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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
22527 / 58.75% Yes votes ...... 15818 / 41.25% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Dec 2 8:23am, 99.9% of Precincts Reporting (355/97)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Tax Rate Statement | Full Text|
To improve the quality of education, shall Santa Maria Joint Union High School District be authorized to construct a new high school to alleviate student overcrowding; upgrade classrooms; improve health/safety; provide additional access to computer technology; replace portable classrooms with permanent construction; acquire, construct and improve school facilities; and make the District eligible for approximately $30,000,000 in State grants by issuing $79,000,000 in bonds within legal rates, with a citizens' oversight committee, annual audits, and NO money for administrator salaries?
Any such proposition for bond indebtedness must include the following accountability requirements:
A. A requirement that the proceeds from the bond sale be used only for the above purposes and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.
B. A list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded and certification that the school district board has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing that list.
C. A requirement that the school district board conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the funds have been spent only on the specific projects listed in the proposition.
D. A requirement that the school district board conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the proceeds from the sale of the bonds until of such proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed in the proposition.
This measure, if approved, would authorize the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District to authorize the sale of general obligation bonds on its behalf in a principal amount not to exceed $79,000,000 to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed by the Santa Maria Joint Union High School. The bonds and interest thereon would be payable from property taxes levied on taxable property in the District. These taxes would be in addition to the property taxes currently levied on taxpayers in the District.The amount of the increased taxes each year would depend upon the amount needed to pay the principal and interest on the bonds. The period for full repayment of the bonds would not exceed forty years.
s/ Gustavo E. Lavayen
Approval of Measure C2004 does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure C2004 will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure C2004. The school 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.
News and Analysis|
|Arguments For Measure C2004||Arguments Against Measure C2004|
|The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District is severely
overcrowded with more temporary portable classrooms than any
district in the State. Designed to accommodate 2,900 students, the
District now serves 7,200. After opening Pioneer Valley High School,
2,400 students are STILL in portable classrooms. Therefore, another
new high school is needed. Additionally, older schools need to be
upgraded to meet the needs of a growing student population.
Measure C2004 Is A Solution To These Problems C2004 builds a new school to reduce overcrowding and continues to improve our existing schools to better educate our students. This measure will:
Voting YES will reduce student overcrowding, improve our property values, and preserve the quality of our community. Please join, Mayor Larry Lavagnino, County Superintendent Bill Cironi, the Santa Maria Economic Development Association, the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce, Senior Citizens, Police Chief Danny Macagni, Civic Leaders, Growers and Shippers Milo and Georganne Ferini and high school staff in supporting Measure C2004.
s/ Dean Reece, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District Board of Trustees
Measure C2004 Is Not The Solution
s/ George W. Pierce, Retired Air Force Analyst
s/ Melvin L. Phipps, Colonel, USAF Retired, Former AF Wing Chief of Staff
|Last March voters rejected Measure V, a $98 million high school
bond-issue. It was deceptive, and taxpayers of this community
deserved far better. Now, incredibly, the district has placed a new
bond measure on the ballot that's far worse than Measure V. The
district has refused to form community committees, has refused to
consider a compromise and has refused to consider the potential
of magnet-academies to solve the crisis of overcrowding.
Taxpayers don't object to paying a fair price for quality schools in this area--everyone benefits from exceptional schools. However, our schools are a disgrace; we've been in crisis for years. Taxpayers approved a bond measure four years ago, and the money was wasted on poor project management, eminent domain, ridiculous court appeals, and cost overruns. Almost everything promised by that bond measure has not been delivered. We have a wasteland of portables and unfinished construction at our schools. These were the taxpayers objections, and they were right.
