Round Valley Unified Schools: Vote Yes on Measure K Bonds - Mendocino County - 2018 general Election
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Welcome to the Yes No on Measure K Campaign

#HonestBallots Movement

Your Mendocino 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 Round Valley 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, Mendocino, 0633720, 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 a member of the school bonds cartel. 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 K Question

"ROUND VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT MEASURE" "To improve the quality of education; construct a gymnasium for school and community use that meets health, safety, and handicapped accessibility requirements; shall Round Valley Unified School District issue $4,500,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, generating on average $272,000 annually as long as bonds are outstanding at a rate of approximately 6 cents per $100 assessed value, with annual audits, independent citizens' oversight, NO money for salaries and all money for schools?

Bonds - Yes Bonds - No

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Impartial Analysis for Measure K

IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS

MEASURE K

A Measure by the Round Valley Unified School District to Authorize the Issuance of School Bonds of up to $4,500,000 to Construct a New Gymnasium and Other School Improvements for Safety and Security

This Measure was placed on the ballot by the Round Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees ("District") to seek voter approval to authorize issuance of $4,500,000 school bonds. The bonds would issue at legal interest rates, generating on average $272,000 annually at a rate of approximately six (6) cents per onehundred (100) dollar assessed value to provide financing for the specific types of school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. The money raised by the sale of the bonds can be used solely for the purposes stated in the bond measure and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrative salaries and other school operating expenses.

The purposes stated in the Bond Project List are to provide financing to construct a new gymnasium for school and community use; to make health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements; to construct classrooms to support physical education curriculum; to make health and safety improvements, including Federal and State-mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility upgrades as mandated by the Division of the State Architect (DSA) including site access, parking, restrooms, relocation of some existing electrical devices, drinking fountains, etc.: to install, repair, upgrade, or replace safety and security systems for students and staff; and other miscellaneous projects at school sites.

Approval of this measure does not guarantee that the proposed projects that are the subject of these bonds will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by the measure. The District's proposal for the projects 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.

The District will establish an Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee to ensure bond proceeds are expended only on the types of school facilities listed in the Bond Project List. The District is mandated to conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the funds have been expended only on the specific projects listed and an annual independent financial audit of the proceeds from the sale of the bonds.

This measure was placed on the ballot by the Round Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees.

This measure must be adopted by fifty-five percent (55%) of the voters.

A "YES" vote is a vote in favor of the issuance of bonds.

A "NO" vote is a vote against the issuance of the bonds.

DATED: August 17, 2018

s/Katharine L. Elliott
KATHARINE L. ELLIOTT
County Counsel

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Argument in Favor of Measure K

Argument In Favor of Measure K

Round Valley Unified School District

Everyone knows the importance and value of having quality schools.

Quality schools improve student achievement, increase property values, prepare children for productive futures, and create greater neighborhood safety. Our teachers and staff do a great job educating local children, but Round Valley Unified School District's facilities are inadequate to provide them with the physical education opportunities that our children deserve.

Although our schools have been well maintained over the years, we have a lack of facilities that do not meet 21st century standards, or the needs of our student population. As a cornerstone to our community, we need Round Valley Unified School District to continue to be a major resource for our children. If we invest in our schools, we can construct a gymnasium for school and community use that will meet health, safety and handicapped accessibility requirements as well as improve educational standards and further enrich the Covelo community.

If passed, Measure K will provide funding to make critical facility improvements to Round Valley schools including:

  • Constructing a new gymnasium for school and community use
  • Constructing classrooms to support physical education curriculum
  • Making health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements

Measure K makes financial sense and protects taxpayers.

  • Spending will 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 K will construct facilities to enhance physical education, increase the educational opportunities of our student body and improve the quality of our community. That's something we can all support. Please join us and VOTE YES ON MEASURE K!

s/Cynthia O'Ferrall
Board Member

s/Peter Bauer
Board Member

s/James Russ
Tribal Council President

s/Douglas Hatt Jr.
Tribal Council Treasurer

s/Amanda Britton
Board Member

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Argument Against Measure K

No Argument Against Measure K was received.

