Parlier Unified Schools: Vote Yes on Measure H Bonds - Fresno County - 2018 general Election
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Welcome to the Yes No on Measure H Campaign

#HonestBallots Movement

Your Fresno County Registrar of Voters printed and circulated ballots for this measure that didn't conform to the law. The registrar ignored our Notice and Demand to follow the law. The legislature makes this a crime. (See: How 25 County Registrars Committed A Crime.)

If you want to get really steamed up about the collusion between your Registrar and Parlier Unified Schools to lie and cheat in order to steal your taxes, you can read the letter for yourself.

Do you want to give this district a Thanksgiving surprise? Please call or text me (with #HonestBalllots, Fresno, 0629910, and your name) at 909-378-5401 right now for details. It's urgent and very time-sensitive.

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.

When you see highlighting in the documents below, it to see the commentary.

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Measure H Question

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APPENDIX B

ABBREVIATED FORM OF BOND MEASURE

The following statement was prepared in the hope the legislature would suspend the law (AB-195) that required districts to inform you of the amount of taxes for which you're voting. It's all about deceiving the voters. The school bonds cartel has no shame. It just wants your money. The ends justify the means.

One of the notorious budget trailer bills was amended in May to allow the district to keep you in the dark. Unfortunately for them, Dan Walters got wind of it and castigated the legislature for their sleazy and unscrupulous conduct. The budget trailer bill never came to a vote before the August 10 filing deadline. So the issue is moot.

Option 1


To improve the quality of education with funding that cannot be taken by the State; repair or replace leaky roofs; make health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements; replace deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems; modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; and upgrade inadequate electrical systems; shall Parlier Unified School District issue $9,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, with an independent citizens' oversight committee, annual audits and NO money used for teacher or administrator salaries?

Bonds-Yes Bonds-No


Option 2

To improve the quality of education; repair or replace leaky roofs; make health and safety improvements; and modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; shall Parlier Unified School District issue $9,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, generating on average $535,000 annually as long as bonds are outstanding at a rate of approximately 6 cents per $100 assessed value, with annual audits, independent citizens' oversight committee, NO money for salaries and all money staying local?

Bonds-Yes Bonds-No

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Impartial Analysis for Measure H

AUG 09 2018
CLERK
By_
DEPUTY

PARLIER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
NOVEMBER 2018 BOND MEASURE

(IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS BY COUNTY COUNSEL PURSUANT TO
SECTION 9500 OF THE ELECTIONS CODE)

Voter approval of this Measure will authorize the governing board of the Parlier Unified School District (the "District") to issue and sell bonds in the maximum amount of Nine Million Dollars ($9,000,000.00), bearing interest at legal rates and with maturity dates within the legal limits. The bond proceeds may be expended to construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate or replace school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities within the District.

The Bond Project List in Appendix A ("List") in the Measure describes the specific projects the District proposes to finance with proceeds from the sale of the bonds. The District may only use bond proceeds for the purposes specified in the Measure. The bond proceeds may not be used for any other purpose, including teacher or administrator salaries or other school operating expenses. Inclusion of a project on the List does not guarantee the project will be funded or completed.

This Measure would require annual independent performance and financial audits of the use of bond proceeds including annual reports to the governing board. In addition, a citizens' oversight committee will be established to ensure that bond proceeds are properly expended.

Information regarding the estimated tax rate to repay these bonds is found in the "Tax Rate Statement" prepared by the District. The projected tax rate is a best estimate and based upon projections from official sources including experience within the District. The actual tax rate necessary to pay the Bond Measure may vary depending on factors identified in the Tax Rate Statement.

The Measure makes no change to existing law and must be approved by at least 55% of the eligible votes cast or the bonds will not be issued. This Measure was placed on the ballot by order of the governing board of the District.

DANIEL C. CEDERBORG
Fresno County Counsel

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Argument in Favor of Measure H

FILED

Argument in Favor of Measure H
AUG 16 2018 Parlier Unified School District

By CLERK DEPUTY

Our students need your Yes vote on Measure H! Parlier 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 students 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 Parlier Unified School District are outdated and inadequate to provide children with the school facilities they need to succeed.

