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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Safety and Education Improvement Measure
Lake Tahoe Unified School District
Fail: 2263 / 51.49% Yes votes ...... 2132 / 48.51% No votes
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Results as of Jun 13 10:58am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (20/20)|
32.2% Voter Turnout (4395/13630)
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Tax Rate Statement | Full Text|
To provide safe, secure local schools by replacing outdated portables, electrical, emergency and lighting systems, aging plumbing/restrooms; improving classrooms, technology and elementary school libraries; creating new career and technology education classrooms; upgrading physical education and athletic facilities; and qualifying for $11 Million Dollars in state matching funds, shall Lake Tahoe Unified School District issue $87 Million in bonds at legal interest rates, with annual financial audits, citizens' oversight, and no money for administrators' salaries?
A "yes" vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the Lake Tahoe Unified School District to issue and sell up to $87,000,000 in general obligation bonds.
A "no" vote is a vote against authorizing the Lake Tahoe Unified School District to issue and sell up to $87,000,000 in general obligation bonds.
Louis B. Green El Dorado County Counsel
|Tax Rate Statement|
|An election will be held in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District (the "District") on June 3, 2008, to authorize the sale of up to $87,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the proposition and the Bond Project List. If the bonds are approved, the District expects to sell the bonds in one or more 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 information provided in paragraphs 1-3 below is provided in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code.
1. 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 first series of bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 3.87 cents per $100 ($38.70 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2008-09.
2. The best estimate of the tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue during the 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 3.87 cents per $100 ($38.70 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2014-15.
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, 3.87 cents per $100 ($38.70 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2014-15.
The average tax rate is expected to be 3.87 cents per $100 ($38.70 per $100,000) of assessed valuation over the life of the bonds.
Voters should note that estimated tax rates are based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the County's official tax rolls, not on 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 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 A|
|This proposition may be known and referred to as the Lake Tahoe Unified School District General Obligation Bond of 2008, or Measure A
The Lake Tahoe Unified School District (the "District), which serves the City of South Lake Tahoe and portions of the unincorporated areas of El Dorado County and the Lake Tahoe Basin, is a recognized leader in providing excellent education to El Dorado County students.
The achievements have been accrued by the District as a result of the long history of visionary leadership from the Board of Education of the District (the "Board"), as well as from staff members, parents, and residents of South Lake Tahoe, who have supported local schools by establishing high standards for academic achievement, while at the same time providing the support necessary to improve them.
South Tahoe Middle School, the oldest District school, has been serving students and the community for more than 58 years.
In order to provide our South Lake Tahoe students with the same classrooms and school facilities as in other California school districts, major repairs, upgrades, and classroom construction are necessary to ensure these buildings will remain functional for future generations.
The Board has prepared a facilities plan and identified significant repairs, upgrades, and classroom construction needs that 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. Historically, the State requires that local school districts provide local funds as a condition of receipt of State matching funds.
It is necessary to seek voter approval of a bond measure in order to provide the local funding for identified school facility repairs, modernization projects, and growth needs to address student enrollment; and to qualify the District for receipt of $11 Million Dollars in State Matching Funds that would otherwise go to other School Districts, unless the local community provides a "match" by the next election of June 3, 2008.
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 $87,000,000 in aggregate principal at interest rates below the legal limit, to provide finance for the specific school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List attached hereto as Exhibit A-1, subject to all the accountability requirements specified below, and to receive $11 Million Dollars in State Matching Funds for these projects.
BOND PROJECT LIST
The Bond Project List attached to this resolution as Exhibit A-1 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-1. 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, students, and community members at each school site throughout district, has prepared an updated facilities plan in order to evaluate and address all of the facilities needs of the District and determine which projects to finance from a local bond at this time. 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-1.
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-1. 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-1.
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-1.
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 equipping of school facilities or 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 proceeds of the bonds will be deposited into a Building Fund to be held by the El Dorado County Treasurer, as required by the California Education Code.