Vote Yes on Humboldt County Measure I - 2016 general Election
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Commentary on Measure I

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 I Question

MEASURE I
ARCATA SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND MEASURE.

To improve the quality of education with funding that cannot be taken by the State; replace outdated and energy-inefficient heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; improve playgrounds and playfields for school and community use; make health and safety improvements; and modernize classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; shall Arcata Elementary School District issue $3,400,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, with independent citizens' oversight, annual audits and NO money used for teacher or administrator salaries?

BONDS YES
BONDS NO

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Impartial Analysis for Measure I

IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE I
ARCATA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND

This analysis of the general obligation bond measure for the Arcata Elementary School District ("District"), Measure I, is prepared pursuant to Elections Code section 9560.

On June 27, 2016, the District's Board of Trustees adopted Resolution No. 1516- 12, as authorized by Section 1 of Article XIIIA and section 18 of Article XVI of the California Constitution and Education Code sections 15264 et seq., ordering an election to approve the issuance of bonds in the principal amount not to exceed $3,400,000 and to levy ad valorem taxes on taxable property within the District to finance specified academic facility and technology upgrade projects. Pursuant to Education Code section 15140 the maximum rate of interest to be paid is eight percent (8%) for a term not to exceed 25 years.

Bond proceeds will be expended to modernize, replace, renovate, expand, construct, acquire, equip, furnish and otherwise improve the classrooms and school facilities of the District.as described in the full text of the measure (the "Full Text").

The full extent of the projects to be completed will depend on final determination of project costs and the availability of state grant funds or other non-bond sources. Approval of Measure I does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the Arcata Elementary School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure I will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure I. The school district's proposal for the 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.

The proceeds will not be used for any purpose not identified in the measure, including teacher or administrator salaries. As required by law, the District's Board of Trustees shall establish a citizen's oversight committee to ensure that the proceeds of the bonds are spent only on the projects and sites identified in Measure I. The District is required by law to prepare an annual independent financial and performance audit, and issue an annual report

According to the tax rate statement submitted by Barbara Short, Superintendent of the Arcata Elementary School District, the average estimated ad valorem tax which would be required to be levied on taxable real property to repay the bonds over their term would be $15.60 per year for property having an assessed value of $100,000. These calculations, however, are estimates only and are not binding upon the District.

If fifty-five percent (55%) of the qualified electors residing within the District voting on Measure I vote for approval, the District's Board of Trustees would be authorized to issue bonds for the purposes described in the Full Text. If less than fifty-five percent (55%) of the qualified electors voting on the measure vote for approval, the District will not be authorized to issue the bonds.

A "yes" vote is to authorize the issuance of the bonds.

A "no" vote is against authorizing the issuance of the bonds.

/s/ Jeffrey S. Blanck, County Counsel

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Argument in Favor of Measure I

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE I

Measure I is about one thing: Improving the quality of our local schools. Safe, quality schools protect property values. While there have been significant improvements in the quality of Arcata elementary and middle schools over the past few years, the fact remains that our community's schools are old, classrooms are inadequate, and heating and cooling systems are outdated. Schools built years ago need significant updating.

Our children need your YES vote on Measure I! Measure I will update our schools, technology and equipment to ensure that local children have the facilities needed to be able to prepare for high school and beyond. Measure I will protect the health, safety and security of Arcata children. Therefore, we must invest in our local schools so they meet today's safety, technological, and educational needs and better our community.

Measure I has been placed on the ballot to address the most pressing needs. Measure I will:

  • • Replace outdated and energy inefficient heating and ventilation systems
  • • Improve playgrounds and playfields for school and community use
  • • Make health and safety improvements
  • • Replace temporary portables with permanent classrooms
  • • Modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities

Measure I makes financial sense and protects taxpayers.

  • • By law, all bond funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State.
  • • Spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens' oversight committee
  • • Funds can only be spent to improve local Arcata schools, not for teacher or administrative salaries.

Measure I is a companion to Measure H that has also been placed on the ballot. Measure H will provide textbooks, educational materials and funding for art, music and other school programs. Please vote YES on both Measures H and I.

/s/ Mark E. Wheetley, Arcata City Council
/s/ Dan Hauser, Former City Manager
/s/ Mark S. Andre, Environmental Services Director
/s/ Margaret Flenner, Former Arcata Elementary Principal
/s/ Jean Mazzotti, Business Owner

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Argument Against Measure I

No Argument Against was submitted

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Full Text of Measure I

FULL TEXT OF MEASURE I
ARCATA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND

INTRODUCTION

"To improve the quality of education with funding that cannot be taken by the State; replace outdated and energy-inefficient heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; improve playgrounds and playfields for school and community use; make health and safety improvements; and modernize classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; shall Arcata Elementary School District issue $3,400,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, with independent citizens' oversight, annual audits and NO money used for teacher or administrator salaries?"

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this measure by at least 55 percent of the registered voters voting on the measure, the Arcata Elementary School District will be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $3.4 million in aggregate principal amount at interest rates not to exceed legal limits and to provide financing for the specific types of school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List described below, subject to all of the accountability requirements specified below.

ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS

The provisions in this section are specifically included in this measure in order that the voters and taxpayers in the District may be assured that their money will be spent wisely. Expenditures to address specific facilities needs of the District will be in compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, 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 Governing Board has identified detailed facilities needs of the District and has determined which projects would be financed from a local bond. The Governing Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction, enrollment growth, and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List shown below.

Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. Following approval of this measure, the Governing Board will establish an Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee, under Education Code Sections 15278 and following, to ensure bond proceeds are expended only on the types of school facilities projects listed below. The committee will be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the Governing Board.

Performance Audits. The Governing Board will conduct annual, independent performance audits to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects listed below.

Financial Audits. The Governing Board will conduct annual, independent financial audits of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed below.

Government Code Accountability Requirements. As required by Section 53410 of the Government Code, (1) the specific purpose of the bonds is set forth in this Full Text of the Measure, (2) the proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used only for the purposes specified in this measure, and not for any other purpose, (3) the proceeds of the bonds, when and if issued, will be deposited into a building fund to be held by the Humboldt County Treasurer, as required by the California Education Code, and (4) the Superintendent of the District shall cause an annual report to be filed with the Governing Board of the District not later than January 1 of each year, which report shall contain pertinent information regarding the amount of funds collected and expended, as well as the status of the projects listed in this measure, as required by Sections 53410 and 53411 of the Government Code.

NO TEACHER OR ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES

Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this measure shall be used only for the purposes specified in Article XIII A, Section 1(b)(3), those being for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, and the acquisition or lease of school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.

STATE MATCHING FUNDS

The following statement is included in this measure pursuant to Education Code Section 15122.5: Approval of this measure does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects that are the subject of bonds under this measure will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by this measure. The District’s proposal for the project or projects described below may assume the receipt of matching state funds, which, if available, could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

BOND PROJECT LIST

Scope of Projects. As required by the California Constitution, the proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities, and not for teacher and employee salaries and other school operating expenses.

School Facility Project List. The items presented on the following list provide are the types of projects to be financed with bond proceeds. Specific examples included on this list are not intended to limit the generality of the broader types of projects described and authorized by this measure. The types of projects authorized at all District properties and future properties are:

  • • Replace outdated and energy-inefficient heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems
  • • Improve playgrounds and playfields for school and community use
  • • Make health and safety improvements to school and support facilities, including replacing aging building materials, abating and/or removing hazardous materials identified either prior to or during construction, and seismic reinforcements as needed
  • • Replace temporary portables with permanent classrooms
  • • Modernize, construct, expand and renovate outdated classrooms, restrooms, computer and science labs and school facilities, including acquiring/installing necessary infrastructure and equipment to meet modern educational standards
  • • Improve student access to computers and modern technology, including providing necessary infrastructure, hardware, software, computers, devices and other modern instructional equipment
  • • Improve student safety at drop-off and pick-up areas, including renovating/ expanding sidewalks, parking lots, curbing, signage and landscaping
  • • Renovate, modernize and equip gymnasium for school and community use
  • • Upgrade, acquire and install fire alarm and other security systems, including security fencing, smoke detectors, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, school communication systems and lighting
  • • Construct/improve outdoor learning areas, landscaping and grounds
  • • Upgrade and/or replace necessary infrastructure such as sewer, water, electrical and utility systems including to meet code requirements and capacity
  • • 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 but not limited to site access, parking access, staff and student restroom access, relocation of certain existing electrical devices and drinking fountain and playground equipment accessibility
  • • Repair, replace and/or upgrade paved surfaces, turf, and other grounds to eliminate safety hazards

Each of the bond projects described in this Bond Project List include the costs of furnishing and equipping such facilities, and all costs incidental but directly related to the specific projects described above. In addition, this measure authorizes the acquisition of interests in real property to commence or complete the authorized projects. Examples of incidental costs include, but are not limited to: costs of design, engineering, architect and other professional services, inspections, site preparation, utilities, landscaping, construction management and BT11 other planning and permitting, legal, accounting and similar costs; independent annual financial and performance audits; a customary construction contingency; demolition and disposal of existing structures; rental or construction of storage facilities and other space on an interim basis for materials and other equipment and furnishings displaced during construction; interim classrooms and facilities for students, administrators, and school functions, including modular facilities; addressing unforeseen conditions revealed by construction/modernization and other necessary improvements required to comply with existing building codes, including the Field Act; access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act; costs of the election; bond issuance costs; and project administration during the duration of such projects, as permitted by law.

The scope and nature of any of the specific projects described above may be altered by the District as required by unforeseen conditions that may arise during the course of design and construction. Demolition of existing facilities and reconstruction of facilities scheduled identified for repair and upgrade are authorized, if the Board determines that such an approach would be more cost-effective in creating more enhanced and operationally efficient campuses. As such, this bond measure authorizes land acquisition, relocation and reconstruction, and costs relating thereto, for said reasons or based on other considerations deemed in the best interest of the District by the Governing Board.

Approval of the District's bond measure does not guarantee that all of the identified projects within this Bond Project List will be funded beyond what can be completed with local funds generated by the bond measure. The District plans to pursue funds from the State of California, if available, to complete certain of the identified facilities projects.

The order in which school facilities projects are listed in the Project List does not suggest an order of priority. Project priorities will be determined by the Governing Board. The District is unable to anticipate all unforeseen circumstances which may prevent some of the projects listed above from being undertaken or completed.

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Measure I Tax Rate Statement

TAX RATE STATEMENT FOR MEASURE I
ARCATA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND

An election will be held in the Arcata Elementary School District (the "District") on November 8, 2016 to authorize the sale of up to $3,400,000 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 $.01560 per $100 ($15.60 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 $.01560 per $100 ($15.60 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017-18.

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 $.01560 per $100 ($15.60 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 $7,200,000.

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.

/s/ Barbara Short
Superintendent
Arcata Elementary School District

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