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Las Lomitas Elementary School District
55% Approval Required
Pass: 2,305 / 73.9% Yes votes ...... 812 / 26.1% No votes
Index of all Measures
Results as of Jan 15 5:15pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (18/18)|
25.4% Voter Turnout (91,335/359,535)
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Tax Rate Statement | Full Text|
To repair and improve aging schools to protect quality academic instruction with funding that cannot be taken by Sacramento, shall Las Lomitas Elementary School District build classrooms for increased student enrollment, update/replace aging classrooms to meet current health/safety codes, renovate heating/electrical systems to save money, support 21st century instructional technology, acquire, repair, construct sites, facilities, equipment by issuing $60,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with citizens' oversight, no money for administrators, and all funds staying local?
2021. 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 $30.00. 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: relieving school overcrowding by adding classrooms and repairing and improving aging schools to accommodate growing student enrollment; core school renovation, repairs, and upgrades; improving district-wide instructional technology; and improving health and safety and energy efficiency. These categories include specific improvements such as constructing new classrooms and buildings, removing portable classrooms, preserving play space, renovating facilities, improving accessibility, replacing building systems (water, sewer, and plumbing), updating electrical systems, providing technology infrastructure, upgrading and expanding telecommunication and Internet systems, removing environmental hazards (asbestos, lead paint, and mold), upgrading fire alarm systems, repairing fire safety equipment, replacing and upgrading security systems, and installing energy-efficient systems. 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 Las Lomitas Elementary School District to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $60 million for the purposes listed in the "Project List." A "no" vote would preclude the Las Lomitas Elementary School District from issuing the bonds. This measure passes if 55% of those voting on the measure vote "yes"
|Arguments For Measure S|
Protect the outstanding education children receive at Las Lomitas
Elementary School and La Entrada Middle School.
on Measure S.
In 2001 when voters approved the last bond to modernize our
neighborhood schools, all school improvement projects were
completed on time and within budget. Today (12 years later)
student enrollment has increased by over 40% and our two schools
need more classrooms. Twenty percent of our children go to
school in portables. At La Entrada the entire fifth grade attends
class in portable classrooms.
Measure S will:
(No arguments against Measure S were submitted)
|Tax Rate Statement|
|An election will be held in the Las Lomitas School District (the
"District") on November 5, 2013, to authorize the sale of up
to $60,000,000 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 $30.00 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 $30.00 per $100,000 of assessed value for fiscal year 2020-21.
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 $30.00 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/ Lisa Cesario Superintendent
|Full Text of Measure S|
|"To repair and improve aging schools to protect quality academic
education with funding that cannot be taken by Sacramento, shall
Las Lomitas Elementary School District build classrooms for
increased student enrollment, update/replace aging classrooms
to meet current health/safety codes, renovate heating/electrical
systems to save money, support 21
technology, acquire, repair, construct sites, facilities, equipment
by issuing $60,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with citizens'
oversight, no money for administrators, and all funds staying
The Board of Trustees of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District evaluated the District's urgent and critical facility needs, taking into consideration safety issues, enrollment growth, other neighborhood schools, target class sizes, infrastructure needs and information technology, in developing the scope of projects to be funded. The District made both demographic projections and facilities evaluations and received public input on both. The District also prepared a Master Facilities Plan which was approved by the Board on February 13, 2013 and which is incorporated herein and on file at the District's Superintendent's Office. Teachers, staff, community members and the Board have prioritized the key needs including getting the buildings current with health and safety regulations. The Board concluded that if these needs are not addressed now, the problems will only get worse and cost will increase if not addressed now. 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) in responding to 40% enrollment growth during the last ten years by upgrading both Las Lomitas Elementary School and La Entrada Middle School, priority must be given to relieving overcrowding and protecting the quality of instruction in core subjects like math, science, reading and writing; and (iv) the District should provide all students access to similar safe, and modern classrooms and to 21 st Century science labs; and (v) the District should reduce operating costs by improving energy efficiency when repairing and replacing old buildings and aging heating systems and invest the savings to protect core academics. The Project List includes the following types of projects: Relieve School Overcrowding by Adding Classrooms and Repairing and Improving Aging Schools to Accommodate a Growing Student Enrollment
Goal and Purpose: The District's student population increased by 40 percent in the last 10 years. To relieve this overcrowding and to be eligible for State and local matching funds, and to enhance educational programs within the District, the District would benefit from the improvement and/ or expansion of facilities, such as: