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Special District

Palmdale School District
Measure PSD Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results


27,437 votes yes (78.76%)

7,397 votes no (21.24%)

100% of precincts reporting (64/64).

To update classrooms, labs and learning technology for the twenty-first century; repair leaky roofs and windows; improve school safety, security, energy and water efficiency; accommodate growing enrollment; and repair, construct, and acquire equipment for classrooms, sites and facilities; shall Palmdale (Elementary) School District be authorized to issue up to $80,000,000 in bonds with annual audits, citizens' oversight, no money for administrator salaries, and all funds benefiting local schools?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

By Mary C. Wickham, County Counsel

Approval of Measure PSD (“Measure”) would authorize the Board of Trustees

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

Measure on the ballot by a Resolution adopted on August 5, 2016, to issue

general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $80,000,000.

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

only for the purpose of repairing and modernizing District elementary and

middle schools. Projects include,but are not limited to, acquiring, replacing, and

upgrading classrooms, building, labs, restrooms, common areas, grounds, and

school support facilities; acquiring, replacing, and upgrading major building

systems, equipment, and related infrastructure; acquiring and upgrading

renewable energy and energy-saving systems and equipment; renovating,

repairing, and modernizing portable classroom buildings or replacing them with

modular buildings; upgrading and expanding athletic facilities and equipment;

furnishing and equipping classrooms and other facilities; renovating facilities to

bring them into compliance with local, State, and federal building, health, safety,

access, seismic, and related requirements; replacing and upgrading hard surfaces,

landscaping, lighting, fencing, playground equipment, and parking lots; replacing

and upgrading fire and security systems, computer network infrastructure and

equipment, and telecommunications systems; acquiring and installing technology

equipment and software; constructing additional classrooms, classroom

buildings, and athletic and support facilities; and acquiring all or a portion of any

schoolsite or facility, or making lease payments with respect to any school site or

facility. Bond proceeds may not be expended on teacher and administrator

salaries and other operating expenses.

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 appoint an independent Citizens’

Oversight Committee in accordance with Education Code section 15278 no later

than 60 days after the Board enters the election results in its minutes to ensure

that bond proceeds are spent as specified in the Measure and as provided by law.

The Board shall create an account into which bond proceeds shall be deposited.

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

allowed by law. Bonds may be issued and sold in several series, but no bond shall

have a maturity greater than 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 $30 per $100,000 of

assessed value, which is projected to be the same in every year that the bonds

remain outstanding. Tax rates are based on the assessed value of taxable

property on official tax rolls, not on the property’s market value.

This Measure requires a fifty-five percent (55%) vote for passage.



Tax rate

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

November 8, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $80,000,000 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 cents per $100 ($30 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal

year 2017-18.

2.The best estimate of the tax rate which would be required to belevied 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 cents per $100 ($30 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 cents per $100 ($30 per $100,000) of assessed

valuation and is projected 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

approximately $164,155,000.

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: 8/5/2016.


Superintendent of Schools

Palmdale School District



Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Vote YES on Measure PSD to ensure Palmdale students receive the educational

opportunities to thrive and compete in our changing world. We have dedicated

teachers, staff and students in our schools,but our facilities seriously lack the

modern tools, labs and classrooms needed for a 21st Century education.

Some of our schools are over 40 years old and badly in need of repair. This

measure will provide urgent updates to old, leaky roofs, restrooms, electrical and

plumbing systems to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our


Measure PSD will help prepare our students to compete in a global economy

with updated computers and classroom technology as well as high-quality

instruction in science, math, technology, and the arts.

It’s time to transform the Palmdale School District facilities- and broaden our 

students’ horizons.

Measure PSD will:

–Remove asbestos and other hazardous materials from schools.

–Improve school safety and security.

–Repair leaky roofs and windows.

–Provide up-to-date science, technology, engineering, arts and math labs.

–Modernize our classrooms and labs so they meet today’s academic standards.

–Fulfill the Palmdale Promise by creating world class learning facilities

Measure PSD provides local school funds under local control:

–All the money raised through this measure will go directly to repair existing

Palmdale School District schools and buildings. Funds cannot be taken away

by the state.

–No funds will go towards administrators’ salaries, pensions or benefits.

–All funds would be audited annually and reviewed by an independent Citizen’s

Oversight Committee to ensure all funds are spent as promised.

Measure PSD will transform and upgrade our aging and deteriorating

elementary and intermediate schools. It’s time our students have school facilities

worthy of our community. Future generations will be grateful for the legacy we

create today by voting

YES on Measure PSD!



District English Learner Advisory Committee President


City of Palmdale Council Member


Palmdale School District Board of Trustees Member


Educator/Youth Leader


Local Business Owner




Arguments AGAINST


Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

This Proposition may be known and referred to as the “Palmdale School District

Elementary and Middle School Repair and Modernization Measure” or as

“Measure PSD.


By approval of this proposition by at least 55% of the registered voters voting on

the proposition, the Palmdale School District (the “District”) shall be authorized

to issue and sell bonds of up to $80,000,000 in aggregate principal amount to

provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed under the

heading entitled “BOND PROJECT LIST” below (the “Bond Project List”),

subject to all of the accountability safeguards specified below.


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

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

be spent to address specific facilities needs of the District, all in compliance with

the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) of the California

Constitution, and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds

Act of 2000 (codified at Section15264 and following of the California

Education Code (the “Education Code”).

Evaluation of Needs.The Board of Trustees of the District (the “Board”) has

conducted a facilities site assessment of each of the school sites in the District in

order to evaluate and address all of the facilities needs of the District at each

campus and facility, and to determine which projects to finance from a local

bond at this time. The Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class

size reduction and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project


Limitations on Use of BondsProceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this

proposition shall be used only 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,

including, to the extent permitted by law, the acquisition or lease of real property

in connection with an existing or future financing of the specific school facilities

projects listed in the Bond Project List, including the prepayment of existing or

future interim lease, certificate of participation or lease revenue bond financings,

and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and

other school operating expenses.



Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee.The Board shall establish an independent

citizens’ oversight committee (pursuant to Education Code Section

15278 and following), to ensure bond proceeds are expended only for the school

facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. The committee shall be

established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in

the minutes of the Board. In accordance with Section 15282 of the Education

Code, the citizens’ oversight committee shall consist of at least seven members

and shall include a member active in a business organization representing the

business community located within the District, a member active in a senior

citizens’ organization, a member active in a bona fide taxpayers’ organization, a

member that is a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District,and

member that is both a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the District and

active in a parent-teacher organization.No employee or official of the District 

and no vendor, contractor or consultant of the District shall be appointed to the

citizens’ oversight committee.

Annual Performance Audits.The Board 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. These audits shall be

conducted in accordance with the Government Auditing Standards issued by

the Comptroller General of the United States for performance audits. The results of

these audits shall be made publicly available and shall be submitted to the

citizens’ oversight committee in accordance with Section 15286 of the Education


Annual Financial AuditsThe Board shall conduct an annual, independent

financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent

for the school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List.These audits shall

 be conducted in accordance with the Government Auditing Standards issued by

the Comptroller General of the United States for financial audits. The results of

these audits shall be made publicly available and shall be submitted to the

citizens’ oversight committee in accordance with Section 15286 of the Education


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

proposition and the sale of any bonds approved, the Board shall take actions

necessary 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 of the District shall cause a report to be filed with the Board no

later than January 1 of each year, commencing January 1, 2018, stating (a) the

amount of bond proceeds received and expended in that year, and (b) 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 the

Superintendent of the District shall determine, and may be incorporated into the

annual budget, audit, or other appropriate routine report to the Board.


Joint-Use Projects.The District may enter into agreements with 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 shall


Single Purpose.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 all the enumerated purposes shall constitute the specific

single purpose of the bonds, and proceeds of the bonds shall be spent only for

such purpose, pursuant to California Government Code Section 53410.

Bonds maybe Issued in Excess of Statutory Bonding Limit.Issuance of all of the

authorized bonds might require the outstanding debt of the District to exceed its

statutory bonding limit of 1.25% of the total assessed valuation of taxable

property in the District. In that event, the District intends to seek a waiver of its

bonding limit from the State Board of Education, which has the power to waive

certain requirements of the Education Code applicable to the District. By

approval of this proposition, the voters have authorized the District to seek such

a waiver, and to issue authorized bonds in excess of the 1.25% limit as the State

Board of Education may approve. No such waiver has yet been sought or


Other Terms of the Bonds.When sold, the bonds shall bear interest at an annual

rate not exceeding the statutory maximum, and that interest shall be made

payable at the time or times permitted by law. The bonds may be issued and sold

in several series, and no bond shall be made to mature more than the statutory

maximum number of years from the date borne by that bond.


