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June 5, 2018 — Elecciones Primarias de California
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Alexander Valley Union School District
Measure B - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

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201 votos si (60.5%)

131 votos no (39.5%)

100% de distritos activos (4/4).

School District Bond
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To improve the quality of education; make health and safety improvements; improve classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; replace deteriorating plumbing systems; and construct a multi-purpose room for school and community use; shall Alexander Valley Union School District issue $6,000,000 of bonds at legal rates, averaging $376,000 annually as long as bonds are out standing at a rate of approximately 2.82 cents per $100 assessed value, with No money for salaries and funding that cannot be taken by the State?

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Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

COUNTY COUNSEL'S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE B

California law permits school districts to issue bonds to pay for construction, repair, replacement, and acquisition of school facilities if 55 percent of the voters who vote on the measure approve the sale of the bonds. The Alexander Valley Union School District Board of Trustees has placed on the ballot the question of whether to issue $6,000,000 in bonds for such purposes.

Money raised by bond sales may only be used for the purposes and projects stated in the Bond Project List set forth in Measure B, which follows this analysis. Projects include, but are not limited to: modernizing, renovating, constructing, acquiring, equipping, expanding, and otherwise improving educational and support facilities (including athletic facilities such as physical education facilities); making mandatory upgrades to meet federal and state disabled accessibility requirements; and removing hazardous materials as necessary. As required by state law, Measure B prohibits using bond proceeds for teacher or administrator salaries or other operat- ing expenses.

The Board of Trustees has certified that it evaluated safety, class size, and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List. Inclusion of a project on the Bond Project List does not guarantee it will be funded or completed. Measure B states that the District’s capital needs may exceed the amount of the proposed bonds. The District will seek funds from other sources to advance the Bond Project List as far as possible. The Board of Trustees will establish the priority and order in which projects are undertaken.

If adopted, Measure B includes “Accountability Safeguards” that require the Board of Trustees to: annually conduct independent financial and performance audits to ensure bond proceeds have been expended only on projects on the Bond Project List; establish an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee; maintain bond proceeds in a separate account in the County Treasury. Measure B further requires the District’s Superintendent to provide an annual report to the Board on the status of projects undertaken and the amount of bond proceeds received and expended in each year.

If approved, Alexander Valley Union School District may issue and sell bonds in series, at different times, as projects are undertaken. Bonds of any series must ma- ture within the statutory maximum number of years from their date of issue. The bonds will be repaid with funds raised from an increase in property taxes based upon the value of land and improvements within the District. The interest rate on the bonds would depend on the market rate at the time the bonds are sold, but cannot exceed the rate set by state law. The Tax Rate Statement prepared by District’s Superintendent, which follows this analysis, estimates the property tax levies re- quired to pay off the bonds. Those tax levies are projections, and could go up or down, depending on a number of factors including the timing and amount of bond sales, and changes in assessed property values in the District.

A “yes” vote on Measure B will authorize the District to issue the bonds and levy taxes to pay for the indebtedness. A “no” vote on Measure B will not authorize either the issuance of bonds or the associated levy of taxes.

BRUCE D. GOLDSTEIN County Counsel

By: s/ Robert Pittman
Assistant County Counsel

Tax rate

An election will be held in the Alexander Valley Union School District (the “District”) on June 5, 2018, to authorize the sale of up to $6.0 million in bonds of the District to finance school facilities 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 ad valorem 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 District’s assessed valuation, the following information is provided:

  1. The best estimate of the average annual tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.02825 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $28.25 per $100,000 of assessed value). The final fiscal year in which it is anticipated that the tax will be collected is 2049-50.

  2. 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 $0.02825 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $28.25 per $100,000 of assessed value). It is estimated that such rate would be levied starting in fiscal year 2018-19 and following.

  3. 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 $12.0 million.

Voters should note the estimated tax rate is based on the assessed value (not market value) of taxable property on the County’s official tax rolls. In addition, tax- payers eligible for a property tax exemption, such as the homeowner’s 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 attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon projections and estimates only, which amounts are not maximum amounts and are not binding upon the District. The actual debt service, tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary from those used to provide the estimates set forth above, due to factors such as variations in the timing of bond sales, the par amount of bonds sold and market interest rates available at the time of each sale, actual assessed valuations over the term of the bonds, and other factors. The date and amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on the need for project funds and other considerations. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on conditions in 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.

s/ Matthew Reno
Superintendent
Alexander Valley Union School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Our elementary school is the most important asset in our community and should be our number one priority. Quality schools improve student achievement, increase property values, prepare children for a productive future and create greater neighborhood safety. Our teachers and staff do an excellent job educating our children, but some classrooms and buildings in the Alexander Valley Union School District are outdated and inadequate.