Parlier Unified School District has served our community well for over 140 years. However, our schools have grown old and are overdue for repairs. Much was done with the funds from our successful 2014 school improvement measure, including improving student access to computers and modern technology, but more work is needed. Your YES vote on Measure H will ensure a safe, clean, and modern learning environment for children for decades to come.

Measure H will provide funding to make critical facility improvements at local Parlier schools by:

  • o Repairing or replacing leaky roofs o Making health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements
  • o Replacing deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems
  • o Building/modernizing/renovating outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities
  • o Upgrading P.E. fields and facilities for school and community use

Measure H makes financial sense and protects taxpayers.

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

Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting our local, high quality education is a wise investment for your property values and a strong community.

VOTE YES on Measure H!

/s 8/15/18 (Signature/Date) /s 8/15/18 (Signature/Date)

Sabrina Rodriguez, (Printed Name/Title)
High School Registrar Community Member

Anthonoio Aguilar (Printed Name/Title)
Director Student Services + Community Member

/s 8/15/18 (Signature/Date) /s 8/15/18 (Signature/Date)

Carlos Lopez (Printed Name/Title)
Board Member/Community Member

Fidel Amezquita (Printed Name/Title)
Educator / Community Member

/s 8/15/18 (Signature/Date)

Doreen Sandoval (Printed Name/Title)
Community Member

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Argument Against Measure H

Argument Against MeasureH

Are you "community members?" Why is it that only "community members" who agree with District knew about this huge $18,700,000 tax? What's District hiding?

Don't be deceived by District's campaign, funded by businesses that will likely benefit from bond money. (Isn't that called pay-to-play?) Beware of high-priced marketers masquerading as "parents, teachers, and community leaders."

Why Vote No on MeasureH?

  • It's virtually, word-for-word, identical to every other bond measure written by lawyers and advisors who made $1,597,989 (payable by you, with interest) from facilities debt issued since 2007.
  • Did you hear about a list of projects? Why isn't there a list of SPECIFIC projects in MeasureH? Because it would restrict the District to spend the money ONLY on those things?
  • Can you trust District? Why did it violate oversight laws over many years for MeasureP (2004) $4,500,000? MeasureP (2014) $6,000,000?
  • Did you know that District issued $13,725,162 in facilities debt since 2007? $3,225,162 behind your back. Where has all that money gone?
  • Why did District violate oversight laws over many years for previous MeasureP (2004)? MeasureP (2014)?
  • How much did District waste on MeasureP? It's not District's money. It's yours.

Proposition39 permits a bare majority of voters (55%) to approve these bonds. "To ensure that BEFORE they vote, voters will be given a list of specific projects their bond money will be used for," it requires that MeasureH be a "list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded." (Source: Proposition39 ballot measure.)

MeasureH's intentionally vague language gives District a BLANK CHECK with NO ACCOUNTABILITY.

Don't vote to waste your taxes on vague promises. Did District keep its promises from MeasureP? It spent $10,500,000 and still has "leaky roofs?"

Bond money is like drugs. Don't give District another fix. Just say no!

Join us. http://bit.ly/NoParlierBond

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Full Text of Measure H

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APPENDIX A

FULL TEXT OF BOND MEASURE

INTRODUCTION

To improve the quality of education with funding that cannot be taken by the State; repair or replace leaky roofs; make health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements; replace deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems; modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; and upgrade inadequate electrical systems; shall Parlier Unified School District issue $9,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, with an independent citizens' oversight committee, annual audits and NO money used for teacher or administrator salaries?

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this measure by at least 55 percent of the registered voters voting on the measure, the Parlier Unified School District will be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $9.0 million in aggregate principal amount at interest rates not to exceed legal limits and to provide financing for the specific types of school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List described below, subject to all the accountability requirements specified below.

ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS

The provisions in this section are specifically included in this measure in order that the voters and taxpayers in the District may be assured that their money will be spent wisely. Expenditures to address specific facilities needs of the District will be in compliance with the requirements of Article XlllA, 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 School Board has identified detailed facilities needs of the District and has determined which projects to finance from a local bond. The School Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction, enrollment growth, and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List shown below.

Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. Following approval of this measure, the Board of Trustees will establish an Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee, under Education Code Sections 15278 and following, to ensure bond proceeds are expended only on the types of school facilities projects listed below. The committee will be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the School Board.

