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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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Garden Grove Unified School District
Measure P Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

58,962 votos si (76.3%)

18,282 votos no (23.7%)

100% de distritos activos (120/120).

To repair/replace roofs, plumbing, and inadequate electrical systems; install air conditioning; upgrade classrooms, science labs, and access to instructional technology; provide classrooms/labs for career technology education that prepares students for college/careers; improve access for individuals with disabilities and earthquake/fire safety and campus security/lighting/cameras, shall Garden Grove Unified School District issue $311,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, with independent oversight, no money for administrators and all funds locally-controlled?

¿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 was filed.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Orange County Counsel

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 Garden Grove Unified School District has proposed to the voters within the Garden Grove Unified School District that general obligation bonds be issued in an amount up to $311,000,000 and that ad valorem taxes be levied upon taxable property within the 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, construct and upgrade school facilities within the Garden Grove Unified School District, including upgrading inadequate electrical systems, gymnasiums and playgrounds; modernizing technology and security infrastructure; repairing or replacing roofs, carpets and window coverings; repairing or replacing HVAC systems and plumbing; and constructing athletic facilities and areas including stadiums, pools and tennis and other hard courts. 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 Garden Grove Unified School District. In addition, annual performance and financial audits will be conducted. The measure also requires the Superintendent of the Garden Grove 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.

The Board of Education of the Garden Grove 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 Garden Grove 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 was filed.

Tax rate

Garden Grove Unified School District Attorney

An election will be held in the Garden Grove Unified School District (the “District”) on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $311,000,000 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 3.40 cents per $100 ($34.00 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 3.40 cents per $100 ($34.00 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 3.40 cents per $100 ($34.00 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 $575,000,000, 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 9, 2016.

s/Gabriela Mafi, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Garden Grove Unified School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Voting YES on P maintains quality education for local students and prepares our graduates for college and careers.

With 67 schools serving students in Garden Grove, Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Stanton, Westminster and unincorporated areas, Garden Grove Unified School District provides high-quality education for local students.

Many local schools are over 50 years old and need repairs and upgrades to continue providing a safe, modern learning environment for students for decades to come. Some schools need earthquake safety improvements and classrooms without air conditioning reach uncomfortable temperatures over 90 degrees. Classrooms and science labs built decades ago must be updated to support modern instruction in science, math and 21st-century technology.

Voting Yes on P upgrades local schools to protect quality education and helps our schools qualify for state matching funds that will otherwise go to other communities.

Yes on P will:

• Repair leaky roofs, old rusty plumbing and faulty electrical systems

• Upgrade classrooms, labs and access to instructional technology to keep pace with technology and improve student learning in core subjects

• Provide career technical education facilities to prepare students for college and 21st-century jobs in fields like health sciences, engineering and technology

• Install air conditioning to improve air quality and prevent overheated classrooms

• Retrofit older buildings for earthquake safety Accountability Requirements

• All funds must stay local to support our students and cannot be taken by the State

• A Citizens’ Oversight Committee and independent audits ensure funds are spent only for priorities on the detailed project list

• By law, no money can be used for administrator salaries or benefits

Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting the quality of our schools, the quality of life in our community and the value of our homes is a wise Investment.

Vote YES on P for local schools!

s/ Dr. George West
Educator/President of the Garden Grove Unified School District

s/ Tina Gustin-Gurney
Teacher/President, Garden Grove Education Association

s/ Lan Quoc Nguyen
Attorney/Businessman/Member, Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education

s/ Walter Muneton
Truancy Reduction Officer

s/ Maureen Blackmun
President, Central Garden Grove Neighborhood Association

No argument against this measure was submitted.

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

No Argument Against this measure was filed.

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

No Rebuttal to Pro Argument could be filed.

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

No Rebuttal to Con Argument could be filed.

— Orange County Registrar of Voters
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