Alisal Union Schools: Vote Yes on Measure M Bonds - Monterey County - 2016 general Election
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Commentary on Measure M

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 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 M Question

To repair/modernize neighborhood school classrooms, facilities, and technology infrastructure supporting programs in reading, math, science and arts; improve disabled student access; repair/replace fire safety, plumbing and electrical systems; with funding that cannot be taken by the State; shall Alisal Union School District rebuild Fremont Elementary School and Alisal Community School and construct one new elementary school to relieve overcrowding and improve student learning; by issuing $70 million in bonds at legal rates, with independent oversight, and no money for administrators?

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Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Measure M

Alisal Union School District - Measure M - Rebuttal

You don't have to agree with everything your community leaders say and do.

If they say something is good for you, ask them to prove it by answering some questions:

1. Why do almost all of the other school districts in California ask people to pass bond measures at 55%, but Alisal Union School District wants so much money that it needs 66.67% of the vote?

2. Why are we going to borrow $70,000,000 instead of $30,000,000 or $35,000,000?

3. Why are we borrowing so much money that we're going above the debt limit in law for bond measures that can pass with 55% of the vote?

No one is saying that schools in the Alisal Union School District don't need any work.

But that $70,000,000 is BORROWED money. It is DEBT.

It has to be PAID BACK to bond investors. With INTEREST.

The amount your school district wants to borrow is so high that state law requires 66.67% of the vote to pass it instead of 55%.

That $70,000,000 needs to come back to voters in 2018 at a lower amount.

Would you let your friends or family use a credit card that allowed you to borrow a higher amount than everyone else can borrow?

Vote NO on Measure M.

Kevin Dayton
President
Salinas Taxpayers Association

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Argument Against Measure M

Primary Argument Against Measure M (Alisal Union School District)

We at the Salinas Taxpayers Association are concerned that Alisal Union School District is taking on too much debt by asking you to vote to let it borrow $70,000,000 from bond investors.

Do you know why 66.67% of people in the Alisal Union School District must vote Yes on Measure M in order to pass it?

It's because the debt for borrowing $70 million is TOO HIGH to be allowed by state law to pass with 55%.

Very few school districts in California have wanted to borrow so much money that they need to get 66.67% of voters to vote Yes.

The last school district that tried was the Vallejo City Unified School District in 2014. But people who lived there rejected the school district's request to be allowed to take on so much debt.

You may not know that the Alisal Union School District has asked the State Board of Education two times to take on more debt than allowed by state law. The Board of Education waived the debt limit for the school district in 2005 and 2008.

Are you going to give permission for yet more debt and more borrowing in 2016?

We all know the bad things that happen when someone borrows too much money and can't pay it back. You tell your friends to watch their money, but they ignore you and keep putting things on their credit cards.

Alisal Union School District is asking you to let it borrow too much money. If it had a credit card, you might say "it's time to cut it up."

Because there isn't a credit card to cut up, what you should do is vote NO on Measure M.

Kevin Dayton
President
Salinas Taxpayers Association

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Full Text of Measure M

BALLOT MEASURE

FULL TEXT OF BOND MEASURE M

ALISAL UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

INTRODUCTION

The Alisal Union School District serves a population of more than 9,000 students in twelve K-6 schools. The District has aging schools, and it faces other challenges to its capacity to adequately house all of its students. Many classrooms have not been renovated in more than 65 years. The need for improvement is particularly critical at Alisal Community School, built in 1936, and Fremont Elementary School, built in 1941. These two schools were built for 400 students; they are severely overcrowded with 800 students. District-wide, schools have tremendous needs, in order to support the demands of a 21st Century education. We must modernize outdated classrooms for core academics. We must repair or replace deteriorated roofs, plumbing, heating, ventilation, and electrical systems. We must repair or replace aging fire, safety, and security systems. And we must upgrade classrooms and technology for 21st Century learning. A much larger, and much longer term solution is needed to address these issues.

The State of California requires a local match, funded primarily through local, general obligation bonds, for school districts wishing to pursue matching state funds for the upgrade or replacement of school buildings and facilities. The millions of dollars potentially available through the State match allows local taxpayers to benefit from the tax dollars they already pay to Sacramento.

It is imperative that our students are housed in safe schools. In addition, our students would benefit from complete, comprehensive, and efficient schools. We need to act locally to build safe and modern schools to ensure our students have the educational opportunities they deserve.

