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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Contra Costa Community College District
55% Approval Required
Pass: 99,077 / 57.18% Yes votes ...... 74,192 / 42.82% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Jun 27 8:26am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (882/882)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Tax Rate Statement | Full Text|
To renovate aging college facilities (making energy savings, safety, and handicapped accessibility improvements), and update facilities used by transfer, career and vocational students (for math, science, nursing, technology and other programs) at Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College, Los Medanos College, the San Ramon Valley and Brentwood centers, shall the Contra Costa Community College District issue $286,500,000 of bonds at legal interest rates with annual audits and a citizens' oversight committee to monitor spending?
The ballot measure states that the money raised would be used "[t]o renovate aging college facilities (making energy savings, safety, and handicapped accessibility improvements), and update facilities used by transfer, career and vocational students (for math, science, nursing, technology and other programs) at Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College, Los Medanos College, the San Ramon Valley and Brentwood centers." The specific projects are set forth in the Bond Project List attached to the resolution of the District's governing board. In developing the list of specific projects, the District's governing board evaluated safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs. The money raised would only be used for the listed projects and not for any other purpose, including not for teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.To pass, 55% of those voting on the measure must approve the measure.
A "yes" vote is in favor of authorizing the bonded indebtedness.
News and Analysis|
|Arguments For Measure A||Arguments Against Measure A|
|ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF
BOND MEASURE A
Modernize and improve aging facilities
Each day the more than 35,000 students enrolled in Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College face classrooms, science labs and other college facilities that are more than 40 years old. These aging facilities need seismic upgrades, disabled access, repair and modernization. Expand high demand career programs and prepare for the future Nursing, dental, math, science, technology and other programs must be expanded to meet student demand and prepare for the future workforce needs of the County. The classrooms and labs at each of our community colleges must be prepared to educate a student population that will continue to grow over the next 15 years. Measure A provides accountability Measure A limits bond funding to a specific project list contained in this measure. It requires audits and a citizen oversight committee to ensure funds are used as promised. The project list specifies the classroom and lab facilities to be improved at Contra Costa, Diablo Valley, and Los Medanos colleges. In addition, all campuses will receive:
upgraded and improved communications, network and wireless technology; more efficient and sustainable energy systems including solar power and greater conservation to reduce energy costs and improve energy efficiency; upgraded aging sewer, water and gas lines; and District classrooms, buildings and facilities accessible to those with disabilities and improved seismic safety. The cost of Measure A is also reasonable. It will cost an annual average of $9 per $100,000 of assessed value. Our community colleges have served the education needs of local students very well for more than fifty years. Approval of Measure A is an investment in our community's colleges continued ability to educate and prepare generations of students for the economic and workforce opportunities of the future.
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Laura Canciamilla, Pittsburg Unified School District Board Member Mark DeSaulnier, Supervisor, Contra Costa County John Gioia, Chair, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Richard K. Rainey, State Senator Susan McNulty Rainey, Mayor Pro-Tem, Walnut Creek
Michael Arata -- Industrial Consultant; Marilynne L. Mellander -- Former Chemistry and Mathematics Coordinator, Save El Sobrante; Instructor, Swim Coach Licensed Medical Technician Richard S. Colman -- Founder and Owner Donald E. Lively -- Lafayette of a Biotechnology Company Taxpayers Association
Spokesman; Telecom ConsultantMarla J. Kaste -- Community College Student; Certified Phlebotomist; Co-Founder, Concord Association of Taxpayers
BOND MEASURE A
CCCCD PASSED A $120 MILLION BOND MEASURE JUST FOUR YEARS AGO. This new Measure A seeks another $286.5 Million in bonded indebtedness -- with advertised general purposes nearly identical to 2002's. Apparent payback cost (principal + interest) for both measures together would likely exceed $800 Million. NEW LOCAL TAXES, COMPENSATING FOR CCCCD'S BUILDING-MAINTENANCE NEGLECT, WOULD LEAVE MORE GENERAL-FUND DOLLARS FOR NEW RAISES. Taxpayers already provide generously for local community colleges, through state funding. But Measure A's new property taxes would facilitate CCCCD's continued overspending on salaries and benefits.
PLEASE JOIN US IN VOTING NO ON MEASURE A!
