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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California
Boleta y información de la votación para el Contra Costa County.
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Facilities Upgrade and Modernization

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June 7, 2016Elecciones Primarias de California

Lafayette School District
Measure C - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

8,371 votos si (73.84%)

2,966 votos no (26.16%)

  • 100% de distritos activos (26/26).
  • 278,127 boletas electorales serán contadas.

To upgrade aging neighborhood elementary and middle schools, avoid overcrowding, and modernize classrooms for today's curriculum, including math, science, technology and arts, shall Lafayette School District repair or replace deteriorated roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems; update classrooms, labs and instructional technology; improve school safety/security: and acquire, construct, renovate, equip sites/facilities, by issuing $70,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with independent citizen oversight, no administrators' salaries, and all funds dedicated locally to Lafayette TK-8 schools?

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

The California Constitution provides that school districts may issue bonds 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, with the approval of 55% of the voters voting at an election for that purpose.   By resolution, the Lafayette School District has proposed that bonds of the District be issued in an amount up to $70,000,000. This measure provides that proceeds from the sale of the bonds will generally be used to “repair or replace deteriorated roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems; update classrooms, labs and instructional technology; improve school safety/security; and acquire, construct, renovate, equip sites/facilities.” The specific projects are set forth in the bond project list attached to the resolution of the Board of Trustees. The measure provides that a citizens’ oversight committee will be established to ensure that bond proceeds are properly expended and that annual performance and financial audits will be conducted. The measure further provides that bond proceeds will only be used for the purposes specified in the measure, and not for any other purpose.   Approval of this measure authorizes the levy of ad valorem taxes upon taxable property to repay the bonded indebtedness, both principal and interest, in each year that bonds are outstanding. The Lafayette School District has prepared a Tax Rate Statement, which represents the school district’s best estimates of the property tax rates required to service the bonds. The estimated average annual tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds is expected to be $28.52 per $100,000 of assessed valuation over the life of the bonds.   Approval of the measure does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the District that are the subject of bonds under the measure will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by the measure. The proposed 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.
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Tax rate

An election will be held in the Lafayette School District (the “District”) on June 7, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $70,000,000 in bonds of the District for the specific school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List established by the District, as described in the proposition.  If the bonds are authorized, the District expects to sell the bonds in several series. 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 9400-9404 of the Elections Code of the State of California.   1. The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bonds during the first fiscal year after the first sale of the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement, is $29.50 per$100,000 of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2016-17.   2. The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bonds during the first fiscal year after the last sale of the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement, is $29.50 per $100,000 of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2020-21.   3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement, is $29.50 per $100,000 of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2016-17.   4. The District’s best estimate of the average tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement, is $28.52 per $100,000 of assessed valuation for fiscal year 2016-17 through and including fiscal year 2049-50.   5. The best estimate of the total debt service, including principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is $157,362,590 ($70,000,000 in principal and $87,362,590 in interest). This estimate is based on assumptions regarding future assessed values of taxable property located in the District, future interest rates and the term, timing, structure, and amount of the bonds.   Voters should note that such estimated tax rates are specific to the repayment of bonds issued under this authorization and are and will be in addition to tax rates levied in connection with other bond authorizations approved or to be approved by the District or any other overlapping public agency.   Voters should also note that estimated tax rates are based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on Contra Costa County’s official tax rolls, not on the property’s market value. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills 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 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. 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 Contra Costa County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.   Dated: March 9, 2016.   Superintendent   Lafayette School District      
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Un voto por el SÍ significa

A “yes” vote authorizes the issuance of the bonds and the levy of taxes as estimated in the Tax Rate Statement to repay the bonded indebtedness. A “yes” vote by 55% of the voters within the District voting on the measure is required for passage of this measure.

Un voto por el NO significa

A “no” vote on this measure disapproves the issuance of the bonds and the levy of the taxes for the bonded indebtedness.

