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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
Distrito especial

Orange Unified School District
Measure S Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

54,143 votos si (62.5%)

32,534 votos no (37.5%)

100% de distritos activos (141/141).

To repair and modernize aging high school classrooms, labs and school facilities, including deteriorated roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems, complete earthquake safety retrofits, improve campus safety/security, and upgrade careertraining facilities, science labs, libraries, and technology that support student achievement in math, science, engineering and skilled trades, shall Orange Unified School District issue $288,000,000 in bonds, at legal interest rates, with independent citizen oversight, no money for administrators' salaries, and all money 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


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 Orange Unified School District has proposed to the voters within the Orange Unified School District that general obligation bonds be issued in an amount up to $288,000,000 and that ad valorem taxes be levied upon taxable property within the Orange 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 Orange Unified School District, including updating classrooms, science labs, and restrooms; improving instructional technology, security equipment and infrastructure safety; and installing energy efficient systems. 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 Orange Unified School District. In addition, annual performance and financial audits will be conducted. The measures also requires the Superintendent of the Orange 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 Orange 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 Orange 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

Orange Unified School District Attorney

An election will be held in the Orange Unified School District (the “District”) on November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $288,000,000 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 2.90 cents per $100 ($29 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 2.90 cents per $100 ($29 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2022-23.

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 2.90 cents per $100 ($29 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, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all of the bonds are issued and sold is $590,400,000. Pursuant to California Education Code Section 15144.1, the ratio of total debt service to principal for each bond series shall not exceed 4 to 1, and the best estimated ratio of total estimated debt service to principal if all of the bonds are issued is 2.05 to 1.

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: July 21, 2016

s/ Michael L. Christensen
Superintendent of Schools
Orange Unified School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Yes on Measure S

Excellent schools are critically important to our communities’ quality of life. From higher student achievement to training for future jobs and increased home values, quality High Schools make a difference for students, homeowners, and local businesses.

Canyon, El Modena, Orange and Villa Park High Schools have earned a reputation for educational distinction, however they are 40- 60 years old and have never been renovated or modernized.

Measure S will:

• Update classrooms and labs to accommodate the career and technology education classes that prepare students for college and well-paying jobs in fields including health science, engineering, technology and skilled trades

• Repair or replace leaky roofs, old plumbing and faulty electrical systems

• Upgrade instructional technology infrastructure for improved student learning in core subjects such as math and science

• Retrofit school buildings to protect against the effects of earthquakes and reduce the risk of injury or damage during natural disasters

• Modernize aging science labs to meet 21st Century requirements

• Improve campus safety, including better access for disabled students 

Strict Fiscal Accountability:

• Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee and annual audits are required

• Funds cannot be used for teacher/administrator salaries, benefits or pensions

• Funds cannot be taken by the State

• Each High School will receive an equal share of bond funds to make essential repairs, upgrades and safety updates from Measure S

Passing Measure S qualifies OUSD to receive our share of matching money from the November State bond. Without Measure S, that State money will go to other school districts that have passed local measures.

“Whether you have school-age children or not, protecting quality local schools, home values and our quality of life is a wise investment”

– Trevor O’Neil, Business Owner, Past Chairman – Orange Chamber of


Join parents, elected leaders and the business community supporting

Measure S.

Vote Yes on Measure S.


s/ Bill Campbell
Former Orange County Supervisor

s/ Teresa “Tita” Smith
Mayor of Orange

s/ Diana Fascenelli
Villa Park City Councilwoman

s/ Kris Murray
Anaheim City Councilwoman

s/ Rick Ledesma
Corp. Accounting Mgr.
OUSD Board Pres.

— Orange County Counsel

Argumento EN CONTRA

Yet, again? It seems to be a yearly ritual that the OUSD puts a bond on the ballot? The dysfunctional board is in agreement, with only one thing: they want your money!

I was replaced by a real estate agent. The rest are either ORANGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE members or taken money from them. The district had thousands to spend to gerrymander the district, so that I couldn’t run. They have over $50,000,000 in surplus.

On 7-21-2005, Kathy Moffat and Superintendent Tom Godley visited Jim Doti to destroy Rocco. One result was the Californian’s AWare suit. Joined by the “all” Chapman U team of John Moorlach’s (Mario Mainero, Kathy Moran, Fred Smoller) a lien was put on my home and my wages garnished. The OUSD ”made” $83,000. Their allies include the OC REGISTER. Dr. Villanueva/Pathologist has said that “there is an assembly line of murder and theft coming from the political/medical infrastructure.”

Do you really want your taxes raised? Homeowners are not safe. Mr. Rocco’s home was invaded by an Orange city detective, a neighbor of TONY RACKAUCKAS. Todd Spitzer’s neighbor is Kim Nichols. Lynn Nichols headed the failed Rocco Recall. The deaths of Mr. Rocco’s family have been called murder by Dr. Villanueva.

You don’t want OUSD to have this “play money” that they will dole out to political cronies. In the end, you will be cheated by their “paid” strategists to impliment this. Remember, that you are being victimized. Students are not being cheated! YOU ARE!

s/ Steve Rocco
Former OUSD Board Trustee
Committee Against the Orange Unified School District Bond

— Orange County Counsel

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

No Rebuttal to Pro Argument was filed.

— Orange County Counsel

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

YES on Measure S.

OUSD High Schools are outdated, unsafe and unequipped for today’s educational needs. Measure S will fund critical repairs and upgrades. Over 8,600 students attend Canyon, El Modena, Orange and Villa Park High Schools each day. Our students deserve the same facilities and educational opportunities that all other Orange County communities have provided to their students. We need to invest today to allow our kids to compete for college and jobs tomorrow.

Measure S is the solution to a serious problem:  Our opponents want you to believe that the solution to our aging schools is to deny the problem, while the cost and consequences of repair grow more severe. We would not ignore faulty electrical, aging roofs or deteriorating plumbing in our homes – we should not in our schools.


- Property values are linked to the quality of schools. Nearby  communities who passed bonds have superior school facilities, enjoy increased housing demand and generate higher real estate prices.

- Our public schools represent an investment in our students, our property values and community.

- SAFETY MATTERS! Measure S ensures that our science lab equipment and buildings will be updated to meet current safety codes.

Over the past 15 years, the District has exceeded the state required contribution into the upkeep of our facilities. Maintenance dollars were never intended to provide updated and modernized facilities.

Join the vast majority of the community who support our students, our schools, and our future.

Yes on S.

s/ Al Ricci
Businessowner - Ricci Real Estate

s/ Gary W. Remland
Businessowner - Remland Insurance

s/ Arianna Barrios
Governing Board Member, Rancho Santiago Community College

s/ Dennis W. Kul
Treasurer, City of Villa Park

— Orange County Counsel
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