Vote Yes on Trinity County Measure J - 2017 general Election
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Measure J Question

EXHIBIT B

BALLOT MEASURE
(ABBREVIATED FORM)

To improve the quality of education by modernizing 50 to 60 year-old classrooms, restrooms, and school facilities; replace ; make health and safety improvements including major mold removal, lead and abatement; increase student access to computers/ technology/ to meet 21st century educational standards; and replace deteriorating plumbing, sewer, electrical heating, and cooling systems. Mountain Valley Unified School District will issue $5,950,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, have an and have NO money for administrative or teachers salaries.

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Argument in Favor of Measure J

Argument in Favor of Measure J

Mountain Valley Unified School District

Everyone knows the importance and value of having quality schools. From higher achieving students, to greater neighborhood safety, to increased home values, quality schools make a difference.

Our schools are outdated and upgrades and renovations need to be made. While facilities have been well maintained over the years, the average age of our facilities is over 55 years old with our oldest operational school, Hayfork Elementary, first built in 1955. Our schools must be upgraded since many do not meet 21st century education and technology standards. In addition, significant mold problems keep our students and teachers from using classrooms and facilities.

If approved, Measure J would abate serious mold issues and bring our schools up to 21st century standards. By investing in our schools, we can meet today's safety, technological, and educational standards and improve our community.

Measure J will make critical facility improvements to our K-12 schools including:

  • 0 Making health and safety improvements, including mold, lead, and asbestos removal
  • 0 Repairing or replacing leaky roofs
  • o Replacing deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems
  • 0 Improving student access to computers and modern technology
  • 0 Replacing outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems

Measure J makes financial sense:

  • a By law, spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens' oversight committee.
  • 0 No Measure J funds can be used for teacher or administrative salaries
  • o All Measure J funds MUST be spent locally to improve our children's schools and CANNOT BE TAKEN AWAY BY THE STATE!

Our local schools are our most important assets and should be our number one priority. Measure J makes health and safety improvements, renovates old and outdated 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 J!

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Full Text of Measure J

EXHIBIT A

BALLOTT MEASURE
FULL TEXT OF MEASURE

This proposition may be known and referred to as the Mountain Valley Unified School District General Obligation Bond of 2017, or Measure J.

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this proposition by at least 55% of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the Mountain Valley Unified School District (District) shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $5,950,000 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 only when performing work on necessary and incidentals to the bond projects.

Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Board of Trustees shall establish an independent Citizen's 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 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.

FUTHER 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 purpose, pursuant to Government Code Section 53410.

Joint Use. The District may enter into agreements with the County of Trinity 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 the Mountain Valley Unified School District proposes to finance with proceeds of the bond. 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. The Board of Trustees may make changes to the Bond Project List in the future consistent with the projects specified in the proposition.

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

  • ? Make health and safety improvements, including mold, lead, and asbestos abatement
  • ? Upgrade inadequate electrical systems
  • ? Upgrade and replace heating/air conditioning units
  • ? Modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms, and school facilities
  • ? Improve student access to computers and modern technology
  • ? Repair or replace leaky roofs
  • ? Update/renovate playgrounds, play structures and PE fields and facilities for school and community use
  • ? Modernize/renovate classrooms to meet 21st century educational standards
  • ? Replace outdated and energy-inefficient windows
  • ? Federal and State-mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility upgrades including site access, parking, staff and student restrooms, relocation of some existing electrical devices, drinking fountains, playground equipment, etc.
  • ? Make water conservation improvements
  • ? Upgrade school site parking, roadways, utilities and grounds
  • ? Abate and remove hazardous materials identified prior or during construction
  • ? Repair, replace and/or upgrade paved surfaces, turf, and other grounds to eliminate safety hazards and improve outside instructional areas
  • ? .

The list projects will be completed . is assumed to include its share of furniture, equipment, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program/project management, , and a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs. In addition to the listed projects stated above, the Bond Project List also includes the acquisition of a variety of instructional, maintenance and operational equipment, including the interim funding incurred to advance fund projects from the Bond Project List and the ; installation of signage and fencing; payment of the , 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 items 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 and physical education buildings and properties; 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 coverings; 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, 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. The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the District's control. Some projects throughout the District may be undertaken as 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 with new construction, renovation or remodeling, or installation or removable 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. when performing work on or to bond projects and to pay 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 Section 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 J Tax Rate Statement

Tax Rate Statement

An election will be held in the Mountain Valley Unified School District (the "District") on November 7, 2017 to authorize the sale of up to $5,950,000 in general obligation bonds. The following information is submitted in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code.

1. 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 $0.06 per $100 ($60 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2018-19.

2. 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 $0.06 per $100 ($60 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2022-23.

3. 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 $0.06 per $100 ($60 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2018-19.

4. The best estimate from official sources of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold will be approximately $11,868,786.

