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Alameda County, CA November 2, 2004 Election
Measure C
School Bonds
Dublin Unified School District

55% Majority

9,062 / 73.2% Yes votes ...... 3,318 / 26.8% No votes

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Results as of Dec 15 1:28pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (17/17)
Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Tax Rate Statement | Full Text

To enhance educational facilities by replacing/repairing aging electrical, plumbing and air-ventilation systems; modernizing classrooms; developing 21st century information technology; improving student safety; developing state-of-the-art high school facilities and accommodating growth in student enrollment; qualify for millions in State matching funds; shall the Dublin Unified School District issue $184 million of bonds at legal rates, appoint a Citizens Oversight Committee, perform annual audits with no bond money used for administrators' and teachers' salaries?

Impartial Analysis from County Counsel
Measure C, a Dublin Unified School District ("District")bond measure, seek voter approval to authorize the District to issue school bonds in series over time in aggregate principal amount not to exceed $184,000,000 at an interest rate not exceeding the statutory maximum. The purpose of the bonds is to finance the District projects and purposes set forth in the ballot measure and to qualify for state matching grants for school construction projects. Measure C requires an annual performance and financial audit pursuant to Education Code 15264 et seq.) and provides for the appointment of a citizens' oversight committee pursuant to Education Code Section 15278 et seq. to review and report on whether the funds are spent in accordance with the measure.

Pursuant to Section 18 of Article XVI and Section 1 of Article XIII of the California Constitution and California Education Code section15274, this measure will become effective upon the affirmative vote of at least 55% of those voters voting on the measure.

If 55% of the qualified electors voting on this measure vote for approval, the District will be authorized to issue bonds in the amount not to exceed $184,000,000.Approval of this measure will authorize the District to levy an ad valorem tax on the assessed value of real property within the District by an amount needed to pay the principal and interest on these bonds. If issued pursuant to Section 15100 of the Education code, the bonds will have a maturity not exceeding twenty-five (25) years, and bonds issued pursuant to Section 53506 of the Government Code shall have a maturity not exceeding forty (40) years.

The Tax Rate Statement for Measure C in this voter pamphlet reflects the District's best estimates, based upon currently available data and projections, of the property tax rates required to service the bonds in the first year in which taxes are expected to be levied to pay debt service on the bonds, the year in which the tax is expected to be highest, and the year following the last expected issuance of bonds, all as required by statute. The estimate of the tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds in each year throughout the term of authorization ranges between 4.91 cent per 100 dollars of assessed valuation ($49.10 per$100,000) and 6.00 cents per 100 dollars of assessed valuation ($60.00 per $100,000) as set forth more fully in the measure's Tax Rate Statement in this Voter Pamphlet.

If 55% of the qualified electors voting on this measure do not vote for approval, the measure will fail and the Dublin Unified School District will not be authorized to issue the bonds.

s/RICHARD E. WINNIE County Counsel

 
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Arguments For Measure C Arguments Against Measure C
Measure C will allow the Dublin Unified School District to repair and modernize facilities at our local schools to give our children the 21st century education they need to succeed.

Aging facilities at our local schools are in serious need of repair and renovation. Measure C will improve student safety at our local schools by repairing and modernizing school buildings and classrooms, replacing and repairing outdated electrical, plumbing, and air ventilation systems.

Measure C will accommodate the growing student population by expanding and renovating necessary buildings at all school sites and by developing new state-of-the-art high school facilities.

Measure C will also allow the district to become eligible for millions in State Matching Funds and provide our children with the 21st century education they deserve. Measure C will modernize science classrooms and improve technology at our schools, which our students need in order to excel in college.

School conditions have improved and test scores have increased at every school in the district over the past five years; however, there is much more work to be done.

Measure C will allow us to continue to provide safe and healthy classrooms for our students.

Measure C will maintain excellence in Dublin's schools.

Measure C is supported by a broad coalition of community members, teachers, business owners and parents because it will provide the funds necessary to ensure that our school facilities continue to meet the educational needs of our students.

By law, Measure C funds cannot be spent on staff salaries or administration. All funds must go toward renovating, repairing, constructing and equipping our school facilities. A Citizen's Oversight Committee will ensure that Measure C funds are used as promised through annual audits.

Support Our Schools. Support Our Students. Please join us in voting Yes on Measure C.

s/TED WOY, M.D. Former School Board Member/Hope Hospice Board Vice-President

s/DENISE FISHER Classroom Teacher2004 District "Teacher of the Year"

s/PAMELA GLYNN Executive Director Dublin Partners In Education

s/WILLIAM MOY Certified Public Accountant Dublin Resident

s/VALERIE BARNES Retired, Former City Council member City of Dublin

No argument against Measure C was submitted.

Tax Rate Statement from Superintendent Dublin Unified School District
An election will be held in the Dublin Unified School District (the "District") on November 2, 2004, to submit to electors of the District the question of whether to authorize the sale of up to $184,000,000 of general obligation bonds of the District to finance the acquisition, construction, improvement and equipping of real property for school purposes. It is expected that bonds would be issued in series over time. If such bonds are authorized and sold, the principal thereof and interest thereon will be payable from the proceeds of tax levies made upon taxable property in the District. The following information regarding tax rates is given to comply with Sections 9400-9404 of the California Election Code. 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, and assuming the entire debt service will be amortized through property taxation:

1. The best tax estimate of the tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the first series of bonds is 4.91 cents per 100 dollars ($49.10 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in the fiscal year2005/06.

2. The best estimate of the tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the last series of bonds and an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply is 6.00 cents per 100 dollars ($60.00 per$100,000) of assessed valuation for the fiscal year2011/12.

3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue and an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply is 6.00 cents per 100 dollars ($60.00 per$100,000) assessed valuation for the fiscal year2011/12.

Voters should note that the estimated tax rates are based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the County's tax rolls, not on the property's market value. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills 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 are not binding upon the District. Such projections and estimates may vary due to variations in timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold at each bond sale, market interest rates at the time of each bond sale and actual assessed valuation over the term of repayment of the bonds. The actual date of the sales of said bonds and the amount sold on any given date will be governed by the needs of the District and other factors. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold, which in any event will not exceed the maximum permitted bylaw, will depend upon the bond market at the time of each sale. Actual assessed valuation in future years will depend upon the value of property within the District as determined in the assessment and equalization process. Hence, the actual tax rates and the years in which such rates are applicable may vary from those presently estimated above.

Dated: August 4, 2004

s/JOHN SUGIYAMA Superintendent Dublin Unified School District

Full Text of Measure C
The specific school facilities projects that the Dublin Unified School District proposes to finance with proceeds of bonds authorized by this proposition (the "Bond Project List") are listed in the following pages, which is an integral part of the proposition.

The Bond Project List was developed by the Board of Trustees (the "Board") upon evaluation of, among other factors, safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs. Each listed project may include a share of bond issuance costs, program planning and analysis, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, construction management, relocation costs, legal costs and other costs ordinarily chargeable to capital accounts otherwise permitted by law, the costs of furnishing and equipping new classrooms, and a customary contingency for unforeseen site acquisition, design, construction and other costs. No bond money will be used for teacher or administrator salaries or any other school operating expenses.

Approval of this proposition does not guarantee that the proposed projects in the Dublin Unified School District that are the subject of bonds under the proposition will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by the proposition. If state matching funds become available, they will be used for and applied to the Bond Project List. The Dublin Unified School District's proposal for the projector projects assumes the receipt of matching state funds, which could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure. The Board does not guarantee that the bonds will provide sufficient funds to allow completion of all listed projects. The Bond Project List describes work that the Dublin Unified School District may undertake, provided funds are sufficient to complete the work contemplated. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction bids are awarded, and projects are completed. Dublin Unified School District commits that no funds obtained through bonds authorized by this measure will be spent except for projects listed on the Bond Project List.

Any Bonds issued pursuant to Section 15100 of the Education Code shall have a maturity not exceeding twenty-five (25) years, and any Bonds issued pursuant to Section53506 of the Government Code shall have a maturity of not exceeding forty (40) years and that the Bonds shall bear interest at a rate not exceeding the applicable legal limits.

