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Student Safety / Classroom Repair Bond Measure
West Contra Costa Unified School District
Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required
Pass: 23014 / 62.62% Yes votes ...... 13740 / 37.38% No votes
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|Results as of Jun 8 10:54pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (129/129)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Tax Rate Statement | Full Text|
To make schools safe, complete essential health/safety repairs, qualify for State matching grants, shall West Contra Costa Unified School District upgrade schools for earthquake safety/handicap accessibility, remove asbestos, upgrade restrooms, vocational classrooms/technology/energy systems to reduce costs, install lighting and security systems, acquire, repair, construct, equipment/sites/facilities, by issuing $380,000,000 in bonds within legal rates and bonding capacity limits with independent audits, citizen oversight, and no money for administrators' salaries?
By resolution, the West Contra Costa Unified School District has proposed that bonds of the District be issued in an amount up to $380,000,000. This measure provides that proceeds from the sale of the bonds will generally be used to "make schools safe, complete essential health/safety repairs, qualify for State matching grants, ... upgrade schools for safety/handicap accessibility, remove asbestos, upgrade restrooms [and] vocational classrooms/technology/energy systems to reduce costs, install lighting and security systems, [and] acquire, repair, construct, equipment/sites/facilities." The specific projects are set forth in the bond project list attached to the resolution of the Board of Education. The measure provides that a citizens' oversight committee will be established to ensure that bond proceeds are properly expended and that annual performance and financial audits will be conducted. The measure further provides that bond proceeds will only be used for the purposes specified in the measure, and not for any other purpose.
Approval of this measure authorizes the levy of ad valorem taxes upon taxable property to repay the bonded indebtedness, both principal and interest, in each year that bonds are outstanding. The West Contra Costa Unified School District has prepared a Tax Rate Statement, which represents the school district's best estimates of the property tax rates required to service the bonds. The estimated average annual tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds is expected to be $48 per $100,000 of assessed valuation over the life of the bonds.
Approval of 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. The proposed 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. A "yes" vote authorizes the issuance of the bonds and the levy of taxes as estimated in the Tax Rate Statement to repay the bonded indebtedness. A "yes" vote by 55% of the voters within the District voting on the measure is required for passage of this measure. A "no" vote on this measure disapproves the issuance of the bonds and the levy of the taxes for the bonded indebtedness.
Measure D Campaign Website|
|Arguments For Measure D||Arguments Against Measure D|
|Although the Legislature has resorted to transferring monies from local government to Sacramento in order to balance the State budget, we have not lost our opportunity to protect our students, repair and upgrade our schools, and strengthen our community. That's why such a broad coalition of parents, principals, and business leaders have joined together in support of Measure D.
By law, the State cannot take Measure D funding away from our local schools. These funds can only be used to enhance school safety, restroom repair and asbestos removal, school construction, and structural upgrades for our aging schools.
Here are some specific things that Measure D will pay for in our community's schools:
Measure D funds can only be used for local school facilities and construction, and a Citizens Oversight Committee will monitor independent audits to ensure that the Measure D funding is used appropriately.
Please join parents, principals and business leaders in support of our community and our community's schools. Please vote Yes on Measure D.
Unconvincingly, the school board discussed going out for yet another parcel tax before deciding they would try for more bonds. But don't be fooled: construction bonds won't avert the school district's impending unfunded benefits disaster which will force the WCCUSD to scavenge for one parcel tax after another.
Why did the school board pick more bonds over a new parcel tax at this time? Because political consultants said you might vote for a construction bond, probably not for a parcel tax. But with hundreds of millions of dollars already misspent on project labor agreements, PTA hot dog kitchens, and luxury auditoriums, voters might wonder why rest room repairs, internet access, asbestos abatement, and security cameras are an issue NOW. Perhaps the district should spend down the $100 MILLION bond fund balance on these items BEFORE making another to-do list.
Citizens of WCCUSD are suffering through this economic downturn like the rest of California. Asking people for another $380 MILLION in bonds before the district has even completed issuing bonds from previous ballot measures -- approved during economic good times -- is irresponsible.
These are awful times. Vote NO on D.
John Gioia, County Supervisor
Susan L. Kahn, Principal, Pinole Valley High School
Michael M. Booker, Lieutenant, Richmond Police Department
Donald L. Kuehne, Councilmember, City of Hercules
|It would seem this school district has a bottomless hole in which they want you, the taxpayer, to throw endless amounts of money. Most of us are struggling just to make ends meet. Nevertheless, WCCUSD has placed yet another school bond on the ballot which, if passed, will cost the average taxpayer an additional $150/yr. in property taxes.
WCCUSD states this bond money is to be used "to make schools safe" and to pay for a long list of routine maintenance items.
West County taxpayers are now paying for 2 parcel taxes and 4 school bonds to fund this district. Nevertheless, we have recently seen unparalleled violence in our local schools with a shocking teen rape at Richmond high school in Oct. 2009 hitting the national headlines. Moreover, in Dec. 2009 a teen was raped in the hallway of Portola middle school, and a huge gang brawl had to be broken up at De Anza high school in spite of the presence of on site school "resource officers." Is there enough money anywhere to stem this tide of violence? The district would have you believe that if you just give them enough of your hard earned tax dollars, the problems just might go away!! DON'T YOU BELIEVE IT!! Additionally, there is NO SENIOR EXEMPTION for this measure.
Most of us have had to tighten our belts just to get by in these financially troubled times. Tell the District they must do the same!!
Vote NO, NO, NO on Measure D!!
