Guadalupe Union Elementary Schools: Vote Yes on Measure N2016 Bonds - Santa Barbara County - 2016 General Election
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Commentary on Measure N2016

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

This campaign was designed by a member of the school bonds cartel. 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 N2016 Question

MEASURE N2016
GUADALUPE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

To improve the quality of education with funding that cannot be taken by the State; modernize, upgrade, and renovate outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; construct new classrooms to reduce student overcrowding and replace temporary portable classrooms; and improve student access to computers and modern technology, shall Guadalupe Elementary School District issue $5.65 million 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 N2016

IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS BY COUNTY COUNSEL
MEASURE N2016
GUADALUPE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

This measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Trustees of the Guadalupe Union School District, which is the governing board of the school district.

If approved by 55% of the voters voting on the proposition, this measure authorizes the Guadalupe Union School District (District) to issue and sell bonds of up to $5.65 million 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 and certification that the school district board has evaluated safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs in developing that list.

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 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 Trustees will also establish an independent citizens' oversight committee to ensure bond proceeds are spent only for 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 N2016

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE N2016
GUADALUPE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

Everyone knows the importance and value of having quality schools. From higher achieving students, to improved property values, 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 Guadalupe Union 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 N2016!

Although neighborhood schools have been well maintained over the last several years, outdated and overcrowded schools need to be addressed. The District is currently using every classroom, most of which are old, deteriorating portables. Our schools need major facility and infrastructure improvements, and we must provide additional classrooms. Approving Measure N2016 will provide a quality education to local children by meeting today's safety, technology, and educational standards.

If passed, Measure N2016 will provide funding to make critical facility improvements at Mary Buren Elementary School and Kermit McKenzie Jr. High School by:

  • Modernizing, upgrading and renovating outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities
  • Constructing new classrooms to reduce student overcrowding
  • Replacing temporary portables with permanent classrooms
  • Improving student access to computers and modern technology
  • Upgrading playgrounds and playfields for school and community use

Measure N2016 makes financial sense and protects taxpayers.

  • 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, .

Measure N2016 improves the education of local children and maintains the quality of our community by reducing student overcrowding and upgrading and renovating old classrooms and improving technology. That's something we can all support. Please join us and VOTE YES ON MEASURE N2016!

The undersigned authors of the Argument in Favor of ballot measure N2016 at the Presidential General Election for the Guadalupe Union 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/ Maria Luisa Baro,
School Board Vice President, Educator 8/3/16

/s/ David S. Rodriguez,
Post Master, Former Boardmember, Grandparent 8/3/16

/s/ David Hosking,
Former Educator, 8/4/16

/s/ John Lizalde,
Mayor City of Guadalupe & Grandfather 8/4/16

/s/ Ernestine Masatani,
Business Owner 8/4/16

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Argument Against Measure N2016

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NO ARGUMENT WAS FILED AGAINST MEASURE N2016

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Full Text of Measure N2016

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FULL TEXT
MEASURE N2016
GUADALUPE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

This proposition may be known and referred to as the Guadalupe Union School District General Obligation Bond of 2016, or Measure N2016.

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this proposition by at least 55% of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the Guadalupe Union School District (the "District") shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $5.65 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, 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 Education Code Sections 15264 and following).

Evaluation of Needs. The Board of Trustees hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List.

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, 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. only when performing work on or to the bond projects.

Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Board of Trustees shall establish an independent Citizens' Oversight Committee (pursuant to Education Code Section 15278 and following), to ensure bond proceeds are spent only for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. The committee shall be established within 60 days of the date on which the Board of Trustees enters the election results on its minutes.

Annual Performance Audits. The Board of Trustees 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 Trustees 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 Trustees 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.

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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 City of Guadalupe, County of Santa Barbara, 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 Trustees 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 Guadalupe Union 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 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 Trustees 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 Trustees:

  • Modernize, upgrade, and renovate aging classrooms, restrooms and school facilities
  • Improve classroom and school interiors and exteriors including (as applicable) doors, windows, door and window hardware, roofs, rain gutters and downspouts, walls, ceilings and floors and finishes, paint, siding, insulation, casework, cabinets, carpets, drapes, window coverings, lighting, sinks, drinking fountains, fixtures, signage, fencing, furniture and equipment (including technology equipment).
  • Construct new classrooms at existing sites
  • Replace outdated temporary portable classrooms with new classrooms
  • Upgrade, improve, or construct playgrounds, playfields, and athletic facilities
  • Improve student access to computers and modern technology and upgrade technology infrastructure by acquiring and installing technology equipment, fixtures and infrastructure, including computers, software, interactive educational technology, monitors, audio systems, video systems, network equipment (including servers, network interface devices, network switches and routers, wireless network equipment, firewalls, network security equipment, racking, power and cooling equipment, wiring and uninterruptible power supplies), etc.

The listed projects will be completed . is assumed to include its share of furniture, equipment, 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 acquisition of a variety of instructional, maintenance and operational equipment, including 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. 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 , 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, SR 056-34
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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 N2016 Tax Rate Statement

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TAX RATE STATEMENT
MEASURE N2016
GUADALUPE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

An election will be held in the Guadalupe Elementary School District (the "District") on November 8, 2016 to authorize the sale of up to $5,650,000 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 $.02970 per $100 ($29.70 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 $.02970 per $100 ($29.70 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2023-24.

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 $.02970 per $100 ($29.70 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 $11,950,000.

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: 7/6/16

/s/ Ed Cora
Superintendent
Guadalupe Elementary School District

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