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

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

29,203 votos si (76.78%)

8,831 votos no (23.22%)

100% de distritos activos (80/80).

$149 Million in Bonds for Upgrades to School Facilities and Systems
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To repair/upgrade local high schools, attract/retain quality teachers/prepare students for careers/college, repair deteriorating classrooms, restrooms, plumbing, leaky roofs, remove asbestos/lead paint, ensure safe drinking water and disabled accessibility, upgrade school fire and earthquake safety systems, upgrade technology, repair, acquire, construct classrooms/sites/facilities/equipment, shall Alhambra Unified School District issue $149,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, require audits, citizen oversight, all funds for local high schools?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

County Counsel Mary C. Wickham

Approval of Measure HS (“Measure”) would authorize the Board of Education (“Board”) of the Alhambra Unified School District (“District”), which placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 16-17-04, to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $149,000,000.

Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by the Measure shall be used only for the purposes specified in the Measure relating to District high schools, including, but not limited to, ensuring safe drinking water; repairing roofs; removing asbestos and lead paint; upgrading school fire safety systems; retrofitting classrooms for earthquake safety; improving disabled accessibility; upgrading playground safety; upgrading classrooms, science labs, and computer systems; updating electrical wiring; and updating classroom and instructional technology. Bond proceeds may not be expended on teacher and administrator salaries and pensions 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 cause the appointment of 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 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 maximum rate of interest on any bond issued pursuant to Education Code section 15264 et seq. or Government Code section 53506 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, based on a projection of assessed valuations available when the District filed its Tax Rate Statement, is $22 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.

Efectos fiscales

Superintendent Laura Tellez-Gagliano, Ed.D., Alhambra Unified School District

TAX RATE STATEMENT - MEASURE HS

An election will be held in the Alhambra Unified School District (the “District”) on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $149,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance high school improvements as described in the measure. If such bonds are authorized and sold, principal and interest on the bonds will be payable only from the proceeds of tax 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 Districts assessed valuation, the following information is provided:

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 first series of bonds, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement,  is  $0.022  per  $100  of  assessed  valuation (or $22.00 per $100,000 of assessed value) for 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 a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement,  is  $0.022  per  $100  of  assessed  valuation (or $22.00 per $100,000 of assessed value) for fiscal year 2030-31.

3.  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 $0.022 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $22.00 per $100,000 of assessed value), 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 the bonds are issued and sold is approximately $280,717,513.

Voters should note the estimated tax rate is based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the Countys official tax rolls, not on the propertys market value. In addition, taxpayers eligible for a property tax exemption, such as the homeowners exemption, will be taxed at a lower effective tax rate than described above. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors to determine their property’s assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

 

The foregoing information is based upon projections and estimates only, which are not binding upon the District. The actual debt service, the 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 the need for project 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.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

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Legislación propuesta

FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE HS

The following is the full proposition presented to the voters by the Alhambra Unified School District.

"ALHAMBRA UNIFIED HIGH SCHOOLS REPAIR / STUDENT SAFETY MEASURE. To repair/upgrade local high schools, attract/retain quality teachers/prepare students for careers / college, repair deteriorating classrooms, restrooms, plumbing, leaky roofs, remove asbestos/lead paint, ensure safe drinking water and disabled accessibility, upgrade school fire and earthquake safety systems, upgrade technology, repair, acquire, construct classrooms/sites/facilities/equipment, shall Alhambra Unified School District issue $149,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, require audits, citizen oversight, all funds for local high schools?


PROJECT LIST

The Board of Education of the Alhambra Unified School District is committed to providing a modern learning environment in local high schools with safe, secure and upgraded classrooms which both attract and help retain qualified teachers and prepare our high school students for careers and college. To that end, in developing the scope of projects to be funded, the Board evaluated the District’s urgent and critical facility needs, including safety issues, including ensuring safe drinking water for students, class size reduction, and computer and information technology. The District conducted a facilities evaluation and received public input in developing this Project List. Teachers, staff, community members and the Board have prioritized key health and safety projects so that the most critical facility needs are addressed. The Board concluded that our consistently high-achieving schools strengthen our local property values, and make our community a more desirable place to live, do business and raise a family. Therefore, in approving this Project List, the Board of Education determines that the District must:

 

(i) Ensure safe drinking water for all students;

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(ii)   Make basic repairs – repair leaky roofs, remove asbestos, lead paint, earthquake retrofit classrooms, upgrade fire safety systems, improve disabled accessibility;

(iii) Provide up-to-date classrooms and instructional technology in order to recruit and retain qualified teachers and prepare high school students for careers and college;

(iv)  Adhere to specific fiscal accountability safeguards such as:

(a)   All funds must be spent locally on Alhambra high schools, and no funds will be spent on administrators’ salaries or pensions.


(b)   An independent citizens oversight committee must be appointed to ensure that all funds are spent only as authorized.

(c)    All  expenditures  must  be  subject  to  annual  independent  financial  and performance audits.

The Project List includes the following types of upgrades and improvements at District schools and sites:

SAFE AND HEALTHY LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS:

 

 

Basic Health and Safety Repair Projects

Goal and Purpose: Some of our local schools are more than 80 years old and need basic health, safety and technology improvements. This funding will enable schools to fix deteriorating classrooms, restrooms, plumbing systems, and roofs, remove asbestos and lead paint, and replace outdated fire safety systems so children can learn in safe, healthy classrooms.

    Ensure safe drinking water.

    Repair leaky roofs.

    Remove asbestos and lead paint.

    Upgrade school fire safety systems.

    Retrofit classrooms for earthquake safety.

    Improve disabled accessibility.

    Upgrade playground safety.

LOCAL FUNDING TO UPGRADE CLASSROOMS / SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY LABS TO ENSURE STUDENTS ACCESS TO UP-TO-DATE TECHNOLOGY

 

Goal and Purpose: Our students need to be prepared for careers and college with a strong foundation in math, science and technology to compete for twenty-first century careers. This measure will upgrade science labs, technology labs, and wireless internet access to ensure our students will have access to up-to-date technology.

    Upgrade classrooms, science labs, and computer systems to keep pace with technology.

    Update electrical wiring.

    Update classroom technology.


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, as well as the 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 and renovation of each of the existing school facilities may include, but not be limited to, some or all of the following: installation of signage and fencing; renovate student and staff restrooms; repair and replace heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies; repair and replace worn-out and deteriorated roofs, windows, floors, walls, doors and drinking fountains; improve school facilities for disability access; install or upgrade shade structures, lunch tables, wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; upgrade or construct classrooms, labs, support facilities, including administrative, physical education, and central and site kitchens; replace deteriorating portable classrooms with permanent buildings; repair and replace gas, water and sewer systems and lines and plumbing systems, fire alarms, phone systems, emergency communications, security systems, doors and locks; resurface or replace hard courts, asphalt, turf and irrigation systems and campus landscaping; improve outdoor learning spaces; expand or modify parking lots 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; improve existing or construct new athletic fields; upgrade or construct support facilities and physical education, including tracks, bleachers, gyms, stadiums, pools, locker rooms; install unitary surfacing in existing playgrounds; and replace outdated security fences and security cameras (including access control systems). The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, computers, LCD projectors, portable interface devices, servers, switches, routers, modules, sound projection systems, laser printers, digital white boards, 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 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.

 

This bond measure has strict accountability requirements including:

 

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 or administrator salaries, pensions and other operating expenses.

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.

 
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