The Bond Project List below lists the specific projects the District proposes to

finance with proceeds of the bonds. The Bond Project List shall be considered a

part of the bond proposition and shall be reproduced in any official document

required to contain the full statement of the bond proposition. Listed projects

will be completed as needed at a particular school or facility 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. Any

authorized repairs shall be capital expenditures. The Bond Project List does not

authorize non-capital expenditures. Each project is assumed to include its share

of costs of the election and bond issuance, construction-related costs, such as


 project and construction management, architectural, engineering, inspection and


inspection and similar planning and testing costs, demolition and interim housing costs, legal,


accounting and similar fees, costs related to the independent annual financial


and performance audits, a contingency for unforeseen design and construction


costs and other costs incidental to and necessary for completion of the listed


projects (whether the related work is performed by the District or third parties).

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

construction bids are awarded, and projects are completed. In addition, certain construction funds expected from non-bond sources, including State of

California grant funds for eligible projects, have not yet been secured. Therefore,

the Board cannot guarantee that the bonds will provide sufficient funds to allow

completion of all listed projects. Alternatively, if the District obtains unexpected

funds from non-bond sources with respect to listed projects,such projects may be

enhanced, supplemented or expanded to the extent of such funds. Some projects

may be subject to further government approvals, including by State officials and

boards and/or local environmental or agency approval. Inclusion of a project on

the Bond Project List is not a guarantee that the project will be completed

(regardless of whether bond funds are available).

The specific projects authorized to be financed with proceeds of the bonds under

this proposition are as follows:




The following projects are authorized to be financed at all existing school sites

and school support facilities.

School Renovation, Repair and Upgrade Projects







-Modernize, upgrade, renovate, replace, rehabilitate, re-configure, expand,

acquire and install, and/or upgrade classrooms, classroom buildings, labs,

restrooms, common areas and grounds and school support facilities

(including library, multipurpose room/auditorium, food storage, preparation

and service, cafeteria and office/staff support facilities, whether permanent,

portable or modular, including interior and exterior (as applicable) doors

, windows, door and window hardware, roofs, rain gutters and downspouts,

walls, ceilings and floors and finishes, paint, siding, insulation, casework,

cabinets, secured storage, carpets, drapes, window coverings, infrastructure,

lighting, sinks, drinking fountains, fixtures, signage, fencing, landscaping,

furniture and equipment. 

-Renovate, replace, upgrade, acquire, install and/or integrate major

site/building/utility systems, equipment and related infrastructure and

housing, including lighting, electrical (including wiring and related

infrastructure for modern technology), heating, refrigeration, cooling and

ventilation, water, sewer, gas, irrigation, drainage, and energy

efficiency/management monitoring systems, networks, fixtures, equipment

and controls.

 –Acquire, install, upgrade and/or construct renewable energy and/or

energy-saving systems, improvements and equipment, including electricity

generation and distribution systems and/or water heating systems, natural

light improvements, upgraded insulation and roofing, efficient lighting

,windows and window coverings, shade structures, energy management and

conservation systems, and other passive technologies, and structures to

support such systems, improvements and equipment and related


–Renovate, repair, re-configure and/or modernize portable classroom buildings

or replace such buildings with permanent or modular classroom buildings.

 –Modernize, renovate, rehabilitate, re-configure, expand, upgrade and/or equip

locker rooms, gymnasiums, pools, physical education/athletic fields and

related facilities for school and community use.

 –Furnish and equip classrooms and other school facilities, including, but not

limited to, desks, chairs and classroom furniture, science and lab equipment,

school-site maintenance equipment, copy machines, “cubicle” partitions,

chairs, storage units and school office equipment, including initial purchases

and continued replacement of equipment and furniture as needed.

All or portions of these projects may be used as joint-use projects within the

meaning of Section 17077.42(c) of the Education Code (or any successor




School Site Health, Safety and Security Projects

-The inspection, sampling and analysis of grounds, buildings and building

materials to determine the presence of hazardous materials or substances,

including asbestos, lead, etc., and the encapsulation, removal, disposal and

other remediation or control of such hazardous materials and substances.

-The inspection and analysis of grounds, buildings, fixtures and structures,

including parking lots, walkways, paths, restrooms, drinking fountains,

physical education/athletic fields and facilities, playground areas and

equipment, to assess health and safety risks to students, faculty, staff, parents

and the public and compliance with local, state and federal building, health,

safety, access and other related requirements, including seismic safety

requirements, Field Act requirements access requirements of the Americans

with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Occupational Safety & Health

Administration (OSHA) requirements, and the improvement, correction,

repair or renovation of such grounds, buildings, fixtures and structures or

portions thereof identified as such health and safety risks or acquire, install

and/or construct other improvements to comply with such laws and


–Reconfigure, renovate, repair, resurface, improve and/or expand roads,

sidewalks, parking lots and related areas, and pick-up/drop-off and bus areas

to improve ingress/egress and safety and increase capacity to meet site usage.