Performance Audits. The School Board will conduct annual, independent performance audits to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects listed below.

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Financial Audits. The School Board will conduct annual, independent financial audits of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed below.

Government Code Accountability Requirements. As required by Section 53410 of the Government Code, (1) the specific purpose of the bonds is set forth in this Full Text of the Measure, (2) the proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used only for the purposes specified in this measure, and not for any other purpose, (3) the proceeds of the bonds, when and if issued, will be deposited into a building fund to be held by the Fresno County Treasurer, as required by the California Education Code, and (4) the Superintendent of the District shall cause an annual report to be filed with the Board of Trustees of the District not later than January 1 of each year, which report shall contain pertinent information regarding the amount of funds collected and expended, as well as the status of the projects listed in this measure, as required by Sections 53410 and 53411 of the Government Code.

NO TEACHER OR ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES

Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this measure shall be used only for the purposes specified in Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3), those being for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, and the acquisition or lease of school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.

STATE MATCHING FUNDS

The following statement is included in this measure pursuant to Education Code Section 15122.5: Approval of this measure does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects that are the subject of bonds under this measure will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by this measure. The District's proposal for the project or projects described below may assume the receipt of matching state funds, which, if available, could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

BOND PROJECT LIST

Scope of Projects. Bond proceeds will be expended on the modernization, renovation, expansion, acquisition, construction/reconstruction, rehabilitation, and/or replacement of school facilities of the Parlier Unified School District, including the furnishing and equipping of such school facilities. This measure authorizes bond projects to be undertaken at all District sites, including current and future sites.

School Facility Project List. The items presented on the following list are the types of projects authorized to be financed with voter-approved bond proceeds. Specific examples included on this list are not intended to limit the broad types of projects described and authorized by this measure. The types of projects authorized are:

  • Repair or replace leaky roofs
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  • Make health and safety improvements, including Federal and State-mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility upgrades and as mandated by the Division of the State Architect (DSA) including site access, parking, restrooms, relocation of some existing electrical devices, drinking fountains, etc.
  • Repair or replace deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems
  • Renovate, repair, expand and/or upgrade the interior and/or exterior of existing outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities
  • Upgrade P.E. fields and facilities for school and community use
  • Replace inadequate wiring and electrical systems to meet current electrical and accessibility codes, increase capacity, and relieve currently overloaded electrical systems install additional and/or replace outdated heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems, and lighting systems to be more energy efficient
  • Improve student access to computers and modern technology
  • Replace temporary portables with permanent classrooms
  • Install, repair, upgrade, or replace safety and security systems for students and staff
  • Upgrade, expand, construct, repair and/or equip school facilities, including library/media centers, labs, multipurpose rooms, and other school facilities
  • The payment and/or prepayment of all outstanding lease payments and related certificates relating to the lease of school sites and the construction of new classrooms and facilities
  • Modernize outdated classroom interiors including tile/asbestos abatement, new paint, carpet/vinyl, white marker boards, tackable surfaces, increased secure storage capacity for instructional materials and equipment, etc.

Miscellaneous Projects at School Sites

  • o Abate and remove hazardous materials identified prior or during construction
  • o Address unforeseen conditions revealed by construction/modernization (such as plumbing or gas line breaks, dry rot, seismic, structural, etc.)
  • o Other improvements required to comply with existing building codes, including the Field Act, and access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • o Necessary site acquisition and preparation/restoration 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 (such as gas lines, water lines, electrical lines, sewer lines, and communication lines), trees and landscaping, relocating fire access roads, and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, or rights of way to the property
  • o Rental or construction of 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
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  • o Acquisition of any of the facilities on the Bond Project List through temporary lease or lease-purchase arrangements, or execute purchase Option under leases for any of these authorized facilities, or refinancing or retirement of outstanding lease obligations
  • o For any project involving rehabilitation or renovation of a building or the major portion of a building, the District shall be authorized to proceed with new replacement construction instead, if the Board of Trustees determines that replacement and new construction is more economically practical than rehabilitation and renovation, considering the building's age, condition, expected remaining life, and other relevant factors
  • o All work necessary and incidental to specific projects described above, including demolition of existing structures

