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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District
55% Approval Required
Pass: 918 / 70.1% Yes votes ...... 391 / 29.9% No votes
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|Results as of Jan 4 9:41am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (7/7)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Tax Rate Statement | Full Text|
To improve the quality of local education for our children by replacing old, temporary buildings with new schools and repairing or replacing inadequate facilities, such as fire safety systems, bathrooms, plumbing, heating and electrical systems; remove asbestos, dry rot, mold, other hazardous materials; repair leaky roofs; improve earthquake safety; and to qualify for state matching funds, shall La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District issue $15,000,000 of bonds within legal rates with independent oversight and no money for administrators' salaries?
The Board of Trustees of the La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District has proposed this measure which would authorize the District to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $15 million. The bonds will have an interest rate not exceeding the legal maximum.
Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3)(B) of the California Constitution requires that the District list the specific school facilities projects to be funded from the bond revenue and certify that the Board has evaluated safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs in the development of that list. The District's "Bond Project List" for the proposed bond is attached to the full text of the measure and can be generally described as follows. At the La Honda and Pescadero Elementary schools: repair and renovate the existing facilities; make safety and accessibility improvements; remove hazardous materials; improve energy use efficiency; upgrade classrooms; relocate the middle school; and lease portable buildings. At the high school, make repairs and renovations to the electrical systems, bathrooms and plumbing; remove hazardous materials, upgrade classrooms and the science lab; construct access to the campus; construct new high school and continuation high school. In addition, relocate district office and central kitchen and furnish and equip the new and remodeled buildings.
The measure requires the 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 15272 et seq. The District must appoint a citizens' oversight committee and conduct annual independent performance and financial audits to assure that funds are spent only on the listed school and classroom improvements and for no other purposes.
A "yes" vote on this measure would authorize La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $15 million for projects including: At the La Honda and Pescadero Elementary schools: repair and renovate the existing facilities; make safety and accessibility improvements; remove hazardous materials; improve energy use efficiency; upgrade classrooms; relocate the middle school and lease portable buildings. At the high school, make repairs and renovations to the electrical systems, bathrooms and plumbing; remove hazardous materials, upgrade classrooms and the science lab; construct access to the campus; construct new high school and continuation high school. In addition, relocate district office and central kitchen and furnish and equip the new and remodeled buildings.
A "no" vote would preclude La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District from issuing bonds of up to $15 million.
This measure passes if 55% of those voting on the measure vote "yes."
News and Analysis|
Half Moon Bay Review
|Arguments For Measure I||Arguments Against Measure I|
|For generations, La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District has provided quality education for our students. In good times and bad, the community has always supported our schools. But after years of meager support from
the state, the buildings are badly run down.
It's time for this community to come together to repair and rebuild our school facilities. A recent architectural assessment of our school facilities, which are all over 40 years old, shows that they are in "deteriorating condition" and have many problems associated with old age. There is a critical need to modernize the schools and replace old, temporary buildings with new facilities. Major work is needed to upgrade fire safety systems, replace old bathrooms, repair plumbing, heating and electrical systems; remove asbestos, dry rot, mold, other hazardous materials; repair leaky roofs; provide safe access; and improve earthquake safety. The District continues to seek all available outside sources of funding. Last year, the voters of this community generously passed a parcel tax, which, by law, cannot be used for buildings or repairs. To pay for upgrading the schools we need voter approval of this bond measure.
Passing this measure will qualify the district for millions in state matching funds that would otherwise go to other school districts. Bond expenditures will have independent oversight and will be spent only on projects listed in your election material. Funds cannot be used for administrators' salaries.
By supporting this bond, the community will be able to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our children, and prepare them for 21st century opportunities.
INVEST IN OUR COMMUNITY + INVEST IN OUR KIDS
VOTE YES ON MEASURE I
/s/ Mark G. Graff August 18, 2006 President, Board of Trustees
/s/ Jessica M. Abbe August 18, 2006 Trustee, LHPUSD
/s/ Catherine M. Peery August 18, 2006 Chair, Pescadero Municipal Advisory Council
/s/ M. Socorro Brown August 18, 2006 CSEA Local Chapter #387 President
/s/ Maile A. Springer August 18, 2006 PTA President
|No Argument Against Measure I Submitted|
|Tax Rate Statement from Timothy Beard, Superintendent|
|In compliance with Elections Code Section 9401 the following information is submitted with respect to the proposed $15,000,000 general obligation bond issue of the La Honda-Pescadero Unified Union School District.
