Lompoc Unified Schools: Vote Yes on Measure L2016 Bonds - Santa Barbara County - 2016 General Election
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Commentary on Measure L2016

VOTER ALERT!

This measure is a Proposition 46 measure requiring two-thirds voter approval. It is written as if it were a Proposition 39 (55%) measure and includes many, many things that are allowable under Proposition 39, but not under Proposition 46. Proposition 46 limits the use of bond proceeds to the "aquisition or improvement of real property." Improvement of real property does not include maintenance and repair. Furthermore, Proposition 39 allows bond funds to be spent on furnishings and equipment which Proposition 46 does not permit.

Are you sure you want vote to support this extravagant measure? It has no accountability.

This campaign was designed by Isom Advisors. We figured out just the right words to get you to you to open up your checkbook.

We'd also like to introduce you to our partners -- bond lawyers, brokers, wealthy investors, architects, management firms, construction companies, and trade unions. We all stand to make a ton of money on these bonds. Our profits come right off the top, before a penny is actually spent on improving the facilities.

We're not just doing it for the money. We like to show off our work in Architectural Digest and other places where the rich and famous congregate.

Remember, we've taken a lot of risk. We gave money to get your governing board members elected, so they'd be sure to remember us when we came around for a hand-out later.

It's just business-as-usual, here in sunny Corruptifornia.

Please don't read the fine print. That's just put in by the lawyers to make what we're going to do to for you legal.

When you see highlighting in the documents below, it to see the commentary.

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Measure L2016 Question

MEASURE L2016
LOMPOC UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

To improve the quality of education with funding that cannot be taken by the State; ; upgrade inadequate electrical systems; construct/modernize classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; repair/replace outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; and make health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements; shall the Lompoc Unified School District issue $65,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, annual audits, have an and NO money for teacher or administrative salaries?

BONDS YES BONDS NO

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Impartial Analysis for Measure L2016

IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS BY COUNTY COUNSEL
MEASURE L2016
LOMPOC UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

This measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Education of the Lompoc Unified School District, which is the governing board of the school district.

The measure states that by approval of this proposition by at least two-thirds (2/3) of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the Lompoc Unified School District (District) shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $65,000,000 in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed in the District's Project List. The Project List, as well as the full text of the measure, is printed in the ballot pamphlet. None of the proceeds from the sale of bonds may be used for teacher or administrator salaries or operating expenses.

The bonds and interest thereon would be payable from property taxes levied on taxable property in the District. These taxes would be in addition to the property taxes currently levied on taxpayers in the District. The amount of the increased taxes each year would depend upon the amount needed to pay the principal and interest on the bonds.

The bond measure includes the following accountability requirements:

A. A requirement that the proceeds from the bond sale be used only for the above purposes and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries, and other school operating expenses.

B. A list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded.

C. A requirement that the school district board conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the funds have been spent only on the specific school facilities projects listed in the Project List.

D. A requirement that the school district board 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 the Project List.

E. If the measure is approved, the District Board of Education will also establish an independent citizens' oversight committee to ensure bond proceeds are used only to fund the specific projects listed in the Project List, as printed in the ballot pamphlet.

/s/ Michael C. Ghizzoni
County Counsel

Dated: July 27, 2016

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Argument in Favor of Measure L2016

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE L2016
LOMPOC UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Our schools are the most important assets in our community and should be our number one priority. From higher achieving students, to training for future jobs, quality schools make a difference. While our teachers and staff do a great job in educating our children, many classrooms and school facilities in the Lompoc Unified School District are outdated and inadequate to provide students with the facilities they need to succeed. This is why our students need your YES vote on Measure L2016!

Although our schools have been well maintained over the years, aging classrooms and facilities must be upgraded since many do not meet 21st century standards. Measure L would allow the District to improve our schools and the quality of education provided to local children without increasing the current tax rate. By investing in our schools, we can meet today's educational standards and improve our community.

If passed, Measure L will provide funding to make critical facility improvements at Lompoc Unified schools by:

  • Repairing or replacing leaky roofs
  • Upgrading inadequate electrical systems
  • Repairing or replacing outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems
  • Making health, safety and handicapped accessibility (ADA) improvements
  • Modernizing and renovating outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities

Measure L makes financial sense and protects taxpayers.

  • Measure L raises funds needed to improve our schools .
  • All funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the state.
  • By law, spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens' oversight committee.
  • Funds can only be spent to improve local schools, not for teacher or administrator salaries.

Measure L upgrades and renovates classrooms, improves the education of local students, and maintains the quality of our community. That's something we can all support. Please join us and VOTE YES ON MEASURE L!

The undersigned authors of the Argument in Favor of ballot measure L2016 at the Presidential General Election for the Lompoc Unified School District to be held on November 8, 2016 hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.

/s/ Ashley E. Costa,
Executive Director LVCHO 7/27/16

/s/ Robert C. Campbell,
local business owner, former School Board Member 7/28/16

/s/ Ken Ostini,
on behalf of the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce 7/27/16

/s/ Jeff Carlovsky,
Retired LUSD Principal 7/27/16

/s/ Richard Barrett,
Former Lompoc High School football coach, retired educator 7/27/16

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Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Measure L2016

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NO REBUTTAL TO THE ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE L2016 WAS FILED.

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Argument Against Measure L2016

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE L2016
LOMPOC UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Opposed to new Bonds

Lompoc Unified School District is promoting a NEW school bond for $65 million under Measure L2016 to pay for future school improvements.

We taxpayers are bonded out for the next 30 years.

We have passed:

Measure E New Medical Center –2005--Completed

Measure N Lompoc School Improvements –2002--Completed

Measure I Safety Center---2006--Completed

Resolution 5033 Pool and Park District---2002-- Completed

While work has been completed for these Measures, the charges on our yearly property tax bill will continue for 30 years.

Also the City of Lompoc just increased water and wastewater rates by 130% over the next four years.

Under Measure N, $38 million was spent to improve electrical, safety and school sanitation. All 16 school bathrooms were redone and modernized for safety. All modifications on Measure N were witnessed and reviewed by the State mandated "bond oversight committee" composed of local citizens.

Additional school improvements should be done within the yearly budget using set aside maintenance funds instead of demanding more bond money.

El Camino has been closed so there is one less facility to manage.

School enrollment is down and will probably continue to fall.

Continuing to increase property taxes will deflate the value of our housing market. Senior citizens on fixed incomes are impacted greatly by any increases in property taxes. Tax liability in Lompoc has grown for these reasons over the past 20 years making living in Lompoc more expensive now. Years ago there were no extra bond taxes on the property taxes bill and a definite plus for buying in Lompoc.

This $65 million bond will impact all. It is overwhelming and vaguely defined.

We encourage voters in Lompoc School District to consider these issues when thinking about additional school bonds. Vote NO on L 2016!

The undersigned authors of the Argument Against ballot measure L2016 at the Presidential General Election for the Lompoc Unified School District to be held on November 8, 2016, hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.

/s/ Jonathan R. Mundt 7/24/2016

/s/ Marcia R. Bryant 7/25/2016

/s/ David J. Turocy 7/24/2016

/s/ Justin M. Ruhge 7/24/2016

/s/ Janice Tarman 7/25/2016

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Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure L2016

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REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE L2016
LOMPOC UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Measure L2016 funds will go right where they're needed - to improve classrooms and support Lompoc students.

Don't be misled by the argument against Measure L2016. It does not have the facts. Measure L2016 is a carefully considered, affordable plan that will allow the District to continue providing a quality education and the best learning environment for students.

The facts:

  • , but rather extend the rate property owners are currently paying. $65 million will be generated and your tax bill will not be affected by one penny!
  • Good schools improve property values. With the school bond, better health care facilities, and safer parks and recreation areas, the average home value in Lompoc has increased by over 50%; not hurting property values but improving them.
  • Much was done with the passage of Measure N, but that was nearly 15 years ago and our work is not done. Measure L2016 will help bring all schools up to 21st century standards. The longer we wait, the more expensive these improvements will become.
  • Measure L2016 is locally controlled and every dollar stays here, benefitting local schools, children, and property values.
  • No other source of funding exists to renovate/modernize schools.