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: August___,2017

______________________
Superintendent
Mountain Valley Unified School District

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Measure J Resolution

Resolution of the Board of Trustees
of the
Mountain Valley Unified School District
Resolution No: 2016/17 27

Ordering an Election to Authorize the Issuance of School Bonds,
Establishing Specifications of the Election Order, and
Requesting Consolidation with Other Elections Occurring November 7, 2017

WHEREAS, in the judgment of the Board of Trustees (Board) of the Mountain Valley Unified School District (District), it is advisable to call an election to submit to the electors of the District the question whether bonds of the District shall be issued and sold for the sole purpose of raising money for the acquisition or improvement of real property, and the furnishing and equipping of school facilities; and

WHEREAS, AS A RESULT OF THE APPROVAL OF Proposition 39 on November 7, 2000, Article XIII A, Section 1, paragraph (b), of the California Constitution (Article XIII A) provides an exception to the limit on ad valorem property taxes on real property for bonded indebtedness incurred by a school district approved by 55 percent of the voters of the district voting on the proposition; and

WHEREAS, THE Board is specifically authorized, upon approval by a two-thirds vote of the Board, to pursue the authorization and issuance of bonds by a fifty-five percent (55% ) vote of the electorate on the question whether bonds of the District shall be issued and sold for specified purposes, pursuant to the Education Code Section 15264 et seq. (the Act); and

WHEREAS, pursuant to the California Elections Code, it is appropriate for the Board to request consolidation of the election with any and all other elections to be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, and to request the Trinity County Registrar of Voters to perform certain election services for the District; and

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, BY THE Board of Trustees of the Mountain Valley Unified School District the following:

SECTION 1. Call for Election.

The Board hereby orders an election and submits to the electors of the District the question of whether general obligation bonds of the District shall be issued and sold in the maximum principal amount of $5,950,000 for the purpose of raising money to finance school facilities and property of the District, and paying costs incident thereto, as set forth more fully in the ballot proposition approved pursuant to Section 3. This Resolution constitutes the order of the District to call such an election.

SECTION 2. Election Date

The date of the election shall be November 7, 2017, and the election shall be held solely within the boundaries of the District

SECTION 3. Purpose of Election; Ballot Proposition.

The purpose of the election shall be for the voters in the District to vote on a proposition, a full copy of which is attached hereto and marked Exhibit A, containing the question of whether the District shall issue the Bonds for the purpose state therein, together with the accountability requirements of Article XIII A and Government Code Section 53410 and the requirements of Section 15272 of the Act. The Trinity County Registrar of Voters (County Registrar) is requested to print the Full Text of Measure contained on Exhibit A hereto in the sample ballot pamphlet. As required by Elections Code Section 13247, the abbreviated form of the measure to appear on the ballot is attached hereto and marked as Exhibit B. The Superintendent or his designee is hereby authorized and directed to make any changes to the text of the proposition or this resolution as required to conform to any requirements of Article XIII A, the Act, or the County Registrars.

SECTION 4. Authority for Election.

The authority for ordering the election is contained in Section 15264 et. seq. of the Education Code and Section I, paragraph (b), subsection (3), of Article XIII A. The authority for the specification of this election order is contained in Section 5322 of the Education Code.

SECTION 5. School Facilities Project.

As required by Article XIII A, the board hereby certifies that is has evaluated safety, class size reduction, enrollment growth, and information technology needs in developing the list of school facilities projects set forth on Exhibit A.

SECTION 6. Covenants of the Board upon Approval of the Bonds by the Electorate.

As required by Article XIII, Section 15278 of the Act, and Government Code Section 53410, in the event 55 percent of the voters voting in the district approve of the Bonds, the Board shall:

  1. 1. conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the funds have been expended only on the projects listed in Exhibit A;
  2. 2. conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the proceeds from the sale of the Bonds until all of those proceeds have been expended for the school facilities projects listed in Exhibit A;
  3. 3. establish and appoint members to an independent citizens' oversight committee in accordance with Sections 15278, 15280, and 15282 of the Act;
  4. 4. apply the bond proceeds only to the specific purposes stated in the ballot proposition;
  5. 5. cause creation of accounts into which bond proceeds shall be deposited; and
  6. 6. cause the preparation of an annual report to Government Code Sections 53410 and 53411.

SECTION 7. Delivery of this Resolution

The Clerk of the Board is hereby directed to send a copy of this Resolution to the Trinity County Superintendent of Schools, the County Registrar, and the Trinity County Clerk of the Board of Supervisors.

SECTION 8. Consolidation of election.

The County Registrar and the Trinity County Board of Supervisors are hereby requested to consolidate the election ordered hereby with any and all other elections to be held on November 7, 2017, within the District.

SECTION 9. Ballot Arguments; Tax Rate Statement

Any and all members of this Board are hereby authorized to act as an author of any ballot argument prepared in connection with the election, including a rebuttal argument. The Superintendent, President of the Board, or their designees, are hereby authorized to execute any Tax Rate Statement or other document and to perform all acts necessary to place the bond measure on the ballot.

