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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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Ocean View School District
Measure R Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

22,386 votos si (58.9%)

15,600 votos no (41.1%)

100% de distritos activos (50/50).

To repair/modernize aging classrooms/school facilities including improving student safety/campus security, disabled access, deteriorating roofs, plumbing, ventilation/electrical systems, and acquire, renovate, construct, and equip classrooms, sites, facilities, labs/instructional technology to support student achievement in reading, math, arts, science and technology, shall Ocean View School District of Orange County issue $169,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with independent citizen oversight, audits, no money for teacher/administrator salaries, and all money staying 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 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 Trustees of the Ocean View School District of Orange County has proposed to the voters within the Ocean View School District of Orange County that general obligation bonds be issued in an amount up to $169,000,000 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 renovate, repair, construct and upgrade school facilities within the Ocean View School District of Orange County, including upgrading classrooms, libraries and multi-purpose rooms; upgrading electrical systems; improving technology infrastructure; repairing or replacing roofs, windows, floors and drinking fountains; repairing or replacing HVAC systems and plumbing; and updating playgrounds and play apparatus. 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 Ocean View School District of Orange County. In addition, annual performance and financial audits will be conducted. The measure also requires the Superintendent of the Ocean View School District of Orange County to submit a yearly report to the Board of Trustees 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 Trustees of the Ocean View School District of Orange County has called the election for the purpose of submitting the measure to the voters within the school district. If 55% of the voters within 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

Ocean View School District Attorney

An election will be held in Ocean View School District (the “District”) on November 8, 2016 for the purpose of submitting to the electors of the District the question of issuing bonds of the District in the principal amount of $169 million. If such bonds are authorized and sold, the principal thereof and interest thereon will be payable from the proceeds of taxes levied on the taxable property in the District. The following information regarding tax rates is given to comply with Section 9401 of the California Elections Code. This 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 assessed valuations of taxable property in the District, and assuming the entire debt service on the bonds will be paid through property taxation:

1. The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue during the first fiscal year after the first sale of the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of the filing of this statement, or on a projection based on experience within the District or other demonstrable factors, is $0.030 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation of all property to be taxed for the year 2017-18.

2. The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue during the first fiscal year after the last sale of the bonds and an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of the filing of this statement, or on a projection based on experience within the District or other demonstrable factors, is $0.030 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation of all property to be taxed and the year 2025-26.

3. The best estimate from official sources of the highest tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue and an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of the filing of this statement, or on a projection based on experience within the District or other demonstrable factors, is $0.030 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation of all property to be taxed, which is projected to be the same in every fiscal year that the bonds remain outstanding.

4. The best estimate from official sources of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is $319 million.

Attention of voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon projections and estimates. The actual timing of sales of the bonds and the amount to be sold at any time will be governed by the needs of the District and other factors. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold, which will not exceed the maximum permitted by law, will depend upon the bond market at the time of sale. The actual assessed valuations in future years will depend upon the value of property within the District as determined in the assessment and the equalization process.

Therefore, the actual tax rates and the years in which those tax rates will be applicable may vary from those presently estimated and stated above.

s/ Carol Hansen, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Ocean View School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Vote YES on R to maintain quality elementary and middle schools in Ocean View School District and ensure safe schools and 21st-century learning environments for local students.

OVSD is proud of the many National Blue Ribbon and Distinguished Schools in our district. Three have received the prestigious Golden Bell award by the California School Boards Association and we have one NASA Explorer School.

However, most OVSD schools were built over 50 years ago and are in need of essential repairs and improvements to serve our community well for decades to come.

We need Measure R to make critically needed repairs and upgrades to classrooms and labs, update technology infrastructure, and ensure a safe learning environment that supports student success in high school, college, and future careers.

Great schools in our community protect quality of life and the value of our homes – a good investment for those with or without children.

Measure R will:

• Improve student safety and campus security systems, including security fencing, security cameras, emergency communications systems, smoke detectors, fire alarms, and sprinklers

• Repair or replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing, heating, ventilation, and electrical systems

• Provide the equipment and educational technology needed to support high-quality instruction in science, reading, music, arts, and math

• Improve access to school facilities for students with disabilities

• Ensure that children’s playground equipment and play areas meet current health and safety standards

Measure R is fiscally accountable:

• All funds stay in Ocean View School District to support our local elementary students – Sacramento cannot take a single penny.

• No Measure R money can be used for administrators’ salaries or benefits

• A mandatory Citizens’ Oversight Committee and annual independent audits are required

Ocean View TEACHERS, PARENTS, PUBLIC SAFETY, CIVIC and BUSINESS LEADERS support Measure R.

Join us in voting YES on Measure R for our neighborhood schools.

www.SafeOceanViewSchools.org

s/ Ralph Bauer
Former Mayor/52-year Huntington Beach Resident

s/ Margaret Friedmann
President, Ocean View Teachers Association

s/ Norma Brandel Gibbs
Former Mayor/Retired Professor

s/ Libbie Rector
Local Realtor/Ocean View Parent

s/ Patricia Singer
President, Ocean View PTA Roundtable

 

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

Out of Control Government Spending is STEALING FROM OUR CHILDREN!!

This bond measure will impose a massive debt on our residents over the next 30 years! This 30-year debt will be left to our children and will negatively impact home values. Renters, you are not immune - your rent will increase to cover the new tax obligation.

The Ocean View School District is proposing a $169 MILLION bond. It was not enough that they borrowed millions to supposedly modernize all schools - a cost of over $38 million; they then claimed they spent another $40M on asbestos removal yet, magically, fully modernized 3 of the District schools. Apparently, the nearly $80M in new debt WAS NOT ENOUGH; they still want more!

Half the District’s schools have been modernized without the need for a bond. All schools are ADA compliant and have received new bathrooms, fire alarms and other safety upgrades. The District leases surplus land and, historically, the lease income was used to modernize and repair our schools. Now the income is used to pay down loans needed to balance the budget mismanaged by OVSD. In past years, the District budgeted wisely to modernize one school at a time. Then everything changed – new trustees brought forward unfunded and non-budgeted projects.

Now they want $169M of additional tax dollars. AND THIS IS ONLY THEIR FIRST REQUEST – THEY WILL WANT MORE! Do you trust these people to manage $169M of your money???? Aren’t we taxed enough already? And, by the way, the state has substantially increased funding to schools for the past 4 consecutive years yet Ocean View School District is STILL overspending!

Please join us in voting against the Bond and stopping the madness. Demand the Ocean View School District Trustees live within the existing budget before we give them more.

s/ Dave Sullivan
Former Huntington Beach Mayor

s/ Calvin Free
Independent Business Owner

s/ Salvador Manzo
Parent/Property Owner

s/ James Knapp
Real Estate
OVSD Facilities Planning Advisory Committee Chair

s/ James Ball
Retired Boeing Manager

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

The Ocean View School District Board’s priorities do not include what’s best for kids! The District needs Measure R to solve its self-created budget crisis. Why should property owners bail out irresponsible trustees who fiscally mismanage our TAX dollars?

The Proponents of Measure R want you to believe that a $169 Million TAX will increase student achievement, however, the District has always enjoyed great success due to strong teachers, great principals and involved parents. This TAX will not improve that.

The Proponents of Measure R talk about “much needed repairs.” OVSD receives over $2 Million each year in lease revenue; why not use that money for those “much needed repairs?” Instead, the School Board gave 2 raises totaling 7% (Administration, teachers, classified) last year alone.

This TAX will be used to offset the general fund so more raises can be given.

With OVSD’s union-controlled school board, precious resources have been wasted. The current school board has managed to assemble a cartel-like following with people we believe are too afraid or unwilling to stand up for what is right. The “Opposition” is hard-working people, like you, who didn’t even know this was happening until professionally produced and carefully written mailers designed to make you feel guilty for not supporting the measure were mailed to your homes.

Protect Proposition 13, protect our seniors, protect our future homeowners, your children; they cannot absorb these life-long tax increases AND VOTE NO ON MEASURE R!

s/ James Knapp
Real Estate/OVSD Facilities Planning Advisory Committee Chair

s/ Calvin Free
Independent Business Owner

s/ Dave Sullivan
Former Huntington Beach Mayor

s/ James Ball
Retired Boeing Manager

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Our opponents are ideologically opposed to bond measures. They simply have the facts wrong, and their arguments misrepresent the truth. Curious about the actual need and specific projects? A transparent, detailed, community designed facilities master plan is available here:  www.ovsd-fmp.org.

FACT: The need is real. All Ocean View schools are over 50 years old and are deteriorating. They require essential safety repairs, are not handicap accessible, and simply no longer meet the needs of our students facing an ever-changing, 21st-century world.

FACT: Our District schools faced real challenges over the past few years and under new leadership acting quickly and responsibly, completed critical renovations at some schools without incurring General Obligation Bond debt.

FACT: The State completely eliminated its funding for school repairs and upgrades.

FACT: No other source of funding exists to complete the repairs and upgrades our local schools require.

FACT: Measure R will make critical repairs, fix leaky roofs and update classrooms, including infrastructure to support educational technology for 21st-century learning.

FACT: NO Measure R funds can be used for teachers’ or administrators’ salaries.

FACT: Independent citizen oversight and annual audits ensure every penny is used for critical repair and upgrade projects.

FACT: Measure R funds will be controlled locally, stay in our schools and cannot be taken by the State.

Our neighborhood schools are unique, desirable and some of the best in the State. Families move here for our schools - which keeps ourcommunity and local property values strong.

Join us: Vote Yes on R.

s/ Bob Ewing
Pastor and 32 yr resident of Huntington Beach

s/ Stephanie Green
Chairperson, OVSD Community Budget Advisory Committee
President of Ocean View Little League 2013 World Series Champions

s/ Robert O. Dettloff
Coast Community College District, Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee Member
President, Huntington Beach Council on Aging

s/ Moses Castillo
Police Detective and PTO President

s/ Gina Clayton-Tarvin
President, Ocean View School District Board of Trustees
Business Owner

— Orange County Registrar of Voters
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