–Renovate, repair, resurface, upgrade, expand, construct and/or install and

improve paved and other hard surfaces (including playgrounds), benches,

walls, gates, fencing, play and outside instructional areas, playfields, including

turf, physical education/athletic fields and related facilities, and landscaping,

and acquire, improve, replace and/or upgrade playground equipment and


–Upgrade and/or acquire and install exterior lighting, fire detection and

suppression, security, emergency, clock, bell, data, voice and audio

-visual communication (including telephone and public address) systems, networks,

fixtures, equipment and controls.

–Upgrade or replace buildings that do not meet current minimum building

code standards.

–Repair, replace and/or upgrade doors and door hardware, including locks.

–Remove all dry rot and repair damaged caused by dry rot.

–Replace/upgrade existing signage.

–Renovate, repair, replace, upgrade, expand and/or install and improve


All or portions of these projects may be used as joint-use projects within the

meaning of Section 17077.42(c) of the Education Code (or any successor



District-Wide Wiring and Technology for Instructional Support and

Effective Learning Environment Projects

Acquire and install technology equipment, fixtures and infrastructure,

including computers, tablets, mobile devices, software, interactive educational

technology, digital projectors and cameras, monitors, audio systems, video

systems, network equipment (including servers, network interface devices,

network switches and routers, wireless network equipment, firewalls, network

security equipment, racking, power and cooling equipment, wiring and

uninterruptible power supplies), etc.

–Upgrade, expand, replace, acquire and/or install campus wide-intercom

system, wireless systems, and telecommunications, internet, and network


–Upgrade, replace, acquire and/or install media, audio/visual equipment, and

other technology equipment and fixtures, including smart boards.


Construction Projects at School Sites

–Construct additional classrooms/classroom buildings, performing arts

facilities, restrooms, food storage, preparation and service facilities and

related school facilities.

–Construct/install outdoor learning and athletic facilities and areas, including

shade/rain structures, sitting areas, amphitheaters, pools, physical

education/athletic fields and related facilities for school and community use.

All or portions of these projects may be used as joint-use projects within the

meaning of Section 17077.42(c) of the Education Code (or any successor




–Planning, designing and providing temporary housing necessary for listed

bond projects.

–Necessary onsite and offsite preparation or restoration in connection with

new construction, renovation or remodeling, or installation or removal of

relocatable buildings, including demolition of structures; removing, replacing,

or installing irrigation, drainage, utility lines (gas, water, sewer, electrical,

data and voice, etc.), trees and landscaping; relocating fire access roads; and

acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, land or rights of way made

necessary by listed bond projects

–Address other unforeseen conditions revealed by construction, renovation or

modernization (including plumbing or gas line breaks, dry rot, seismic and

structural deficiencies, etc.).

–Acquire or construct storage facilities and other space on an interim basis, as

needed to accommodate construction materials, equipment, and personnel,

and interim classrooms (including relocatables) for students and school

functions or other storage for classroom materials displaced during


–For any project involving renovation, rehabilitation or repair of a building or

the major portion of a building, the District shall be authorized to proceed

with new replacement construction/re-construction instead (including any

necessary demolition), if the Board of Education of the District determines

that replacement and new construction/re-construction is more practical than renovation, rehabilitation and repair, considering the building’s age,

condition, expected remaining life, comparative cost and other relevant factors.

–Furnishing and equipping of classrooms and other school facilities; furnishing

and equipping shall include initial purchases, and scheduled and necessary

replacements, upgrades and updating of technology.

–Modernize, renovate, replace, acquire, install, and/or construct space for food

service at each school or at a central location for all schools.

–Renovate, replace, upgrade, acquire, install and/or construct space, to be used

for school and community functions such as professional development,

community meetings, school exhibits and other programs.

–All other costs and work necessary and incidental to the listed bond projects.

–Acquisition of all or a portion of any school site or facility, or an interest

therein, or make lease payments with respect to any school site or facility,

encumbered in order to finance or refinance listed bond projects or other

prior capital improvement projects pursuant to a lease, certificate of

participation or lease revenue bond financing







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