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School Improvement Funding
Yucaipa Calimesa Joint Unified School District
School Bonds - 55% Approval Required
51.0% Yes votes ......
49.0% No votes
Index of all Measures
Results as of November 26 3:17pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (75/75)
Includes 70/70 Precincts in San Bernardino County as of November 30 2:54pm
Includes 5/5 Precincts in Riverside County as of November 26 3:17pm
|Information shown below: Arguments | Tax Rate Statement ||
To repair and upgrade local schools in Yucaipa and Calimesa, and protect quality education with funding under local control, shall Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District: Upgrade computers/instructional technology to support math, science, reading, writing; Add/upgrade career education and vocational classrooms, labs, technology; Repair, improve or replace leaky roofs, aging/deteriorating classrooms, restrooms and school facilities to meet safety requirements; by issuing $98,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, with independent citizens' oversight, no money for district administrators?
|Arguments For Measure O||Arguments Against Measure O|
|Vote YES on "O" to provide locally controlled funding to repair and
upgrade our neighborhood schools in Yucaipa and Calimesa.
With strong academic programs, emphasizing math, science, reading and writing and highly-qualified teachers, student test scores have steadily risen over the last 4 years.
In order to continue academic improvement, classroom repairs and technology upgrades are needed. Many schools in the District are over 40 years old and in critical need of repairs and upgrades to provide modern classrooms, science labs, and technology to meet current safety and educational standards.
For students who do not plan on attending college, modern career training facilities are needed to help build strong career skills that will better prepare them for the competitive job market. Voting Yes on Measure "O" will accomplish:
Every dollar from Measure "O" will be used only in Yucaipa and Calimesa schools to support student achievement; strict fiscal accountability is required:
Please join us and vote Yes on Measure "O".
By: Kara Decker, PTA Council President
Dan Crain, Retired Yucaipa Mayor
Frances Joyce Serianni, VP of Smiles for Seniors Foundation, Mobile Home Owner
Dr. Steve Miller, Business Owner
Carl Arend, Long Time Resident, Community Volunteer
Here is the reset of the story: Reinstating cuts they made with a property tax hike, requires a 66 2/3% yes vote. This can't be done with a facilities (Proposition 39) + 55% yes vote. School districts have matching grants for big ticket items like roofing and flooring through "Deferred Maintenance", when the state funds them. School Boards should prioritize spending for students then if higher taxes are justified, have a 2/3 election. Measure "O", a back door way to more tax money by implying great academic advantages when in reality "O" is for buildings not kids. Vote No on "O".
By: Jason Jimenez
|Vote NO on "O". We oppose this bond sale/tax increase measure
because it makes no sense. Selling $98 Million of school bonds adds
hundreds of dollars to our property tax bills for buildings, not for students.
This election is for school facilities and facilities only! Here is the law:
"Authorizes bonds for repair, construction, or replacement of school
facilities, classrooms, if approved by 55% of local vote for projects
evaluated by schools, community college districts, county education
offices for safety, class size, and information technology needs...
Prohibits used of bond proceeds for salaries or operating expenses"
This District has closed a school and converted another to International Baccalaureate, while eliminating: Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), bussing, crossing guards and raised class sizes. The instructional year, summer school, counseling, and adult school have all been shrunk. Yet passing Measure "O" cannot reinstate the important and valuable instructional programs that this very same Board cut in the first place.
What sense does it make to increase the property tax burden on homeowners with little if any direct benefit to students? These incumbent board members (three are up for election) support Jerry Brown's ballot measure of sales and income tax increases (two more tax increases are on the ballot as well). But that's not enough new taxes for them. They now want to raise our property taxes but leave the cuts to students they made in place. Measure "O" makes no sense, Vote No on "O".
By: Dr. Jay Jimenez
Ongoing, State-imposed budget cuts certainly have created challenges for our schools. State government has cut $21 million (almost 22%) from local schools' budget since 2008-09. Despite this, our schools have done a terrific job protecting vital programs and providing quality education to local students. And it's simply false to claim that YCJUSD Board members support statewide tax increases.
