Dixon Unified Schools: Vote Yes on Measure Q Bonds - Solano County - 2016 general Election
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Commentary on Measure Q

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

This campaign was designed by Architectural Nexus Inc. 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 Q Question

SCHOOL
MEASURE Q

DIXON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
CLASSROOM REPAIR, RENOVATION AND SAFETY MEASURE

To repair, renovate and reopen Old Dixon High School as a middle school, repair and renovate Anderson Elementary School, and improve security/safety and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance at District schools, shall Dixon Unified School District issue $30,400,000 in bonds, at legal interest rates, with , annual independent audits, and no funds spent on administrators' salaries?

BONDS - YES
BONDS - NO

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Impartial Analysis for Measure Q

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IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE Q

DIXON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOND PROPOSAL

A "Yes" vote on this measure means: The general obligation bonds totaling $30,400,000 will be issued to fund specified school facilities projects.

A "No" vote on the measure means: The general obligation bonds totaling $30,400,000 will not be issued to fund specified school facilities projects.

Measure Q will authorize the sale of general obligation bonds of the Dixon Unified School District ("District") in series in the aggregate amount of $30,400,000. This measure will not amend any existing laws. The District's governing board placed the measure on the ballot.

Measure Q requires approval by 55 percent of the voters of the District voting on it.

The purpose of the measure is to repair, renovate and upgrade two schools, improve security and safety and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act at District schools, and perform all work necessary and incidental to specified bond projects.

The bond proceeds shall be used to finance 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, as identified in the Bond Project List (reprinted completely in the sample ballot pamphlet).

The specific projects authorized to be financed include an estimated allocation of $15,200,000 for 19 categories of projects to repair, renovate and reopen Old Dixon High School as a Grade 6-8 Middle School; an estimated allocation of $12,100,000 for 19 categories of projects to repair and renovate Anderson Elementary School; and an estimated allocation of $3,100,000 for 8 categories of projects to improve districtwide safety and security measures and compliance with the Americans with Disability Act.

Inclusion of a project on the Bond Project List is not a guarantee that the project will be completed. The listed projects will be completed as needed at a particular school or facility site according to the District's governing board's priorities, and the order in which the projects appear on the Bond Project List is not an indication of priority for funding or completion. The District cannot guarantee that the bonds will provide sufficient funds to allow completion of all listed projects.

The District may enter into agreements with other public agencies or non-profit organizations for joint use of school facilities financed with the proceeds of the bonds.

The District must conduct annual, independent financial and performance audits and appoint a citizens' oversight committee with a minimum of seven members to ensure that the bond proceeds are spent only for the specific projects listed in the Bond Project List.

The bond proceeds cannot be used to pay for teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.

The bonds must mature no later than 25 years from the date of the bonds and the maximum interest rate on the bonds shall not exceed 12 percent.

The procedures required for the approval and issuance of the general obligation bonds, including the process of submitting Measure Q to the vote of the District's electors, are as specified in the California Government, Education and Election Codes.

/s/ Dennis Bunting
Solano County Counsel

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Argument in Favor of Measure Q

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"ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT OF OR IN OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSED LAWS ARE THE OPINIONS OF THE AUTHORS."

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE Q

Dixon Unified School District has aging campuses that need repair and renovation to provide students with safe and appropriate learning environments. For over a decade, the District planned to renovate and reopen Old Dixon High School as its middle school. It is centrally located and ideal for that purpose, yet it has remained vacant since 2007. Measure Q provides the funds needed to accomplish this, and will tremendously improve facilities, including science/technology, the arts, career-technical education, physical education, sports, and more.

Measure Q also provides needed funds to update Anderson Elementary School. Anderson is the second oldest District campus, and needs wide-ranging modernization of its outdated classrooms, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, restrooms, food service areas, and more.

Measure Q turns the two oldest District campuses into modernized facilities, to be used for decades to come. Additionally, safety, security, and accessibility projects will improve Tremont, Gretchen Higgins, and Silveyville.

The District worked closely with the Solano County Taxpayers Association. SCTA has taken a neutral position on Measure Q, in part because the :

  • • award construction contracts through competitive bid;
  • • prioritize projects;
  • • structure bond maturity consistent with project useful life;
  • • control soft costs;
  • • use non-bond funds for facility maintenance

SCTA will hold the District to these commitments until bond maturity, by ensuring that these criteria are followed.

Finally, in the interests of transparency and full disclosure, voters should know that: (1) The Measure Q tax rate is $36.75 per $100,000 of assessed value. For a median-valued home, the cost will be approximately $92.53 yearly; (2) No Measure Q funds will be used for administration/salaries; (3) The District is working hard to improve academic performance, but is prohibited from using Measure Q funds for programs/services.

Invest in our students and Dixon's future. Vote YES on Measure Q.

