Black Butte Union Elementary School District Schools: Vote Yes on Measure B Bonds - Shasta County - 2016 primary Election
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Commentary on Measure B

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

This campaign was designed by Isom Advisors. 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 B Question

Ballot question

To improve the quality of education with funding that cannot be taken by the state; upgrade/renovate/modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; improve student safety and security; repair/replace leaky roofs; renovate electrical and plumbing systems; upgrade multi-purpose rooms/gyms; and repair playground surfaces; shall the Black Butte Union Elementary School District issue $4,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, have an independent citizens' oversight committee, annual audits, and have NO money used for administrative or teacher salaries?

What your vote means

YES NO

A "yes" vote is to authorize the issuance of the bonds.

A "no" vote is against authorizing the issuance of the bonds.

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Impartial Analysis for Measure B

Impartial analysis of Measure B

By County Counsel of the bond measure submitted by the Black Butte Union Elementary School District

This analysis of the general obligation bond measure for the Black Butte Union Elementary School District ("District"), Measure B, is provided in accordance with Elections Code section 9500, et seq. The electors entitled to vote on the measure are those residing within the District's boundaries.

Section 1 of Article XIIIA and section 18 of Article XVI of the California Constitution and Education Code sections 15264, et seq. authorize school districts to adopt a proposal, subject to the approval of the District's voters, to issue general obligation bonds for specific school district purposes. The District adopted such a proposal and is submitting it to the District electors for their consideration.

If 55% of the qualified electors voting on Measure B vote for approval, the District would be authorized to issue bonds in the principal amount not to exceed $4,000,000 and to levy ad valorem taxes on taxable property within the District to pay for the bonded indebtedness plus interest. The bonds may be issued and sold in several series and may mature in 40 years or such shorter period as determined by the District Board. The interest rate on the bonds would not exceed the statutory limit.

The projects to be financed by the bonds may include: 1) repairing, renovating, upgrading, or replacing infrastructure as described in the full text of the measure (the "Full Text"); 2) making technological, safety, and security improvements; 3) acquiring 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 enumerated in the Full Text; 4) resurfacing or replacing hard courts, irrigation systems, and campus landscaping and fields; 5) costs of District staff when performing work on or necessary to bond projects and the costs of issuing bonds; and 6) other projects listed in the Full Text. The proceeds will not be used for any purpose not identified in the measure, including teacher or administrator salaries or be taken by the state. 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 specific projects and the specific school sites identified in Measure B.

According to the tax rate statement submitted by the District, the best estimate of the maximum ad valorem tax which would be levied on taxable real property to repay the bonds over their term is $30.00 per year for property having an assessed value of $100,000. These calculations are estimates only and are not binding upon the District.

If Measure B is not approved by 55% of the qualified electors voting on the measure, the District will not be authorized to issue bonds for the aforementioned purposes.

A "yes" vote is to authorize the issuance of the bonds.

A "no" vote is against authorizing the issuance of the bonds.

/s/ RUBIN E. CRUSE, JR.
County Counsel

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Argument in Favor of Measure B

Argument for Measure B

Our schools are the most important assets in our community and should be our number one priority. Quality schools improve student achievement, increase property values, prepare children for a productive future, and create greater neighborhood safety. Our teachers and staff do a great job educating local children, but many classrooms and buildings in the Black Butte Union Elementary School District are outdated and inadequate to provide students with the school facilities they need to succeed.

Although our schools have been well maintained over the years, aging classrooms and facilities, some over 50 years old, must be upgraded since many do not meet 21st century standards. In addition to providing local education, our schools are also used extensively by community groups, senior citizens, children's organizations, and youth sports teams and music groups. By investing in our schools, we can meet today's safety, technological, and educational standards as well as better our community.

If passed, Measure B will provide funding to make critical facility improvements at Shingletown schools, including:

  • ?? Repairing or replacing leaky roofs
  • ?? Renovating deteriorating plumbing systems and the water well
  • ?? Modernizing outdated classrooms and restrooms
  • ?? Making security upgrades, including outdoor lighting
  • ?? Upgrading the multi-purpose rooms/gymnasiums at the elementary and junior high schools for school and community use

Measure B makes financial sense and protects taxpayers.

  • ?? By law, spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens' oversight committee.
  • ?? All bond funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State.
  • ?? Funds are required to be spent only on schools, not for administrator or teacher salaries.

Measure B upgrades and renovates old and inadequate classrooms, improves the education of local children, and maintains the quality of our community. That's something we can all support. Please join us and VOTE YES ON MEASURE B!

/s/ Alex Madrigal, Board President/Parent
/s/ Luanne Miller, Retired teacher, parent
/s/ Vera De Witt, Community activist
/s/ Tami Fraser, CEO
/s/ Linda R Baxter, Community member

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Argument Against Measure B

No argument against was submitted.

<-- NO ARGUMENT AGAINST FILED. -->

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Full Text of Measure B

BALLOT MEASURE
FULL TEXT OF MEASURE

This proposition may be known and referred to as the Black Butte Union Elementary School District General Obligation Bond of 2016, or Measure ____.

