San Ardo Union Elementary Schools: Vote Yes on Measure N Bonds - Monterey County - 2016 general Election
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Commentary on Measure N

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 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 N Question

To renovate, upgrade, construct and rebuild aging classrooms and school facilities including deteriorating electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems; renovate restrooms; upgrade fire alarms; and install wiring to support modern technology, shall San Ardo Union Elementary School District be authorized to issue $6.8 million of bonds with rates below legal limits, independent citizen oversight, financial audits, no funds for administrator salaries, and all funds spent on San Ardo School and not taken by the State and spent elsewhere?

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Full Text of Measure N

BALLOT MEASURE

FULL TEXT OF MEASURE N

To renovate, upgrade, construct and rebuild aging classrooms and school facilities including deteriorating electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems; renovate restrooms; upgrade fire alarms; and install wiring to support modern technology, shall San Ardo Union Elementary School District be authorized to issue $6.8 million of bonds with rates below legal limits, independent citizen oversight, financial audits, no funds for administrator salaries, and all funds spent on San Ardo School and not taken by the State and spent elsewhere?

Bonds—Yes Bonds—No

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this proposition by at least two-thirds of the registered voters voting on the measure, the San Ardo Union Elementary School District (the "District") will be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $6,800,000 in aggregated principal at interest rates not in excess of the legal limit and to provide financing for the specific projects listed in the Bond Project List described below, subject to all the accountability requirements specified below.

The Bonds may be issued under the provisions of the California Education Code (starting at Section 15100), under the provisions of the California Government Code (starting at Section 53506), or under any other provision of law authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds by school districts. The Bonds may be issued in series by the District from time to time, and each series of Bonds shall mature within the legal limitations set forth in the applicable law under which the Bonds are issued.

FINANCING PLAN

The District intends to use the Bonds to modernize, replace, renovate, construct and rebuild the District facilities on the Bond Project List.

All Bonds will be sold as current interest bonds and the use of capital appreciation bonds will not be permitted. The Board intends that the term of the tax levied for any series of Bonds will not exceed fifteen (15) years.

The Board intends to issue the Bonds only if the assessed value of the taxable property in the District is sufficient to support the debt service on the Bonds. Should the initiative on the November 2016 ballot limiting methods of oil and gas extraction pass, and it causes the assessed value of the District to fall below what is required to support the debt service on the Bonds, the Board will not authorize the issuance of the Bonds.

ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS

The provisions in this section are specifically included in this proposition in order that the voters and taxpayers in the District may be assured that their money will be spent wisely.

Evaluation of Needs.

The Board of Trustees of the District (the "Board of Trustees") has identified detailed facility needs of the District and has determined which projects to finance from a local bond at this time. The Board of Trustees 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.

The Board of Trustees shall establish an Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee to ensure that bond proceeds are expended only on the school facilities projects listed below.

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 described in the Bond Project List below.

Financial Audits.

The Board of Trustees shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects described in the Bond Project List below.

Annual Report.

The Superintendent of the District will cause an annual report to be filed with the Board of Trustees, the first report to be filed not later than one year after the issuance of the first series of the bonds, which report will 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 applicable California law.

Expenditure of Bond Proceeds. The proceeds from the sale of the District's bonds will be used only for the purposes specified in this measure, and not for any other purpose. Such proceeds will be deposited into a Project Fund to be held by the Monterey County Treasurer, as required by the California Education Code.

FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS

No Administrator Salaries. Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the school facilities projects on the Bond Project List below, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.

BOND PROJECT LIST

Scope of Projects. The Bond Project List shown below is a part of the ballot measure and must be reproduced in any official document required to contain the full statement of the bond measure.

Bond proceeds will be expended to modernize, replace, renovate, construct and rebuild San Ardo School as described in the following list. Whenever specific items are included in the following list, they are presented to provide an example and are not intended to limit the generality of the broader description of the types of authorized projects.

RENOVATION OF SAN ARDO SCHOOL

Proceeds of the Bonds will be used to renovate, upgrade and equip San Ardo School. Such projects shall include but shall not be limited to:

Renovate classrooms and classroom buildings
Acquire, replace and install heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in classroom buildings
Replace or refinish classroom flooring, ceilings and walls
Upgrade and replace building systems such as plumbing, electrical, communications and fire alarms
Refurbish all restrooms including plumbing, fixtures, lighting and flooring
Improve energy efficiency with new doors, windows, lighting, and insulation
Install access ramps to meet Americans with Disability Act requirements
Refurbish pool house restrooms and locker rooms
Install heating, ventilation and air conditioning system in the auditorium
Resurface school playground
Address any unforeseen conditions as a result of renovation including termite damage, dry rot, asbestos removal, etc.

Projects which are described above include all related and incidental costs, including their share of the costs of the election and bond issuance and costs of design, engineering, architect and other professional services, inspections, site preparation, utilities, and other planning, legal, accounting and similar costs, independent annual financial and performance audits, a customary contingency, and other costs incidental to and necessary for completion of the listed projects.

In the event that a renovation project will result in higher costs than reconstruction, this bond measure authorizes reconstruction, and all 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.

Projects Subject to Available Funding. The foregoing list of projects is subject to the availability of adequate funding to the District. Approval of the bond measure does not guarantee that the proposed projects in the District that are the subject of bonds under the measure will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by the bond measure. The District's proposal for the 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.

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