/s/ Brian Dolan,
Superintendent of Schools

/s/ John A. Gabby III,
Board President Dixon Unified School District

/s/ Julie Mustard,
Parent Association Chair

/s/ Spencer Bei,
Parent / Farmer

/s/ Josι Diaz,
Parent

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Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Measure Q

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE Q

(None Filed)

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Argument Against Measure Q

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"ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT OF OR IN OPPOSITION TO THE PROPOSED LAWS ARE THE OPINIONS OF THE AUTHORS."

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE Q

It's 'for the children' - a much used phrase of late, and very appropriate when talking about education, but this 30 million, 25 year, nearly 60 million payoff plan may not fit. It is a look back to a brick and mortar idea in a Wi-Fi technology world, and will vastly reduce the district's flexibility going forward, in a rapidly changing education environment.

Enrollment is currently down from the 2008 high, questioning the need for new and expanded facilities; perhaps when and if rapid growth returns to Dixon, that new growth can pay for new facilities.

DUSD is now imprudently allowing deferred maintenance and further debt and more facilities will simple make that worse.

The Dixon School Board has a bad record of handling construction funds as demonstrated by the vast cost overrun building the new high school.

Estimates to rebuild the nearly 80 year old - old high school are likely far below the actual cost leaving the job partially done or the district looking for more debt to complete the project.

I urge the tax payers to reject this bond. I urge the DUSD to produce a more imaginative and useful plan to better serve the student body.

This bond, this plan is definitely not 'for the children.'

Thank You.

/s/ Joe Dingler
Resident of Dixon Unified School District

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Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure Q

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE Q

The District has two campuses – Old Dixon High and Anderson Elementary – that are in critical need of renovation and repair now-- or we will soon be talking about replacing them instead of fixing them.

The District explored the potential cost of building new schools, and it's not feasible. A new campus for Grades 6-8 would require $45-$50 million. A new elementary campus would cost $25-$30 million. These figures are impossible to consider in both practical and political terms. Obviously, the District could not ask for that much money and people would never vote for it even if we could.

Measure Q is not about technology. It is about establishing cost-effective and long-term solutions to current facilities needs in the District. Neither Anderson nor Old Dixon High will be as attractive as two brand new campuses would be, but they will be ready to house our students and staff in updated, modern, and appropriate environments for decades to come. Dixon Unified has heavily invested in technology, including state-of-the-art network infrastructure, computers and related components, and software, for the benefit of our students. None of this changes the fact that schools also require updated buildings including classrooms, restrooms, food service areas, and other spaces to house our students who go there.

Along with the investment in safety, security, and accessibility at the other sites, repairing and renovating Old Dixon High and Anderson is common sense.

Vote Yes on Measure Q!

/s/ Brian Dolan

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Full Text of Measure Q

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EXHIBIT A

FULL TEXT OF BOND PROPOSITION

DIXON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
CLASSROOM REPAIR, RENOVATION AND SAFETY MEASURE

This Proposition may be known and referred to as the "Dixon Unified School District Classroom Repair, Renovation and Safety Measure" or as "Measure Q".

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this proposition by at least 55% of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the Dixon Unified School District (the "District") shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $30,400,000 in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed under the heading entitled "BOND PROJECT LIST" below (the "Bond Project List"), subject to all of the accountability safeguards specified below.

ACCOUNTABILITY SAFEGUARDS

The provisions in this section are specifically included in this proposition in order that the voters and taxpayers of the District may be assured that their money will be spent to address specific facilities needs of the District, all in compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) of the California Constitution, and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000 (codified at Sections 15264 and following of the California Education Code (the "Education Code")).

Evaluation of Needs. The Board of Education of the District (the "Board") has prepared a facilities needs assessment in order to evaluate and address all of the facilities needs of the District at each campus and facility, and to determine which projects to finance from a local bond at this time. The Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List.

Limitations on Use of Bonds. Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only 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 any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.

Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Board shall establish an independent citizens' oversight committee (pursuant to Education Code Section 15278 and following), to ensure bond proceeds are expended only for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. The committee shall be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the Board. In accordance with Section 15282 of the Education Code, the citizens' oversight committee shall consist of at least seven members and shall include a member active in a business organization representing the business community located within the District, a member active in a senior citizens' organization, a member active in a bona fide taxpayers' organization, a member that is a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District, and a member that is both a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District and active in a parent-teacher organization. No employee or official of the District and no vendor, contractor or consultant of the District shall be appointed to the citizens' oversight committee.

Annual Performance Audits. The Board shall conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. These audits shall be conducted in accordance with the Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States for performance audits. The results of these audits shall be made publicly available and shall be submitted to the citizens' oversight committee in accordance with Section 15286 of the Education Code.

Annual Financial Audits. The Board shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. These audits shall be conducted in accordance with the Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States for financial audits. The results of these audits shall be made publicly available and shall be submitted to the citizens' oversight committee in accordance with Section 15286 of the Education Code.

