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San Mateo-Foster City School District
55% Approval Required
Fail: 8,002 / 46.5% Yes votes ...... 9,195 / 53.5% No votes
Index of all Measures
Results as of Jan 15 5:15pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (75/75)|
25.4% Voter Turnout (91,335/359,535)
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Tax Rate Statement | Full Text|
To improve local schools and protect high quality math, science, reading and writing instruction with funding that cannot be taken by the State, shall San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District upgrade classrooms, science labs, and libraries, relieve school overcrowding, update classroom technology for higher 21 st
- century academic standards, and repair, construct, or acquire equipment, classrooms, sites and facilities by issuing $130,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with citizen oversight, no money for administrators, and all funds staying local?
The Board of Trustees of the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District has proposed this measure, which would authorize the District to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $130 million. The bonds will have an interest rate not exceeding the legal maximum and will mature in a maximum of 25 or 40 years from the date of issuance of the bonds, depending on how they are issued. The District's best estimate of the average tax rate levy per year per $100,000 of assessed valuation to fund this bond is $19.00 for fiscal year 2014-2015 and also for fiscal year 2021-2022. The District's best estimate of the highest average tax rate levy per year per $100,000 of assessed valuation to fund this bond is $19.00.
The California Constitution requires the listing of specific school facilities projects to be funded from the bond revenue and certification that the Board has evaluated safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs in the development of that list. The District's "Project List" for the proposed bond is attached to the full text of the measure and lists four general types of projects: core school renovation, repairs, and upgrades; relieving school overcrowding by adding classrooms and rebuilding aging schools to accommodate growing student enrollment; improving district-wide instructional technology; and improving health and safety, including earthquake safety and energy efficiency. These categories include specific improvements such as upgrading libraries, upgrading building systems (electrical, plumbing, lighting, heating, and ventilation), upgrading classroom and other facility equipment, upgrading accessibility of classrooms and facilities, upgrading labs, building new classrooms, rebuilding aging facilities, improving classroom equipment, upgrading computers, removing environmental hazards (asbestos, lead paint, and mold), installing energy-efficient systems, upgrading emergency communication systems, and improving student drop-off areas. The Project List should be reviewed for further specifics.
The California Constitution and Education Code require the District to take certain steps to account for the proceeds from the sale of the bonds. The District will direct the funds to be deposited into a special account, appoint a citizens' oversight committee, conduct annual independent performance and financial audits to assure that funds are spent only on the listed improvements and for no other purposes, and prepare annual reports listing the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of any funded project.
A "yes" vote on this measure would authorize the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $130 million for the purposes listed in the "Project List."
A "no" vote would preclude the San Mateo- Foster City Elementary School District from issuing the bonds.
This measure passes if 55% of those voting on the measure vote "yes".
|Arguments For Measure P||Arguments Against Measure P|
|Vote YES on Measure P to continue excellent education and
student success in our San Mateo and Foster City neighborhood
elementary and middle schools.
To protect the academic excellence in math, science, reading
and writing that we expect from our schools, we must ensure
that all students learn in safe, modern classrooms, science labs
and libraries, with updated classroom technology, to meet new,
Our highly ranked schools are attracting new families to our community, causing overcrowding in local schools. The typical local elementary school was built for 300 students; but now, many of our schools have over 500 students. Measure P is critical to relieve school overcrowding and continue the excellent education for which our schools are known. Every penny of Measure P will benefit San Mateo and Foster City schools, be controlled locally and cannot be taken away by the state.
Measure P will:
Please join San Mateo and Foster City community leaders, parents, teachers and senior citizens -- vote Yes on P.
/s/ Jerry Hill California State Senator
/s/ Carole Groom Supervisor, San Mateo County
/s/ Pam Frisella Mayor, City of Foster City
/s/ Craig Courtin Foster City Chief of Police (Retired)
/s/ Melodie L. Lew Senior Advocate
A new grades 5-8 middle school in Foster City will cost $80,000,000, with no seats allocated for any San Mateo children and no approved plan in place to pursue that. Approximately $15,000,000 or 11% will go toward the renovation of San Mateo's Knolls. The remaining approximately $35,000,000 (29%) is distributed around the district for other items; however, the language is very ambiguous and does not clearly define how your money will be spent or if all these projects will be completed with this money. This allocation is roughly 75%-Foster City/25%-San Mateo, and not fair to San Mateo taxpayers. where are the funds to improve other San Mateo schools? or add capacity? or educate our district's neediest children who live in San Mateo? As taxpayers, you ask these questions because you deserve to know where your money goes and you decide how much money you are willing to borrow with your votes.
Vote No on Measure P.
/s/ Heidi Bowman Measure L Treasurer (November 2008)
|I would be remiss as an elected trustee and San Mateo resident if
I did not speak out against Measure P. Measure P is not equitable
for San Mateo. Although this measure is purported to reduce
overcrowding, it is a quick fix solution for only a portion of the
district without proper planning for the current and projected
overcrowding and aging facilities in San Mateo. I co-chaired the
last bond campaign and the proceeds were divided equitably by
student population, which was fair and effective. Remodels and
new buildings, site improvements and classroom upgrades were
completed for students in both Foster City and San Mateo, and
that was good for our community. Measure P does not divide
the proceeds equitably, and to me that is unacceptable. I feel it
is extremely important for proceeds to be distributed equitably
throughout the district so that capital improvement projects
benefit all students. Taxpayer monies should benefit the entire
Technology and Solar are very sexy topics; however, I don't think they belong on this bond measure. Bonds, especially considering the facilities needs in our district, should be used for buildings and site expansions. Borrowing $30 million to buy tech devices with a 7 year shelf life and $15 million for solar panels feels fiscally irresponsible to me when there are better options available. Looking at leasing options and partnerships will allow the district to acquire high tech devices and solar systems at a fraction of the cost, and then leverage the partners' expertise to maintain them, keeping our students connected with the latest technology available.