BONDS

To repair/modernize neighborhood school classrooms, facilities, and technology infrastructure supporting programs in reading, math, science and arts; improve disabled student access; repair/replace fire safety, plumbing and electrical systems; with funding that cannot be taken by the State; shall Alisal Union School District rebuild Fremont Elementary School and Alisal Community School and construct one new elementary school to relieve overcrowding and improve student learning; by issuing $70 million in bonds at legal rates, with independent oversight, and no money for administrators?

BONDS MAY BE ISSUED IN EXCESS OF THE STATUTORY BONDING LIMIT

Issuance of all of the authorized bonds might require the outstanding debt of the District to exceed its statutory bonding limit of 1.25% of the total assessed valuation of taxable property in the District. In that event, the District intends to seek a waiver of its bonding limit from the State Board of Education, which has the power to waive certain requirements of the Education Code applicable to the District. By approval of this proposition, the voters have authorized the District to seek such a waiver, and to issue authorized bonds in excess of the 1.25% limit as the State Board of Education may approve.

SCHOOL FACILITIES PROJECTS TO BE FUNDED FROM BOND PROCEEDS

As required by the California Constitution, the proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used only for the purposes authorized under Article XIIIA of the California Constitution, including acquisition or improvement of real property for school facilities, as more specifically set forth in this Bond Measure, and costs incident thereto. 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 the bond projects.

The scope of specific projects, the order of construction, priority, and completion is contingent on final project costs and the availability of needed funds, all as determined within the discretion of the Board of Trustees. Further, such projects are of the type that issuing the authorized general obligation bonds as stated will not cause the State to reduce any financial hardship contribution that would otherwise be available to the District had these bonds not been authorized, issued, and or expended for their stated purpose.

These projects may include participation in the State Facility Program's Joint-Use Program to gain matching funds for teacher education, multi-purpose rooms, gymnasiums, libraries, childcare, and other qualifying Joint-Use facilities. With respect to such joint-use projects, the bond funds authorized by this Measure may be used to pay all of the local share needed to qualify the projects for special State matching funds under the State Facility Program's Joint-Use Program requirements.

ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES

If the bonds are approved, the Board of Trustees will implement the following accountability measures in accordance with State law:

(a) use the bond proceeds only for the purposes authorized under Article XIIIA, including those purposes allowed by the Constitution as set forth in section 15100 of the Act that comprise the acquisition or improvement of real property, as more specifically set forth herein, and costs incident thereto, and not for any other purpose, including salaries and other routine school operating expenses;
(b) conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only for the purposes as set forth herein;
(c) 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 purposes as set forth herein; and
(d) establish and appoint members to an independent citizens' oversight committee to ensure that such proceeds are expended for the specific purposes set forth in the Bond Measure, and to annually report to the District and the public concerning the expenditure of bond proceeds. The citizens' oversight committee shall be established, composed, and conduct itself in accordance with bylaws to be established by the Board, which Bylaws shall include, without limitation, the following permissive provisions:
(1) a provision that all reasonable, good faith efforts shall be made to recruit members to the citizens' oversight committee from each of the categories of membership listed in section 15282 of the Education Code but that failure to seat any particular category, so long as such efforts are made, shall not affect the valid establishment of the committee or its ability to discharge its duties.
(2) a provision for a single member to serve in more than one such category shown in section 15282 of the Education Code.
(3) a provision for the appointment of "proxies" for each member of the citizens' oversight committee, in order for such a committee to achieve a quorum for the conduct of its business.
(4) a provision permitting citizens' oversight committee members to serve without term limitation.

STATE MATCHING FUNDS

California Education Code section 15122.5 requires the following statement to be included in this sample ballot:

"Approval of this bond measure does not guarantee that the proposed projects in the Alisal Union School District that are the subject of bonds under this measure will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by this bond measure. The school district's proposal for certain of the projects assumes the receipt of matching state funds, which are subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure."

ANNUAL TAX AMOUNT, RATE, AND DURATION

The bonds shall bear interest at an annual rate not exceeding the statutory maximum. The maturity of the bonds shall not exceed the maximum term allowed by law at the time of issuance (currently 25 years if issued under Education Code section 15140, or 40 years if issued under Government Code section 53508, so long as the bonds are not capital appreciation bonds ("CABs," which CABs are limited to 25 years)). Accordingly, as further set forth in the tax rate statement, the ad valorem tax will be levied at such rates and for so long as may be required to meet the debt service needs of the bonds proposed to be issued, including such bonds that may be issued to refund any approved bonds.

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