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Full Text of Measure K

FULL TEXT OF MEASURE K

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of Measure K by at least 55 percent of the registered voters voting on the measure, the Round Valley Unified School District will be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $4.5 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 XIIIA, 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.

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 Mendocino 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 FULL TEXT OF MEASURE K continued 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.

USE OF ESTIMATES AND PROJECTIONS

Any estimates or projections in the bond measure or ballot materials, such as relating to estimated tax rates, the duration of issued bonds and related tax levies and collections are provided as informational only. Such amounts are estimates and are not maximum amounts or limitations on the terms of the bonds, the tax rate or duration of the tax supporting repayment of issued bonds. Such estimates depend on numerous variables which are subject to variation and change over the term of the District's overall facilities and bond financing plan, including but not limited to the amount of bonds issued and outstanding at any one time, the interest rates applicable to issued bonds, market conditions at the time of sale of the bonds, when bonds mature, timing of project needs and changes in assessed valuations in the District. As such, while such estimates and approximations are provided based on information currently available to the District and its current expectations, such estimates and approximations are not limitations and are not binding upon the District.

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 Round Valley Unified School District, including the furnishing and equipping of such school facilities. This measure authorizes bond projects to be undertaken at all District educational and support 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 voterapproved 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:

  • Construct a new gymnasium for school and community use
  • Make health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements
  • Construct classrooms to support physical education curriculum
  • 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.
  • Install, repair, upgrade, or replace safety and security systems for students and staff

Miscellaneous Projects at School Sites

  • Abate and remove hazardous materials identified prior or during construction
  • Address unforeseen conditions revealed by construction/modernization (such as plumbing or gas line breaks, dry rot, seismic, structural, etc.)
  • Other improvements required to comply with existing building codes, including the Field Act, and access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • 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 23K1
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    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
  • 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
  • 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 statemandated safety upgrades; addressing unforeseen conditions revealed by construction/modernization and other necessary improvements required to comply with existing building codes; access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act; necessary costs incurred by the District in calling and conducting the election such as County services and legal costs; bond issuance costs; and bond project construction oversight and administration during the duration of such projects, including by District personnel, 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, expansion, 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 Board of Trustees. 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 or lease financings relating to projects and/or equipment previously financed.

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 K Tax Rate Statement

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TAX RATE STATEMENT

REGARDING PROPOSED
$4.5 MILLION
ROUND VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS

An election will be held in the Round Valley Unified School District (the "District") on November 6, 2018, to authorize the sale of up to $4.5 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). The final fiscal year in which it is anticipated that the tax will be collected is 2049-50.
  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 $8,700,000.

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 durations 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 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.

s/Michael Gorman
Superintendent
Round Valley Unified School District

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Measure K Notice of Election

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NOTICE FIXING TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ARGUMENTS ON MEASURE K "ROUND VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT MEASURE"

Notice is hereby given that AUGUST 17, 2018 is fixed as the final date on which arguments, not exceeding 300 words in length, for and against the following measure to appear upon the ballot for the STATEWIDE GENERAL ELECTION to be held on NOVEMBER 6, 2018 in the County of Mendocino, may be submitted to the Mendocino County Clerk, Elections Department, 501 Low Gap Rd., Room 1020, Ukiah, CA 95482.

MEASURE K

"ROUND VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT IMPROVEMENT MEASURE"

"To improve the quality of education; construct a gymnasium for school and community use that meets health, safety, and handicapped accessibility requirements; shall Round Valley Unified School District issue $4,500,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, generating on average $272,000 annually as long as bonds are outstanding at a rate of approximately 6 cents per $100 assessed value, with annual audits, independent citizens' oversight, NO money for salaries and all money for schools?

Bonds - Yes Bonds - No

No more than five signatures shall appear with any argument submitted under this article. In case any argument is signed by more than five persons, the signatures of the first five shall be printed. All arguments, including rebuttals when rebuttals are authorized by said division, shall be accompanied by a form statement, to be signed by each author of the argument, stating that such argument is true and correct to the best of the author's knowledge and belief.

DATED: August 3, 2018
s/SUSAN M. RANOCHAK
Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

s/Katrina Bartolomie
By Katrina Bartolomie
Assistant Clerk Recorder/Registrar of Voters

08/08/2018

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