Vote No on Measure P. Insist that the district bring together community members from San Mateo and Foster City to formulate a plan that addresses the facilities needs of the entire district with equitable allocation of bond proceeds.
/s/ Ellen Mallory Ulrich Trustee, San Mateo Foster City School District
All other San Mateo Foster City School District Trustees, including two from San Mateo, voted to place Measure P on the ballot because it is equitable for all local students.
Measure P is the community plan to relieve school overcrowding in San Mateo and Foster City. A citizen task force--the Superintendent's Committee on overcrowding Relief--and an independent demographic study recommended the Measure P plan to address school overcrowding. It will rebuild an aging Foster City middle school and refurbish an old San Mateo elementary school to relieve school overcrowding in both communities.
Measure P is the only source of funding for 21 st century learning technology. California adopted new, rigorous academic standards, but provided no funding for the technology necessary to implement them. Our schools require Measure P to obtain technology required to prepare students for success on new computerized statewide exams. Some of our local schools have been renovated and others have not.
Measure P completes vital projects, identified by San Mateo and Foster City school communities, to provide safe and modern classrooms for all local students. Energy efficiency upgrades save our schools almost $1 million annually to protect academics and retain teachers--a critical investment for all students.
Measure P is the equitable plan to provide all students with the same opportunity to learn in safe, modern schools with the 21st century technology needed for success.
Join us! Vote Yes on P!
/s/ Lory Lorimer Lawson President, Board of Trustees San Mateo-Foster City School District
/s/Julie Scanlon Member, San Mateo-Foster City School District Bond Oversight Committee
/s/ Gary Pollard Member, SMFCSD Superintendent's Committee on Overcrowding Relief
/s/ Daniela Relaford San Mateo Chair, Yes on Measure P Committee
/s/ James E. Sell Concerned San Mateo Education Advocate
|Tax Rate Statement|
|An election will be held in the San Mateo-Foster City School
District (the "District") on November 5, 2013, to authorize the sale
of up to $130,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance projects
as described in the measure. If such bonds are authorized and
sold, principal and interest on the bonds will be payable only from
the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the
District. The following information is provided in compliance
with Sections 9400-9404 of the Elections Code of the State of
California. Such information is based upon the best estimates
and projections presently available from official sources, upon
experience within the District, and other demonstrable factors.
Based upon the foregoing and projections of the District's assessed
valuation, the following information is provided:|
1. 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 first series of bonds, based on a projection of assessed valuations, is $19.00 per $100,000 of assessed value for fiscal year 2014-15.
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 a projection of assessed valuations, is $19.00 per $100,000 of assessed value for fiscal year 2021-22.
3. The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on a projection of assessed valuations, is $19.00 per $100,000 of assessed value for fiscal year 2014-15 and the subsequent fiscal years thereafter. v oters should note the estimated tax rate is based on the ASSESSED v ALUE of taxable property on the County's official tax rolls, 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 tax rate than described above. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors to determine their property's assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions. The attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon 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 date of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on the 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 sale. Actual future assessed valuations 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.
/s/Dr. Cynthia Simms Superintendent San Mateo-Foster City School District
|Full Text of Measure P|
The Board of Trustees of the San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District evaluated the District's urgent and critical facility needs, including safety issues, enrollment growth, neighborhood schools, class size, and computer and information technology, in developing the scope of projects to be funded. The District conducted both an enrollment evaluation and a facilities evaluation and received public input on both, and prepared an Enrollment Management Plan and a Facilities Master Plan which were presented to the Board and approved by the Board and which are incorporated herein and on file at the District's Student Services and Facilities Departments. Teachers, staff, community members and the Board have prioritized the key health, safety, and overcrowding needs so that the most critical facility needs are addressed. The Board concluded that if these needs are not addressed now, the problems will only get worse and cost much more later.
Therefore, in approving this Project List, the Board of Trustees determines that: (i) every penny of this measure must benefit local schools, be controlled locally and cannot be taken away by the State; and (ii) any measure must be subject to citizen oversight and annual audits to keep the District accountable for how funds are spent; and (iii) use the measure to be eligible for millions of dollars of State matching funds; and (iv) in responding to overcrowding by repairing or rebuilding Knolls Elementary School (San Mateo) and Bowditch Middle School (Foster City), priority shall be given to updating school library facilities, classroom computer technology, providing updated science labs and relieving overcrowding; and (v) all of its classrooms and school buildings shall be kept safe, clean and well-maintained; and (vi) the District must provide all San Mateo and Foster City students access to similar safe, modern classrooms and technology. The Project List includes the following types of projects: Core School Renovation, Repairs and Upgrades Goal and Purpose: To maintain safe, comparable neighborhood schools, schools will benefit from the renovation, repair and upgrade of outdated school buildings, including bathrooms, plumbing and sewer lines, science labs, classrooms, computer technology and labs and school libraries and equipment, allowing all children have the resources they need to learn and stay up-to-date with the latest advances in technology and education:
Goal and Purpose: Many of our local schools were built for 300 students and now, many of our schools serve over 500 students. To relieve this overcrowding and be eligible for State and local matching funds, and to enhance educational programs at neighborhood schools, some schools would benefit from the improvement and/or expansion of facilities, such as:
FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY: IN ACCORDANCE WITH EDUCATION CODE SECTION 15272, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES WILL APPOINT AN CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE AND CONDUCT ANNUAL INDEPENDENT AUDITS TO ASSURE THAT FUNDS ARE SPENT ONLY ON DISTRICT PROJECTS AND FOR NO OTHER PURPOSE. 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 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.
NO ADMINISTRATIVE 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.