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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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Westminster School District
Measure T Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

17,785 votos si (70.1%)

7,584 votos no (29.9%)

100% de distritos activos (33/33).

To upgrade aging schools and improve the quality of education with funding that cannot be taken by the State; provide heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at every school; upgrade inadequate electrical systems; improve student access to modern technology; and modernize/renovate outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; shall Westminster School District issue $76,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, with citizens' oversight, annual audits, and NO money used for administrative or teacher salaries?

¿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 Westminster School District has proposed to the voters within the Westminster School District that general obligation bonds be issued in an amount up to $76,000,000 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 Westminster School District, including upgrading inadequate electrical systems, gymnasiums and playgrounds; modernizing technology infrastructure; repairing or replacing leaky roofs HVAC systems and plumbing; and constructing a gymnasium at Stacey Middle School.

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 Westminster School District. In addition, annual performance and financial audits will be conducted. The measures also requires the Superintendent or Chief Business Official of the Westminster 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 the measure does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the Westminster School District that are the subject of bonds under the measure will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by the measure. 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 Trustees of the Westminster 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 Westminster 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

Westminster School District Attorney

An election will be held in the Westminster School District (the “District”) on November 8, 2016 to authorize the sale of up to $76,000,000 in general obligation bonds. The following information is submitted in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code.

1. The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required 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 $.02450 per $100 ($24.50 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017-18.

2. The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required 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 $.02450 per $100 ($24.50 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2027-28.

3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement, is $.02450 per $100 ($24.50 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. This vote is projected to apply in each fiscal year that the bonds are 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 will be approximately $164,800,000.

These estimates are based on projections derived from information obtained from official sources. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary depending on the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold at each sale and actual increases in assessed valuations. The timing of the bond sales and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the needs of the District. Actual assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined in the assessment and the equalization process.

Dated: June 27, 2016

s/ Marian Kim-Phelp
Superintendent
Westminster School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Vote YES on T to upgrade aging local elementary and middle schools to maintain excellent education for local students.

We are fortunate to live in a community with outstanding neighborhood schools. The high quality of our local schools protects our property values and our quality of life. Yet each of our local elementary and middle schools were built 46 to 66 years ago. Aging classrooms with leaky roofs or no air conditioning require urgent upgrades. Leaky roofs disrupt classroom instruction and classrooms without air conditioning reach uncomfortable and unsafe temperatures of up to 100 degrees.

The State continues to reduce funding for school facility improvements and we can’t rely on Sacramento to make these important repairs.

Voting YES on T provides a local solution to complete urgent upgrades to classrooms, science labs, student restrooms and other facilities to ensure our schools are safe and support high student achievement.

YES on T:

• Repairs leaky roofs

• Replaces outdated heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems

• Upgrades inadequate electrical systems and deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems

• Constructs a gymnasium at Stacey Middle School for physical education and community use

• Improves student access to modern instructional technology

• Renovates outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities

• Improves access for students with disabilities

Strict Fiscal Accountability

• All funds would benefit our local elementary and middle schools and cannot be taken by the State

• An independent citizens’ oversight committee and annual audits ensure that funds are spent properly

• By law, no funds can be used for administrators’ salaries

The Orange County Taxpayers’ Association has carefully reviewed Measure T and certified that it meets their strict criteria for a fiscally responsible school facility improvement measure.

Join local teachers, parents, civic and business leaders in supporting Measure T to upgrade aging schools to maintain quality education for local students.

s/ Jamison Power
President, Westminster School District Board of Trustees

s/ Kim Bui
President, Westminster Teachers Association

s/ Suzanne Gentilini
Businesswoman

s/ Edward M. Munoz
After School Program Director, Stacey Middle School

s/ Pho Huynh
Chairman, Board of Directors, Vietnamese Cultural Center

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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