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March 3, 2020 — Primary Election
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Waukena Joint Union Elementary School District
Measure N Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

69 votos si (66.3%)

35 votos no (33.7%)

100% de distritos activos (2/2).

108 boletas electorales serán contadas.

To repair and replace classroom facilities, including roofing, heating, air conditioning and electrical systems, and improve student health, safety, security and access, shall the Waukena Joint Union School District measure be adopted to issue $1.65 million in bonds at legal rates with projected levies of $30 per $100,000 of assessed value, raising an average $113,000 annually while bonds are outstanding, requiring citizens oversight and annual audits and no bond money spent on salaries?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Lee Burdick, County of Kings County Counsel

Voter approval of this Measure will authorize the governing board of the Waukena Joint Union School District (the “District”) to issue and sell bonds in the maximum amount of one million six hundred fifty thousand dollars ($1,650,000.00). The bond proceeds may be expended to construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate or replace aging and outdated school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities within the District.

The Bond Project List in Appendix A of the Measure (“List”) describes the specific projects the District proposes to finance with proceeds from the bond sales. The District may use bond proceeds only for the purposes specified in the Measure. These include, but are not limited to modernizing aging classrooms and other school facilities; replacing and repairing leaky roofing; Rehabilitating and upgrading utilities; improving parking, play fields, sidewalks and grounds; improving school safety and security; and ensuring mandated accessibility upgrades. The bond proceeds may not be used for any other purpose, including teacher or administrator salaries or other school operating expenses.

State law requires that the Board take certain steps to account for the proceeds from the bonds. Accordingly, the Board is required to direct the funds be deposited into a special account; appoint an independent citizens’ oversight committee; conduct annual independent performance and financial audits to ensure that funds are spent only for the purposes listed in the List and for no other purposes; and prepare annual reports listing the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of any funded project.

Information regarding the estimated property tax rate to repay these bonds is found in the Tax Rate Statement prepared by the District and included in the Measure as Appendix C. The District’s best estimate of the tax rate required to service the bond debt during the life of the bonds is $30 per $100,000 of assessed value. The actual tax rate necessary to repay the Bond Measure may vary depending on factors identified in the Tax Rate Statement.

This Measure makes no change to existing law and it must be approved by at least fifty-five percent (55%) of the eligible votes cast or the bonds will not be issued. This Measure was placed on the ballot by order of the governing board of the District.

Approval of Measure N does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the District that are the subject of bonds under Measure N will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure N. The 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.

Tax rate

Deanna Cardoza, Superintendent, Waukena Joint Union School District

An election will be held in the Waukena Joint Union School District (the "District") on March 3, 2020 to authorize the sale of up to $1.65 million in general obligation bonds. The following information is submitted in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the Elections Code of the State of California. Such 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 District’s assessed valuation, the following information is provided:

1. The best estimate of the average annual tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 3¢ per $100 ($30 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. It is currently expected that the tax will be collected until fiscal year 2048-49.

2. 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 3¢ per $100 ($30 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. This rate is projected to apply in each fiscal year that the bonds are outstanding.

3. The best estimate of total debt service, including principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold will be approximately $3,276,265.

Voters should note that these estimates are based on projections derived from information obtained from official sources, and are based on the assessed value (not market value) of taxable property on the official tax rolls of Tulare County and Kings County, respectively. 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. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors to determine their property’s assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

The attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon projections and estimates only, which amounts are not maximum amounts and durations and are not binding upon the District. The actual debt service, tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary depending on the timing of bond sales, the par 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 District based on the need for project funds and other considerations. Actual assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined by the assessors of Tulare County and Kings County, respectively, in the annual assessment and the equalization process. The growth or decline in assessed valuation is the result of a number of economic and other factors outside the control of the District.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Waukena School is a historical cornerstone of our community, and the staff take pride in the educational achievements of our students. However, its K-8 classrooms and other buildings have outlived their useful life. While our staff does a great job educating our children, many classrooms and other facilities that are outdated or deficient. Therefore, our students need your support in voting YES on Measure N!

Although Waukena School has been well maintained over the years, there are many basic infrastructure and security improvements needed to meet 21st century standards. Our students deserve to have adequate facilities and Measure N would allow the District to improve our school and the quality of education provided to students. By investing in our school, we can meet today’s safety and educational standards to better serve our community.

If passed, Measure N will provide funding to make critical facility improvements to Waukena classrooms, restrooms and school facilities, including:

  • Rehabilitating and upgrading utilities, including heating, air conditioning and electrical systems, plumbing and gas lines
  • Improving access to school facilities, including parking lot paving, play fields, sidewalks and grounds
  • Improving school safety and security, including security systems and lighting
  • Improving playgrounds and fields for school and community use
  • Repairing or replacing leaky roofs

Measure N makes financial sense and protects taxpayers.

  • All funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State.
  • By law, spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens' oversight committee.
  • Funds can only be spent to improve our local elementary school, not for teacher or administrator salaries.

Measure N upgrades and renovates old and inadequate school facilities, improves the learning environment of students, and maintains the quality of our community. That's something we can all support. Please join us and VOTE YES ON MEASURE N!

Cirila Mora, Parent

Diana Benedelli, Community Member

Jodean Lewis, Parent

Lawanda Weatherton, Grandparent

Georgia Burnet, Employee/Grandparent

— County of Kings Voter Guide

Argumento EN CONTRA

No argument in opposition to this measure was submitted.

— County of Kings Voter Guide
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