Built in 1950, Alexander Valley School has had two renovations since then (all funded by the district), but no true modernization. Alexander Valley Elementary School does not have a multi-purpose room. This has been in the school’s strategic plan for nearly 40 years. When it rains, our kids eat in the classrooms. We do not have an indoor facility where we can hold school wide assemblies. Measure B would allow the District to improve the quality of the school facilities and education provided to local children.

By investing in our school, we can meet today’s safety, technological, and educational standards, as well as better our community. If passed, Measure B will provide funding to make critical facility improvements to Alexander Valley Elementary School including: constructing a new multi-purpose room, including a cafeteria for school and community use; modernizing classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; constructing a new kindergarten classroom; and making health and safety improvements.

Measure B makes financial sense and is fiscally responsible. By law, spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens’ oversight com- mittee. All funds must be spent locally and are required to be spent only on our school, not for administrator or teacher salaries. Measure B upgrades and renovates classrooms, builds a multi-purpose room and a kindergarten classroom, improves education and maintains the quality of our community. That’s something we can all support. Please join us and Vote Yes On Measure B!

s/ Susan Chouteau
Community Member

s/ Steve Smit
Property Owner

s/ Annie Holden
Community Member

s/ Jim Young
Property + Business Owner

s/ Sarah Hafner
Owner - Hafner Family Vineyards

Argumento EN CONTRA

NO ARGUMENT WAS SUBMITTED AGAINST MEASURE B

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Legislación propuesta

APPENDIX A

INTRODUCTION

To improve the quality of education; make health and safety improvements; improve classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; replace deteriorating plumbing systems; and construct a multi-purpose room for school and community use; shall Alexander Valley Union School District issue $6,000,000 of bonds at legal rates, averaging $376,000 annually as long as bonds are outstanding at a rate of approximately 2.82 cents per $100 assessed value, with NO money for salaries and funding that cannot be taken by the State?

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this measure by at least 55 percent of the registered voters voting on the measure, the Alexander Valley Union School District will be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $6.0 million in aggregate principal amount at interest rates not to exceed legal limits and to provide financing for the specific types of school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List described below, subject to all the accountability requirements specified below.

ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS

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

Evaluation of Needs. The School Board has identified detailed facilities needs of the District and has determined which projects to finance from a local bond. The School Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction, en rollment growth, and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List shown below.

Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee. Following approval of this measure, the Board of Trustees will establish an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee, under Education Code Sections 15278 and following, to ensure bond proceeds are expended only on the types of school facilities projects listed below. The committee will be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the School Board.

Performance Audits. The School Board will conduct annual, independent performance audits to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects listed below.

Financial Audits. The School Board will conduct annual, independent financial audits of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed below.

Government Code Accountability Requirements. As required by Section 53410 of the Government Code, (1) the specific purpose of the bonds is set forth in this Full Text of the Measure, (2) the proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used only for the purposes specified in this measure, and not for any other purpose, (3) the proceeds of the bonds, when and if issued, will be deposited into a building fund to be held by the Sonoma County Treasurer, as required by the California Education Code, and (4) the Superintendent of the District shall cause an annual report to be filed with the Board of Trustees of the District not later than January 1 of each year, which report shall contain pertinent information regarding the amount of funds collected and expended, as well as the status of the projects listed in this measure, as required by Sections 53410 and 53411 of the Government Code.

NO TEACHER OR ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES

Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this measure shall be used only for the purposes specified in Article XIII A, Section 1(b)(3), those being for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, and the acquisition or lease of school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and ad- ministrator salaries and other school operating expenses.

STATE MATCHING FUNDS

The following statement is included in this measure pursuant to Education Code Section 15122.5: Approval of this measure does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects that are the subject of bonds under this measure will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by this measure. The District’s proposal for the project or projects described below may assume the receipt of matching state funds, which, if available, could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

INFORMATION ABOUT ESTIMATES AND PROJECTIONS INCLUDED IN BALLOT

This measure authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds to finance the types of projects set forth on the Bond Project List set forth below, to be repaid by tax collections for the years that bonds are outstanding. The measure presented to District voters on the Ballot, as set forth above under the heading “INTRODUCTION”, includes information regarding the expected average amount of money to be raised annually to pay issued bonds, the estimated rate of the approved tax per $100 of assessed valuation, and the year through which it is approximated the proposed ax will be levied and collected. Each of these estimates and approximations are provided as informational only. Such amounts are estimates only, and are not maximum amounts or limitations on the terms of the bonds or the tax rate or duration supporting repayment of bonds. The approximations and estimates provided depend on numerous variables which are subject to variation and change over the term of the District’s overall facilities and bond financing plan, including but not limited to the amount of bonds issued and outstanding at any one time, the interest rates applicable to issued bonds, market conditions at the time of sale of the bonds, when bonds mature, timing of project needs and changes in assessed valuations in the District. As such, while such estimates and approximations have been provided based on information currently available to the District and its current expectations, such estimates and approximations are not limitations and are not binding upon the District.