Special Bond Proceeds Account; Annual Report to Board. Upon approval of this proposition and the sale of any bonds approved, the Board shall take actions necessary to establish an account in which proceeds of the sale of bonds will be deposited. As long as any proceeds of the bonds remain unexpended, the Superintendent of the District shall cause a report to be filed with the Board no later than January 1 of each year, commencing January 1, 2018, stating (a) the amount of bond proceeds received and expended in that year, and (b) the status of any project funded or to be funded from bond proceeds. The report may relate to the calendar year, fiscal year, or other appropriate annual period as the Superintendent of the District shall determine, and may be incorporated into the annual budget, audit, or other appropriate routine report to the Board.

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Other Accountability Safeguards. To the extent doing so is not prohibited by law (including the doctrines of legislative entrenchment and the single subject rule), (i) the District shall continue to contribute the legally required amount to its routine restricted maintenance account from non-bond proceeds, currently 3 percent of general fund expenditures, and (ii) the District shall structure the bonds to mature in compliance with Section 147(b) of the Internal Revenue Code (or any successor thereto).

FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS

Joint-Use Projects. The District may enter into financed with the proceeds of the bonds in accordance with Education Code Section 17077.42 (or any successor provision). The District may seek State grant funds for eligible joint-use projects as permitted by law, and this proposition hereby specifies and acknowledges that bond funds will or may be used to fund all or a portion of the local share for any eligible joint-use projects identified in the Bond Project List or as otherwise permitted by California State regulations, as the Board shall determine.

Single Purpose. All of the purposes enumerated in this proposition shall be united and voted upon as one single proposition, pursuant to Education Code Section 15100, and all the enumerated purposes shall constitute the specific single purpose of the bonds, and proceeds of the bonds shall be spent only for such purpose, pursuant to California Government Code Section 53410.

Other Terms of the Bonds. When sold, the bonds shall bear interest at an annual rate not exceeding the statutory maximum, and that interest shall be made payable at the time or times permitted by law. The bonds may be issued and sold in several series, and no bond shall be made to mature more than the statutory maximum number of years from the date borne by that bond.

BOND PROJECT LIST

The Bond Project List below lists the specific projects the District proposes to finance with proceeds of the bonds. The Bond Project List shall be considered a part of the bond proposition and shall be reproduced in any official document required to contain the full statement of the bond proposition. Listed projects will be completed at a particular school or facility site according to Board-established priorities, and the order in which such projects appear on the Bond Project List is not an indication of priority for funding or completion. . The Bond Project List does not authorize non-capital expenditures. is assumed to include its share of and bond issuance, construction-related costs, such as project and construction management, architectural, engineering, inspection and similar planning and testing costs, demolition and interim housing costs, legal, accounting and similar fees, costs related to the independent annual financial and performance audits, a contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs, and for completion of the listed projects (whether the related work is performed by the District or third parties). The final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction contracts are awarded and projects are completed. In addition, certain construction funds expected from non-bond sources, including State of California grant funds for eligible projects, have not yet been secured. Therefore, the Board cannot guarantee that the bonds will provide sufficient funds to allow completion of all listed projects. Alternatively, if the District obtains unexpected funds from non-bond sources with respect to listed projects, such projects may be enhanced, supplemented or expanded to the extent of such funds. Some projects may be subject to further government approvals, including by State officials and boards and/or local environmental or agency approval. Inclusion of a project on the Bond Project List is not a guarantee that the project will be completed (regardless of whether bond funds are available).

The specific projects authorized to be financed with proceeds of the bonds under this proposition are as follows:

CLASSROOM REPAIR, RENOVATION AND SAFETY PROJECTS

Repair, Renovate and Reopen Old Dixon High School
as a Grade 6-8 Middle School

(The final cost of this project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction contracts are awarded and the project is completed. For informational purposes only, the District's best estimate of the cost of this project is approximately $15,200,000, including the project's share of soft costs. The inclusion of this information is not a limitation on the amount of bond proceeds the District may allocate to this project.)

The following projects are authorized to be financed at the Old Dixon High School:

  • • Construct and equip new classrooms, classroom buildings, laboratories, school support facilities, music, theater, art facilities, libraries, restrooms, building connections, and operations and maintenance facilities.
  • • Modernize, upgrade, renovate, rehabilitate, re-configure, expand and equip classrooms, classroom buildings, laboratories, restrooms, common areas and school support facilities, including library, multipurpose room/auditorium, food storage, preparation and service, cafeteria, music, theater, and other arts, career and technical education, operations and maintenance, and office, staff and administrative support facilities, whether permanent, portable or modular, including interior and exterior (as applicable) doors, windows, door and window hardware, roofs, rain gutters and downspouts, walls, ceilings and floors and finishes, paint, siding, insulation, casework, cabinets,
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    secured storage, carpets, drapes, window coverings, infrastructure, lighting, sinks, drinking fountains, fixtures, signage, fencing, landscaping, driveways, parking lots, common areas, playfields, furniture and equipment.

