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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California
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Street MaintenanceBond Measure

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June 7, 2016Elecciones Primarias de California

City of Orinda
Measure L Bond Measure - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

5,441 votos si (68.48%)

2,504 votos no (31.52%)

  • 100% de distritos activos (13/13).
  • 278,127 boletas electorales serán contadas.

To repair failing roads and storm drains, restore and upgrade other roadways and storm drains, fix potholes, and improve safety on Orinda public streets, shall the City of Orinda issue twenty five million dollars in bonds, with financial audits, public review of all expenditures, and a citizens' oversight committee?

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

The Orinda Road and Storm Drain Repair Measure is a bond measure placed on the ballot by the Orinda City Council. If approved by Orinda voters, the Measure would authorize the City to issue and sell up to $25,000,000 in general obligation municipal bonds to help fund repairs and improvements to City roadways and storm drains. Proceeds from the sale of the bonds could only be used to pay for the roadway and storm drain infrastructure improvements described in the Measure, and certain costs associated with issuing the bonds.

California law authorizes cities to issue general obligation bonds to finance acquisition or improvement of real property subject to certain limitations. State law provides, for example, that a measure authorizing such bonds must be approved by at least two-thirds of the voters voting on it.

If the Measure is approved, an additional ad valorem property tax will be levied annually on all taxable property within the City to pay for the principal and interest due on the bonds. Once the bonds are repaid, this annual tax will terminate.

The Tax Rate Statement, which follows this Impartial Analysis, reflects the City’s current estimate of the additional ad valorem property tax levy that would be required to repay the bonds. The Tax Rate Statement is an estimate based on currently available data and projections. The actual tax levied could be more or less than the City’s estimate.

The Measure imposes certain accountability safeguards, including:

1.     The Orinda Citizens’ Infrastructure Oversight Commission (CIOC) would review bond expenditures and report to the public whether those proceeds are expended only for projects authorized by the voters. The CIOC, a volunteer body comprised of seven Orinda residents, was created by the City Council to advise on infrastructure matters. CIOC meetings are noticed and open to the public consistent with State law (the Brown Act).

2.     Bond proceeds would be deposited in a special fund or account.

3.     The City Manager would annually prepare a public report, filed with the City Council, detailing the bond proceeds received and expended as well as the status of any project funded or to be funded from bond proceeds. This report may be incorporated into the City’s annual audit and would be required as long as any bond proceeds remain unexpended.

A “Yes” vote is a vote in favor of City sale of bonds and imposition of the taxes necessary to pay for the bonds. A “No” vote is a vote against City sale of bonds and imposition of the taxes necessary to pay for the bonds.

Osa L. Wolff City Attorney City of Orinda

 

— City Attorney of Orinda

Tax rate

 

TAX RATE STATEMENT FOR MEASURE L

An election will be held in the City of Orinda (the “City”) on June 7, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $25,000,000 in bonds of the City for municipal road and drain improvements as described in the proposition. If the bonds are approved, the City expects to sell the bonds in two series. Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the City. 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 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 estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is two cents per $100 ($21.47 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in 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 estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is two cents per $100 ($20.41 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2019-20.

3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is two cents per $100 ($21.47 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017-18.

4. The best estimate of the total debt service, including principal and interest, required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold, based on estimated bond interest rates available at the time of filing of this statement, is approximately $36,725,000.

Voters should note that the estimated tax rates are based on the assessed value of taxable property on the 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.

The foregoing information is based upon the City’s projections and estimates only. The actual interest rates, 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 City based on 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 each sale. Actual future assessed valuation will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property

within the City as determined by the County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

Dated: March 10, 2016.

City Manager
City of Orinda, California 

— Contra Costa County Elections Division

Un voto por el SÍ significa

A “Yes” vote is a vote in favor of City sale of bonds and imposition of the taxes necessary to pay for the bonds. 

Un voto por el NO significa

A “No” vote is a vote against City sale of bonds and imposition of the taxes necessary to pay for the bonds.

Argumento A FAVOR

Yes on Measure L!

 

Orinda’s roads are among the worst in the Bay Area. Without more funds to implement Orinda’s Roads and Drainage Repair Plan, our residential roads will continue to deteriorate and future repairs will cost even more.