Each of the bond projects described in this Bond Project List include the costs of furnishing and equipping such facilities, and all costs which are incidental but directly related to the types of projects described above. Examples of incidental costs include, but are not limited to: costs of design, engineering, architect and other professional services, facilities assessments, inspections, site preparation, utilities, landscaping, construction management and other planning and permitting, legal, accounting and similar costs; independent annual financial and performance audits; a customary construction contingency; demolition and disposal of existing structures; the costs of interim housing and storage during construction including relocation and construction costs incurred relating to interim facilities; rental or construction of storage facilities and other space on an interim basis for materials and other equipment and furnishings displaced during construction; costs of relocating facilities and equipment as needed in connection with the projects; interim classrooms and facilities for students, administrators, and school functions, including modular facilities; federal and state- mandated safety upgrades; addressing unforeseen conditions revealed by construction/modernization and other necessary improvements required to comply with existing building codes, including the Field Act; access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act; costs of the election; bond issuance costs; and project administration during the duration of such projects, as permitted by law.

The scope and nature of any of the specific projects described above may be altered by the District as required by unforeseen conditions that may arise during the course of design and construction. In the event that a modernization or renovation project is more economical for the District to be undertaken as new construction, this bond measure authorizes land acquisition, relocation and construction and/or reconstruction, and all costs relating thereto, for said reason or, alternatively, based on other considerations deemed in the best interest of the District by the Governing Board. In addition, this measure authorizes the acquisition of real property, including necessary rights of ways or other real property interests, required to expand District facilities, to provide access to school or other District facilities, or to provide additional school or related facilities. In addition, authorized projects include reimbursements for paid project costs and paying and/or prepaying interim or previously obtained financing for the types of projects included on the project list, such as bond anticipation notes, and including payment and prepayment of lease payments relating to projects and/or equipment previously financed.

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Approval of the District's bond measure does not guarantee that all of the identified projects within this Bond Project List will be funded beyond what can be completed with local funds generated by the bond measure. The District plans to pursue funds from the State of California, if available, to complete certain of the identified facilities projects.

The order in which school facilities projects are listed in the foregoing Bond Project List does not suggest an order of priority. Project priorities will be determined by the Board of Trustees. The District is unable to anticipate all unforeseen circumstances which may prevent some of the projects listed above from being undertaken or completed.

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Measure H Tax Rate Statement

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APPENDIX C

TAX RATE STATEMENT
REGARDING PROPOSED
$9.0 MILLION
PARLIER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS

An election will be held in the Parlier Unified School District (the "District") on November 6, 2018, to authorize the sale of up to $9.0 million in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the measure. If such bonds are authorized and sold, principal and interest on the bonds will be payable only from the proceeds of ad valorem tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the Elections Code of the State of California. Such information is based upon the best estimates and projections presently available from official sources, upon experience within the District, and other demonstrable factors.

Based upon the foregoing and projections of the District's assessed valuation, the following information is provided:

  1. 1. The best estimate of the average annual tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.06 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $60 per $100,000 of assessed value).
  2. 2. The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.06 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $60 per $100,000 of assessed value). It is estimated that such rate would be levied starting in fiscal year 2019-20 and following.
  3. 3. The best estimate 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 is approximately $18.7 million.

Voters should note the estimated tax rate is based on the assessed value (not market value) of taxable property on the County's official tax rolls. 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. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors to determine their property's assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

The attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon projections and estimates only, which amounts are not maximum amounts and are not binding upon the District. The actual debt service, tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary from those used to provide the estimates set forth above, due to factors such as variations in the timing of bond sales, the par amount of bonds sold and C-1 13 market interest rates available at the time of each sale, actual assessed valuations over the term of the bonds, and other factors. The date and amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on the need for project funds and other considerations. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on conditions in the bond market at the time of sale. Actual future assessed valuations 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.