  • • Renovate, restore, re-configure and/or modernize portable buildings or replace such buildings with permanent, portable or modular buildings.
  • • Construct, renovate, restore, re-configure and/or modernize multi-purpose/performing art centers.
  • • Furnish and equip classrooms and other school facilities, including, but not limited to, desks, chairs and classroom furniture, science and lab equipment, school-site maintenance equipment, copy machines, "cubicle" partitions, chairs, storage units and school office equipment.
  • • Improve, correct, restore or renovate grounds, buildings and structures or portions thereof to eliminate or mitigate health and safety risks to students, faculty, staff, parents and the public or comply with local, state and federal building, health, safety, access and other related requirements, including seismic safety requirements, Field Act requirements and access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • • Inspect buildings and other structures and renovate, replace and/or improve such structures to eliminate/mitigate any structural deficiencies or dry rot, termite, mold or similar damage or hazards.
  • • Acquire and install exterior lighting, fire detection and suppression, security, emergency, clock, bell, data, voice and audio-visual communication (including telephone and public address) systems, networks, fixtures, equipment and controls.
  • • Acquire and install campus signage.
  • • Construct, improve, replace, renovate and rehabilitate walkways, covered walkways, breezeways and sidewalks.
  • • Landscape and improve irrigation and drainage of grounds.
  • • Expand or construct new storage and maintenance buildings and/or facilities.
  • • Install, improve, replace or upgrade exterior campus fencing.
  • • Resurface, refurbish, renovate and paint building exteriors as needed.
  • • Construct, modernize, improve, renovate, replace, reconfigure, convert, and equip quads, courtyards and other outdoor areas, including installation or improvement of seating, tables and outdoor gathering amenities.
  • • Renovate, repair, resurface, upgrade, expand, construct and/or install and improve paved and other hard surfaces, benches, walls, gates, fencing, play areas, quads, courtyards, outside instructional areas, playfields, and running tracks, including physical education fields and related facilities, and acquire, improve, replace and/or upgrade physical education and outdoor area equipment and fixtures.
  • • Acquire, install, and/or upgrade energy-saving systems, improvements and equipment, including water heating systems, natural light improvements, upgraded insulation and roofing, efficient lighting, windows and window coverings, shade structures, energy management and conservation systems, and other passive technologies, and structures to support such systems, improvements and equipment and related infrastructure. Energy-saving systems include existing systems as well as systems developed in the future.
  • • Construct, improve, replace, renovate and rehabilitate internet or other network access systems, and telephone, radio, fire alarm, public address, intrusion alarm and surveillance and other security systems.
  • • Renovate, replace, upgrade, acquire, install and/or integrate major site/building/utility systems, equipment and related infrastructure and housing, including lighting, plumbing, electrical (including wiring and related infrastructure for modern technology), heating, refrigeration, cooling and ventilation, water, sewer, gas, irrigation, drainage, and energy efficiency/management monitoring systems, networks, fixtures, equipment and controls.

All or portions of these projects may be used as joint-use projects within the meaning of Section 17077.42(c) of the Education Code (or any successor provision).

Repair/Renovate Anderson Elementary School

(The final cost of this project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction contracts are awarded and the project is completed. For informational purposes only, the District's best estimate of the cost of this project is approximately $12,100,000, including the project's share of soft costs. The inclusion of this information is not a limitation on the amount of bond proceeds the District may allocate to this project.)

The following projects are authorized to be financed at Anderson Elementary School:

  • • Construct and equip new classrooms, classroom buildings, laboratories, school support facilities, music, theater, arts facilities, libraries, restrooms, building connections, and operations and maintenance facilities.
  • • Modernize, upgrade, renovate, rehabilitate, re-configure, expand and equip classrooms, classroom buildings, laboratories, restrooms, common areas and school support facilities, including library, multipurpose room/auditorium, food storage, preparation and service, cafeteria, music, theater, art, preschool, operations and maintenance, and office, staff and administrative support facilities, whether permanent, portable or modular, including interior and exterior (as applicable) doors, windows, door and window hardware, roofs, rain gutters and downspouts, walls, ceilings and floors and finishes, paint, siding, insulation, casework, cabinets, secured storage, carpets, drapes, window coverings, infrastructure, lighting, sinks, drinking fountains, fixtures, signage, fencing, landscaping, driveways, parking lots, common areas, playfields, furniture and equipment.
  • • Renovate, restore, re-configure and/or modernize portable buildings or replace such buildings with permanent, portable or modular buildings.
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  • • Construct, renovate, restore, re-configure and/or modernize multi-purpose facilities.
  • • Furnish and equip classrooms and other school facilities, including, but not limited to, desks, chairs and classroom furniture, science and lab equipment, school-site maintenance equipment, copy machines, "cubicle" partitions, chairs, storage units and school office equipment.
  • • Improve, correct, restore or renovate grounds, buildings and structures or portions thereof to eliminate or mitigate health and safety risks to students, faculty, staff, parents and the public or comply with local, state and federal building, health, safety, access and other related requirements, including seismic safety requirements, Field Act requirements and access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • • Inspect buildings and other structures and renovate, replace and/or improve such structures to eliminate/mitigate any structural deficiencies or dry rot, termite, mold or similar damage or hazards.
  • • Acquire and install exterior lighting, fire detection and suppression, security, emergency, clock, bell, data, voice and audio-visual communication (including telephone and public address) systems, networks, fixtures, equipment and controls.
  • • Acquire and install campus signage.
  • • Construct, improve, replace, renovate and rehabilitate walkways, covered walkways, breezeways and sidewalks.
  • • Landscape and improve irrigation and drainage of grounds.
  • • Expand or construct new storage and maintenance buildings and/or facilities.
  • • Install, improve, replace or upgrade exterior campus fencing.
  • • Resurface, refurbish, renovate and paint building exteriors as needed.
  • • Construct, modernize, improve, renovate, replace, reconfigure, convert, and equip quads, courtyards and other outdoor areas, including installation or improvement of seating, tables and outdoor gathering amenities.
  • • Renovate, repair, resurface, upgrade, expand, construct and/or install and improve paved and other hard surfaces (including playgrounds), benches, walls, gates, fencing, play areas, quads, courtyards, outside instructional areas, playfields, and running tracks, including physical education fields and related facilities, and acquire, improve, replace and/or upgrade playground, physical education and outdoor area equipment and fixtures.
  • • Acquire, install, and/or upgrade energy-saving systems, improvements and equipment, including water heating systems, natural light improvements, upgraded insulation and roofing, efficient lighting, windows and window coverings, shade structures, energy management and conservation systems, and other passive technologies, and structures to support such systems, improvements and equipment and related infrastructure. Energy-saving systems include existing systems as well as systems developed in the future.
  • • Construct, improve, replace, renovate and rehabilitate internet or other network access systems, and telephone, radio, fire alarm, public address, intrusion alarm and surveillance and other security systems.
  • • Renovate, replace, upgrade, acquire, install and/or integrate major site/building/utility systems, equipment and related infrastructure and housing, including lighting, plumbing, electrical (including wiring and related infrastructure for modern technology), heating, refrigeration, cooling and ventilation, water, sewer, gas, irrigation, drainage, and energy efficiency/management monitoring systems, networks, fixtures, equipment and controls.

All or portions of these projects may be used as joint-use projects within the meaning of Section 17077.42(c) of the Education Code (or any successor provision).

Improve Security/Safety and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance at District Schools

(The final cost of this project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction contracts are awarded and the project is completed. For informational purposes only, the District's best estimate of the cost of this project is approximately $3,100,000, including the project's share of soft costs. The inclusion of this information is not a limitation on the amount of bond proceeds the District may allocate to this project.)

The following projects are authorized to be financed at all District school sites and school support facilities:

  • • Remove lead, and other hazardous materials.
  • • Repair, upgrade, and/or install exterior lighting, fire alarms, emergency communications and related electrical support systems, infrastructure and District support facilities for improved safety and security.
  • • Repair, upgrade, and/or install campus fencing, exterior lighting, security alarms, security camera and systems, and related exterior improvements needed to increase school safety and security.
  • • Repair and/or upgrade classrooms, schools and District support facilities to meet current fire, earthquake and other safety codes.
  • • Repair, upgrade, and/or install sidewalks, walkways, asphalt pavement, parking lots, driveways, and/or playground surfaces/equipment for student safety.
  • • Repair, upgrade, and/or install new covered areas for safe site pedestrian access and outdoor educational support.
  • • Repair, upgrade, and/or expand school parking and pick-up/drop-off zones to ensure student safety and alleviate traffic congestion.
  • • Repair and upgrade food services facilities for health department compliance, better efficiency and adequate capacity.
  • • Repair and upgrade school and District support facilities as required to comply with existing building codes and state/federal requirements, including access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Miscellaneous

All listed bond projects include the following as needed:

  • • Planning, designing and providing temporary housing necessary for listed bond projects, including architectural, engineering, inspection and similar planning and testing costs (including necessary California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), traffic and other studies needed when constructing or improving school facilities).
  • • The inspection, sampling and analysis of grounds, buildings and building materials to determine the presence of hazardous materials or substances, including asbestos, lead, etc., and the encapsulation, removal, disposal and other remediation or control of such hazardous materials and substances.
  • • Necessary onsite and offsite preparation or restoration in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling, or installation or removal of relocatable buildings, including demolition of structures; removing, replacing, or installing irrigation, drainage, utility lines (gas, water, sewer, electrical, data and voice, etc.), trees and landscaping; relocating fire access roads; and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, land or rights of way made necessary by listed bond projects.
  • • Address other unforeseen conditions revealed by construction, renovation or modernization (including plumbing or gas line breaks, dry rot, seismic and structural deficiencies, etc.).
  • • Demolition of existing facilities and reconstruction of facilities scheduled for modernization, if the Board of Education of the District determines that such an approach would be more cost-effective in creating more enhanced and operationally efficient campuses.
  • • Acquire or construct storage facilities and other space on an interim basis, as needed to accommodate construction materials, equipment, and personnel, and interim classrooms (including relocatables) for students and school functions or other storage for classroom materials displaced during construction.
  • • Furnishing and equipping of classrooms and other school facilities; furnishing and equipping shall include initial purchases, and scheduled and necessary replacements, upgrades and updating of technology.
  • • All other costs and work necessary and incidental to the listed bond projects which includes, but not limited to, appraisals, site analyses, risk assessments, and pre-construction studies.

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Measure Q Tax Rate Statement

MEASURE Q

EXHIBIT B

TAX RATE STATEMENT

An election will be held in the Dixon Unified School District (the "District") on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $30,400,000 in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the proposition. If the bonds are approved, the District expects to issue the Bonds in multiple series over time. Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400 through 9404 of the California Elections Code.

1. The best estimate of the tax 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 estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 3.675 cents per $100 ($36.75 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in 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 estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 3.662 cents per $100 ($36.62 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2019-20.

3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 3.675 cents per $100 ($36.75 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2042-43.

4. The best estimate of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all of the bonds are issued and sold is $50,458,634.

Voters should note that estimated tax rates are based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the County's official tax rolls, not on the property's market value, which could be more or less than the assessed 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. Certain taxpayers may also be eligible to postpone payment of taxes. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors to determine their property's assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

Attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon the District's projections and estimates only, which are not binding upon the District. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply, and the actual total debt service, 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 dates of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on need for construction funds and other factors, including the legal limitations on bonds approved by a 55% affirmative vote. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on the bond market at the time of each sale. Actual future assessed valuation 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.

Dated: August 4_, 2016.

/s/ Brian Dolan
Superintendent of Schools
Dixon Unified School District

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Measure Q Agenda Description

X. INFORMATION, DISCUSSION, ACTION

A. Brian Dolan, Superintendent

1. Presentation on Proposed General Obligation Bond for November 2016 Ballot                Information, Discussion


2. Resolution #16-1552 of  the Board of Education of the Dixon Unified School District Ordering A School Bond Election, and Authorizing Necessary Actions in Connection Therewith        Resolution

Updated: 8/1/2016

Board of Education
Dixon Unified School District

Subject: RESOLUTION #16-1552 OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE DIXON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ORDERING A SCHOOL BOND ELECTION, AND AUTHORIZING NECESSARY ACTIONS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH

Meeting Date: August 4, 2016

Item #: X – A.2

Agenda Item Submitted For:

□ Consent
□ Public Hearing
□ Action, Information, Discussion
▣ Action
▣ Resolution
□ Information
□ Discussion

SUBMITTED BY: Brian Dolan, Superintendent

PRESENTED BY: Brian Dolan, Superintendent

Management Recommendation:

Approve the Resolution as presented.

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Discussion:

The District Administration is asking the Governing Board to approve the attached resolution and all accompanying documents in order to place a general obligation bond on the November 2016 ballot.

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Financial Impact:

Bond sales will generate $34,500,000. A maximum tax rate of $41.55 per $100,000 of assessed value will generate the $57,067,113 in total costs of the bond over the 25 year amortization period.

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District Goal this item addresses:

□ Provide Well-Rounded, Relevant Curriculum
□ Engage All Students in Continued Learning Based on CCSS
▣ Provide Safe, Positive Environments for All
□ Recruit, Train, and Retain High-Quality Staff
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□ Establish Productive Partnerships with Parents, Businesses, and the Community
□ Provide Meaningful Access to Technology for All Students

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Measure Q Resolution

OHSUSA:765279130.6

RESOLUTION NO. 16-1552

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE
DIXON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ORDERING A SCHOOL
BOND ELECTION, AND AUTHORIZING NECESSARY
ACTIONS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH
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WHEREAS, the Board of Education (the "Board") of the Dixon Unified School District (the "District"), located within the County of Solano, California (the "County"), is authorized to order elections within the District and to designate the specifications thereof, pursuant to Sections 5304 and 5322 of the California Education Code (the "Education Code"); and