To protect excellent local schools and ensure students have safe and up-to-date classrooms, vote YES on L2016. Measure L2016 is the only solution for our schools.

Many of Lompoc's most respected community members support Measure L2016. Join us - vote YES on L2016.

The undersigned authors of the Rebuttal to Argument Against ballot measure L2016 at the Presidential General Election for the Lompoc Unified School District to be held on November 8, 2016 hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.

Dated: 8/15/2016

/s/ Jeff Carlovsky,
Retired School Administrator

/s/ Robert (Bob) Campbell,
Local Business Owner, Former School Board Member

/s/ Ashley E. Costa,
LVCHO, Executive Director

/s/ Ken Ostini,
LVCC & VB CEO

/s/ Dick Barrett,
Retired Educator/Coach

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Full Text of Measure L2016

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FULL TEXT
MEASURE L2016
LOMPOC UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

This proposition may be known and referred to as the Lompoc Unified School District General Obligation Bond of 2016, or Measure L2016.

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this proposition by at least two-thirds (2/3) of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the Lompoc Unified School District (the "District") shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $65.0 million in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List below, and in order to qualify to receive State matching grant funds, subject to all of the accountability safeguards specified below.

ACCOUNTABILITY SAFEGUARDS

The provisions in this section are specifically included in this proposition in order that the District's voters and taxpayers may be assured that their money will be spent wisely to address specific facilities needs of the District.

Limitation on Use of Bond Proceeds. The State of California does not have the power to take locally approved school district bond funds for any State purposes. The Constitution allows proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition to be used only for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities listed in this proposition, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses. only when performing work on or to the bond projects.

Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Board of Education shall establish an independent Citizens' Oversight Committee, to ensure bond proceeds are spent only for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List.

Annual Performance Audits. The Board of Education shall conduct an annual independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List.

Annual Financial Audits. The Board of Education shall conduct an annual independent financial audit of the bond proceeds (which shall be separate from the District's regular annual financial audit) until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List.

Special Bond Proceeds Account; Annual Report to Board. Upon approval of this proposition and the sale of any bonds approved, the Board of Education shall take actions necessary pursuant to Government Code Section 53410 and following 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 or the Chief Business Official of the District (or such other employee as may perform substantially similar duties) shall cause a report to be filed with the Board no later than December 31 of each year, commencing December 31 of the year in which bonds are first issued, 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 such officer shall determine, and may be incorporated into the annual budget, audit, or other appropriate routine report to the Board.

FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS

Specific Purposes. All of the purposes enumerated in this proposition shall be united and voted upon as one single proposition, pursuant to Education Code Section 15100, and shall constitute the specific purposes of the bonds, and proceeds of the bonds shall be spent only for such purposes, pursuant to Government Code Section 53410.

Join Use. The District may enter into agreements with the County of Santa Barbara, City of Lompoc, or other public agencies or nonprofit organizations for joint use of school facilities financed with the proceeds of the bonds in accordance with Education Code Section 17077.42 (or any successor provision). The District may seek State grant funds for eligible joint-use projects as permitted by law, and this proposition hereby specifies and acknowledges that bond funds will or may be used to fund all or a portion of the local share for any eligible joint-use projects identified in the Bond Project List or as otherwise permitted by California State regulations, as the Board of Education shall determine.

Rate of Interest. The bonds shall bear interest at a rate per annum not exceeding the statutory maximum, payable at the time or times permitted by law.

Term of Bonds. The number of years the whole or any part of the bonds are to run shall not exceed the legal limit, though this shall not preclude bonds from being sold which mature prior to the legal limit.

