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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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Brea Olinda Unified School District
Measure K Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

No se aprueba

8,192 votos si (49.4%)

8,386 votos no (50.6%)

100% de distritos activos (32/32).

To repair/upgrade outdated classrooms, leaky roofs, bathrooms/plumbing/electrical wiring; meet handicap accessibility/ earthquake safety requirements; remove asbestos/hazardous materials; upgrade libraries, science labs, technology; repair/construct/acquire/equip facilities; in order to help retain/attract quality teachers, protect property values and maintain quality local schools; shall Brea Olinda Unified School District issue $148,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, no funds for administrators' salaries, requiring audits, citizens' oversight, and keeping funds local?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Un voto por el SÍ significa

A “Yes” vote means the school district may proceed to

sell the bonds and levy the related taxes as estimated in

the tax rate statement.

Un voto por el NO significa

A “No” vote on this measure will disapprove the issuance

of the bonds and the levy of the taxes for such bonded

indebtedness.

 

Antecedentes

No document filed.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Orange County Counsel

Impartial Analysis

Brea Olinda Unified School District

Measure K

The California Constitution provides that school districts may issue general obligation bonds for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities, with the approval of 55% of the voters of the district, voting at an election for that purpose. The California Constitution further provides that the bond measure must include a requirement that the bond proceeds will be used only for the permitted purposes and other requirements designed to ensure accountability.

The Board of Education of the Brea Olinda Unified School District has proposed to the voters within the Brea Olinda Unified School District that general obligation bonds be issued in an amount up to $148,000,000 and that ad valorem taxes be levied upon taxable property within the Brea Olinda Unified School District to repay the bonded indebtedness. The measure provides that proceeds from the sale of the bonds will generally be used to modernize, repair and upgrade school facilities within the Brea Olinda Unified School District, including updating libraries, science labs, and playgrounds; improving technology and security equipment and infrastructure; and removing asbestos and hazardous materials from school facilities.

Bond proceeds may only be spent on the projects set forth in the measure.

The measure provides that a citizens’ oversight committee will be established to ensure that bond proceeds are properly expended within Brea Olinda Unified School District. In addition, annual performance and financial audits will be conducted. The measures also requires the Superintendent of the Brea Olinda Unified School District to submit a yearly report to the Board of Education as long as the proceeds of the bond remain unexpended.

The measure further provides that bond proceeds will not be used for teacher or administrator salaries or other school operating expenses.

Approval of Measure K does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the Brea Olinda Unified School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure K will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure K. The school district’s proposal for the project or projects may assume the receipt of matching state funds, which could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

The Board of Education of the Brea Olinda Unified School District has called the election for the purpose of submitting the measure to the voters within the school district. If 55% of the voters within Brea Olinda Unified School District voting on the measure vote “yes,” the school district may proceed to sell the bonds and levy the related taxes as estimated in the tax rate statement. A “no” vote on this measure will disapprove the issuance of the bonds and the levy of the taxes for such bonded indebtedness.

Efectos fiscales

No document filed.

Tax rate

Brea Olinda Unified School District Attorney

 

An election will be held in the Brea Olinda Unified School District (the “District”) on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $148,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the proposition. If the bonds are approved, the District expects to issue the Bonds in multiple series over time. Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400 through 9404 of the California Elections Code.

1. The best estimate of the tax which would be required to be levied 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 $0.054 cents per $100 ($54.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017-18.

2. The best estimate of the tax rate which would be required to be levied 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 $0.054 cents per $100 ($54.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2025-26.

3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.054 cents per $100 ($54.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation and is expected to remain approximately the same in each year during the term of repayment of the bonds.

4. The best estimate of the total debt service is $288 million, which includes the principal and interest that would be required to be repaid if all of the bonds are issued and sold.