1. 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 first sale of the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation for the year 2007-08.
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 last sale of bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation for the year 2012-13.
3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $60 per $100,000. The foregoing is based upon projections and estimates that are not binding upon the District. The actual timing of bond sales and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be governed by the needs of the District, the then applicable debt limit, the state of the bond market and other factors. Actual interest rates on any bonds sold will depend upon market conditions, whether the bonds are rated and insured, and other factors at the time of sale. The actual assessed values during future years will depend upon the then amount of taxable property within the District and the value of that property as determined in the assessment and equalization process.
Therefore, actual tax rates and years in which such rates are applicable may vary from those currently estimated.
/s/ Timothy A. Beard August 9, 2006
|Full Text of Measure I|
|This proposition may be known and referred to as the La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District 2006 Safe Local Schools Bond or Measure I
FINDINGS The La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District (the "District"), which serves the communities of La Honda, Loma Mar and Pescadero and portions of unincorporated San Mateo County, provides quality education to San Mateo County students.
As a result of the visionary initiatives from the Board of Trustees (the "Board") and the Superintendent, as well as from staff members, parents, and members of the communities, the District has been able to weather tough financial times and continue to provide a quality education for its students. During this recent history, the District has benefited from a community that supports its educational institutions by providing financial and human resources.
In order to maintain the quality of education and maintain the high standards of the District, it is necessary to construct a new high school and improve existing schools that will remain functional for future generations.
The Board has prepared a facilities plan that requires the construction of a new high school. The facilities plan also calls for maintaining and upgrading of existing facilities. These needs are more than the District is able to fund from currently available sources or annual revenues.
The District has sought, and continues to seek, all available outside sources of funding to improve our school buildings, including local, state, and federal grants and state bond funds. It is necessary to seek voter approval of a bond measure in order to provide the local funding for identified school facility repairs and modernization projects.
By approval of this proposition by at least 55 percent of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the District shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $15,000,000 in principal at interest rates below the legal limit, to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List attached hereto as Exhibit A, subject to all the accountability requirements specified below.
BOND PROJECT LIST
The Bond Project List attached to this resolution as Exhibit A shall be considered a part of the ballot proposition and shall be reproduced in any official document required to contain the full statement of the bond proposition.
Approval of this Bond Measure (the "Measure") does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the District that are the subject of bonds under the Measure will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by the Measure. If state matching funds become available, they will be used for and applied to the Bond Project List as per Exhibit A. The District's proposal for the project or 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 provisions in this section are specifically included in this proposition in order that the voters and taxpayers in the District may be assured that their money will be spent wisely to address specific facilities needs of the District all in compliance 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.)
Evaluation of Needs. The Board, after a year long process involving staff members, parents, and community members at each school site throughout the District, has prepared an updated facilities plan in order to evaluate and address all of the facilities needs of the District. The Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction, enrollment growth, and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List contained in Exhibit A.
Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Board shall establish an Independent Citizens'Oversight Committee pursuant to Education Code Section 15278 and following to ensure bond proceeds are expended only on the school 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 Board. Performance Audits. 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.
Financial Audits. The Board shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school 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 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 Superintendent of the District shall cause a report to be filed with the Board annually, 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 Superintendent shall determine and may be incorporated in the annual budget, audit, or another appropriate routine report to the Board.
No Administrator Salaries. Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the construction, reconstruction and/or rehabilitation of school facilities including the furnishing and equiping of school facilities or acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities and construction management by district personnel. No administrator salaries, teacher salaries or other school operating expenses will be paid with bond funds.
The proceeds of the bonds will be deposited into a Building Fund to be held by the San Mateo County Treasurer, as required by the California Education Code.
SAFE LOCAL SCHOOLS BOND PROJECT LIST