BOND PROJECT LIST

The Bond Project List below describes the the Lompoc Unified School District proposes to finance with proceeds of the bonds. Listed projects will be completed at a particular school site according to Board-established priorities, and the order in which such projects appear on the Bond Project List is not an indication of priority for funding or completion. The final cost of each project will be determined as SR 057-21
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plans are finalized, construction bids are awarded, and projects are completed. Certain construction funds expected from non-bond sources, including State grant funds for eligible projects, have not yet been secured. Until all project costs and funding sources are known, the Board of Education cannot determine the amount of bond proceeds available to be spent on each project, nor guarantee that the bonds will provide sufficient funds to allow completion of all listed projects. Completion of some projects may be subject to further government approvals or appropriation by State officials and boards, to local environmental review, and to input from the public. For these reasons, inclusion of a project on the Bond Project List is not a guarantee that the project will be funded or completed.

Unless otherwise noted, the projects in the Bond Project List are authorized to be completed at each or any of the District's sites, as shall be approved by the Board of Education:

  • Repair or replace leaky roofs
  • Upgrade inadequate electrical systems
  • Repair or replace outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems
  • Make health, safety, and handicapped accessibility improvements
  • Modernize/renovate outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities
  • Improve student access to modern technology
  • Upgrade campus security, including security cameras, lighting and fencing
  • Replace aging portable classrooms
  • Upgrade/improve playgrounds, play structures and P.E./athletic fields and facilities for school and community use
  • Construct new classrooms, restrooms and school facilities
  • Modernize/renovate classrooms to meet 21st century educational standards
  • Federal and State-mandated Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) safety upgrades including playground equipment replacement
  • Federal and State-mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility upgrades including site access, parking, staff and student restrooms, relocation of some existing electrical devices, drinking fountains, playground equipment, etc.
  • Upgrade school site parking, roadways, utilities and grounds
  • Abate and remove hazardous materials identified prior or during construction
  • Repair, replace and/or upgrade paved surfaces, turf, and other grounds to eliminate safety hazards and improve outside instructional areas

The listed projects will be completed . is assumed to include its share of 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 list also includes the and from the list; installation of signage and fencing; , 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: renovation of student and staff restrooms; repair and replacement of heating and ventilation systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies; repair and replacement of worn-out and leaky roofs, windows, walls, doors and drinking fountains; installation wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; upgrades or construction of support facilities, including administrative, physical education/ and and maintenance yards; repair and replacement of fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; resurfacing or replacing of hard courts, , turf and irrigation systems and campus landscaping and play fields; expand parking; install interior and exterior painting and floor covering; demolition; and construction of various forms of storage and support spaces, upgrade classrooms, bleachers, kitchens, repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems; replace outdated security fences and security systems. The allocation of bond proceeds will be affected by the District's receipt of State matching funds and the final costs of each project. In the absence of State matching funds, which the District will aggressively pursue to reduce the District's share of the costs of the projects, the District will not be able to complete some of the projects listed above. The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the District's control. Some projects throughout the District, such as gyms, fields and performing arts facilities, 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. when performing work on or to bond projects and the costs of issuing the bonds. 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.

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Measure L2016 Tax Rate Statement

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TAX RATE STATEMENT
MEASURE L2016
LOMPOC UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

An election will be held in the Lompoc Unified School District (the "District") on November 8, 2016 to authorize the sale of up to $65,000,000 in general obligation bonds. The following information is submitted in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code.

1. The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required 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 $.00000 per $100 ($00.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017-18.

2. The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required 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 $.06000 per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2022-23.

3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement, is $.06000 per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. This vote is projected to apply in each fiscal year that the bonds are outstanding.

4. The best estimate from official sources 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 will be approximately $162,100,000.

These estimates are based on projections derived from information obtained from official sources. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary depending on the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold at each sale and actual increases in assessed valuations. The timing of the bond sales and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the needs of the District. Actual assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined in the assessment and the equalization process.