Argumento A FAVOR

VOTE YES on Measure C to protect the outstanding quality of education provided to children attending Transitional Kindergarten through eighth grade (TK-8) at Burton Valley, Happy Valley, Lafayette, and Springhill Elementary Schools, and Stanley Middle School.   Our Lafayette School District elementary and middle schools have educated generations of local children. However, they have grown old – really old . Most are now 50-70 years old, and need significant repairs and upgrades. Only one of the five schools received upgrades over 16 years ago. After constant use for many years, the need is great.   Measure C provides a prudent plan to address Lafayette School District’s most critical facility needs. NO other funding currently exists to properly upgrade these facilities.   Measure C will:    
  • Repair/Replace leaky roofs, and deteriorated plumbing, HVAC, lighting, and electrical systems
  • Upgrade technology infrastructure to keep pace with 21st century learning
  • Modernize 50+ year-old, outdated classrooms, labs, and equipment
  • Accommodate enrollment growth and instructional needs by constructing modern, flexible classrooms at Stanley Middle School, and reconfiguring or constructing classrooms on the District’s four elementary school sites
  • Improve School Safety– lighting, fence/gate repairs, alarm systems, play equipment and pick-up/drop-off zones.
Taxpayer protections are REQUIRED. ALL funds MUST stay in Lafayette. By law, these funds CAN’T be taken by the State. NO funds are allowed for administrators' salaries or pensions. Independent Citizens' Oversight, mandatory audits and public reports will ensure funds are spent properly.   Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting the local quality of education is a smart investment. Great schoolsprotect great property values and keep our community strong.   Please join teachers, parents, business and civic leaders, and residents in every neighborhood of Lafayette who are VOTING YES on C to ensure safe, modern, excellent schools for years to come.   VOTE YES on C     www.YESforLafayetteSchools.org   Mark Mitchell, Mayor, City of Lafayette   Meredith Meade, Parent & President, Lafayette Partners in Education   Toni McShane, Principal, Lafayette Elementary School, Happy Valley Grandparent   Ed Stokes, Businessman/Owner, Diablo Foods, 48-Year Resident   Dana Green, Lafayette Realtor
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Argumento EN CONTRA

The 1995 bond isn't paid, now politicians want to go deeper into debt, to re-fix the last fix. The debt outlived the repairs.   Outside Consultants, say what voters will approve & what amount. The reason for separating this tax, from the2014 tax.   What interest rates are we being gouged? I gave the administrators ten questions. Time is expiring, with no reply. Ignorance is bliss.   We will pay many times more in interest, than actual construction costs.   The online article about this, is called: The bank, the school and the 38 year loan. By Melody Petersen. Melody writes about ignorant, unaccountable politicians & administrators, consultant driven debt & misleading advertising, funded by architects, contractors, consultants & lawyers. Anything good for you, doesn't need advertising. Expect pleading phone calls from administrators, to approve this 51 year loan.   Politicians claim the roof leaks. Again? Do school roofs actually leak? This is typical propaganda. Politicians claimed the roof leaked in 1995. Then installed solar panels, replaced auditoriums & baseball fields. Then installed gates, to make the ball fanatics park in the street.  Intelligent administration, would rent the parking lots.   $7,000,000 to the architect. Wow! Add interest too. I hope the architects, consultants & investment bankers are giving the foolish politicians a kickback. They really earned one.   The stupid. lazy, corrupt, insulting, local media, always publishes propaganda supporting higher taxes. They will publish letters, calling anyone opposing wasteful squandering, a greedy child hater. Actually we detest duplicitous, cowardly, overspending politicians & their overpaid, arrogant, moronic administrators.   Their propaganda claims there will be someone from a taxpayer organization, on their citizen's oversight committee. Ridiculous! Why not put dogs on the oversight committee?   Ask children this question. What needs replacement at your school, you want to pay interest on, for the rest of your life?   Bruce R. Peterson, Private Citizen
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Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

Ask questions.   Extremely intelligent, generous, involved parents, who have dealt with district administration, say: ” They are complete morons. Don't give them one wooden nickel”.  How can $70,000,000 more debt, fix moronic administration? Impossible!   Administration squandered taxpayers' $253,900, for two elections. Plus there's a $23,410,000 unfunded pension liability.   The 1995 bonds costs $27,300,000 originally. $50,800.000, when paid in 2021. The proposed $70,000,000, 2016 tax, ends in 2050. With an unknown project list and interest rate.   Available breakdowns for public squandering. Our incredibly corrupt City's roundabout, cost $200,000 on planning, for a $2,000,000 project. Their completed Community Center folly, cost $242,000 for planning. That's 11.67% over construction costs. Architects get the gold mine. We get the shaft.   Expect signs, junk mail & phone calls, instructing simpletons how to vote.   Are voters smarter than fifth graders?   What came first? Great location, weather, scenery, estates & involved parents? Or propagandists praising schools? Socioeconomics, determine school performance.   Everyone's liability differs, including renters & merchants.   Propagandists tell childless people to vote for this debt. They claim it will increase your property value. Ridiculous!  When values go up, your taxes go up. Rents escalate. Why vote to decrease your bank account? Another economic downturn, will definitely decrease property values & this tax's income.   Politicians never get enough. Expect infinite panhandling.   Children don't care about buildings. They want to be outdoors. Many like to build forts from junk. If anyone actually cared about children, they would show them how to repair their school. Not give them debt.     Bruce R. Peterson, Private Citizen
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Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