Unlike other local monies, Measure D funding cannot be taken away by the State and will be used right here in our community. In fact, Measure D will enable our School District to qualify for millions in State matching funds. Without Measure D, those funds could be given to schools outside of our District.
The Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee will monitor the Measure D program to ensure that the intent of the voters is carried out; and the Committee will help publicize the independent financial and performance audits that the Measure requires.
Measure D can be used for the following purposes:
Join parents, principals and business leaders working hard for our students and our schools. Vote YES on Measure D.
Paul Sartor, Retired
John La Chapelle, Owner, Mack Tree Co.
Eddy Guerra, Retired
Shirley Warner, Clerical Worker
|Tax Rate Statement from the School District Superintendent|
|An election will be held in the West Contra Costa Unified School District (the "District") on June 8, 2010, to authorize the sale of up to $380,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the proposition. If the bonds are approved, the District plans to issue the bonds in a number of series over a period of 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 information presented in numbered paragraphs 1-3 below 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 4.80 cents per $100 ($48.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2010-11.
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 4.80 cents per $100 ($48.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2018-19.
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, 4.80 cents per $100 ($48.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2018-19.
The District's best estimate of the average tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue over all of the years the bonds will be outstanding is 4.80 cents per $100 ($48.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation.
The tax rate estimates in this statement reflect the District's current projection of future assessed values and of future debt service payments, which are based on certain assumptions. Approval of the ballot measure authorizes the issuance of bonds under certain conditions and for certain purposes, and is not approval of a specific tax rate or a specific plan of bond issuance. 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 and repayment structure of bonds sold, 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 and repayment structure of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on its need for construction funds, its intention to meet the tax rate targets stated above, the legal limitations on bonds approved by a 55% vote 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.
Voters should note that the estimated tax rates are based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property in the District as shown 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.
Dated: March 4, 2010. Bruce Harter, Superintendent West Contra Costa Unified School District
|Full Text of Measure D|
|"WEST CONTRA COSTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENT SAFETY/CLASSROOM REPAIR MEASURE. To make schools safe, complete essential health/safety repairs, qualify for State matching grants, shall West Contra Costa Unified School District upgrade schools for earthquake safety/handicap accessibility, remove asbestos, upgrade restrooms, vocational classrooms/technology/energy systems to reduce costs, install lighting and security systems, acquire, repair, construct, equipment/sites/facilities, by issuing $380,000,000 in bonds within legal rates and bonding capacity limits with independent audits, citizen oversight, and no money for administrators' salaries?"
PRIORITY SCHOOL PROJECTS LIST
The Board of Education of the West Contra Costa Unified School District certifies that it evaluated the District's urgent and critical school needs, including school and student safety issues, enrollment trends, class size, overcrowding, energy efficiency and computer technology, seismic safety requirements, and aging, outdated or deteriorating school buildings in developing the scope of projects to be funded, as outlined in the West Contra Costa Unified School District 2010 Bond Program approved by the Board of Education on March 3, 2010, and incorporated herein. In developing the scope of projects, parents, teachers, staff, students and community members have prioritized the key health and safety and sustainability needs so that the most critical school site needs are addressed. The Board conducted a thorough evaluation at all school sites and received public input and review in developing the scope of school projects to be funded, as listed in the 2010 Bond Program. This input concluded that if these needs were not addressed now, the problems would only get worse and more expensive to address in the future. In approving this Priority School Projects List, the Board of Education determines that:
School Renovation, Repair and Upgrade Projects
Goal and Purpose: To ensure compliance with handicap accessibility requirements, give students and teachers the resources they need to excel and for students to be prepared for college and the real world when they graduate, schools will benefit from the renovation, repair and upgrade of deteriorating, outdated school buildings, science labs, classrooms, computer learning centers and school libraries and equipment, such as:
Goal and Purpose: To ensure that the learning process is not interrupted by gangs and drugs or juvenile crime, to maintain healthy students and improve daily attendance, to help attract and retain excellent teachers, and to deter vandalism, schools and school sites will benefit from a variety of health and safety projects, such as:
Goal and Purpose: To upgrade computer technology, improve both current instruction methods and to expand job training programs by applying modern technology infrastructure such as:
Goal and Purpose: To ensure that all students have access to comparable schools throughout the District, some schools would benefit from the construction and expansion of additional earthquake and accessibility code compliant facilities, such as:
NO ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES. PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THE BONDS AUTHORIZED BY THIS PROPOSITION SHALL BE USED ONLY FOR THE ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, REHABILITATION, OR REPLACEMENT OF SCHOOL FACILITIES, INCLUDING THE FURNISHING AND EQUIPPING OF SCHOOL FACILITIES, AND NOT FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE, INCLUDING TEACHER AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES AND OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES.
FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY. THE EXPENDITURE OF BOND MONEY ON THESE PROJECTS IS SUBJECT TO STRINGENT FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS. BY LAW, PERFORMANCE AND FINANCIAL AUDITS WILL BE PERFORMED ANNUALLY, AND ALL BOND EXPENDITURES WILL BE MONITORED BY AN INDEPENDENT CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (EDUCATION CODE SECTION 15278 ET SEQ.) TO ENSURE THAT FUNDS ARE SPENT AS PROMISED AND SPECIFIED. THE CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MUST INCLUDE, AMONG OTHERS, REPRESENTATION OF A BONA FIDE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION, A BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND A SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION. NO DISTRICT EMPLOYEES OR VENDORS ARE ALLOWED TO SERVE ON THE CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.
Approval of Measure D does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the West Contra Costa Unified School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure D will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure D. The 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.