Dated: 6/28/16

/s/ Trevor McDonald
Superintendent
Lompoc Unified School District

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Measure L2016 Resolution

Resolution No.________

Resolution Of The Board Of EDUCATION OF THE LOMPOC UNIFIED School District Ordering An Election To Authorize The Issuance Of School Bonds, Establishing Specifications Of The Election order, And Requesting Consolidation With Other Elections Occurring On NOVEMBER 8, 2016

(2/3 ELECTION)

WHEREAS, in the judgment of the Board of Education (the "Board") of the Lompoc Unified School District (the "District"), it is advisable to call an election to submit to the electors of the District the question whether bonds of the District shall be issued and sold for the purpose of raising money for the acquisition or improvement of real property; and

WHEREAS, the Board is specifically authorized, pursuant to Education Code Section 15100 et seq. (the "Act") to pursue the authorization and issuance of bonds by a 2/3 vote of the electorate on the question whether bonds of the District shall be issued and sold for acquisition and improvement of real property. The bonds may be issued pursuant to the Act or pursuant to Government Code Section 53506 et. seq.; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to the California Elections Code, it is appropriate for the Board to request consolidation of the election with any and all other elections to be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, and to request the Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters to perform certain election services for the District; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Education of the Lompoc Unified School District the following:

Section 1. Call for Election. The Board hereby orders an election and submits to the electors of the District the question of whether general obligation bonds of the District shall be issued and sold in the maximum principal amount of $65.0 million for the purpose of raising money to finance school facilities and property of the District, and paying costs incident thereto, as set forth more fully in the ballot proposition approved pursuant to Section 3. This Resolution constitutes the order of the District to call such election.

Section 2. Election Date. The date of the election shall be November 8, 2016, and the election shall be held solely within the boundaries of the District.

Section 3. Purpose of Election; Ballot Proposition. The purpose of the election shall be for the voters in the District to vote on a proposition, a full copy of which is attached hereto and marked Exhibit A, containing the question of whether the District shall issue the Bonds for the purpose stated therein. The Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters (the "County Registrar") is requested to print the Full Text of Measure contained on Exhibit A in the sample ballot pamphlet. As required by Elections Code Section 13247, the abbreviated form of the measure to appear on the ballot is attached hereto and marked as Exhibit B. The Superintendent or designee is hereby authorized and directed to make any changes to the text of the proposition or this resolution as required to conform to any requirements of Article XIII A, the Act, or the Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters.

Section 4. Authority for Election. The authority for ordering the election is contained in Section 15100 et. seq. of the Education Code and Article XIII A of the California Constitution. The authority for the specification of this election order is contained in Section 5322 of the Education Code.

Section 5. Covenants of the Board upon Approval of the Bonds by the Electorate. As required by Article XIII, Section 15278 of the Act, and Government Code Section 53410, in the event 55 percent of the voters voting in the District approve of the Bonds, the Board shall:

1. conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the funds have been expended only on the projects listed in Exhibit A;

2. conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the proceeds from the sale of the Bonds until all of those proceeds have been expended for the school facilities projects listed in Exhibit A;

3. establish and appoint members to an independent citizens' oversight committee;

4. apply the bond proceeds only to the specific purposes stated in the ballot proposition;

5. cause creation of accounts into which bond proceeds shall be deposited; and

6. cause the preparation of an annual report pursuant to Government Code Sections 53410 and 53411.

Section 6. Delivery of this Resolution. The Clerk of the Board is hereby directed to send a copy of this Resolution to the County Registrar and the Santa Barbara County Clerk of the Board of Supervisors.

Section 7. Consolidation of Election. The County Registrar and the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors are hereby requested to consolidate the election ordered hereby with any and all other elections to be held on November 8, 2016, within the District.

Section 8. Ballot Arguments; Tax Rate Statement. Any and all members of this Board are hereby authorized to act as an author of any ballot argument prepared in connection with the election, including a rebuttal argument. The Superintendent, President of the Board, or their designees, are hereby authorized to execute any Tax Rate Statement or other document and to perform all acts necessary to place the bond measure on the ballot.

Section 9. Elections Code. Pursuant to Section 5303 of the Education Code and Section 10002 of the Elections Code, the Board of Supervisors of Santa Barbara County, is requested to permit the Registrar of Voters to render all services specified by Section 10418 of the Elections Code relating to the election, for which services the District agrees to reimburse Santa Barbara County in full upon presentation of a bill, such services to include the mailing of the sample ballot and tax rate statement (described in Section 9401 of the Elections Code).