SECTION 10. Elections Code.

Pursuant to Sections 5303 of the Education Code and Section 10002 of the Elections Code, the Board of Supervisors of Trinity County are requested to permit the County Registrar to render all services specified by Section 10418 of the Elections Code relating to the election, for which services the District agrees to reimburse the County in full upon presentation of a bill, such services to include the mailing of the sample ballot and tax rate statement (described in Section 9401 of the Elections Code).

SECTION 11. Effective Date.

This resolution shall take effect on and after its adoption.

PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Board of Trustees of the Mountain Valley Unified School District the 14th day of June, 2017.

Ayes: 5 Noes: 0 Absent: 0 Abstained: 0

s/ Nancy Ferguson, MVUSD Board Clerk

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Measure J Notice of Election

LEGAL NOTICE
NOTICE OF ELECTION AND
DATE FIXED FOR BALLOT ARGUMENTS
MOUNTAIN VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
MEASURE J

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by Shanna S. White, County Clerk/Recorder/Assessor, County of Trinity, that an election will be held in the unincorporated area of Trinity County on November 7, 2017. The following question will be submitted to the qualified voters of the unincorporated area of Trinity County:

MEASURE J

Improve the quality of education with funding that cannot be taken by the state; make health and safety improvements, including mold, lead, asbestos abatement; upgrade inadequate electrical, heating/cooling, and plumbing systems; modernize outdated school facilities; and modernize/update classrooms to meet 21st century educational standards including technology. MVUSD will issue $5,950,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, have an independent citizens' oversight committee and zero dollars used for administrative and teachers' salaries

YES__________ NO __________

Arguments For or Arguments Against the measure shall be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2017 to the Trinity County Election's Office, 11 Court Street, Weaverville, CA 96093. Arguments For and Arguments Against this measure are limited to 300 words or less and must be accompanied with a signed statement that the argument is true and correct, which is available on the Trinity County Election's Website or Trinity County Election's Office. Rebuttals to Arguments For or Arguments Against the measure are limited to 250 words and shall be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 18, 2017 to the County Election's Office. Contact the County Election's Office at (530) 623-1220 for further information. The public examination period is Saturday, August 19, 2017 through Monday, August 28, 2017.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that the poll at said election will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Dated: July 28, 2018

s/ Shanna S. White, County Clerk/Recorder/Assessor


Analysis:

The following is a transcription of the notice of election published in the Trinity Journal on August 2, 2017. If you can make sense out of it, you're better than most. Pay particularly close attention to rows designated with as '~ Area n,' which can only reasonably be interpreted as short-hand for Trustee Area.

You are directed to the row highlighted in green for the Mountain Valley Unified School District.

For school and college districts, only the Superintendent of the County Office of Education can call elections for "directors" (trustees).

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NOTICE OF ELECTION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN in accordance with the provisions of the California Elections code that a Consolidated District Election will be held on the Tuesday, November 7, 2017 for the following positions:

 District# of Positions
2 year term
# of Positions
4 year term
5Coffee Creek Volunteer Fire District14
4Douglas City Community Services District13
5Greater Hayfork Valley Park & Recreation District23
3Hayfork Fire Protection District03
2Hyampom Community Services District02
3Lewiston Community Services District03
5Post Mountain Public Utilities District23
2Ruth Lake Community Services District02
4Salyer Community Services District13
4Trinity Center Community Services District13
2Trinity Public Utilities District02
3Weaverville Community Services District03
5Weaverville/Douglas City Park & Recreation District23
2Weaverville Fire Protection District02
5Weaverville Sanitary District23
3Burnt Ranch School District12
1Coffee Creek School District01
3Douglas City School District12
2Junction City School District02
1Klamath Trinity Joint Unified School District ~ Area 101
5Lewiston School District23
Mountain Valley Unified School District ~
2Southern Trinity Joint Unified School District ~ Area 102
1Southern Trinity Joint Unified School District ~ Area 210
1Southern Trinity Joint Unified School District ~ Area 301
1Trinity Alps Unified School District ~ Area 101
1Trinity Alps Unified School District ~ Area 201
1Trinity Alps Unified School District ~ Area 401
3Trinity Center School District12
1Trinity County Office of Education ~ Area 110
1Trinity County Office of Education ~ Area 210
1Trinity County Office of Education ~ Area 401
1Trinity County Office of Education ~ Area 501

Declaration of Candidacy papers for eligible candidates may be obtained from the Elections Office located at 11 Court Street, Weaverville, CA, (530)-623-1220 on or after July 17, 2017. Declaration of Candidacy papers must be filed with the Elections Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 11, 2017. In the event an incumbent does not file Declaration of Candidacy papers by August 11, 2017; the deadline for any eligible candidate other than the incumbent is extended until 5:00 p.m. on August 16, 2017.

August 2, 2017

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