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Special District

Mountain View Elementary School District
Measure SS Bond Measure - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results


7,492 votes yes (86.51%)

1,168 votes no (13.49%)

100% of precincts reporting (22/22).

To improve the quality of education at local elementary schools with funding that cannot be taken away by the State; repair or replace leaky roofs; replace deteriorating plumbing systems; remove mold; modernize, renovate and/or construct classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; upgrade inadequate electrical systems; and make health, seismic, safety and security improvements; shall Mountain View School District issue $57,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, with oversight, annual audits and NO money used for administrative salaries?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

By Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel

Approval of Measure SS (“Measure”) would authorize the Board of Education

(“Board”) of the Mountain View School District (“District”), which placed the

Measure on the ballot by Resolution No. 17-006, to issue general obligation

bonds in an amount not to exceed $57,000,000.

Proceeds from the sale of the bonds authorized by the Measure shall be used

only for the purposes specified in the Measure, including, but not limited to,

repairing or replacing roofs; repairing and upgrading electrical systems;

repairing, replacing, or upgrading heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning

systems; acquiring and upgrading fire alarms, sprinkler systems, communication

systems, surveillance systems, lighting and lighting control systems, and fencing;

making seismic upgrades, replacing aging building materials, and removing

hazardous materials; modernizing and/or expanding classrooms, restrooms,

libraries, computer and science labs, and other school facilities; upgrading

technology infrastructure; upgrading windows, doors, insulation, and floor

coverings to improve energy efficiency; implementing water conservation

methods such as irrigation systems and irrigation control systems, and installing

drought-resistant landscaping; replacing portable classrooms; upgrading and/or

improving playgrounds, play structures, gyms, and other physical

education/athletic fields; making safety and accessibility upgrades to comply with

federal and State regulations; upgrading, repairing, and/or expanding school

parking, roadways, and grounds; upgrading utility systems; installing exterior

lighting and repairing pathways, walkways, access ramps, and landscaping;

repairing, replacing and/or upgrading paved surfaces, turf, and other grounds to

eliminate safety hazards; improving/constructing outside instructional areas; and

acquiring land, rights of way, or other interests in real property. Bond proceeds

may not be expended on teacher and administrator salaries and other operating


The Board shall cause independent performance and financial audits to be

conducted annually to ensure that bond proceeds are spent only for the projects

identified in the Measure. The Board shall take action to establish an account in

which bond proceeds shall be deposited in accordance with Government Code

section 53410.

The maximum rate of interest on any bond shall not exceed the maximum rate

allowed by law, and no bond shall have a maturity exceeding the maximum

number of years allowed by law. According to the District’s Tax Rate

Statement, the best estimate of the highest tax rate required to fund the bonds, based on

estimated assessed valuations available when the District filed its Tax Rate

Statement, is $60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, which is projected to apply

in each fiscal year that the bonds are outstanding. Estimates are based on

projections from information obtained from official sources.

This Measure requires a two-thirds (2/3) vote for passage.



Tax rate

An election will be held in the Mountain View School District (the “District”) on

November 8, 2016 to authorize the sale of up to $57,000,000 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

$.06000 per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year


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

$.06000 per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year


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 $.06000 per $100 ($60.00 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 $116,000,000.

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: 7/13/16



Mountain View School District



Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Mountain View School District

Everyone knows the importance and value of having quality schools. From

higher achieving students, to greater neighborhood safety and improved property

values, quality schools make a difference. While our teachers and staff do a great

job in educating our children, many classrooms and school facilities at the

Mountain View School District are outdated and inadequate to provide students

with the facilities they need to succeed. This is why our children need your YES

vote on Measure SS!

Aging classrooms and facilities must be upgraded since many do not meet 21st

century standards. We are one of the few districts in the State to have never

passed, let alone even attempt a school bond measure. Measure SS will allow us

 to prepare our children for productive futures by meeting today’s safety,

technological, and educational standards. This will not only improve our schools,

but benefit our community.


If passed, Measure SS will provide funding to make facility improvements at

local schools including:

–Making health, safety and handicapped accessibility improvements

–Modernizing/renovating or constructing classrooms, restrooms and school


–Repairing deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems

–Replacing outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems

–Improving student access to modern technology

Measure SSmakes financial sense and protects taxpayers.

–All funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State.

–Spending will be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens’

facilities’ committee.

