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El Dorado, Placer County, CA November 4, 2014 Election
Measure E
To provide funding to improve school facilities
Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District

School Bond - 55% Approval Required

Pass: 140 / 55.12% Yes votes ...... 114 / 44.88% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Nov 25 3:24pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (2/2)
46.5% Voter Turnout (254/546)
Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Tax Rate Statement | Full Text

Tahoe School Safety and Repair Measure. To improve Tahoe area schools with local funding that the State cannot take away, repair/replace roofs, plumbing and electrical systems, provide classrooms, science labs and technology meeting modern academic safety standards and providing a well-rounded education, construct, equip, repair, acquire school facilities/equipment to prepare students for college/high-demand jobs, shall School Facilities Improvement District No. 2 of the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District issue $62,000,000 in bonds at legal rates with independent audits, citizens oversight, and no funds for administrators' salaries?

Impartial Analysis from El Dorado County Counsel
This measure, if approved by 55% of the voters voting, would authorize the sale of general obligation bonds by the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District ("District") in the amount of up to $62,000,000 (sixty-two million dollars) in aggregate principal amount. The proceeds of the bonds would be used in the School Facilities Improvement District No. 2 (this District matches the enrollment boundaries for the North Tahoe High School) for the purposes described in the text of Measure E, which precedes this analysis. Principal and interest on the bonds would be paid by ad valorem taxes placed on property within the District. The District's estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue follows this analysis and it includes a best estimate of $29.75 per $100,000 of assessed valuation per fiscal year, beginning in 2015-16. This measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Education of the District acting as the legislative body of the School Facilities Improvement District No. 2.

A general obligation bond is a form of borrowing commonly used to fund school facilities. By law, local general obligation bonds, financed through an increase in local property taxes, can be used for renovating, reconstructing, and building new facilities and for acquiring certain new equipment. When districts seek the 55% approval of voters they must meet special accountability requirements. In order to meet these accountability requirements, the District Board of Education has committed to the following:

  • to use the bond proceeds only for the purposes set forth in the ballot measure, and not for any other purpose, such as teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses;
  • to safety, class size reduction and information technology needs of the District as well as the importance of the projects to student achievement and enhanced instruction that have been evaluated prior to determining that bond issuance was necessary;
  • to create a Citizen's Oversight Committee in compliance with Education Code Section 15278 no later than 60 days after the Board enters the election results in its minutes.
  • to conduct annual independent performance audits to ensure that the bond proceeds are expended only for the projects in the ballot measure;
  • to conduct annual, independent financial audits of the expenditure of the bond proceeds until all bond proceeds have been expended.

The District has confirmed that the proposed bonds would bear interest at a rate not exceeding the statutory limit per annum and the maturity of the bonds will not exceed the statutory maximum.

A "YES" vote on this Measure would authorize the School Facilities Improvement District No 2 of the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District to borrow money through the sale of bonds in an amount not exceeding $62,000,000.00, such bonds to be repaid by revenue derived from an annual tax levied upon the taxable property within the District.

A "NO" vote on this Measure is a vote against authorizing the sale of bonds by the District.

Edward L. Knapp
County Counsel

 
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Arguments For Measure E Arguments Against Measure E
Vote Yes on Measure E to ensure high-quality education in Lakeside schools.

Whether or not you have school-age children, enhancing the quality of Lakeside schools is a wise investment in the future of our community. It will prepare our students to be competitive in the 21st century and maintain the value of our homes.

With steadily improving test scores on statewide exams for the last four years, student achievement is on the rise. However schools such as Tahoe Lake and Kings Beach Elementary were constructed more than 60 years ago. These schools are now outdated and in need of repairs.

Measure E will address the most urgent repairs such as aging roofs, deteriorating sewer lines, and outdated plumbing, electrical and fire alarm systems that will make our local schools clean and safe for learning.

Measure E will provide funding to ensure science and computer labs and classroom instruction keeps pace with technology, and that our schools equip students with the skills they need to succeed.