WHEREAS, the Board is specifically authorized to order elections for the purpose of submitting to the electors the question of whether bonds of the District shall be issued and sold for the purpose of raising money for the purposes hereinafter specified, pursuant to Education Code Sections 15100 et seq.; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 18 of Article XVI and Section 1 of Article XIIIA of the California Constitution, and Section 15266 of the Education Code, school districts may seek approval of bonds and levy an ad valorem tax to repay those bonds upon a 55% vote of those voting on a proposition for the purposes hereinafter specified, provided certain accountability measures are included in the proposition, including performance and financial audits and oversight by an independent citizens' oversight committee to ensure that all funds are spent properly and as promised to the voters; and

WHEREAS, the Board deems it necessary and advisable to submit such a bond proposition to the electors, which, if approved by 55% of the votes cast, would permit the District to issue its bonds; and

WHEREAS, such a bond election must be conducted concurrent with a statewide primary election, general election or special election, or at a regularly scheduled local election at which all of the electors of the District are entitled to vote, as required by Section 15266 of the Education Code; and

WHEREAS, on November 8, 2016, a statewide general election is scheduled to be conducted throughout the District; and

WHEREAS, the Board has determined that, based upon a projection of assessed property valuation, if approved by voters, the tax rate levied to meet the debt service requirements of the bonds proposed to be issued will not exceed the maximum tax rate permitted by Section 15270 of the Education Code; and

WHEREAS, the Board committed to provide the upmost transparency and accountability for the proposed bond proposition; and

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WHEREAS, in an effort to effectively and efficiently apply taxpayer dollars, the Board intends to follow the current school bond support criteria established by the California Taxpayers Action Network, including (i) awarding construction contracts through a sealed competitive bidding process by prequalified bidders, (ii) establishing a specific prioritized project list with an estimated cost for each project and committing to build the projects in a prioritized order, (iii) committing to contribute the legally required amount to the District's routine restricted maintenance account from non-bond proceeds, currently 3 percent of general fund expenditures, for facilities maintenance for the life of the bond, (iv) structuring the bonds so that no more than twenty percent of bond dollars are spent on items with useful life of less than the bond term, (v) structuring the bonds so that no more than thirty-three percent of bond dollars can be used for soft costs (i.e., cost of bond issuance, architectural/engineer fees, management, Division of State Architect fees/costs, inspection and/or consultants), with the District paying costs in excess of such amount from sources other than bond funds, and (vi) disclosing the anticipated total cost of borrowing for the bond; and

WHEREAS, the District has previously entered into a Lease Agreement on August 7, 2014 ("2014 Lease"), to finance the original construction of Gretchen Higgins Elementary School; and

WHEREAS, the prepayment of the 2014 Lease with bond proceeds would eliminate the cost of such lease financing on the general fund of the District and allow the general fund savings to be used for facilities maintenance; and

WHEREAS, Section 9400 et seq. of the California Elections Code (the "Elections Code") requires that a tax rate statement be contained in all official materials, including any ballot pamphlet prepared, sponsored or distributed by the District, relating to the election; and

WHEREAS, the Board now desires to authorize the filing of a ballot argument in favor of the bond proposition to be submitted to the voters at the election; and

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved, determined and ordered by the Board of Education of the Dixon Unified School District as follows:

Section 1. Recitals. All of the above recitals are true and correct.

Section 2. Specifications of Election Order; Required Certification. Pursuant to Education Code Sections 5304, 5322, 15100 et seq., and 15266, a special election shall be held within the boundaries of the District on November 8, 2016, for the purpose of submitting to the registered voters of the District the bond proposition contained in Exhibit A attached hereto and incorporated herein. In accordance with Section 1 of Article XIIIA of the California Constitution, and as provided in the text of the bond proposition, the Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the bond project list set forth in the bond proposition.

Section 3. Conduct of Election. (a) Request to County Officers. Pursuant to Section 5303 of the Education Code, the Registrar of Voters of the County (the "Registrar of Voters") is required to, and is hereby requested to, take all steps to hold the election in accordance with law and these specifications.