Pursuant to Section 53410 of the Government Code, 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 chief fiscal officer of the District shall cause a report to be filed no later than January 1 of each fiscal year 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 period as the chief fiscal officer shall determine and may be incorporated in the annual budget, any annual financial or performance audit (including the annual audits required by Proposition 39), or any other appropriate routine report to the Board.

All expenditures by the Dublin Unified School District of funds obtained through bonds authorized by this proposition shall be subject to the review and oversight of a Citizens' Oversight Committee, which shall actively review and report on the proper expenditure of taxpayers' money for the projects on the Bond Project List.

The Citizens' Oversight Committee shall review annual, independent performance and financial audits of bond fund expenditures and report to the public at least once a year on the results of its activities. The Citizens' Oversight Committee will have the responsibility to report to the public if any bond funds are being spent in violation of Proposition 39 or in a manner inconsistent with the Bond Project List.

BOND PROJECTS LIST

Update electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems at Dublin Elementary, Frederiksen Elementary, Murray Elementary, Nielsen Elementary, Wells Middle School, and Valley High School.

Construct lunch shelter, and playground improvements at Dougherty Elementary

Develop state-of-the-art high school facilities and accommodate growth in student enrollment

Modernize, renovate and replace aging buildings and classrooms

Repair leaky roofs at all District sites

Improve student safety and security throughout the District

Upgrade buildings to meet current codes and standards

Upgrade to 21st century technology throughout the District

Water conservation landscaped improvements

Bond Project List by Campus

Dougherty Elementary

High speed fiber connection to campus

Construct lunch shelter

Add playground structure and play surface

Create science garden

Dublin Elementary

Upgrade kindergarten play area

Modernize, repair or replace aging classrooms

Replace heating and air conditioning as necessary

Repair leaky roofs

Make safety repairs

Construct kindergarten shade structure

Address campus drainage problems

Upgrade buildings to meet current codes and standards

Improve site safety and security, including campus lighting, fencing modifications or additions, and repair of unsafe sidewalks

Frederiksen Elementary

Modernize, repair, or replace aging classrooms

Replace heating and air conditioning as necessary

Create teacher workroom

Repair leaky roofs

Upgrade school kitchen

Address drainage problems

Upgrade buildings to meet current codes and standards

Improve site safety and security, including campus lighting, fencing modifications or additions, and repair of unsafe sidewalks

Upgrade fire and life safety systems

Murray Elementary

Modernize, repair, or replace aging classrooms

Replace heating and air conditioning as necessary

Repair multipurpose room and kitchen

Repair weather damage

Address drainage problems

Improve site safety and security, including campus lighting, fencing modifications or additions, and repair of unsafe sidewalks

Upgrade buildings to meet current codes and standards

Nielsen Elementary

Repair kindergarten play area

Modernize, repair, or replace aging classrooms

Replace heating and air conditioning as necessary

Repair multipurpose room and kitchen

Improve site safety and security, including campus lighting, fencing modifications or additions, and repair of unsafe sidewalks

Upgrade administration buildings

Address drainage problems

Upgrade buildings to meet current codes and standards

Wells Middle School

Modernize, repair or replace aging classrooms

Replace heating and air conditioning as necessary

Repair or replace leaky roofs

Improve site safety and security, including campus lighting, fencing modifications or additions, and repair of unsafe sidewalks

Upgrade buildings to meet current codes and standards

Renovate landscaped areas

Dublin High School

Modernize, repair or replace all buildings on campus including classrooms, theater, food service and support space

Add a new main gymnasium building and renovate existing practice gymnasium

Improve site safety and security, including campus lighting, fencing modifications or additions, and repair of unsafe sidewalks

Renovate athletic fields and athletic facilities, OR

Construct a new high school at an alternate site Valley High School

Modernize, repair or replace aging classrooms

Computer lab upgrades

New science lab

Provide building code updates

Repair or replace leaky roofs

Improve site safety and security, including campus lighting, fencing modifications or additions, and repair of unsafe sidewalks


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