presents
Voter’s Edge California
Conozca la información antes de votar.
Presentado por
MapLight
League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
KPBS Voters Guide@KPBSNews
November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
Distrito especial

South Pasadena Unified School District
Measure SP Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

To learn more about measures, follow the links for each tab in this section. For most screenreaders, you can hit Return or Enter to enter a tab and read the content within.

Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

9,357 votos si (75.74%)

2,997 votos no (24.26%)

100% de distritos activos (13/13).

$98 Million in Bonds for Upgrades to School Facilities and Systems
— undefined

To upgrade aging classrooms, sites and facilities; replace deteriorated roofs, plumbing, electrical, and air conditioning systems; retrofit buildings for earthquake safety; improve access for students with disabilities; remove hazardous materials like lead/asbestos; and upgrade/construct math, science, technology, visual and performing arts classrooms/facilities to support student achievement, shall South Pasadena Unified School District issue $98,000,000 in bonds at legal rates to equip, acquire, and construct school facilities, with independent oversight, annual audits, 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

County Counsel Mary C. Wickham

Approval of Measure SP (“Measure”) would authorize the Board of Education (“Board”) of the South Pasadena Unified School District (“District”), which placed the Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 2016-2017-01, to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $98,000,000.

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 with permanent construction; constructing new labs for science, technology, engineering, math, design, and robotics; constructing a new lab for sports medicine and physical therapy; restoring and preserving the historic middle school performing arts theater/auditorium; upgrading and modernizing the high school auditorium; constructing new classrooms for visual and performing arts; retrofitting older buildings with earthquake-safety improvements; replacing and/or repairing roofs; replacing and/or upgrading electrical infrastructure; upgrading and/or replacing school safety and security systems; upgrading access systems; upgrading bathrooms and other facilities for safety and accessibility; restoring and/or upgrading indoor and outdoor athletic facilities and surfaces; upgrading information technology network infrastructure; updating administrative facilities; installing drought-tolerant landscaping and efficient irrigation systems; and replacing heating and cooling systems with energy-efficient systems and making other energy-efficiency improvements. Bond proceeds may not be expended on teacher and administrator salaries, benefits, or pensions, and other school 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 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 shall not exceed the maximum rate allowed by law. Bonds issued pursuant to Education Code section 15264 et seq. shall have a maturity not exceeding twenty-five (25) years, and bonds issued pursuant to Government Code section 53506 et seq. shall have a maturity not exceeding the maximum allowed under that section. According to the District’s Tax Rate Statement, the best estimate of the highest tax rate required to fund

 

 


 

 

 

 

the bonds, based on assessed valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account estimated future growth, is $60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. The best estimate of the 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.

 

 

 

 

 

NOTICE TO VOTERS

 

Approval of Measure SP does not guarantee that the proposed projects in the District that are the subject of bonds under Measure SP will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure SP. The districts proposal for the 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.

Efectos fiscales

Superintendent Geoff Yants, Ed.D., South Pasadena Unified School District

TAX RATE STATEMENT - MEASURE SP

To: The voters voting in the November 8, 2016 election on the question of the issuance of $98,000,000 General Obligation Bonds of the South Pasadena Unified School District.

You are hereby notified in accordance with Section 9401 of the Elections Code 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 interest, which 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: $174,092,800.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

FULL TEXT OF BALLOT MEASURE SP

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

FINDINGS

In calling for the ballot proposition to be submitted to the voters, the Board of Education of the South Pasadena Unified School District (the “District”) has made the following findings:

The District is committed to creating and maintaining a high-quality learning environment for all of its nearly 5,000 students.

The health and safety of students and staff is the top priority of the District and maintaining a high quality education at District schools requires safe and modern school facilities.

Many of the District’s buildings are more than 40 years old and in need of significant repairs and upgrades.

The State of California (“the State”) has been unable to provide the District with enough money for the District to adequately upgrade and repair schools to provide a safe and optimal learning environment for all students.

Funding from bond measures approved by local voters in 1995 and 2002 have been expended and the independent citizens oversight committees charged with reviewing the use of bond funds have consistently certified that funds from both measures were utilized for the purposes described in the measures and promised to local voters.

The District has completed a comprehensive facilities assessment to identify the most pressing needs in each of its schools to provide safe and modern classroom environments for all students.

The District has pursued all available sources of funding to improve local school facilities, including funding from Proposition 39 of 2012, the Clean Energy Jobs Act.

Additional resources are necessary to enable the District to address facilities that need to be renovated, modernized, repaired, improved, constructed and equipped to enable the District to improve the health and safety and the quality of education for all of its students.

All funds raised by this measure will remain local to support students and cannot be taken away by the State.

An  independent  Citizens’  Bond  Oversight  Committee  will  review  all expenditures, and annual independent audits will be conducted to ensure

 


all funds are spent only on school, classroom and other improvements as authorized by voters and for no other purposes.

Funds from this measure would provide the local matching funds needed to help the District qualify for funding from the State bond measure that will appear on the November 2016 ballot.

Bond money may not be used for administrator or teacher salaries, benefits or pensions.

