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

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 L Question

MEASURE L
FERNDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND MEASURE.

To protect the quality of education with funding that cannot be taken by the State; repair or replace leaky roofs; improve student access to computers and modern technology; replace aging plumbing systems; modernize/renovate outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; and make health, safety, and handicapped accessibility improvements; shall the Ferndale Unified School District issue $4,800,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, have an independent citizens' oversight committee and have NO money used for administrative salaries?

BONDS YES
BONDS NO

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Impartial Analysis for Measure L

IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE L
FERNDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND

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

On June 29, 2016, the District's Board of Trustees adopted Resolution No. 1601, 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 $4,800,000 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 L does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the Ferndale Unified School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure L will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure L. 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 L. 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 Jack Lakin, Superintendent of the Ferndale Unified 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 $49.00 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 L 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 L

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE M

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a great job in educating our students, many classrooms and school facilities at the Mattole Unified School District are outdated and inadequate to provide children with the facilities they need to succeed.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

Although our local schools have been well maintained over the years, aging classrooms and facilities must be upgraded since many do not meet 21st century standards. Measure M would allow the District to improve our schools and the quality of education provided to local students. By investing in our schools, we can meet today's safety, technological, and educational standards and better our community.

If passed, Measure M will provide funding to make facility improvements at Mattole Unified schools including:

  • Modernizing/renovating outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities
  • Increasing student access to computers and modern technology
  • Repairing or replacing leaky roofs
  • Replacing outdated and energy inefficient heating, ventilation and airconditioning systems
  • Improving P.E. fields and facilities for school and community use

Measure M 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 our local schools, not for teacher or administrator salaries.

Measure M upgrades and renovates old and inadequate school facilities, 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 M!

/s/ Claire Trower, Honeydew Volunteer Fire Company Treasurer/Dispatch
/s/ Cassie Pinnell, Executive Director, Mattole Restoration Council
/s/ Josie Brown, Executive Director, Lost Coast Camp
/s/ Glenda A. Short, Special Education Teacher
/s/ Travis Howe, Fire Chief, Petrolia Fire Department

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Argument Against Measure L

No Argument Against was submitted

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Full Text of Measure L

FULL TEXT OF MEASURE L
FERNDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND

INTRODUCTION

"To protect the quality of education with funding that cannot be taken by the State; repair or replace leaky roofs; improve student access to computers and modern technology; replace aging plumbing systems; modernize/renovate outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; and make health, safety, and handicapped accessibility improvements; shall the Ferndale Unified School District issue $4,800,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, have an independent citizens' oversight committee and have NO money used for administrative salaries?"

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.

The specific school facilities projects to be funded include, but shall not be limited to:

  • Repair or replace leaky roofs
  • Improve technology infrastructure and increase student access to computers and modern technology
  • Repair/replace deteriorating plumbing, sewage and drainage systems
  • Modernize/construct/renovate classrooms, restrooms and school facilities
  • Make health and safety improvements throughout the District
  • Repair or replace outdated heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems with building code compliant, energy efficient systems
  • 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.
  • Replace inadequate wiring and electrical systems to meet current electrical and accessibility codes, increase capacity, and relieve currently overloaded electrical systems
  • Renovate, repair, construct and/or upgrade classrooms, restrooms and school facilities
  • Upgrade fire alarm systems
  • Repair and upgrade roofs, walls, and floors
  • Make facility improvements to increase the District's energy efficiency, including replacing outdated lighting, windows and improving insulation
  • Upgrade school site parking, utilities and grounds
  • Remove all dry rot and repair damaged caused by dry rot
  • Upgrade, renovate and equip labs, multipurpose rooms, gymnasiums, food service facilities, auditoriums, libraries, and other school facilities
  • Federal and State-mandated Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) safety upgrades including playground equipment replacement
  • Abate and remove hazardous materials identified prior to or during construction
  • Improve/upgrade P.E. fields and facilities for school and community use
  • 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 furniture, equipment, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program/project management, staff training expenses and 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 reduction or 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 upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, computers, LCD projectors, portable interface devices, servers, switches, routers, modules, sound projection systems, laser printers, digital white boards, document projectors, upgrade voice-over-IP, call manager and network security/firewall, wireless technology systems and other miscellaneous equipment and software. 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. Bond proceeds shall only be expended for the specific purposes identified herein. The District shall create an account into which proceeds of the bond shall be deposited and comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code 53410.

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Measure L Tax Rate Statement

TAX RATE STATEMENT FOR MEASURE L
FERNDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND

An election will be held in the Ferndale Unified School District (the "District") on November 8, 2016 to authorize the sale of up to $4,800,000 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 $.04900 per $100 ($49.00 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 $.04900 per $100 ($49.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2020-21.

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 $.04900 per $100 ($49.00 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 $9,700,000.

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/ Jack Lakin
Superintendent
Ferndale Unified School District

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