Vote Yes on Contra Costa County Measure P - 2016 general Election
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Commentary on Measure P

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

This campaign was designed by Clifford Moss. 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 P Question

To construct a new Carquinez Middle School at the existing site/property that is seismically safe and supports modern learning standards in science, math, reading and arts; increase student access to classroom technology; improve student security; implement site renovations; equip classrooms and facilities; shall John Swett Unified School District issue $40,200,000 in bonds at rates within legal limits, with citizens' oversight, annual audits, no funds for administrators, and all funds spent to benefit Carquinez Middle School and students?

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Impartial Analysis for Measure P

COUNTY COUNSEL'S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE P

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 John Swett Unified School District has proposed that bonds of the District be issued in an amount up to $40,200,000. This measure provides that proceeds from the sale of the bonds will generally be used to "construct a new Carquinez Middle School at the existing site/property that is seismically safe and supports modern learning standards in science, math, reading and arts; increase student access to classroom technology; improve student security; implement site renovations; equip classrooms and facilities." The types of projects to be financed with the bond proceeds are set forth in the Bond Project List attached to the resolution of the District's 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 John Swett Unified 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 highest tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds is expected to be $57 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.

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.

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.

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

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Argument in Favor of Measure P

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE P

Every child deserves to learn in safe, quality school facilities. Help make it true for the children of our community. Vote YES on Measure P for Carquinez Middle School students.

Carquinez Middle School has been educating the children of our community since 1925. Currently, the school is the subject of multiple structural engineering reports citing significant structural issues, particularly in the area of seismic safety. The CA Division of State Architect classified Carquinez Middle School as a potential collapse hazard.

The time for action is now. With our school's close proximity to three different fault lines, student safety is in jeopardy. We need to rebuild the school to provide a modern, safe learning environment.

The current state of our facilities is compromising teaching, learning, and student safety. Measure P is a prudent, responsible plan to address our most critical facility and SAFETY needs.

Measure P will:

  • Correct critical earthquake/seismic safety concerns by constructing a new Carquinez Middle School at the existing site.
  • Upgrade classrooms, facilities and technology to keep pace with 21st Century teaching and learning environment.
  • Improve student safety, security systems and access for children with disabilities.
  • Support student achievement in science, math, reading and arts.
  • Provide facilities that prepare all students for high school, college and career success.

ALL Measure P funds stay local. The State cannot take this funding away.

Taxpayer protections are REQUIRED. NO funds can be spent on administrators' salaries or pensions. Independent Citizens' Oversight and mandatory audits ensure funds are spent properly.

Passing Measure P qualifies JSUSD to receive millions in State matching funds when they become available, leveraging local tax dollars even further.

Studies show that teachers and students perform better in safe, quality schools. Good schools also protect property values and keep our community strong.

For our children, for our community.

Vote YES on P.

Roni Itagaki
Executive Director Rodeo Baseball Association

Jacki Bremer Matejka
John Swett Facilities Committee Member, Parent, Crockett Resident

Dean Colombo
Firefighter, John Swett High School Teacher, Crockett Resident

Anne M Miller
California School Employees Assn. Local President, Grandparent, Long Time Rodeo Resident

Deborah Drake
President, Bayo Vista Residents Council, Grandparent, Long Time Rodeo Resident

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Argument Against Measure P

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE P

None Filed.

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Measure P Tax Rate Statement

TAX RATE STATEMENT FOR MEASURE P

An election will be held in the John Swett Unified School District (the "District") on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $40,200,000 in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the measure. If such bonds are authorized and sold, principal and interest on the bonds will be payable only from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the Elections Code of the State of California. Such information is based upon the best estimates and projections presently available from official sources, upon experience within the District, and other demonstrable factors. Based upon the foregoing and projections of the District's assessed valuation, the following information is provided:

  1. The best estimate of the tax rate 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 a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.04228 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $42.28 per $100,000 of assessed value) for 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 a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.05700 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $57.00 per $100,000 of assessed value) for fiscal year 2018-19.
  3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.057000 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $57.00 per $100,000 of assessed value).
  4. The best estimate of the average tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.05480 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $54.80 per $100,000 of assessed value.
  5. The best estimate of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is approximately $71,407,000.

Voters should note the estimated tax rate is based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the County's official tax rolls, not on the property's market value. In addition, taxpayers eligible for a property tax exemption, such as the homeowner's exemption, will be taxed at a lower effective tax rate than described above. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors to determine their property's assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

The attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon projections and estimates only, which are not binding upon the District. The actual debt service, the 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 date of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on the 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 sale. Actual future assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined by the County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

Rob Stockberger, Superintendent
John Swett Unified School District

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