Section 10. Agreement. The Superintendent is authorized and directed to execute the agreements on file with Jones Hall, A Professional Law Corporation, which firm is appointed hereby to perform bond and disclosure counsel services in regard to the Bonds, and Isom Advisors, a Division of Urban Futures Inc. which firm is appointed to perform financial advisory services in regard to the Bonds.

 

Section 11. Effective Date. This resolution shall take effect on and after its adoption.

PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Board of Education of the Lompoc Unified School District the 28th day of June, 2016.

Signed: ______________________________________________

Clerk


CLERK'S CERTIFICATE

I, ______________, Clerk of the Board Education of the LOMPOC UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, hereby certify that the foregoing is a full, true, and correct copy of Resolution ___ adopted at a regular meeting place thereof on the 28th day of June, 2016, of which meeting all the members of said Board of Education had due notice and at which a majority thereof were present, and that at said meeting said resolution was adopted by the following vote:

(LIST NAMES OF BOARD MEMBERS IN APPROPRIATE SPACES BELOW)

AYES: ________

NOES: ________

ABSENT: ________

ABSTENTIONS: ________

An agenda of said meeting was posted at least 72 hours before said meeting at ________, California, a location freely accessible to members of the public, and a brief general description of said resolution appeared on said agenda.

I further certify that I have carefully compared the same with the original minutes of said meeting on file and of record in my office; that the foregoing resolution is a full, true and correct copy of the original resolution adopted at said board meeting and entered in said minutes; and that said resolution has not been amended, modified or rescinded since the date of its adoption, and the same is now in full force and effect.

Dated: _____________, 2016

_________________________________________

Clerk of the Board of Education of the

LOMPOC UNIFIED School District

 


EXHIBIT A

BALLOT MEASURE

FULL TEXT OF MEASURE

This proposition may be known and referred to as the Lompoc Unified School District General Obligation Bond of 2016, or Measure ____.

 

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this proposition by at least two-thirds (2/3) of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the Lompoc Unified School District (the "District") shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $65.0 million in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List below, and in order to qualify to receive State matching grant funds, subject to all of the accountability safeguards specified below.

ACCOUNTABILITY SAFEGUARDS

The provisions in this section are specifically included in this proposition in order that the District's voters and taxpayers may be assured that their money will be spent wisely to address specific facilities needs of the District.

Limitation on Use of Bond Proceeds. The State of California does not have the power to take locally approved school district bond funds for any State purposes. The Constitution allows proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition to be used only for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities listed in this proposition, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.Proceeds of the bonds may be used to pay or reimburse the District for the cost of District staff only when performing work on or necessary and incidental to the bond projects.

Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Board of Education shall establish an independent Citizens' Oversight Committee, to ensure bond proceeds are spent only for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. .

Annual Performance Audits. The Board of Education shall conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List.

Annual Financial Audits. The Board of Education shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds (which shall be separate from the District's regular annual financial audit) until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List.

Special Bond Proceeds Account; Annual Report to Board. Upon approval of this proposition and the sale of any bonds approved, the Board of Education shall take actions necessary pursuant to Government Code Section 53410 and following 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 or the Chief Business Official of the District (or such other employee as may perform substantially similar duties) shall cause a report to be filed with the Board no later than December 31 of each year, commencing December 31 of the year in which bonds are first issued, 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 such officer shall determine, and may be incorporated into the annual budget, audit, or other appropriate routine report to the Board.

FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS

 

Specific Purposes. All of the purposes enumerated in this proposition shall be united and voted upon as one single proposition, pursuant to Education Code Section 15100, and shall constitute the specific purposes of the bonds, and proceeds of the bonds shall be spent only for such purposes, pursuant to Government Code Section 53410.

Joint Use. The District may enter into agreements with the County of Santa Barbara, City of Lompoc, or other public agencies or nonprofit organizations for joint use of school facilities financed with the proceeds of the bonds in accordance with Education Code Section 17077.42 (or any successor provision). The District may seek State grant funds for eligible joint-use projects as permitted by law, and this proposition hereby specifies and acknowledges that bond funds will or may be used to fund all or a portion of the local share for any eligible joint-use projects identified in the Bond Project List or as otherwise permitted by California State regulations, as the Board of Education shall determine.

