League of Women Voters of California
Community College District Facilities
San Mateo County Community College District
Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required
51,556 / 65.3% Yes votes ...... 27,413 / 34.7% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Information shown below: Yes/No Meaning | Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Tax Rate Statement | Full Text|
"To prepare College of San Mateo, Canada and Skyline College students for universities and contemporary jobs; upgrade science and computer labs; modernize classrooms and occupational facilities; fix leaking roofs; improve handicapped accessibility; make seismic/safety improvements; finish energy conservation projects; make other property acquisitions and improvements; as specified in the Bond Projects List; shall San Mateo County Community College District issue $207,000,000 in bonds at interest rates within the legal limit and appoint a Citizen's Oversight Committee to perform audits?"
This measure would authorize the San Mateo County Community College District to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $207 million. The bonds will have an interest rate not to exceed the legal maximum and shall mature in no more than 25 years. The Board of Trustees has listed the specified purposes of the bonds to be: upgrade science and computer labs; modernize classrooms and occupational facilities; fix leaking roofs; improve handicapped accessibility; make seismic/safety improvements; finish energy conservation projects; and make other property acquisitions and improvements as specified in the Bond Projects List.
The measure requires the San Mateo County Community College District to take certain steps to account for the proceeds from the sale of the bonds as set forth in Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) of the California Constitution and Education Code sections 15264 et seq. The District Board must appoint a citizens' oversight committee and conduct annual independent audits to assure that funds are spent only on school and classroom improvements and for no other purposes.
A "yes" vote on this measure would authorize San Mateo County Community College District to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $207 million, for the specified purposes listed above.
A "no" vote would prevent San Mateo County Community College District from issuing bonds of up to $207 million.
This measure passes if 55% of those voting on the measure vote "yes."
|Arguments For Measure C||Arguments Against Measure C|
|Almost 40 years ago, San Mateo County residents voted to build College of San Mateo, Canada College and Skyline College. Today, these Colleges serve approximately 40,000 students each year, providing quality, affordable and accessible higher education to County residents.
Students attend to prepare for four-year degrees at universities; continue their education or receive training in special fields such as police and fire service, nursing, computers or bioscience. The Colleges also offer many classes for seniors.
Yet classrooms preparing students for tomorrow's jobs are 30-35 years old and lab equipment is 30 to 50 years old. In order to keep pace with technology and provide appropriate space for student learning, the District must renovate and upgrade its facilities. State funding is inadequate; this year all state funds for facilities maintenance and instructional equipment were eliminated.
Measure C is a local reinvestment in our community college assets.
A detailed list of projects and upgrades has been developed, which include:
Measure C benefits all County residents. Business owners, elected officials, educators and teachers, law enforcement, firefighters, nurses, organized labor, homeowner and community groups urge a Yes on Measure C.
/s/ Anna G. Eshoo
/s/ Jerry Hill
/s/ Kathleen Tyson
/s/ Tom Huening
/s/ Jackie Speier
But inflated figures don't surprise us. When they floated this measure in 1999, they asked for $148 million. -Now it's $207 million. Add interest payments, etc., and we're looking at a total tax bill over $370 million. That's $20,000 per FTES, or $600,000 per 30-student classroom. Taxpayers should get 3 new colleges for that kind of money - not asbestos removal and electrical retrofits. Clearly this is no economy-minded proposal.
That's almost $1,500. in new taxes for each of the county's 250,000 households - on top of existing taxes.
You'd think that record-level taxes would be adequate for the type of maintenance/improvements the proponents claim this bond is for.
Most of us live in older homes - many without record-level incomes - and we are able to arrange our budgets to perform important maintenance before undertaking major expansions.
Indeed, the author of this rebuttal is a part-time student at Canada College, and it appears to him that the campus is presently maintained to a higher standard of quality than most of the homes in the area - i.e. those which would be taxed by this measure. That doesn't seem right or fair.
Yet, the SMCCCD is undertaking many major initiatives, new programs, etc., while complaining that they need a bond for the basic stuff.
They don't need a bond. They need to get their priorities straight.
/s/ Christopher VA Schmidt
/s/ Morris Fiorina
/s/ Margret Buckley Schmidt
/s/ Rose A Urbach
/s/ John J. Hickey
|In 1999, voters rejected a $148,000,000.00 San Mateo County Community College District bond. Now this arrogant bunch, emboldened by the unfortunate reduction of the historical 2/3 vote to 55%, has upped the ante to $207,000,000.00.
And, their pattern of spending tax dollars for voter surveys, touchy feely TV commercials and slick promotional mailings continues. In the past election, they spent nearly $300,000 on such activities, and persuaded the Foundation bearing its name to donate $40,000 to the committee supporting the bond. Total expenditures over the past two years approach $750,000.00
They blame lack of funds for alleged deterioration of campus buildings. Such meritless allegations are hyped to the media using taxpayer dollars.
San Mateo County taxable property values rose from $65,839,959,957 to $79,064,457,064.00, more than 20% in the past two years. Schools receive 65% of property tax revenues. County schools now receive $86 Million dollars more each year than two years ago! This at a time when inflation rose less than 4.5% and enrollment is declining.