–Funds can only be spent to improve our local schools, not for administrator



Measure SSupgrades, renovates and constructs school facilities, improves the

education of local children, and maintains the quality of our community. That’s

something we can all support. Please join us and VOTE YES ON



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Retired Board Member



Arguments AGAINST


Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

This proposition may be known and referred to as the Mountain View School

District General Obligation Bond of 2016, or Measure SS.


By approval of this proposition by at least 2/3 of the registered voters voting on

 the proposition, the Mountain View School District (the “District”) shall be

authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $57.0 million in aggregate principal

amount to provide financing for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond

Project List below, and in order to qualify to receive State matching grant funds,

subject to all of the accountability safeguards specified below.


The provisions in this section are specifically included in this proposition in order

that the District’s voters and taxpayers may be assured that their money will be

spent wisely to address specific facilities needs of the District.

Limitation on Use of Bond Proceeds. The State of California does not have the

power to take locally approved school district bond funds for any State purposes.

The Constitution allows proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this

proposition to be used only for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation,

or replacement of school facilities listed in this proposition, and not for any other

purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating

expenses. Proceeds of the bonds may be used to pay or reimburse the District for

the cost of District staff only when performing work on or necessary and

incidental to the bond projects.

Facility Committee. The Board of Education shall authorize the District Facility

Committee to make periodic public reports regarding progress of bond financed

projects and expenditure of bond funds.

Annual Performance Audits. The Board of Education shall conduct an annual,

independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been

expended only on the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List.

Annual Financial Audits. The Board of Education shall conduct an annual,

independent financial audit of the bond proceeds (which shall be separate from

the District’s regular annual financial audit) until all of those proceeds have been

spent for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List.

Special Bond Proceeds Account; Annual Report to Board. Upon approval of this

proposition and the sale of any bonds approved, the Board of Education shall

take actions necessary pursuant to Government Code Section 53410 and

following to establish an account in which proceeds of the sale of bonds will be

deposited. As long as any proceeds of the bonds remain unexpended, the

Superintendent or the Chief Business Official of the District (or such other

employee as may perform substantially similar duties) shall cause a report to be

filed with the Board no later than December 31 of each year, commencing

December 31 of the year in which bonds are first issued, stating (1) the amount

of bond proceeds received and expended in that year, and (2) the status of any

project funded or to be funded from bond proceeds. The report may relate to the

calendar year, fiscal year, or other appropriate annual period as such officer shall

determine, and may be incorporated into the annual budget, audit, or other

appropriate routine report to the Board.


Specific Purposes. All of the purposes enumerated in this proposition shall be

united and voted upon as one single proposition, pursuant to Education Code

Section 15100, and shall constitute the specific purposes of the bonds, and

proceeds of the bonds shall be spent only for such purposes, pursuant to

Government Code Section 53410.

Joint Use. The District may enter into agreements with the County of Los

Angeles, or other public agencies or nonprofit organizations for joint use of

school facilities financed with the proceeds of the bonds in accordance with

Education Code Section 17077.42 (or any successor provision). The District may

seek State grant funds for eligible joint-use projects as permitted by law, and this

proposition hereby specifies and acknowledges that bond funds will or may be

used to fund all or a portion of the local share for any eligible joint-use projects

identified in the Bond Project List or as otherwise permitted by California State

regulations, as the Board of Education shall determine.

Rate of Interest. The bonds shall bear interest at a rate per annum not exceeding

the statutory maximum, payable at the time or times permitted by law.

Term of Bonds. The number of years the whole or any part of the bonds are to

run shall not exceed the legal limit, though this shall not preclude bonds from

being sold which mature prior to the legal limit.


The Bond Project List below describes the specific projects the Mountain View

School District proposes to finance with proceeds of the bonds. Listed projects

will be completed as needed at a particular school site according to

Board-established priorities, and the order in which such projects appear on the

Bond Project List is not an indication of priority for funding or completion. The

final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction

bids are awarded, and projects are completed. Certain construction funds

expected from non-bond sources, including State grant funds for eligible

projects, have not yet been secured. Until all project costs and funding sources

are known, the Board of Education cannot determine the amount of bond

proceeds available to be spent on each project, nor guarantee that the bonds will

provide sufficient funds to allow completion of all listed projects. Completion of

some projects may be subject to further government approvals or appropriation

by State officials and boards, to local environmental review, and to input from

the public. For these reasons, inclusion of a project on the Bond Project List is

not a guarantee that the project will be funded or completed.

Unless otherwise noted, the projects in the Bond Project List are authorized to

be completed at each or any of the District’s sites, as shall be approved by the

Board of Education:

School Facility Project List. The items presented on the following list provide

are the types of projects to be financed with voter-approved bond proceeds.

Specific examples included on this list are not intended to limit the generality of

the broader types of projects described and authorized by this measure. The

types of projects authorized are:

–Repair or replace leaky roofs

–Repair and upgrade outdated and inadequate electrical systems

–Repair, replace or upgrade outdated and inadequate heating,ventilation and

air-conditioning systems

–Acquire, install and/or upgrade campus security systems, including fire alarms,

sprinkler systems, school communication systems, security cameras,

surveillance systems, lighting and fencing

–Make health and safety improvements, such as installing necessary seismic

reinforcements and replacing aging building materials, including removal of

hazardous materials identified either prior to or during construction

–Modernize, renovate, construct and/or expand aging and outdated classrooms,

restrooms, libraries, computer and science labs and other school facilities, to

meet 21st century educational standards, including reimbursements to the


–Improve student access to modern technology, including providing necessary

infrastructure, hardware, wiring and other modern instructional equipment

considered to be attached to the school facility

–Make energy efficiency upgrades and improvements, such as windows, doors,

lighting and lighting control systems, roofing, insulation, floor coverings, and

solar energy

–Implement water conservation methods, such as irrigation systems and

irrigation control systems, and installation of efficient, drought-resistant


–Replace deteriorating and aging portable classrooms

–Upgrade/improve playgrounds, play structures, gyms and P.E./athletic fields

including facilities for both school and community use, including joint use


–Federal and State-mandated Occupational Safety & Health Administration

(OSHA) safety upgrades, including playground equipment replacement

–Ensure and upgrade federal and state-mandated Americans with Disabilities

Act(ADA) accessibility to schools, including upgrades to site access, parking,

staff and student restrooms, relocation of certain existing electrical devices,

drinking fountains, playground equipment, and other necessary improvements

–Upgrade, repair and/or expand school site parking, roadways, grounds and

other infrastructure such as utility systems, including installing exterior

lighting, repairing pathways, walkways, ADA access ramps and related


–Repair, replace and/or upgrade paved surfaces, turf, and other grounds to

eliminate safety hazards and to improve/construct outside instructional areas

–Acquire land, rights of ways, or other interests in real property, including the

leasing of real property, to provide adequate school and related facilities

Each of the bond projects described in this Bond Project List include all costs

incidental but directly related to the specific projects described above. Examples

of such costs include, but are not limited to: costs of design, engineering,

architect and other professional services, inspections, site preparation, utilities,

landscaping, construction management and other planning and permitting,

legal, accounting and similar costs; independent annual financial and

performance audits; a customary construction contingency; demolition and

disposal of existing structures; rental or construction of storage facilities and

other space on an interim basis for materials displaced during construction;

interim classrooms and facilities for students, administrators, and school

functions, including modular facilities; addressing unforeseen conditions

revealed by construction/modernization and other necessary improvements

required to comply with existing building codes, including the Field Act; access

requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act; costs of the election; bond

issuance costs; and project administration during the duration of such projects, as

permitted by law.

The scope and nature of any of the specific projects described above may be

altered by the District as required by unforeseen conditions that may arise during

the course of design and construction. In the event that a modernization or

renovation project will result in higher costs than relocation and construction,

this bond measure authorizes land acquisition, relocation and reconstruction,

and all costs relating there to, for said reasons or based on other considerations

deemed in the best interest of the District by the Governing Board.

Approval of the District’s bond measure does not guarantee that all of the

identified projects within this Bond Project List will be funded beyond what can

be completed with local funds generated by the bond measure. The District plans

to pursue funds from the State of California, if available, to complete certain of

the identified facilities projects.

The order in which school facilities projects are listed in the Project List does not

suggest an order of priority. Project priorities will be determined by the

Governing Board. The District is unable to anticipate all unforeseen

circumstances which may prevent some of the projects listed above from being

undertaken or completed.

The Bond Project List shall be considered a part of this ballot proposition, and

shall be reproduced in any official document required to contain the full

statement of the bond proposition.







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