Voters should note that estimated tax rates are based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the County’s official tax rolls, not on the property’s market value, which could be more or less than the assessed value. 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. Certain taxpayers may also be eligible to postpone payment of taxes. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors to determine their property’s assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

Attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon the District’s projections and estimates only, which are not binding upon the District. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply, and the actual total debt service, may vary from those presently estimated, due to variations from these estimates in the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold and market interest rates at the time of each sale, and actual assessed valuations over the term of repayment of the bonds. The dates of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on need for construction funds and other factors, including the legal limitations on bonds approved by a 55% affirmative vote. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on the bond market at the time of each sale. Actual future assessed valuation 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.

Dated: August 10, 2016.

s/ Brad Mason

Superintendent of Schools, Brea Olinda Unified School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Vote YES on K! We can argue all we want about government spending and taxes, but the truth is, BREA KIDS DESERVE SAFE AND HEALTHY SCHOOLS!

Brea schools were once the envy of Orange County, but are now old and outdated with aging facilities and failing safety and security systems. Most of our schools are decades old, including two schools that are nearly 100 years old.

YES on K will bring outdated schools up to code by repairing or replacing deteriorating restrooms, leaky roofs, plumbing systems, and electrical wiring; removing asbestos; and, retrofitting buildings for earthquakes.

YES on K will provide up-to-date fire safety doors, security cameras, and other safety upgrades.

In March 2014 a magnitude-5.1 earthquake shook north Orange County causing significant damage to Fanning Elementary, forcing it to close for a whole year and costing millions to repair. YES on K will make critical safety repairs and upgrades to Brea schools – ensuring all Brea schools are structurally sound and meet earthquake safety standards.

In today’s economy students need a strong foundation in math, science, engineering and technology. YES on K will also upgrade classrooms, science labs, computer labs, and school libraries to ensure students have the education and skills they need for the 21st Century.

Measure K includes TOUGH ACCOUNTABILITY and TAXPAYERSAFEGUARDS including an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee and annual audits to ensure all funds are spent as promised.

By law, all MEASURE K funds go toward improving schools. No money can be spent on administrators’ salaries or pensions.

CHILDREN DESERVE SAFE AND HEALTHY SCHOOLS! GOOD SCHOOLS PROTECT PROPERTY VALUES and KEEP OUR COMMUNITY STRONG! Join Brea community leaders, realtors, the local business community, a unanimous school board, and former Brea Mayors Bev Perry and Don Schweitzer in voting YES on K!

s/ Christine Marick

Mayor, City of Brea

s/ Lynn Daucher

Retired California State Assemblywoman

s/ Holli Kittleson

PTA Council President

s/ William C. Lentini

Retired Police Chief, City of Brea

s/ Jonathan Pearson

Realtor

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

The Brea School Board wants your vote for a $148 Million Dollar Bond Tax. If Brea voters pass Measure K, the average Brea homeowner will owe $12,500 in additional property taxes over 30 years! Brea rents will rise. Brea businesses will raise prices. Brea homeowners, property owners, renters, local businesses and community leaders are willing to dedicate time and resources to improving our schools, but we oppose Measure K because the School Board:

• Refuses to define expenditures - providing no accountability. The math doesn’t add up. For what they’re asking to repair seven schools, they could build 14 NEW schools! (A brand new Olinda Elementary School built 2010-2012 @ $10. 7 million)

• Refuses to share financing terms for assets such as air conditioners and computers, whose mechanical or technological life span will end decades before the Bond Debt is paid.

• Received in 2015 alone, over $97,000 in insurance benefits and stipends to part-time board members! This administrative bloat hijacks educational dollars meant for Brea school-children!

• Spent $127,340 taxpayer-dollars on “consultants” that provided a phone survey rigged to claim Bond Tax support! Only 364 Brea residents were called! Uncontrolled expenditures and lack of transparency shouldn’t be rewarded.

• Leaky roofs, asbestos, and faulty wiring are buzzwords, used to scare caring residents into voting themselves into years of financial bondage with no proper evaluation.

• Attempted an end-run around Howard Jarvis Prop. 13 protections for their Bond Taxes! Brea’s young families, first-time home-owners and seniors on fixed incomes cannot absorb these continual, life-long tax increases.