SUMMARY OF THE BOND MEASURE

To upgrade aging classrooms, sites and facilities; replace deteriorated roofs, plumbing, electrical, and air conditioning systems; retrofit buildings for earthquake safety; improve access for students with disabilities; remove hazardous materials like lead/asbestos; and upgrade/construct math, science, technology, visual and performing arts classrooms/facilities to support student achievement, shall South Pasadena Unified School District issue $98,000,000 million in bonds at legal rates to equip, acquire, and construct and equip needed school facilities, with independent oversight, annual audits, and all money staying local?

PROJECT LIST FOR THE BOND MEASURE

Bond proceeds will be expended to upgrade, repair, expand, modernize, replace, renovate, acquire, construct, furnish and equip facilities of the District including the following types of projects at Arroyo Vista Elementary School, Marengo Elementary School, Monterey Hills Elementary School, South Pasadena Middle School, South Pasadena High School and at the District administration building:

New 21st Century Classrooms and Facilities for Math, Science, and Technology

   Replace all existing portable classrooms with new permanent construction

   Construct new dedicated labs for science, technology, engineering, math, design and robotics

   Construct a new lab for sports medicine and physical therapy

Enhancements to Support Visual and Performing Arts

   Restore    and    preserve   the   historic    Middle    School    performing    arts theater/auditorium

   Upgrade and modernize the High School auditorium

   Construct new classrooms dedicated to visual and performing arts

 


Improvements to Promote Student Health and Safety

   Retrofit older buildings with earthquake safety improvements

   Replace and/or repair aging roofs

   Replace and/or upgrade outdated electrical infrastructure

   Upgrade and/or replace school safety systems, fire alarms, sprinklers and smoke detectors

   Install new security fencing

   Upgrade access systems including doors, locks and windows

   Upgrade bathrooms and other facilities for safety and accessibility

   Restore and/or upgrade locker rooms, bleachers, fields, courts, gym floor, playground asphalt surfaces and outdoor areas

Critical Infrastructure Enhancements

   Upgrade information technology network infrastructure including wireless, servers, data archiving, backup and security systems

   Update administrative facilities

   Upgrade safety and security tools such as phones, lighting, and emergency communication facilities

Energy and Water Efficiency Improvements

   Install drought tolerant landscaping and water efficient irrigation systems

   Install athletic sports turf on fields to save water

   Replace outdated heating and cooling systems with more energy efficient systems

   Make energy efficiency improvements such as installing efficient lighting and solar panels as needed to reduce utility costs

In preparing the list of projects, the District has evaluated safety, class size reduction, and informational technology needs.

Implementation of Construction Program. Listed projects, repairs, improvements, rehabilitation projects and upgrades will be completed only as needed, and the listing of projects does not imply a particular prioritization among such improvements. Projects may be done in phases, based on Board of Education priorities. Listed projects may be completed at any and all District schools, sites and education buildings where such project is determined necessary. Decisions regarding the scope, timing, prioritization or other facets of


project implementation will be made solely by the Board of Education by subsequent action. Where terms such as “renovate,” upgrade, retrofit,” restore” and “modernize” are used in the foregoing Project List for the Bond Measure, the Board of Education shall determine the best method for accomplishing the projects objective. For any listed project involving renovation or modernization of all or a portion of a building, the District may proceed with new replacement construction instead (including any necessary demolition), if the District determines that replacement and new construction is more practical than renovation or modernization, considering the building’s age, condition, expected remaining life, comparative cost, and other relevant factors.

Each project financed will include its share of architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program management, project or construction management, a contingency for unforeseen circumstances, offsite/utility connection costs, and interim housing. Projects also may include the payment of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, facility assessment reviews, environmental studies, construction documentation, plan check, inspection and permit fees, and the acquisition of improvements on the project list that are financed by the District on an interim basis through temporary loans, leases, lease-leaseback, or lease-purchase arrangements.

The District intends to apply for State matching funds for certain of the projects to be financed. In the absence of such funding, the District may not be able to undertake some of the projects listed above. Approval of this proposition does not guarantee that the proposed projects that are the subject of this proposition will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by this proposition. The District’s receipt of matching State funds will be subject to appropriation by the Legislature and approval of a statewide bond measure.

The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the Districts control. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction bids are awarded and projects are completed. Based on the final costs of each project, certain projects described above may be delayed or may not be undertaken.

Bond proceeds shall be expended only for the specific purposes identified herein. 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 the bond projects. The District shall create an account into which proceeds of the bonds shall be deposited and comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code Section 53410.

Fiscal Accountability: In accordance with Education Code Section 15272, the Board of Education will establish a citizens oversight committee and will conduct annual independent audits to assure that funds are spent only on the list


of projects authorized above and for no other purpose. 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 shall include at least seven members, with the following relationships: one member active in a business organization, one member active in a senior citizens organization, one member active in a bona fide taxpayers organization, one member who is a parent or guardian of a student, one member who is both a parent or guardian of a student and active in a parent-teacher organization. District employees, vendors, contractors and consultants may not serve on the citizens oversight committee.

 

No Administrator Salaries: Proceeds from the sale of the 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, and not for any other purpose. No funds will be used toward teacher or administrator salaries or other operating expenses.

Use tabs to select your choice. Use return to create a choice. You can access your list by navigating to 'My List'.

Comparta este sitio para ayudar a otras personas a investigar sus opciones para las votaciones.

PUBLISHING:PRODUCTION SERVER:PRODUCTION