 

BOND PROJECT LIST

Scope of Projects. Bond proceeds will be expended on the modernization, renovation, expansion, acquisition, construction/reconstruction, rehabilitation, and/or replacement of school facilities of the Alexander Valley Union School District, including the furnishing and equipping of such school facilities. This measure authorizes bond projects to be undertaken at all District sites, including current and future sites.

 

School Facility Project List. The items presented on the following list are the types of projects authorized to be financed with voter-approved bond proceeds. Specific examples included on this list are not intended to limit the broad types of projects described and authorized by this measure. The types of projects authorized are:

  • Improve/renovate/construct classrooms, restrooms and school facilities to meet 21st century educational standards, including providing updated furnishings and other equipment to facilitate a modern learning environment
  • Construct a Kindergarten classroom to replace dilapidated temporary classroom
  • Construct a multi-purpose room with a cafeteria for school and community use, since the school does not currently have one
  • Make health and safety improvements, including improving drop-off and pick up areas to ensure student safety
  • Replace deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems
  • Upgrade inadequate electrical systems
  • Repair or replace outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems
  • Repair or replace leaky roofs
  • Improve technology infrastructure
  • Make Federal and State-mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility upgrades including ensuring site access, parking, staff and student restrooms, relocation of existing electrical devices, drinking fountains, play- ground equipment, etc. as necessary to ensure adequate accommodations are provided and all legal requirements are met
  • Improve P.E. fields and facilities for school and community use
  • Abate and remove hazardous materials identified prior to or during construction
  • Make energy-efficiency improvements
  • Repair, replace and/or upgrade paved surfaces, turf, and other grounds to eliminate safety hazards and improve outside instructional areas
  • Upgrade, repair and/or expand school site parking, roadways, bus, grounds and other infrastructure such as utility systems, including installing exterior lighting, repairing pathways, walkways, ADA access ramps, and make landscaping improvements including irrigation

 

Each of the bond projects described in this Bond Project List include the costs of furnishing and equipping such facilities, and all costs which are incidental but directly related to the types of projects described above. Examples of incidental costs include, but are not limited to: costs of design, engineering, architect and other professional services, facilities assessments, inspections, site preparation, utilities, landscaping, construction management and other planning and permitting, legal, accounting and similar costs; independent annual financial and performance audits; a customary construction contingency; demolition and disposal of existing structures; the costs of interim housing and storage during construction including relocation and construction costs incurred relating to interim facilities; rental or con- struction of storage facilities and other space on an interim basis for materials and other equipment and furnishings displaced during construction; costs of relocating facilities and equipment as needed in connection with the projects; interim class- rooms and facilities for students, administrators, and school functions, including modular facilities; federal and state-mandated safety upgrades; addressing un- foreseen conditions revealed by construction/modernization and other necessary improvements required to comply with existing building codes, including the Field Act; access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act; costs of the election; bond issuance costs; and project administration during the duration of such projects, as permitted by law including the cost of District staff when performing work on or necessary or incidental to bond projects.

The scope and nature of any of the specific projects described above may be altered by the District as required by unforeseen conditions that may arise during the course of design and construction. In the event that a modernization or renovation project is more economical for the District to be undertaken as new construction, this bond measure authorizes land acquisition, relocation and construction and/or reconstruction, and all costs relating thereto, for said reason or, alternatively, based on other considerations deemed in the best interest of the District by the Governing Board. In addition, this measure authorizes the acquisition of real prop- erty, including necessary rights of ways or other real property interests, required to expand District facilities, to provide access to school or other District facilities, or to provide additional school or related facilities. In addition, authorized projects in- clude reimbursements for paid project costs and paying and/or prepaying interim or previously obtained financing for the types of projects included on the project list, such as bond anticipation notes, and including payment and prepayment of lease payments relating to projects and/or equipment previously financed.

Approval of the District’s bond measure does not guarantee that all of the identified projects within this Bond Project List will be funded beyond what can be completed with local funds generated by the bond measure. The District plans to pursue funds from the State of California, if available, to complete certain of the identified facilities projects.

The order in which school facilities projects are listed in the foregoing Bond Project List does not suggest an order of priority. Project priorities will be determined by the Governing Board. The District is unable to anticipate all unforeseen circumstances which may prevent some of the projects listed above from being undertaken or completed.

 

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