 

Measure L funds the third stage of the publicly approved Plan to fix Orinda’s failing roads and storm drains. The Plan, which commits to repairing all public roads to "Good" to "Excellent" condition (Pavement Condition Index/PCI 50 or greater), was developed by Orinda’s Citizens’ Infrastructure Oversight Commission (CIOC) and City Council, with input from the Finance Advisory Committee, after numerous public hearings. For more information, see www.FixOrindaRoads.org.

 

Measure L will:

Substantially increase repairs to Orinda residential roads and drains.

• Add $25 million to our infrastructure investment, not replace current funding.

Mean safer conditions for children and pedestrians on neighborhood streets.

Protect property values, increase public safety and reduce auto damage.

 

Taxpayer Protections

Included among the taxpayer protections are requirements that:

·       Funds can only be used for street and drain repairs, not for other purposes.

·       Outside agencies are prevented from raiding these funds.

·       CIOC will report annually on expenditures funded by this measure.

·       An annual audit is performed.

 

Measure L enables continued work on critically needed infrastructure improvements. It’s an important investment in maintaining and improving our overall quality of life today and in the future. Homeowners will pay an average annual property tax of about seventeen dollars per hundred thousand of assessed home value (not market value) to secure twenty five million dollars of infrastructure improvements. Orinda taxpayers will benefit by acting now while construction costs are low and avoid future cost increases from escalating road deterioration. Numerous safeguards are in place to ensure the money is spent as promised.

 

We urge you to vote yes on Measure L!

 

Victoria Smith, Mayor City of Orinda


Dean Orr, City Council member City of Orinda


Terry Murphy, Chair Orinda Citizens’ Infrastructure Oversight Commission


Bob Thompson, Chair Orinda Finance Advisory Committee
Julie Rossiter, Board President Orinda Union School District

— Contra Costa County Elections Division

Argumento EN CONTRA

Orinda’s bad roads desperately need to be fixed.

 

However, June 2016 is not the proper time to request additional funds to fix the roads (and drains).

 

This $25 million bond must be rejected by Orinda’s voters. Here are the reasons:

 

--USE EXISTING ROAD FUNDS FIRST. In June 2014, Orinda’s voters approved a four-year, $20 million road- repair bond (Measure J). Orinda should see how well the $20 million are spent before approving another bond measure in June 2016. Of the Measure J funds from 2014, only $2.5 million have been spent and $5.4 million have been committed for repair. What’s the rush? The Orinda City Council put the $25 million bond on the June 2016 ballot to avoid the possible wrath of voters, who will be deluged with county, regional, and state transportation tax measures expected on the November ballot.

 

--DEFECTIVE DESIGN. Road Repair can require going to a depth of about four inches up to 14 inches. The greater the depth, the greater the cost. We need a qualified, experienced Project Manager to design and manage this expensive construction project to gain cost and scheduling efficiencies. For instance, 62% of the roads currently scheduled for repair in 2017 are low-traffic-volume cul-de-sacs.

 

--ORINDANS DESERVE A REAL DIALOGUE ABOUT THEIR ROADS. Before any future bond can be approved, there must be educational outreach, providing for an exchange of view among voters, the city council, and the Project Manager, during which important topics such as road selection can be discussed. Involved and informed Orindans are more likely to support a larger bond measure in 2017 or 2018 to bring ALL our roads and drains up to good condition.

 

Kathleen T. Jenkins, Orinda Resident

 

Bruce London, M.D.

 

Richard S. Colman, Executive

— Contra Costa County Elections Division

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

We definitely support repairing Orinda’s crumbling roads soon.

 

However, Measure L fails to do the job properly and must be rejected because of these arguments:

 

USE EXISTING FUNDS FIRST. In June 2014, Orindans approved $20 million for road repair. Let's see how Orinda does with the original $20 million before spending an ad- ditional $25 million in 2016.

 

A CAPABLE PROJECT MANAGER IS URGENTLY NEEDED. A Project Manager experienced in the design and implementation of a large road and drain construction project is essential. The project has a cost that is several times the annual budget of the City of Orinda. No one doubts the dedication of the Citizens Infrastructure Oversight Commission, which has managed the project up to this point. But the reality is that CIOC's members lack the road-engineering skills required. This is a fundamental reason for the extremely slow start to the Road and Drain Repair Plan.