Now the district has violated the California Education Code by hiring an out-of-town consulting team to campaign for the new bond. This firm stands to make hundreds of thousands of taxpayers' dollars if the bond passes. Instead of determining the needs of the community, this consultant has decided to again rely on deception. Instead of delivering two schools, the bond will only build one. Over half the money from this bond will be used to pay for things that have supposedly been paid for already such as a cafeteria for SMHS, renovation, modernization, and buildings to replace portables. Even if this bond passes, another bond will be required to pay for the sacrificed high school.The community voted against waste, deception and arrogance on Measure V. Nothing has changed. Just say "NO" until the district puts students first!
s/ George W. Pierce
Pursuant to the 10 Year Master Plan adopted in 1999, the District must now construct an additional high school to reduce severe student overcrowding, continue to renovate older schools to keep up with advances in education and technology, and construct additional classrooms at existing schools.
A measure to build two new high schools on the March ballot was unsuccessful. Based on community feedback, the Board determined voters were unwilling to support the second high school, which would accommodate future housing development. Consequently, the Board lowered the bond amount to construct only one high school and complete modernizing and upgrading facilities at Santa Maria and Righetti High Schools. The District is aggressively pursing developer fees on new housing at the maximum amount permitted by State law to fund the construction of future schools.
Measure C2004 is subject to ALL the stringent safeguards of California State Proposition 39. An oversight committee, selected by the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce, will ensure all funds are expended only on the list of projects printed in your sample ballot. The District has complied with all sections of the California Education Code, and the Measure has been reviewed in the following impartial analysis by County Counsel.
Our schools are a vital resource. Please join us in voting YES on Measure C2004.
s/ Cary Gray, Lt. Co. USAF Retired/Business Owner
|Tax Rate Statement from the District Superintendent|
|An election will be held in the Santa Maria Joint Union High District
(the "District") on November 2, 2004, to authorize the sale of up to
$79,000,000 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 three series. 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 2.3 cents per $100 ($23.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2005-06.
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 2.3 cents per $100 ($23.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2015-16.
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 2.3 cents per $100 ($23.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. The tax rate is expected to remain the same in each year.
Voters should note that the 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. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills 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 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 the need for construction funds and other factors, including the
legal limitations on bonds approved by a 55% 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.
|Full Text of Measure C2004|
|"To improve the quality of education and alleviate student
overcrowding, shall Santa Maria Joint Union High School
District be authorized to construct a new high school; upgrade
classrooms; improve health/safety; provide additional access
to computer technology; replace portable classrooms with
permanent construction; acquire, construct and improve
school facilities; and make the District eligible for approximately
$30,000,000 in State grants by issuing $79,000,000 in bonds
within legal rates, with a citizens' oversight committee, annual
audits, and NO money for administrator salaries?"
As required by the California Constitution, the proceeds from the sale of bonds will be used only for constructing, reconstructing, upgrading or replacing school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities, and not for any other purposes, including teacher and administrator salaries or other school operating expenses.
Projects The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District has more portable classrooms than any other school district in the State. Even after opening Pioneer Valley High, the District has 2,400 students in temporary portable classrooms. In order to provide comparable school facilities and to relieve current student overcrowding, existing schools within the District will receive improvements from a bond program.
The District intends to complete the following projects using bond proceeds of up to $79 million. Generating said dollars from bond proceeds would qualify the district to receive approximately $30 million in State Aid for classroom facilities and school improvements. Bond funds will be used to make necessary repairs and upgrades, as well as to construct additional facilities to address overcrowding and increased enrollment.
This measure includes a guaranteed audit and independent oversight committee to ensure money is used only for voter approved school improvements and repairs and not used for salaries, administration and overhead.
To provide adequate school facilities for all Santa Maria Joint Union High School students, the District will, in accordance with its facilities master plan:
The District's Board of Trustees has certified that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the foregoing list.
The District's Board of Trustees will conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the funds have been expended only on the project list set forth above.
The District's Board of Trustees will conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the proceeds from the sale of the Bonds until all of those proceeds have been expended for the school facilities projects.
Pursuant to Section 15272 of the Education Code, the District's Board of Trustees will appoint an independent 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.