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Mountain Empire Unified School District
55% Approval Required
Fail: 1,352 / 54.3% Yes votes ...... 1,137 / 45.7% No votes
Index of all Propositions
|Information shown below: Yes/No Meaning | Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Tax Rate Statement ||
To protect academic instruction and retain qualified teachers at Mountain Empire High School, Campo, Clover Flat, Descanso, Jacumba, Pine Valley and Potrero schools with funding Sacramento cannot take away, shall Mountain Empire Unified School District upgrade/construct classrooms/science labs/facilities; make schools accessible for students with disabilities; improve student safety; and update computers/technology, by issuing $30.8 million in bonds, at legal rates, with independent oversight and no money for administrators?
Voter approval of this measure also will authorize an annual tax to be levied upon the taxable property within the District. The purpose of this tax is to generate revenue to pay the principal and interest on the bonds.
Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition may be used by the District 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.
The interest rate on any bond, which is established at the time of bond issuance, cannot exceed 12% per annum. The final maturity date of any bond could be no later than 25 years or 40 years after the date the bonds are issued as determined by the District.
The tax authorized by this proposition is consistent with the requirements of the California Constitution. The California Constitution permits property taxes, above the standard one percent (1%) limitation, to be levied upon real property to pay the interest and redemption charges on any bonded indebtedness for the acquisition or improvement of real property, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, when approved by 55% of the voters if:
If a bond measure is approved, state law requires the District to establish an independent citizens' oversight committee. The District has made this ballot proposition subject to these requirements.
Issuance of all of the authorized bonds might require the outstanding debt of the District to exceed its statutory bonding limit of 2.5% of the total assessed valuation of taxable property in the District. If necessary, approval of this proposition authorizes the District to seek a waiver of its bonding limit, which must be granted in order to issue those bonds in excess of the 2.5% bond limit.
Approval of this proposition does not guarantee that the proposed projects in the District that are the subject of these bonds will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by this proposition.
|Arguments For Proposition G||Arguments Against Proposition G|
|Student achievement at Mountain Empire Unified School District is on the rise. Local student test scores have improved for each of the last 8 years.
Voting YES on Prop G will provide the facilities to support quality instruction for our local students in core subjects like math, science, reading and writing. Prop G will also help attract and retain qualified and experienced teachers in our area.
By law, all Prop G funds must stay locally to benefit our students at:
Campo Elementary School
Pine Valley Elementary School
Descanso Elementary School
Clover Flat Elementary School
Potrero Elementary School
Jacumba Elementary School
Not one penny can be taken away by the State or other school districts. Not one penny can be used for administrator salaries, benefits or pensions.
Specifically, Prop G will:
Make schools accessible for students with disabilities
Provide up-to-date science labs and science equipment
Protect student safety in a fire, earthquake or other emergency
Provide modern classroom computers and instructional technology
Improve the energy and operational efficiency to save money that can be used to protect core academic classes and retain teachers
An independent citizens' oversight committee made up of local residents will review the use of all funds to ensure they are spent as promised.
By voting Yes on Prop G we will:
Take advantage of historically low construction costs and interests rates
Create jobs for local residents and help get our local economy back on track
Protect our property values by ensuring our local schools continue to improve
Give our teachers the resources they need to help our students succeed
Please vote Yes on G.
in the office of the Registrar of Voters.
|Tax Rate Statement from Superintendent of Schools|
|An election will be held in the Mountain Empire Unified School District (the "District") on June 5, 2012, to authorize the sale of up to $30,800,000 in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the proposition. If the bonds are approved, the District expects to issue the Bonds in multiple 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 through 9404 of the California Elections Code.
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 the property's market value, which could be more or less than the assessed value. In addition, taxpayers eligible for a property tax exemption, such as the homeowner's exemption, will be taxed at a lower effective tax rate than described above. Certain taxpayers may also be eligible to postpone payment of taxes. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors 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.
Dated: March 6, 2012.