• Will not reduce class sizes or add one new teacher, classroom, or vocational trade class with requested Bond Tax Revenue.

Vote NO on measure K!

s/ Connie Lanzisera

Accountant

s/ Dwight Manley

Business Owner

s/ Paul Ruiz

Parent of Brea Students, Athletic Director Pop Warner Football, PTA

Board Member-Arovista

s/ Rick Rios

Parent of Brea Students, Member of Executive Council for the City Wide

PTA & City of Brea Treasurer

 

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

Brea Schools are the envy of Orange County. The BOUSD website states six Brea schools are California Distinguished Schools, two Blue Ribbon Schools, and 90% of Brea High’s graduates plan to enter college.

It’s the Board of Trustees and the District that are FAILING our students and taxpayers. Massive non-planned funding tends to become massive non-planned spending. How many times can we be TAXED to address the same asbestos issues? Brea Taxpayers deserve a well-conceived, responsible and detailed plan.

Additional tax burdens may dissuade buyers from purchasing homes in Brea. It doesn’t matter how good the schools are if families cannot afford to buy.

Bonds are loans WITH INTEREST! Taxpayers won’t know the full cost of the bond and debt service until after the measure is passed. Like credit cards, it’s too easy to spend the money now and forget how the interest accumulates.

Increased spending on Administrators’ and Board Trustees’ salaries, benefits, and pensions have taken needed funds away from our children’s schools.

If $1 million dollars turned Laurel School into a technological magnet school, why wouldn’t $1 million dollars do the same for other Brea schools?

Citizen Oversight Committees are not enough to control where or how money will be spent. Good schools are not merely important; they are essential. But, a closer look at Measure K tells us this is NOT the wisest or best way for Brea to fund its good schools.

Vote NO on Measure K!

For more information visit: http://tinyurl.com/measurek

s/ Richard Rios

Parent of Brea Students, Member of Executive Council for the City Wide

PTA & City of Brea Treasurer

s/ Paul Ruiz

Parent of Brea Students, Athletic Director Pop Warner Football, PTA

Board Member-Arovista

s/ Connie Lanzisera

Accountant

s/ Dwight Manley

Business Owner

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Opponents are spewing the same old anti-school bond message. They obviously haven’t read Measure K, which can be viewed at www.bousd.k12.ca.us/MeasureK. Measure K is a great investment in students and local communities.

HERE ARE THE FACTS OPPONENTS WANT YOU TO IGNORE.

FACT: Asbestos Closed Brea’s Fanning Elementary. In 2014, an earthquake shook North Orange County causing significant damage to Fanning Elementary. It was a year before it was deemed safe for children to reenter.

FACT: Brea Schools Have Over $290 Million In Needs. A recent report shows Brea schools have over $290 million in needs to bring them up to health and safety codes and 21st Century learning standards. The report can be viewed at www.bousd.k12.ca.us/MeasureK.

FACT: Many Brea Schools Have Outdated Security, including obsolete or lacking security alarms, fire safety doors, security cameras, and emergency communications systems.

FACT: To Succeed In Today’s Economy, Students Must Have A Strong Education In Math, Science, Engineering And Technology, which requires up-to-date classrooms and science labs.

FACT: Good Schools Are Essential To Protecting Property Values. School bonds give local communities the power to protect their schools from deteriorating and falling behind.

FACT: Measure K Includes An ACCOUNTABLE List Of Authorized Projects, which can be viewed at www.bousd.k12.ca.us/MeasureK.

FACT: Hundreds of Brea Residents have been engaged in developing the Measure K plan! To suggest otherwise is simply untrue.

Vote YES on Measure K!

s/ Nancy E. Lee

Realtor, President Brea Korea Sister City Association

s/ Jonathan Ekno

Local Business Owner

Chairman of the Board, Brea Chamber of Commerce

s/ Douglas Green

Pastor

s/ Jill Chavez

BOUSD Teacher of the Year, 2016

s/ Mary Martinez

— Orange County Registrar of Voters
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