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  • (b) Abbreviation of Proposition. Pursuant to Section 13247 of the Elections Code and Section 15122 of the Education Code, the Board hereby directs the Registrar of Voters to use the following abbreviation of the bond proposition on the ballot:
  • "To repair, renovate and reopen Old Dixon High School as a middle school, repair and renovate Anderson Elementary School, improve security/safety and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance at District schools, and prepay existing lease financing debt associated with the original construction of Gretchen Higgins Elementary School, shall Dixon Unified School District issue $34,500,000 in bonds, at legal interest rates, with independent citizen oversight, annual independent audits, and no funds spent on administrators' salaries?"
  • (c) Voter Pamphlet. The Registrar of Voters is hereby requested to reprint the full text of the bond proposition as set forth in Exhibit A in its entirety in the voter information pamphlet to be distributed to voters pursuant to Section 13307 of the Elections Code. In the event the full text of the bond proposition is not reprinted in the voter information pamphlet in its entirety, the Registrar of Voters is hereby requested to print, immediately below the impartial analysis of the bond proposition, in no less than 10-point boldface type, a legend substantially as follows:
  • "The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure __. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the Solano County Registrar of Voters at (707) 784-6675 or the Dixon Unified School District at (707) 693-6300, and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. Measure __ is also available on the Internet at http://www.http://www.dixonusd.org/."
  • (d) Accountability Safeguards. In the event the full text of the bond proposition is not reprinted in the voter information pamphlet in its entirety, the Registrar of Voters is hereby requested to include the following statement in the ballot in compliance with Section 15272 of the Education Code:
  • "If Measure __ is approved, the Board of Education of the Dixon Unified School District will appoint a citizens' oversight committee and conduct annual independent audits to assure that bond funds are spent only on 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 for no other purposes."

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  • (e) State Matching Funds. The District has determined that the projects to be funded from the proposed bonds will not require State matching funds for any phase thereof, and that Section 15122.5 of the Education Code does not apply to the bond proposition, and accordingly, the Registrar of Voters is directed not to include the disclosure otherwise required by Section 15122.5 of the Education Code.
  • (f) Consolidation Requirement. Pursuant to Section 15266(a) of the Education Code, the election shall be consolidated with the statewide general election on November 8, 2016, and pursuant to Part 3 (commencing with Section 10400) of Division 10 of the Elections Code, the Registrar of Voters and the Board of Supervisors of the County are hereby requested to order consolidation of the election with such other elections as may be held on the same day in the same territory or in territory that is in part the same. The District hereby acknowledges that the consolidated election will be held and conducted in the manner prescribed by Section 10418 of the Elections Code.
  • (g) Canvass of Results. The Board of Supervisors of the County is authorized and requested to canvass the returns of the election, pursuant to Section 10411 of the Elections Code.
  • (h) Required Vote. Pursuant to Section 18 of Article XVI and Section 1 of Article XIIIA of the California Constitution, the bond proposition shall become effective upon the affirmative vote of at least 55% of those voters voting on the proposition.
  • (i) Election Costs. The District shall pay all costs of the election approved by the Board of Supervisors of the County pursuant to Education Code Section 5421.
  • Section 4. Delivery of Order of Election to County Officers. The Clerk of the Board of the District is hereby directed to cause to be filed as soon as practicable, and in any event no later than August 12, 2016 (which date is not fewer than 88 days prior to the date set for the election), one copy of this Resolution to the Registrar of Voters, including the tax rate statement attached hereto as Exhibit B, containing the information required by Elections Code Section 9400 et seq., completed and signed by the Superintendent of the District, and shall file a copy of this Resolution with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors of the County.

    Section 5. Ballot Arguments. The President of the Board, or any member or members of the Board as the President shall designate, are hereby authorized, but not directed, to prepare and file with the Registrar of Voters a ballot argument in favor of the bond proposition, within the time established by the Registrar of Voters, which shall be considered the official ballot argument of the Board as sponsor of the bond proposition.

    Section 6. Further Authorization. The members of the Board, the Superintendent of the District, and all other officers of the District are hereby authorized and directed, individually and collectively, to do any and all things that they deem necessary or advisable in order to effectuate the purposes of this resolution in accordance with the terms hereof and of applicable provisions of law.

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    Section 7. Effective Date. This Resolution shall take effect upon its adoption by a two-thirds vote.

    PASSED AND ADOPTED this day, August 4, 2016, by the following vote:

    AYES:

    NOES:

    ABSTAIN:

    ABSENT: APPROVED:

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    President of the Board of Education of the
    Dixon Unified School District

    Attest:

    ___________________________________

    Clerk of the Board of Education of the
    Dixon Unified School District

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    CLERK'S CERTIFICATE

    I, Guy Garcia, Clerk of the Board of Education of the Dixon Unified School District, of the County of Solano, California, hereby certify as follows:

    The attached is a full, true and correct copy of a resolution duly adopted at a regular meeting of the Board of Education of the District duly and regularly held at the regular meeting place thereof on August 4, 2016, and entered in the minutes thereof, of which meeting all of the members of the Board of Education had due notice and at which a quorum thereof was present. The resolution was adopted by the following vote:

    AYES:

    NOES:

    ABSTAIN:

    ABSENT:

    An agenda of the meeting was posted at least 72 hours beforehand at 180 South First Street, Dixon, California, a location freely accessible to members of the public, and a brief description of the adopted resolution appeared on the agenda. A copy of the agenda is attached hereto. The resolution has not been amended, modified or rescinded since the date of its adoption, and the same is now in full force and effect.

    WITNESS my hand this ______day of ______________, 2016.

    Clerk of the Board of Education
    Dixon Unified School District

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