 

NEWLY PURCHASED HOMES WILL BE OVERTAXED. Each home should be taxed equally. Instead, Measure L taxes homes on the basis of assessed values. Newly purchased homes are more expensive and, thus, will have higher property taxes.

 

PIECEMEAL APPROACH. As in 2014, Measure L of 2016 will only enable incremental road repairs and will not come close to repairing all our roads and drains. Public discussion of a more comprehensive plan is a better approach.

 

Voters must have a sensible plan, not some plan rushed forward without the necessary homework being done.

 

Vote No on L.

 

Kathleen T. Jenkins, Contracts Manager

 

Bruce London, M.D.

 

Richard S. Colman, Executive

— Contra Costa County Elections Division

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

The arguments made against Measure L are factually wrong. The opposition agrees Orinda has serious road problems, but presents no plan to solve them.

 

Measure L is the third of a five-phase financing plan to repair all Orinda’s public roads to “good” to “excellent” condition and maintain them. Currently, 90% of the funds available from all sources, including the first $10 million of Measure J bonds, have been spent or committed to road construction contracts, in accordance with the Plan. Twenty-nine miles of Orinda’s 93 miles of public roads have either been repaired, are under construction, or have been targeted for repair with current funding.

 

With approval of Measure L bonds, Orinda can DOUBLE annual road repair expenditures and hire a full time Project Manager to supplement City staff. Failure to approve Measure L will stall road repair progress, since new contracts cannot be awarded until new bond proceeds become available.

 

The City Council has engaged in substantial public dialogue regarding funding, repair standards, and street selection since 2009. The Council reviewed a recent survey of Orinda citizens and concluded the best chance of success in financing the road and drain repair program is to continue the incremental approach voters overwhelmingly approved in 2012 and 2014.

 

Let’s continue the momentum and progress to repair and maintain our roads. For decades, Orinda has struggled for a roads solution – to better enhance a safe, livable community and to protect our property values. Let’s keep moving forward!

 

Vote YES on Measure L!

 

Darlene K. Gee, P.E., Civil Engineer, Orinda City Council Member

 

Sue Severson, Former Mayor, City of Orinda & OUSD Trustee, Former President & Orinda Community Foundation, President

 

Mark Roberts, Chair, Orinda Traffic Safety Advisory Committee & Orinda Citizen of the Year 2015

 

Carol Penskar, MBA, Financial Advisor Orinda Finance Advisory Committee

 

Dick Burkhalter, Orinda Volunteer of the Year 2015 & Rotary Club of Orinda, Past President

 

— Contra Costa County Elections Division

Legislación propuesta

 

EXHIBIT A

ORINDA ROAD AND STORM DRAIN REPAIR BOND MEASURE

This Proposition may be known as the “Orinda Road and Storm Drain Repair Bond Measure” or as “Measure L”.

PROPOSITION

By approval of this proposition by at least two-thirds of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the City of Orinda shall be authorized to issue and sell $25,000,000 in bonds to provide financing for a portion of the cost of acquisition, construction and/or completion of municipal improvements consisting of repairs and improvements to roadways and storm drains.

Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the purposes set forth in the paragraph above, subject to each of the accountability safeguards specified below.

ACCOUNTABILITY SAFEGUARDS

Citizens’ Infrastructure Oversight Commission (CIOC). On March 20, 2007, the City Council created the City Infrastructure Commission which advises the City Council with regard to infrastructure needs and improvements. On March 4, 2014, the City Council expanded the responsibilities of the City Infrastructure Commission and charged it with, among other things, (a) making recommendations to the City Council with respect to infrastructure project priorities and scope and (b) reviewing bond expenditures and reporting to the public whether bond proceeds are expended only for the projects approved by the City Council and authorized by voters. The City Infrastructure Commission complies with the Brown Act, including posting of all agendas, conducting open meetings, and approving its meeting minutes.

Special Bond Proceeds Account; Annual Report to Council. Upon approval of the Measure and the sale of any bonds approved, the Council shall establish an improvement fund or account (which may be an existing fund or account, if appropriate) in which proceeds of the sale of bonds will be deposited. As long as any proceeds of the bonds remain unexpended, the City Manager shall cause a report to be filed with the Council no later than January 31 of each year, commencing January 31, 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 City Manager shall determine, and may be incorporated into the annual budget, audit, or other appropriate routine report to the Council.

CC-9008-X5 

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