The author of the Argument Against Measure C is misguided. Anyone who has visited our schools recently would be convinced that Measure C is absolutely needed and is a sound investment.   Consider these facts:   FACT:  Measure C is on the ballot for one purpose - to obtain authorization for essentials-only upgrades to our four Lafayette elementary schools and Stanley Middle School. FACT:  After at least five decades of constant use, the facility needs at Burton Valley, Happy Valley, Lafayette, and Springhill Elementary Schools, and Stanley Middle School are REAL and are not going away. FACT:  Measure C is the prudent result of two years of open, transparent meetings, study and analysis, where every classroom and learning support space in every school was evaluated. FACT:  No other funding exists to complete these desperately needed upgrades. FACT: The longer we wait to make repairs, the more expensive they will be. FACT: Independent Citizens Oversight and mandatory audits on Measure C will ensure funds are spent as promised. FACT: NO funds are allowed for administrators’ salaries, benefits or pensions. .   FACT:  Every penny will go to our five neighborhood schools. Every penny .   The FACTS about Measure C have convinced hundreds of Lafayette homeowners, local business owners, realtors, seniors, taxpayers and voters from all parties—in addition to parents and educators – to VOTE YES on C. We all  agree that protecting our local quality of education is a smart investment.   Join us.  Protect YOUR investment in Lafayette.   VOTE YES on C.   www.YESforLafayetteSchools.org   Stephenie Teichman, Lafayette Civic Leader   Marechal Duncan, Citizen of the Year, 60 year resident   Patty Gonser, Education Advocate, 25 year resident   Don Tatzin, Lafayette City Council Member   Carol Harris, Elementary Teacher, Former Teacher of the Year
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Legislación propuesta

Section 1. Specifications of Election Order. Pursuant to sections 5304, 5322, 15100 et seq., and section 15266 of the California Education Code, an election shall be held within the boundaries of the District on June 7, 2016, for the purpose of submitting to the registered voters of the District the following proposition: BOND AUTHORIZATION By approval of this proposition by at least 55% of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the District shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $70,000,000 in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List attached hereto as Exhibit A, subject to all of the accountability safeguards specified below. Bonds will be issued in one or more series.   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 wisely to address specific facilities needs of the District, all 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 section 15264 et seq. of the California Education Code).   Evaluation of Needs   . The Board of Trustees has prepared its Capital Investment Program in order to evaluate and address all of the facilities needs of the District, and to determine which projects to finance from a local bond at this time. The Board of Trustees hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List contained in Exhibit A.   Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee   . The Board of Trustees shall establish an independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee (section 15278 et seq. of the California Education Code), to ensure bond proceeds are expended only for the school facilities projects listed in Exhibit A. The committee shall be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the Board of Trustees.   Annual Performance Audits   . The Board of Trustees shall cause to conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects listed in Exhibit A.   Annual Financial Audits   . The Board of Trustees  shall cause to 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 Exhibit A.   Special Bond Proceeds Account; Annual Report to Board. Upon approval of this proposition and the sale of any bonds approved, the Board of Trustees 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 shall cause a report to be filed with the Board no later than January 1 of each year, commencing January 1, 2017, stating (1) the amount of bond proceeds received and expended in that year, and (2) 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 shall determine, and may be incorporated into the annual budget, audit, or other appropriate routine report to the Board. BOND PROJECT LIST   The Bond Project List attached to this resolution as Exhibit A shall be considered a part of the ballot proposition, and shall be reproduced in any official document required to contain the full statement of the bond proposition.   The Bond Project List, which is an integral part of this proposition, lists the specific projects the District proposes to finance with proceeds of the Bonds. Such projects will be completed as needed. Each project is assumed to include its share of costs of the election and bond issuance, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, construction management, and a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs. 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 grant funds for eligible projects, have not yet been secured. Therefore the Board of Trustees cannot guarantee that the bonds will provide sufficient funds to allow completion of all listed projects.   FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS No Administrator Salaries  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, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.   Single Purpose .l of the purposes enumerated in this proposition shall be united and voted upon as one single proposition, pursuant to section 15100 of the California Education Code, 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 section 53410 of the California Government Code.     Other Terms of the Bonds . When sold, the bonds shall bear interest at an annual rate not exceeding the statutory maximum, and that interest will 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 later than shall be permitted by law.                

EXHIBIT A

LAFAYETTE SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND PROJECT LIST

 

The Board of Trustees of the Lafayette School District evaluated the District’s critical facility needs over an 18 month period in 2014-2016, including safety issues, repair and renovation needs, enrollment trends, class sizes, instructional best practices, changing education/information technology needs and other factors, in developing the scope of capital projects to be undertaken and funded through the proposed bond program. Prior to preparing the Project List, the District conducted a comprehensive facilities assessment, receiving input from teachers, staff, parents, community members and the public. The Board concluded upon this comprehensive 18 month study involving numerous meetings held in public, that the District’s most critical facilities needs must be addressed immediately in order to maintain the local quality of education; and further, that the longer the District waits to address these needs, the more pressing and expensive to repair its facilities needs will be. The District’s Project List therefore includes:

 

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