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this proposition by at least 55% of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the Black Butte Union Elementary School District (the "District") shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $4 million in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List below, and in order to qualify to receive State matching grant funds, 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 District's voters and taxpayers may be assured that their money will be spent wisely to address specific facilities needs of the District, all in compliance with the requirements of Article XIII A, Section 1(b)(3) of the State Constitution, and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000 (codified at Education Code Sections 15264 and following).

Evaluation of Needs. The Board of Trustees hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List.

Limitation on Use of Bond Proceeds. The State of California does not have the power to take locally approved school district bond funds for any State purposes. The Constitution allows proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition to be used only for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities listed in this proposition, 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. Proceeds of the bonds may be used to pay or reimburse the District for the cost of District staff only when performing work on or necessary and incidental to the bond projects.

Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Board of Trustees shall establish an independent Citizens' Oversight Committee (pursuant to Education Code Section 15278 and following), to ensure bond proceeds are spent only for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. The committee shall be established within 60 days of the date on which the Board of Trustees enters the election results on its minutes.

Annual 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 listed in the Bond Project List.

Annual Financial Audits. The Board of Trustees shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds (which shall be separate from the District's regular annual financial audit) until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List.

Special Bond Proceeds Account; Annual Report to Board. Upon approval of this proposition and the sale of any bonds approved, the Board of Trustees shall take actions necessary pursuant to Government Code Section 53410 and following 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 or the Chief Business Official of the District (or such other employee as may perform substantially similar duties) shall cause a report to be filed with the Board no later than December 31 of each year, commencing December 31 of the year in which bonds are first issued, stating (1) the amount of bond proceeds received and expended in that year, and (2) 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 such officer shall determine, and may be incorporated into the annual budget, audit, or other appropriate routine report to the Board.

FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS

Specific Purposes. 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 shall constitute the specific purposes of the bonds, and proceeds of the bonds shall be spent only for such purposes, pursuant to Government Code Section 53410.

Joint Use. The District may enter into agreements with the County of Shasta, or other public agencies or nonprofit organizations for joint use of school facilities 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 of Trustees shall determine.

Rate of Interest. The bonds shall bear interest at a rate per annum not exceeding the statutory maximum, payable at the time or times permitted by law.

Term of Bonds. The number of years the whole or any part of the bonds are to run shall not exceed the legal limit, though this shall not preclude bonds from being sold which mature prior to the legal limit.

BOND PROJECT LIST

The Bond Project List below describes the specific projects the Black Butte Union Elementary School District proposes to finance with proceeds of the bonds. Listed projects will be completed as needed at a particular school 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 final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction bids are awarded, and projects are completed. Certain construction funds expected from non-bond sources, including State grant funds for eligible projects, have not yet been secured. Until all project costs and funding sources are known, the Board of Trustees cannot determine the amount of bond proceeds available to be spent on each project, nor guarantee that the bonds will provide sufficient funds to allow completion of all listed projects. Completion of some projects may be subject to further government approvals or appropriation by State officials and boards, to local environmental review, and to input from the public. For these reasons, inclusion of a project on the Bond Project List is not a guarantee that the project will be funded or completed.

Unless otherwise noted, the projects in the Bond Project List are authorized to be completed at each or any of the District's sites, listed below, as shall be approved by the Board of Trustees:

    - Black Butte Elementary School
    - Black Butte Junior High School

  • ? Repair or replace leaky roofs.
  • ? Renovate deteriorating plumbing systems and the water well, including providing hot water access in all student restrooms.
  • ? Modernize or repair outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities, including inside locking doors, door frames, windows, lighting, ceilings, and electrical.
  • ? Upgrade the kitchen at the elementary school.
  • ? Make security upgrades, including outdoor lighting, to improve student and community safety.
  • ? Install campus fencing for school safety and closed campus.
  • ? Upgrade outside and inside communication and bell system for school safety.
  • ? Upgrade the multi-purpose rooms/gyms at the elementary and junior high for school and community use, including lighting, bleachers, floor, score boards, sound system, and doors.
  • ? Repair playground surfaces to improve student safety.
  • ? Create an outdoor covered eating/meeting area at the junior high.
  • ? Upgrade the front office at the elementary school.

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 a 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,repair and replacement of fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; resurfacing or replacing of hard courts, 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 and fields 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 and the costs of issuing the bonds. Bond proceeds shall only be expended for the specific purposes identified herein. The District shall create an account into which proceeds of the bonds shall be deposited and comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code 53410.

The Bond Project List shall be considered a part of this ballot
proposition, and shall be reproduced in any official document
required to contain the full statement of the bond proposition.

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Measure B Tax Rate Statement

Tax Rate Statement Measure B

Don Aust, Superintendent Black Butte Union Elementary School District

An election will be held in the Black Butte Union Elementary School District (the "District") on June 7, 2016 to authorize the sale of $4,000,000 in general obligation bonds for the improvement of classrooms and school facilities. The following information is submitted in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code.

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 $.0300 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2016-17.

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 $.0300 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2016-17.

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 $.0300 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation.

Total principal and interest to be paid over the life of the bonds is estimated to be $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.

Dated: 2/24/16

/s/ Don Aust
Superintendent
Black Butte Union Elementary School District

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