Rate of Interest. The bonds shall bear interest at a rate per annum not exceeding the statutory maximum, payable at the time or times permitted by law.

Term of Bonds. The number of years the whole or any part of the bonds are to run shall not exceed the legal limit, though this shall not preclude bonds from being sold which mature prior to the legal limit.

BOND PROJECT LIST

The Bond Project List below describes the specific projects the Lompoc Unified School District proposes to finance with proceeds of the bonds. Listed projects will be completed as needed at a particular school site according to Board-established priorities, and the order in which such projects appear on the Bond Project List is not an indication of priority for funding or completion. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction bids are awarded, and projects are completed. Certain construction funds expected from non-bond sources, including State grant funds for eligible projects, have not yet been secured.Until all project costs and funding sources are known, the Board of Education cannot determine the amount of bond proceeds available to be spent on each project, nor guarantee that the bonds will provide sufficient funds to allow completion of all listed projects.Completion of some projects may be subject to further government approvals or appropriation by State officials and boards, to local environmental review, and to input from the public. For these reasons, inclusion of a project on the Bond Project List is not a guarantee that the project will be funded or completed.

Unless otherwise noted, the projects in the Bond Project List are authorized to be completed at each or any of the District's sites, as shall be approved by the Board of Education:

· Repair or replace leaky roofs

· Upgrade inadequate electrical systems

· Repair or replace outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems

· Make health, safety, and handicapped accessibility improvements

· Modernize/renovate outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities

· Improve student access to modern technology

· Upgrade campus security, including security cameras, lighting and fencing

· Replace aging portable classrooms

· Upgrade/improve playgrounds, play structures and P.E./athletic fields and facilities for school and community use

· Construct new classrooms, restrooms and school facilities

· Modernize/renovate classrooms to meet 21st century educational standards

· Federal and State-mandated Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) safety upgrades including playground equipment replacement

· Federal and State-mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility upgrades including site access, parking, staff and student restrooms, relocation of some existing electrical devices, drinking fountains, playground equipment, etc.

· Upgrade school site parking, roadways, utilities and grounds

· Abate and remove hazardous materials identified prior or during construction

· Repair, replace and/or upgrade paved surfaces, turf, and other grounds to eliminate safety hazards and improve outside instructional areas

The listed projects will be completed as needed. Each project is assumed to include its share of architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program/project management, staff training expenses and a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs. In addition to the listed projects stated above, the list also includes the retirement of outstanding lease obligations and interim funding incurred to advance fund projects from the list; installation of signage and fencing; 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: renovation of student and staff restrooms; repair and replacement of heating and ventilation systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies; repair and replacement of worn-out and leaky roofs, windows, walls, doors and drinking fountains; installation wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; upgrades or construction of support facilities, including administrative, physical education/athletic facilities and performing arts buildings and maintenance yards; repair and replacement of fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; resurfacing or replacing of hard courts, pools, turf and irrigation systems and campus landscaping and play fields; expand parking; install interior and exterior painting and floor covering; demolition; and construction of various forms of storage and support spaces, upgrade classrooms, bleachers, kitchens, repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems; replace outdated security fences and security systems. The allocation of bond proceeds will be affected by the District's receipt of State matching funds and the final costs of each project. In the absence of State matching funds, which the District will aggressively pursue to reduce the District's share of the costs of the projects, the District will not be able to complete some of the projects listed above.  The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the District's control. Some projects throughout the District, such as gyms, fields and performing arts facilities, 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 and the costs of issuing the bonds. 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.

The Bond Project List shall be considered a part of this ballot proposition, and shall be reproduced in any official document required to contain the full statement of the bond proposition.


EXHIBIT B

BALLOT MEASURE

(ABBREVIATED FORM)

"To improve the quality of education with funding that cannot be taken by the State; repair or replace leaky roofs; upgrade inadequate electrical systems; construct/modernize classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; repair/replace outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; and make health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements; shall the Lompoc Unified School District issue $65,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, annual audits, have an independent citizens' oversight committee and NO money for teacher or administrative salaries?"

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