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Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified School District Bond Proposition
Coalinga/Huron Unified School District
55% Approval Required
Pass: 1810 / 63.73% Yes votes ...... 1030 / 36.27% No votes
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Results as of Nov 30 11:55am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (6/6)|
48.5% Voter Turnout (2840/5859)
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Tax Rate Statement | Full Text|
To improve the quality of education; modernize, upgrade, and renovate outdated classrooms, restrooms, and school facilities; replace inadequate electrical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; upgrade computers and technology; improve energy efficiency; and make health and safety improvements; shall the Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified School District issue $16,100,000 of existing bonds at legal interest rates, have an independent citizens' oversight committee and have NO money used for administrative or teacher salaries or be taken by the state?
s/Kevin B. Briggs County Counsel
|Arguments For Measure E||Arguments Against Measure E|
|Everyone knows the importance and value of having quality schools. From higher achieving students, to training for future jobs, to greater neighborhood safety, quality
schools make a difference. Our teachers and staff do their best in educating our students, but many classrooms and school facilities in the Coalinga-Huron Joint
Unified School District are outdated and inadequate to provide students with the school facilities they need to succeed.
Our students need your YES vote on Measure E! In 1997, district voters passed a school improvement measure to modernize and repair some of our local classrooms
and school facilities. Today, we need to complete our renovation projects at all our schools and upgrade technology throughout the District. Measure E will not increase the original tax rate from the 1997 program and will allow us to meet today's safety,technological, and educational standards.
If passed, Measure E will improve our schools by:
s/Walt Jensen, Coalinga Business Owner
s/Mike Oxborrow, Coalinga City council Member
s/Ramon Zubiri, Board President CHJUSD
s/Ricardo Gonzalez, Board Member Westside Tule Enterprise Community
s/Chuck Herrin, Huron Business Owner
Many people are struggling to live within their means. This school district needs to do the same. Private schools raise money for improvements without taxes by providing a product people want. If voters approve these bonds, taxes will replace an incentive for this school district to do better because taxpayers would be forced to pay even if the school district performs badly.
Remember, VOTE "NO" ON MEASURE E!
|Measure E is a tax increase..because bonds are like loans. Taxpayers must pay back the money with interest and it may take longer to payback than a loan to buy a house. This is what you are really voting on, if it is OK to add to debt owned by taxpayers. The debt would pay for real estate or improvements and could NOT be spent on teacher salaries.
Measure E taxes many people who are being denied a vote. This is wrong. The school board could have balanced this wrong with a two-thirds voter majority requirement but they did not. The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association opposes any bond measure that does not include a two-thirds voter majority requirement.
Taxpayers are already over-taxed, paying more and more taxes for out-of-control government spending.
Real oversight requires personal responsibility if the money is spent badly. Measure E only holds taxpayers responsible for paying the debt and does NOT hold school administrators personally responsible for their bad management.
It's your money! Remember to vote "NO" on Measure E. "No New Taxes!"
For more information call, (831) 275-0829
s/John Tresch, Salinas Valley Taxpayers Union
|Tax Rate Statement|
|An election will be held in the Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified School District (the "District") on November 2, 2010 to authorize the sale of $16,100,000 in general
obligation bonds. The following information is submitted in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code.
The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required 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 $.00954 per $100 ($9.54 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2011-12.
The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required 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 $.01925 per $100 ($19.25 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017-18.
The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement, is $.06000 per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation.
The tax rates associated with the 2010 Bond Authorization when combined with the District's outstanding general obligation bond issues are estimated not to increase
the tax rate above the $76.90 per $100,000 of assessed value from the bond election previously approved by voters on March 4, 1997. This shall be referred to as a "Tax
These estimates and the Tax Rate Extension are based on projections derived from information obtained from official sources. The actual tax rates and the years in
which they will apply may vary depending on the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold at each sale and actual increases in assessed valuations. The timing of the
bond sales and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the needs of the District. Actual assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and
value of taxable property within the District as determined in the assessment and the equalization process.
s/Stan Dobbs Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified School District
|Full Text of Measure E|
|This proposition may be known and referred to as the Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified School District General Obligation Bond Extension of 2010, or Measure E.
FINDINGS The Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified School District (the "District), which serves the City of Coalinga, the City of Huron, and unincorporated parts of Fresno, Monterey, and San Benito Counties, is a recognized leader in providing top quality education to students.
The achievements have been accrued by the District as a result of the long history of visionary leadership from the Board of Trustees of the District (the "Board"), as well as from staff members, parents, and members of the District communities. During its long history, the District has benefited from a community, which supports its educational institutions by establishing high standards for academic achievement while at the same time providing the means required to meet and even to surpass those expectations. In order to provide our local students with the same classrooms and school facilities as other California school districts, major repairs and upgrades 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 and facility modernization 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 extension in order to provide the local funding for identified school facility repairs and modernization projects.
BOND AUTHORIZATION It is necessary to seek approval of the governing board to pursue a tax rate extension of existing bonds. 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 existing bonds of up to $16,100,000 in aggregated 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.
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 Extension (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 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.
ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS 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 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-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 extension 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 extension proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed in Exhibit A-1. Special Bond Extension Proceeds Account: Annual Report to Board. Upon approval of this proposition and the sale of any existing 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. FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS No Administrator Salaries. Proceeds from the sale of extended 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 Fresno County Treasurer, as required by the California Education Code. BOND PROJECT LIST Bond proceeds will be expended to modernize, replace, renovate, expand, construct, acquire, equip, furnish and otherwise improve the classrooms and school facilities of the District, including those located at the following locations: Bishop Elementary School, Grades K-1st Year Opened: 1958 Cheney Elementary School, Kindergarten Year Opened: 1948 Dawson Elementary School, Grades 2-3rd Year Opened: 1941 Huron Elementary School, Grades K-5th Year Opened: 1943 Sunset Elementary School, Grades 4-5th Year Opened: 1938 Coalinga Middle School Grades 6-8th Year Opened: 1999 Huron Middle School, Grades 6-8th Year Opened: 1999 Coalinga High School, Grades 9-12th Year Opened: 1934 The specific school facilities projects to be funded include, but shall not be limited to: School Renovation, Repair, Upgrade, and Construction Projects