Napa Valley Unified Schools: Vote Yes on Measure H Bonds - Napa County - 2016 primary Election
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Commentary on Measure H

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

This campaign was designed by . 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.

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Measure H Question

"To fix or replace earthquake damage, fire safety, plumbing/mechanical systems with funding that cannot be taken by the State, relocate or repair schools on earthquake faults, update aging electrical, plumbing, outdated heating/ventilation systems, provide flexible classrooms/labs for science and other core academics, update classrooms for vocational/career technology, repair, construct, acquire classrooms, sites, facilities/equipment, shall Napa Valley Unified School District issue $269,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, with independent oversight/audits, no money for administrators?"

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Impartial Analysis for Measure H

MEASURE "H"
(NAPA VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT)
IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF COUNTY COUNSEL

State law authorizes school districts to sell bonds 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. Monies generated by the sale of such bonds may only be spent for these specified purposes. Thus, the bond proceeds cannot be expended to finance teacher and administrator salaries or other school operating expenses.

The Napa Valley Unified School District (the "District") has called for an election on the question of whether bonds should be issued and sold by the District. Such bonds may only be issued and sold if at least 55% of the persons who actually vote approve Measure "H". The bonds would be repaid through an increase in property taxes based upon the assessed value of taxable property in the District in each year of repayment. The Tax Rate Statement, which appears following the full text of Measure "H" in this voter information pamphlet, reflects the District's current best estimate of the property tax rate increases that will be required to service the bonds at various points during the life of the bonds. The estimated annual tax to be levied to meet debt service requirements for the proposed bonds cannot exceed $60 per $100,000 of assessed value.

If Measure "H" is approved, bonds may be issued in series and are required to be repaid within 40 years from the date they are issued. The maximum interest chargeable on the bonds is regulated by state law and is presently twelve percent (12%) per annum. The actual interest rates at which the bonds are sold will depend on the bond market at the time of each sale.

The District proposes to issue and sell bonds in an aggregate amount not to exceed $269,000,000. Money raised by the sale of the bonds must be used exclusively to finance the list of projects described in the full text of Measure "H" which is included in this voter information pamphlet (the "Bond Project List"). When developing the Bond Project List, the District was required by state law to evaluate safety, class size reduction and information technology needs. Inclusion of a particular project on the Bond Project List, however, is not a guarantee that the project will actually be funded or completed.

If Measure "H" is approved and bonds are issued and sold, the District will appoint a citizens' oversight committee and conduct annual independent audits to assure that the funds are spent only on school and classroom improvements and for no other purposes.

Approval of Measure "H" will have no effect on existing law, but will allow for the issuance and sale of bonds in accordance with the terms of existing law and Measure "H".

A "YES" VOTE MEANS that the District will be authorized to issue and sell the bonds.

A "NO" VOTE MEANS that the District will not be authorized to issue and sell the bonds.

/s/ Minh C. Tran
Napa County Counsel

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Measure H Notice of Election

NOTICE OF SPECIAL SCHOOL BOND ELECTION AND DEADLINES FOR
ARGUMENTS AND REBUTTALS FOR NAPA VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL
DISTRICT BOND MEASURE "H" JUNE 7, 2016

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN BY THE REGISTRAR OF VOTERS that a special school bond election will be held on June 7, 2016 consolidated with the Primary Election to be held in the County of Napa for the registered voters in the Napa Valley Unified School District, on the bond measure summarized as follows:

Measure "H" "To fix or replace earthquake damage, fire safety, plumbing/mechanical systems with funding that cannot be taken by the State, relocate or repair schools on earthquake faults, update aging electrical, plumbing, outdated heating/ventilation systems, provide flexible classrooms/labs for science and other core academics, update classrooms for vocational/career technology, repair, construct, acquire classrooms, sites, facilities/equipment, shall Napa Valley Unified School District issue $269,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, with independent oversight/audits, no money for administrators?"

The full text of Measure "H" is on file in the Office of the Registrar of Voters.

NOTICE is further given that based upon the time reasonably necessary to prepare and print the arguments and sample ballots for said election, the Elections Division has fixed. March 18, 2016 at 4:30 PM as a reasonable date prior to the election after which no arguments for or against Measure "H" Napa Valley Unified School Bonds may be submitted for printing and distribution to voters. Arguments must contain no more than 300 words and must be submitted to the Election Division, 900 Coombs Street Room 256, Napa, California (707) 253-4321. Arguments may be withdrawn or changed up to and including the time and date set forth as the deadline for filing.

NOTICE is further given that if arguments are submitted both for and against the proposed measure, the authors may prepare and submit rebuttal arguments not to exceed 250 words. The Election Division has fixed 5 p.m. o'clock March 25, 2016 as the deadline for submission of rebuttals if such is required.

NOTICE is further given that pursuant to Division 9 E.C. 9600, all arguments and rebuttals shall be accompanied at time of filing by "Statement that argument is true and correct." This form is available at the Napa County Election Division.

NOTICE IS ALSO HEREBY GIVEN, that polling hours will be from 7:00 AM until 8 PM on June 7, 2016. Central counting will be conducted on Election Day at 900 Coombs Street Room 256, Napa, California.

DATED: March 10, 2016 John Tuteur
County Clerk/Registrar of Voters

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