By:
Jaime Robles, Superintendent
Parlier Unified School District

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Measure H Agenda Description

Minutes of July 10, 2018 (complete item)

Regular Board of Trustees Meeting
Parlier USD
July 10, 2018 6:00PM

D.1. ADOPT RESOLUTION NO. 01-18/19 - TO AUTHORIZE THE ISSUANCE OF SCHOOL BONDS, ESTABLISHING SPECIFICATIONS OF THE ELECTION ORDER, AND REQUESTING CONSOLIDATION WITH OTHER ELECTIONS OCCURRING ON NOVEMBER 6, 2018. (E. Wilson)
Speaker:
Elizabeth Wilson, Chief Business Officer
Recommended Motion:
Adopt Resolution 1-18/19

Actions:
Motion
Motion was made to Table Item D.1 until a quorum of four is present for the Board to vote.

Passed with a motion by Edgar Pelayo and a second by Elizabeth Tienda.
Vote:
Absent Jacqueline Garcia-Escoto.
Absent Juan David Garza.
Yes Carlos Lopez.
Yes Edgar Pelayo.
Yes Elizabeth Tienda.
Motion
A quorum of four Board members was established, the Board reconvened to take Item D.1 from the Table to approve the Resolution.

Passed with a motion by Edgar Pelayo and a second by Elizabeth Tienda.
Vote:
Yes Jacqueline Garcia-Escoto.
Absent Juan David Garza.
Yes Carlos Lopez.
Yes Edgar Pelayo.
Yes Elizabeth Tienda.
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The District has facility needs that require significant funding to complete. A general obligation bond would provide that funding to continue to replace old facilities with newer ones of sufficient size for current and future enrollment.

This item is aligned to Board Goal #1 District Wide Alignment

FINANCIAL IMPACT: The passage of a general obligation bond would provide needed funding for necessary facility improvements.

Attachments:
Resolution No. 01-18/19
D.2. APPROVE CONTRACT WITH JONES HALL TO ACT AS BOND AND DISCLOSURE COUNSEL. (E. Wilson)
Speaker:
Elizabeth Wilson, Chief Business Officer
Recommended Motion:
Approve Contract as presented
Actions:
Motion
Motion was made to Table Item D.2 until a quorum of four is present for the Board to vote and approve the contract.
Passed with a motion by Edgar Pelayo and a second by Elizabeth Tienda.
Vote:
Absent Jacqueline Garcia-Escoto.
Absent Juan David Garza.
Yes Carlos Lopez.
Yes Edgar Pelayo.
Yes Elizabeth Tienda.
Motion
A quorum of four Board members was established, the Board reconvened to take Item D.2 from the Table to approve contract as presented.
Passed with a motion by Edgar Pelayo and a second by Elizabeth Tienda.
Vote:
Yes Jacqueline Garcia-Escoto.
Absent Juan David Garza.
Yes Carlos Lopez.
Yes Edgar Pelayo.
Yes Elizabeth Tienda.
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The proposed bond election will require certain disclosures and legal services that are specific to bonds. These services are not offered by general legal counsel. The District has worked with Jones Hall on all bonds within the last ten years. Staff is recommending continuing that relationship with this contract.

This item is aligned to Board Goal #1 District Wide Alignment

FINANCIAL IMPACT: Cost to be paid for from bond proceeds $57,500

Attachments:
Contract

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Measure H Resolution

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RESOLUTION NO. 01-18I19

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE
PARLIER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ORDERING AN ELECTION
TO AUTHORIZE THE ISSUANCE OF SCHOOL BONDS,
ESTABLISHING SPECIFICATIONS OF THE ELECTION ORDER, AND
REQUESTING CONSOLIDATION WITH OTHER ELECTIONS
OCCURRING ON NOVEMBER 6, 2018

WHEREAS, the Parlier Unified School District (the "District") in Fresno County (the "County"), State of California, is committed to providing quality education to its students; and

WHEREAS, the District's facilities are in need of repairs, upgrades, modernization and safety improvements in order to provide the education District students deserve in a safe and modern environment; and

WHEREAS, a local funding source is needed to enable the District to provide said facilities for its present and future students; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees of the District (the "Board") has determined that it is necessary to address the foregoing concerns, among others, to ensure that its schools are upgraded, repaired, improved and equipped; and

WHEREAS, on November 7, 2000, the voters of the State of California approved Proposition 39 ("Proposition 39"), which amended Articles XIIIA of the California Constitution ("Article XIIIA") to allow for the levy of ad valorem property taxes for the payment of bonded indebtedness of a school district approved by at least 55 percent of the voters voting on such proposition; and