Local schools and classrooms need essential repairs and upgrades today + and the State won't pay for them. Measure "O" is the solution. Every penny stays in Yucaipa and Calimesa.
Currently, many local schools are at least 40 years old: leaky roofs, outdated plumbing and electrical systems, and deteriorated, inadequate classrooms and restrooms are a reality.
Job training classrooms and labs must be improved. Yucaipa and Calimesa schools lack instructional and vocational technology needed to prepare local students to compete in the 21 st century economy + whether or not students plan to attend four-year college.
Measure "O" directly benefits Yucaipa and Calimesa students by improving the classrooms, school facilities and instructional technology. You can read the specific project list here: http://www.improveyucaipacalimesaschools.org.
Measure "O" projects will also create local jobs.
Measure "O" funds can't be used for employee salaries, benefits or pensions: only for specific classroom, school and technology improvements.
Independent citizen oversight and annual audits will ensure funds are used properly.
Vote YES on Measure "O".
By: Ella A. Zanowic,
Gloria Macias Harrison,
Brian J. Bearie, MD, FACEP
|Tax Rate Statement from George Velarde, Assistant Superintendent, Business Services - Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District|
|As shown on the enclosed official ballot, an election is being held in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District ("District") on
November 6, 2012, for the purpose of submitting to the registered voters within the District the question of whether the District shall issue and sell bonds
in an amount not to exceed $98,000,000 for the purpose of providing funds for the specified school facilities and school projects as set forth in the
resolution of the District calling such bond election. This measure will authorize a tax sufficient for interest on, and redemption of, the bonds. The bonds
shall bear interest at a rate, or rates to be established at such time as the bonds are sold, in one or more series, at fixed or variable interest rates not to
exceed the maximum applicable statutory rate for such bonds. If such bonds are authorized and sold, the principal thereof and the interest thereon are
a general obligation of the District, payable from the proceeds of ad valorem taxes on taxable real property located within the District.
The following information is submitted in compliance with California Elections Code Sections 9401 through 9404 based on estimates of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement:
(a) The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue during the first fiscal year after the first sale of the bonds based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement or a projection based on experience within the same jurisdiction or other demonstrable factors is $0.04425 per $100 ($44.25 per $100,000) of assessed valuation.
(b) It is anticipated that the bonds will be sold in more than one series. The best estimate of the tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund such bond issues during the first fiscal year after the last sale of the bonds based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement or a projection based on experience within the same jurisdiction or other demonstrable factors is $0.04425 per $100 ($44.25 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. It is estimated that this tax rate would apply in the 2023-2024 tax year.
(c) The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund the bond issues during the term of the bond issues, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement or a projection based on experience within the same jurisdiction or other demonstrable factors, is $0.04425 per $100 ($44.25 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. It is estimated that the highest tax rate would apply in the 2043-2044 tax year based on assessed valuations available at the time of this filing or a projection based on experience within the same jurisdiction or other demonstrable factors.
Voters should note that these estimated tax rates are based on the assessed value of taxable property within the District as shown on the official rolls of Riverside and San Bernardino County, as applicable, not on the property's market value. In addition, taxpayers eligible for a property tax exemption, such as the homeowner's exemption, will be taxed at a lower effective rate than described above. Actual future assessed valuation will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined by the Riverside and San Bernardino County Assessor, as applicable, in the annual assessment and the equalization process. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and/or the applicable county assessor and/or tax advisors to determine their property's assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.
Attention of all voters is directed to the fact that these estimates are based on assumptions and 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 any bond sales, the amount of bonds sold, market interest rates at the time of each sale of bonds and actual assessed valuations over the term of repayment of the bonds. The timing of the bond sales and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be governed by the needs of the District, including the legal limitations on bonds approved by a 55% vote. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on the bond market at the time of each such sale.
Dated: July 24, 2012