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Alameda County, CA November 6, 2012 Election
Measure J
Improve Quality of Oakland Schools & School Facilities
Oakland Unified School District

Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

Pass: 122695 / 84.39% Yes votes ...... 22687 / 15.61% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Feb 1 2:01pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (271/271)
Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Tax Rate Statement |

To improve the quality of Oakland schools and school facilities to better prepare students for college and jobs, to upgrade science labs, classrooms, computers and technology, improve student safety and security, repair bathrooms, electrical systems, plumbing and sewer lines, improve energy efficiency and earthquake safety, shall the Oakland Unified School District beauthorized to issue $475 million in bonds, with an independent citizens oversight committee and annual audits to guarantee funds are spent properlyto benefit Oakland children?

Impartial Analysis from County Counsel
Measure J, an Oakland Unified School District ("District") bond measure, seeks voter approval to authorize the District to issue and sell bonds of up to four hundred seventy-five million dollars ($475,000,000.00) in aggregate principal amount. The primary purpose of the bonds is to finance school facilities projects as specified in the measure.


Pursuant to California Constitution Section 18 of Article XVI and Section 1 of Article XIIIA and California Education Code Section 15274, this measure will become effective upon the affirmative vote of at least 55% of the qualified electors voting on this measure.


California Education Code Section 15100 restricts the use of the proceeds from the bonds sale to construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of school facilities, and the acquisition of real property for school facilities. In addition, proceeds may only be used for the projects listed in the measure. This measure provides that its proceeds will fund projects outlined in the measure (reproduced in the sample ballot pamphlet) that include district-wide and site specific projects. The district-wide projects include, among others, repairing existing school sites, seismic retrofits, upgrading school facilities, and improving energy efficiency. The site-specific projects include similar improvements at specific schools throughout the district. Proceeds may not be used for any other purpose, such as administrator salaries.


If 55% of those who vote on the measure vote "yes", the District will be authorized to issue bonds of up to four hundred seventy-five million dollars ($475,000,000.00). Approval of this measure will authorize a levy on the assessed value of taxable property within the District by an amount needed to pay the principal and interest on these bonds in each year that the bonds are outstanding.


The Tax Rate Statement for Measure J in this sample ballot pamphlet reflects the District's best estimates, based upon currently available data and projections, of the property tax rates required to service the bonds. The best estimate of the maximum tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds after the sale of the first series is no more than 3.9 (three and nine-tenths cents) per $100.00 (one hundred dollars), which is $39.00 (thirty-nine dollars) per $100,000.00 (one hundred thousand dollars), of the assessed valuation in fiscal year 2013-2014. The best estimate of the maximum tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds after the sale of the last series is no more than 6 (six cents) per $100.00 (one hundred dollars), which is $60.00 (sixty dollars) per $100,000.00 (one hundred thousand dollars), of the assessed valuation in fiscal year 2019-2020.


An independent citizens' oversight committee will monitor the bond expenditures.


If 55% of those voting on this measure do not vote for approval, the measure will fail and the District will not be authorized to issue the bonds.


DONNA R. ZIEGLER
County Counsel


The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure J, which is printed in full in this sample ballot pamphlet. If you desire an additional copy of the measure, please call the Elections Official's office at (510) 272-6933 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. You may also access the full text of the measure on the Alameda County website at the following address: http://www.acgov.org/rov/.

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Ballot Measure Pros & Cons Presentation

  • Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
    Time: 6 - 7:30 PM
    Place: Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 3
    Sponsor: League of Women Voters of Oakland
  • The public is invited to attend and hear unbiased, neutral presentations on Measures J., A1 and B1, as well as the 11 State Ballot Measures. Questions? Call the League at (510) 834-7640
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Arguments For Measure J
Measure J is about one thing: Improving the Quality of Oakland schools.


While there has been significant progress in the quality of our local schools over the past few years, the facts remain that many of Oakland's schools need improvement and not every Oakland child has a safe school and a well-functioning classroom.


The average age of Oakland schools is 71 years. Schools built years ago need significant updating; classrooms are inadequate, roofs need repair, plumbing and heating systems are deteriorating, and many classrooms have inadequate lighting, wiring and electrical outlets.


When repairs involve breaking through walls and ceilings, asbestos is often found, making even minor problems expensive to fix.


Measure J has been placed on the ballot to address the most pressing needs. Measure J will provide funding to upgrade classrooms, computer systems and science labs. Measure J insures that our schools have the facilities needed to provide career training and advanced courses in math, science and technology.


All money raised by Measure J will stay in our community to benefit Oakland children. No money can be taken by the state or used for other purposes. Cost of Measure J is tax deductible. Independent audits ensure money will be spent as promised. Measure J will help qualify our community for state matching funds, when available. Among the projects that will be completed:

  • Seismic upgrades of schools and classrooms to reduce danger from earthquakes
  • Asbestos and lead paint removal
  • Upgrade science labs, classrooms, computers and technology
  • Repair bathrooms and unsafe playground areas
  • Upgrade kitchen facilities to improve nutrition and nutritional education


Improving our local schools is essential for our children and to attract jobs and stimulate economic growth in Oakland. Business, labor, teachers, parents, principals, community and religious leaders are all supporting Measure J. Please vote YES on Measure J.

Renee Swayne
Retired Teacher & Chair, Measure B Oversight Committee

Beverly Rivas
Executive Director, Oakland Builders Alliance

Jonathan Klein
Executive Director, Great Oakland Public Schools

Ruth Woodruff
Parent and Co-Founder, Oakland School Food Alliance

Jesus Nieto-Ruiz
Pastor

(No arguments against Measure J were submitted)

Tax Rate Statement from County Assessor & Superintendent OUSD
An election will be held in the Oakland Unified School District (the "District") on November 6, 2012, to authorize the sale of up to $475,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the measure. If the bonds are approved, the District plans to sell the bonds in 4 series over a period of approximately 6 years. 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 maximum 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 no more than three and nine-tenths cents per $100 ($39 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2013-14.


2. The best estimate of the maximum 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 no more than six cents per $100 ($60 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2019-20.


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, is six cents per $100 ($60 per $100,000) of assessed valuation, which is estimated to apply in fiscal year 2019-20.


Approval of the ballot measure authorizes the issuance of bonds under certain conditions, and is not approval of a specific tax rate or a specific bond issuance plan. 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. 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 of the bonds 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 are 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.


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