WHEREAS, upon the passage of Proposition 39, the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bond Act of 2000, being California Education Code Section 15264 and following (the "Act"), became operative; and

WHEREAS, in order to address the facilities needs of the District as described herein, in the judgment of the Board, it is advisable to call an election pursuant to the Act to submit to the electors of the District the question whether bonds of the District shall be issued and sold pursuant to the authority of Article XVl Section 18 of the California Constitution and Article XIIIA (together with the Act, the "Law") for the purposes authorized by the Law and as described in Appendix A hereto (the "Full Text of Bond Measure"); and

WHEREAS, under the Act, the election may be ordered at a primary or general election, a regularly scheduled local election at which all of the electors of the District are entitled to vote, or a statewide special election, upon a two-thirds vote of the Board; and

WHEREAS, the Board desires to call an election in the District pursuant to the Law on November 6, 2018, which is the date of the statewide general election, and pursuant to Education Code Section 15121 and Elections Code Section 10400 and 2 following, to request consolidation with any and all other elections held in the District on such date, and to request the Fresno County Registrar of Voters (the "County Registrar") to perform election services for the District; and

WHEREAS, in connection with the calling of a bond election and in accordance with Education Code Section 15100 subparagraph (0), the Board has obtained reasonable and informed projections of assessed property valuations that take into consideration projections of assessed property valuations made by the County assessor; and

NOW, THEREFORE, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE PARLlER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT DOES HEREBY RESOLVE, DETERMINE AND ORDER AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. Recitals. The foregoing recitals are true and correct.

Section 2. 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 $9.0 million for the purposes described in the ballot measure approved under Section 4 and attached hereto as Appendix A (Full Text of Bond Measure) and Appendix B (Abbreviated Text of Bond Measure), and paying all costs incident thereto. This Resolution constitutes the order of the District to call such election and shall constitute the "specifications of the election order" pursuant to Education Code Section 5322.

Section 3. Election Date. The date of the election shall be November 6, 2018, and such bond election shall be held solely within the boundaries of the District. The boundaries of the District have not changed since the District's last election.

Section 4. Purpose of Election; Ballot Measure. The purpose of the election shall be for the voters in the District to vote on a bond measure, a full copy of which is attached hereto as Appendix A and marked "Appendix A - Full Text of Bond Measure" (the "Full Text of the Measure"), containing the question of whether the District shall issue general obligation bonds for the purposes stated therein, together with the accountability requirements of Article XIIIA and the requirements of Section 15272 of the Act. The Full Text of the Measure, which commences with the heading "FULL TEXT OF BOND MEASURE" and includes all of the text thereafter on Appendix A, shall be printed in the voter information pamphlet provided to voters, with such measure designation as is assigned to the measure by the County elections official. As required by Education Code Section 5322 and Elections Code Section 13247, the abbreviated form of the measure to appear on the ballot is attached hereto as Appendix B and is marked as "Appendix B - Abbreviated Form of Bond Measure." The President of the Board and the Superintendent are hereby separately authorized and directed to make any changes to this resolution or the text of the measure as described herein to conform to any requirements of the Law or the County Registrar.

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As required by Education Code Section 5322 and Elections Code Section 13247, the abbreviated form of the measure to appear on the ballot is attached hereto as Appendix B and is marked as "Appendix B - Abbreviated Form of Bond Measure." Appendix B presents two options, one marked "Option 1" and the other marked "Option 2." The Board hereby authorizes and directs the County Registrar to print Option 2 on the ballot label. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Board directs the County Registrar to print Option 1 on the ballot label and disregard Option 2 if directed in writing by the Superintendent, in which case Option 1 shall be deemed to amend and supersede Option 2 in its entirety. The Superintendent is hereby directed to authorize the use of Option 1 if Election Code Section 13119 is amended or suspended by legislation enacted prior to the filing deadline referenced in Section 9.

Section 5. Authority for Election. The authority for ordering the election is contained in Section 15264 et. seq. of the Education Code, Article XVI Section 18(b) of the California Constitution and paragraph (b) subsection (3) of Article XIIlA. The authority for the specification of this election order is contained in Section 5322 of the Education Code.