Management of resources is!
Sale of excess Skyline properties, advocated by bond opponents in the last election, have added to available funds. The District's Half Moon Bay property remains undeveloped.
Our high technology information and communication age demands rethinking brick and mortar solutions. Further divestiture of excess District assets is in order.
Canada College can not justify their large campus. In fact, the Board has entertained the idea of leasing facilities to Charter schools and even private schools. College of San Mateo is another example of excess capacity. That capacity was deemed adequate to safely house the student body of San Mateo High.
Divestiture of excess properties and facilities, to private taxpaying owners, would increase property tax revenues and supplement funding for the technology transition.
Vote NO on Measure C
/s/ Brian Holtz
/s/ D. Steinbeck
/s/ Raymond M. Bell Jr.
/s/ Margret Buckley Schmidt
/s/ John J. Hickey
This group consistently distorts known facts:
Furthermore, the San Mateo County Community College District is widely recognized as one of the best-managed postsecondary institutions in the State. Annually, 40,000 students attend the three schools; nearly 1,000,000 have attended over the years.
Measure C funds will repair and upgrade classrooms; retrofit buildings for earthquakes and handicapped accessibility; and remove asbestos. Measure C is a reinvestment in community assets we voted to build 40 years ago.
These Colleges benefit all county residents. They train police officers, educate teachers and nurses, train high-tech workers and provide the only public four- year college degree available in San Mateo County - at the University Center at Ca¤ada College.
Financial oversight of bond proceeds will be extensive. A Citizens' Oversight committee will monitor all expenditures. The average homeowner will pay less than $2 per month.
We strongly urge a Yes vote on Measure C.
/s/ Don Horsley
/s/ Deberah Bringelson
/s/ Alyn T. Beals
/s/ Clara B. Crook
/s/ Mike Nevin
|Tax Rate Statement from Ron Galatolo, Chancellor-Superintendent, San Mateo County Community College District|
|An election will be held in the San Mateo County Community College District (the "District") on November 6, 2001, to authorize the sale of up to $207,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the proposition. If the bonds are approved, the District expects to sell the bonds in four series over seven years. 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 9400-9404 of the Elections Code of the State of California.
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 .714 cents per $100 ($7.14 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2002-2003.
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 .714 cents per $100 ($7.14 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2008-2009.
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 .714 cents per $100 ($7.14 per $100,000) of assessed valuation.
Voters should note that estimated tax rate is based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the County's official tax rolls, not on the property's market 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 may vary from those presently estimated, due to variations from these estimates in the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold per series 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. 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.
|Full Text of Measure C|
|Section 1. Specifications of Election Order: Pursuant to Education Code Sections 5304, 5322, 15100 et seq., and 15266, a special election shall be held within the boundaries of the San Mateo County Community College District on November 6, 2001, for the purpose of submitting to the registered voters of the District the following proposition:
(a) Authorization of Bonded Indebtedness, School Facilities Projects.
Shall the San Mateo County Community College District be authorized to incur bonded indebtedness in the principal amount of $207,000,000 to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects in the District listed in the Bond Projects List attached hereto as Exhibit A, subject to all of the accountability requirements specified below?
(b) Accountability Requirements: The following provisions are hereby made a part of the proposition specifically in order to comply with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) of the State Constitution, and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000 (codified at Education Code Sections 15264 and following):
(1) The Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the foregoing list of school facilities projects.
(2) Proceeds from the sale of bonds issued pursuant to the authorization of the proposition contained in subdivision (a) of this Section shall be used only for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping thereof, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses. The Bond Projects List which is an integral part of this proposition lists the specific projects the District proposes to finance with proceeds of the bonds, but the Board cannot guarantee that the bonds will provide sufficient funds to allow completion of all listed projects. 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.
(3) 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 Exhibit A of this Resolution.
(4) The Board shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the proceeds of sale of the bonds until all of those proceeds have been expended for the school facilities projects listed in Exhibit A of this Resolution.
(c) Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. If the proposition is approved by the voters, pursuant to Education Code Section 15278 et seq., the Board shall establish an independent Citizens' Oversight Committee to ensure bond proceeds are expended only for the school facilities projects listed in Exhibit A of this Resolution. If the proposition is approved, this committee shall be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the Board.
(d) Further Specifications. All of the purposes enumerated in the foregoing shall be united and voted upon as one single proposition, pursuant to Education Code Section 15100. Pursuant to Government Code Section 53410, all the enumerated purposes in the foregoing shall constitute the specific single purpose of the bonds proposed to be issued and sold, and proceeds of the bonds shall be spent only for such purpose. The bonds proposed to be issued and sold shall bear interest at a rate per annum not exceeding the statutory maximum, payable at the time or times permitted by law, and the number of years the whole or any part of the bonds are to run shall not exceed 25 years from the date of the bonds or the date of any series thereof.
(e) Projects List. The bond projects list attached to this resolution as Exhibit A shall be considered a part of the ballot proposition, and is incorporated herein, and shall be reproduced in any official document required to contain the full statement of the bond proposition.
REPAIR & RENOVATION AT DISTRICT CAMPUSES WHERE AND AS NEEDED