Alliance of Contra Costa Taxpayers Ken Hambrick, Chairman; Former Grand Jury Member Camden W. McConnell -- Chairman, Libertarian Party of Contra Costa County; Structural Engineer Moh Daoud -- Community College Instructor Art Ronat -- Financial Analyst, Major Oil Company, Retired; Former Grand Jury Member Elizabeth Arras -- Co-Founder, Citizens for Responsible Government; Former Editor, National Monitor of Education
Those who signed the argument against did not get answers before making uninformed and dated accusations. If they had, they would know:
Linda Best, President, Contra Costa Council Federal D. Glover, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, District Five Warren E. Rupf, Sheriff, Contra Costa County J. E. Weir, President, Pleasant Hill Taxpayer's Association H. Abram Wilson, Mayor, City of San Ramon
|Tax Rate Statement from the Contra Costa Community College District Chancellor|
|TAX RATE STATEMENT OF
BOND MEASURE A
An election will be held in the Contra Costa Community College District (the "District") on June 6, 2006, to authorize the sale of up to $286,500,000 in bonds of the District to finance community college facilities as described in the proposition. If the bonds are approved, the District expects to sell the bonds in 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 9400-9404 of the Elections Code of the State of California.
Dated: March 6, 2006. Helen Benjamin Chancellor Contra Costa Community College District
|Full Text of Measure A|
|FULL TEXT OF
BOND MEASURE A
CONTRA COSTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE FACILITIES MODERNIZATION BOND OF 2006
This Proposition may be known and referred to as the "Contra Costa Community College Facilities Modernization Bond of 2006" or as "Measure A".
By approval of this proposition by at least 55% of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the Contra Costa Community College District shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $286,500,000 in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List attached hereto as Exhibit A, subject to all of the accountability safeguards specified below. Proceeds 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, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses. Proceeds of the bonds may be used to pay or reimburse the District for the cost of District staff when performing work on or necessary or incidental to the bond projects.
The provisions in this section are specifically included in this proposition in order that the Contra Costa Community College District's voters and taxpayers may be assured that their money will be spent wisely to address specific facilities needs of the Contra Costa Community College District, all in compliance with the requirements of Article XIII A, 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). Evaluation of Needs. The Governing Board has prepared an updated facilities plan in order to evaluate and address all of the facilities needs of the Contra Costa Community College District at each campus and facility, and to determine which projects to finance from a local bond at this time. The Governing Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List contained in Exhibit A. Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Governing Board shall establish an independent Citizens' Oversight Committee (pursuant to Education Code Section 15278 and following), to ensure bond proceeds are spent only for the community college facilities projects listed in Exhibit A. The committee shall be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the Governing Board. Annual Performance Audits. The Governing Board shall conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the community college facilities projects listed in Exhibit A. Annual Financial Audits. The Governing Board shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the community college facilities projects listed in Exhibit A. Special Bond Proceeds Account; Annual Report to Board. Upon approval of this proposition and the sale of any bonds approved, the Governing 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 Chancellor of the District shall cause a report to be filed with the Board no later than December 31 of each year, commencing December 31, 2006, 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 annual period as the Chancellor shall determine, and may be incorporated into the annual budget, audit, or other appropriate routine report to the Board.
BOND PROJECT LIST
The Bond Project List attached to this resolution as Exhibit A shall be considered a part of this ballot proposition, and shall be reproduced in any official document required to contain the full statement of the bond proposition. The Bond Project List describes the specific projects the Contra Costa Community College District proposes to finance with proceeds of the bonds. Listed construction projects, repairs, rehabilitation projects and upgrades will be completed as needed at a particular District site according to District-established priorities. Bond program expenditures will include items such as costs of the election and bond issuance, architectural, engineering, inspection and similar planning costs, construction management (whether performed by the District or by third parties), annual financial and performance audits, a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs, and other costs incidental to and necessary for completion of the 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. Until all project costs and funding sources are known, the Chancellor cannot determine the amount of bond proceeds available to be spent on each project, nor guarantee that the bonds will provide sufficient funds to allow completion of all listed projects. Some projects may be subject to further government approvals by State officials and boards, and to local environmental review. For these reasons, inclusion of a project on the Bond Project List is not a guarantee that the project will be completed.
Specific Purposes. 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 shall constitute the specific purposes of the bonds, and proceeds of the bonds shall be spent only for such purposes, pursuant to Government Code Section 53410. Other Terms of the Bonds. When sold, the bonds shall bear interest at an annual rate not exceeding the statutory maximum, and that interest will 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 25 years from the date borne by that bond.
CONTRA COSTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT BOND PROJECT LIST ALL COLLEGES