Section 6. Proceeds for School Facilities Projects. The Board certifies that the proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used only for the purposes specified in Article XIII A, Section 1(b)(3) as further specified in Appendix A, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses. Further, as required by Article XIIIA, the Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size and information technology needs in developing the list of school facilities projects set forth in Appendix A.

Section 7. Covenants of the Board upon Approval of the Bonds by the Electorate; Accountability Measures. As required by Article XIIIA, 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. (a) conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the funds have been expended only on the projects listed in Appendix A;
  2. (b) 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 Appendix A;
  3. (c) establish and appoint members to an independent citizens' oversight committee in accordance with Sections 15278, 15280, and 15282 of the Act;
  4. (d) apply the Bond proceeds only to the specific purposes stated in the ballot proposition;
  5. (e) cause the creation of accounts into which bond proceeds shall be deposited; and
  6. (f) cause the preparation of an annual report pursuant to Government Code Sections 53410 and 53411.

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Section 8. State Matching Funds. The Board hereby finds that some of the projects identified on the Full Text of Measure will require state matching funds for completion. As such, the statement required by Education Code Section 15122.5 has been included in the Full Text of Measure.

Section 9. Delivery of this Resolution. The Clerk of the Board is hereby directed to send a copy of this Resolution to (1) the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, (2) the County Registrar, and (3) the Fresno County Clerk of the Board of Supervisors (the "Clerk of the Board") for purposes of consolidation pursuant to Elections Code Section 10403. The Resolution shall be received by the County Registrar and the Clerk of the Board no later than 88 days prior to the election date, unless otherwise permitted by law.

The County Registrar is hereby requested to print the full text of the ballot measure in the ballot materials as it appears on Appendix A hereto and to provide all required notices of the election and other notices related thereto.

Section 10. Consolidation of Election; Request to Provide Services. The County Registrar and the Fresno County Board of Supervisors are hereby requested to consolidate the election ordered hereby with any and all other elections to be held on November 6, 2018 within the District.

Pursuant to Section 5303 of the Education Code and Section 10002 of the Elections Code, the Board of Supervisors of Fresno County is 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 Fresno County in full upon presentation of a bill from the County, such services to include the publication of a formal Notice of School Bond Election and the mailing of the sample ballot and tax rate statement (described in Section 9401 of the Elections Code).

Section 11. Approval of Tax Rate Statement. Pursuant to Elections Code Section 9401, a tax rate statement has been prepared in the form attached hereto as Appendix C, which form of Tax Rate Statement is hereby approved for inclusion in the sample ballot. The President of the Board, the Superintendent, or any written designee of the foregoing, are hereby separately authorized and directed to execute the tax rate statement, and to file said Statement with the County Registrar, in accordance with Section 9 hereof.

Section 12. Ballot Arguments. As provided in Elections Code Section 9501, 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.

Section 13. Maturity Limit of Bonds. The Bonds may be issued in one or more series by the District from time to time, and each series of Bonds shall mature not more than the legal limit at the time of such issuance thereof. The Bonds shall be issued under the Act, under the provisions of Section 53506 et seq. of the California Government Code, or under any other provision of law authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds by school districts.

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Section 14. Engagement of Professional Services. The Superintendent is authorized and directed to execute the agreements on file with the financial advisory firm of Isom Advisors, A Division of Urban Futures, Inc. and the law firm of Jones Hall, A Professional Law Corporation, which firms are hereby appointed to perform financial advisory and bond counsel and disclosure counsel services, respectively, in connection with the Bonds.

Section 15. Official Actions. The President of the Board and the Superintendent are hereby separately authorized and directed to execute and deliver to County officials any directions, requisitions or other writings, and to make any changes to the texts of the measure as described herein and in the tax rate statement, to conform to any legal requirements or the County Registrar, in order to cause the election to be held and conducted in the District.

Section 16. Effective Date. This resolution shall take effect on and after its adoption.

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The foregoing Resolution was adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Parlier Unified School District of Fresno County, being the Board authorized by law to make the designations therein contained by the following vote, on July 10, 2018.

Adopted by the following votes: [2/3 of entire Board required for approval]

AYES:

NOES:

ABSENT:

ABSTAIN:

Juan David Garza,
President of the Board

Attest:

Elizabeth L. Tienda
Clerk/Secretary of the Board

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