health,

fitness and athletic programs.

 

LOCAL FUNDING TO IMPROVE STUDENT SAFETY AND SECURITY:

Projects That Improve Student Safety and Preparedness

 For College and Good Paying Jobs

Goal and Purpose: Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting the

quality of our schools, the quality of life in our community,and the value of our

homes is a wise investment.

Improve student safety and campus security systems, including security

lighting, cameras, emergency communication systems, smoke detectors, fire

alarms and sprinklers.

Provide classrooms, labs and equipment for career and technology education

classes so students are prepared for college and in-demand jobs in fields like

health sciences, engineering, technology, and skilled trades

Create modern, multi-use classrooms to support hands-on instruction and

learning-by-doing.

Keep educational technology in the classroom up-to-date.

Improve pick-up and drop-off zones and parking lots to improve student

safety and traffic flow on neighborhood streets.

Upgrade children’s playground equipment and play areas to meet current

health and safety standards.

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY

This bond measure has strict accountability requirements including:

1.All money will benefit local schooland CANNOT BE TAKEN BY THE

STATE.

2.NO MONEY can be used for ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES.

3.Require CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT and yearly reports to the community

to keep the District accountable for how the funds are spent.

4.NO TEACHER OR ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES. Proceeds from the sale

of the bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the

acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of

school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, and

not for any other purpose, including teacher or administrator salaries, pensions

and other operating expenses.

 

 

5.FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY. THE EXPENDITURE OF BOND MONEY ON

THESE PROJECTS IS SUBJECT TO STRINGENT FINANCIAL

 ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS. BY LAW, PERFORMANCE AND

FINANCIAL AUDITS WILL BE PERFORMED ANNUALLY, AND ALL BOND

EXPENDITURES WILL BE MONITORED BY AN INDEPENDENT

CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE TO ENSURE THAT FUNDS ARE

SPENT AS PROMISED AND SPECIFIED. THE CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT

COMMITTEE MUST INCLUDE, AMONG OTHERS, REPRESENTATION OF

A BONA FIDE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION, A BUSINESS ORGANIZATION

AND A SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION. NO DISTRICT EMPLOYEES

OR VENDORS ARE ALLOWED TO SERVE ON THE CITIZENS’

OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.

The listed projects will be completed as needed. Each project is assumed to

include its share of furniture, equipment, architectural, engineering, and similar

planning costs, program/project management, and a customary contingency for

unforeseen design and construction costs. In addition to the listed projects stated

above, the Project List also includes the acquisition of a variety of instructional,

maintenance and operational equipment, including the reduction or retirement

of outstanding lease obligations and interim funding incurred to advance fund

projects from the Project List; payment of the costs of preparation of all facility

planning, facility studies, assessment reviews, facility master plan preparation

and updates, environmental studies (including environmental investigation,

remediation and monitoring), design and construction documentation, and

temporary housing of dislocated District activities caused by construction

projects.

In addition to the projects listed above, the repair, renovation, construction and

equipping of school facilities includes, some or all of the following: renovate

student and staff restrooms; upgrade libraries for 21st Century learning; construct

classrooms and multipurpose buildings; repair and replace heating, air

conditioning and ventilation systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies,

including energy management systems;repair and replace worn-out and

deteriorated roofs, windows, floors, floor coverings, walls, doors and drinking

fountains; create single point of entry at school sites; improve or construct

facilities for art, science, music, performing arts; improve school facilities for

disability access; install shade structures, wiring and electrical systems to safely

accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs;

upgrade or construct classrooms, labs, support facilities (including 

administrative, non-student instruction spaces and District office), physical

 education (including playground equipment), and central and site kitchens;

 repair and replace gas, plumbing, water and sewer systems and lines, fire alarms,

fire safety systems, phone systems, emergency communications, security systems,

doors and locks; resurface or replace hard courts, asphalt, turf and irrigation and

water conservation systems and campus landscaping; expand or modify parking

lots, parking structures, and drop-off areas; acquire land; interior and exterior

painting and floor covering; demolition; construct various forms of storage and

support spaces and classrooms; repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior

lighting systems; construct, renovate or improve playgrounds, athletic fields,

stadiums, pools, bleachers, lockers, tracks and play apparatus; install unitary

surfacing in existing playgrounds; and replace outdated fences, security gates and

cameras (including access control systems). The upgrading of technology

infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, fiber optics, computers, LCD

projectors, portable interface devices, servers, switches, routers, modules, sound

projection systems, laser printers, digital whiteboards, document projectors,

upgrade voice-over-IP, call manager and network security/firewall, wireless

technology systems, refresh classroom technology, infrastructure upgrades and

other miscellaneous equipment.

The allocation of bond proceeds will be affected by the final costs of each

project. The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by

factors beyond the District’s control. Some projects throughout the District may

be undertaken as joint use projects in cooperation with other local public or

non-profit agencies. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans

and construction documents are finalized, construction bids are received,

construction contracts are awarded and projects are completed. Based on the

final costs of each project, certain of the projects described above may be

delayed or may not be completed. Demolition of existing facilities and

reconstruction of facilities scheduled for repair and upgrade may occur, if the

Board determines that such an approach would be more cost-effective in creating

more enhanced and operationally efficient campuses. Necessary site

preparation/restoration may occur in connection with new construction,

renovation or remodeling, or installation or removal of relocatable classrooms,

including ingress and egress, removing, replacing,or installing irrigation, utility

lines, trees and landscaping, relocating fire access roads, and acquiring any

necessary easements, licenses, or rights of way to the property. Proceeds of the

bonds may be used to pay or reimburse the District for the cost of District staff

when performing work on or necessary and incidental to bond projects.

Bond proceeds shall only be expended for the specific purposes identified herein.

The District shall create an account into which proceeds of the bonds shall be

deposited and comply with the reporting requirements of Government

Code § 53410.

 

NO ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES: PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF

THE BONDS AUTHORIZED BY THIS PROPOSITION SHALL BE

USED ONLY FOR THE ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION,

RECONSTRUCTION, REHABILITATION, OR REPLACEMENT OF

SCHOOL FACILITIES, INCLUDING THE FURNISHING AND

EQUIPPING OF SCHOOL FACILITIES, AND NOT FOR ANY OTHER

PURPOSE, INCLUDING TEACHER AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR

SALARIES AND OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES.

 

 

 

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