Measure E Will:

  • Update technology infrastructure for 21st-century learning
  • Upgrade existing school building systems and utilities (e.g. plumbing, electrical, heating, ventilation)
  • Construct new classrooms, science labs and career technical education facilities
  • Modernize and reconfigure classrooms and labs
  • Improve performing arts, multipurpose, food service and physical education facilities
  • Upgrade student safety and campus security
  • Improve outdoor learning and play spaces Mandatory Fiscal Accountability
  • Annual, public audits will detail the use of all funds
  • Independent citizens' oversight will ensure funds are spent as promised
  • No funds can be used for salaries or pensions for administrators, teachers or staff
  • Measure E will help our schools qualify for state matching funds, potentially reducing the cost to local taxpayers
  • All funds raised in the Lakeside area will improve Lakeside schools

Vote Yes on E!

Alejandro Brambila, 32 year Resident Business Owner, Las Panchitas
Eileen Fahrner, Retired TTUSD Principal
Dean Headley, Resident and Attorney
Katja Dahl, Parent & Business Owner
David Wilderotter, Resident & Business Owner

No arguments against Measure E were submitted.

Tax Rate Statement from Superintendent of the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District
TAX RATE STATEMENT REGARDING PROPOSED $62,000,000 TAHOE TRUCKEE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 2 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS

An election will be held in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District School Facilities Improvement District No. 2 (the "District") on November 4, 2014, to authorize the sale of up to $62,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance school facilities 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 available at the time of filing of this statement, is $.02975 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $29.75 per $100,000 of assessed value) for fiscal year 2015-16.

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 available at the time of filing of this statement, is $.02975 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $29.75 per $100,000 of assessed value) for fiscal year 2026-27.

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 available at the time of filing of this statement, is $.02975 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $29.75 per $100,000 of assessed value), which is projected to be the same in every fiscal year that the bonds remain outstanding.

Voters should note the estimated tax rate is based on the ASSESSED VALUE 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 project 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.

Robert J. Leri
Superintendent/Chief Learning Officer, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

Full Text of Measure E
The following is the full proposition presented to the voters of the School Facilities Improvement District No. 2 of the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District.

Tahoe School Safety and Repair Measure. "To improve Tahoe area schools with local funding that the State cannot take away, repair/replace roofs, plumbing and electrical systems, provide classrooms, science labs and technology meeting modern academic safety standards and providing a well-rounded education, construct, equip, repair acquire school facilities/equipment to prepare students for college/high-demand jobs, shall School Facilities Improvement District No. 2 of the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District issue $62,000,000 in bonds at legal rates with independent audits, citizen oversight, and no funds for administrators' salaries?"

PROJECT LIST
The Board of Education (the "Board") of the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School is committed to maintaining the quality of education and preparing students for college and 21st Century careers. To that end the Board evaluated the District's urgent and critical facility needs, including safety issues, class size reduction, and computer and information technology, in developing the scope of projects to be funded. The District has prepared a Facilities Master Plan which was approved by the Board on April 9, 2014, and which is incorporated herein in its entirety. Teachers, staff, community members and the Board have prioritized the key health, safety and educational 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 become more pressing and expensive. Therefore, in approving this Project List, the Board determines that the District must:
(i) Effectively prepare our students for college; and
(ii) Ensure that all students receive a well-rounded, high quality education; and
(iii) Prepare our students to compete in the technologically advanced, highly competitive 21st Century economy by ensuring science and computer labs and classroom instruction keeps pace with newer technology, and that our schools equip students with the skills they need to succeed; and
(iv) Provide students who do not attend college with the job skills training, technical knowledge and specialized skills to compete for good-paying jobs by supporting career technical education programs with the required equipment, technology and classroom space to ensure our students can compete in the labor market.
(v) Adhere to specific ACCOUNTABILITY SAFEGUARDS such as:
(a) Every penny from this measure must stay in the Tahoe area for our local schools, and cannot be taken away by the State,
(b) No funds can be used to increase salaries, benefits or pensions for teachers, administrators or other
school employees and, an independent citizen oversight committee must be appointed to ensure that all funds are spent only as promised,
(c) All expenditures must be subject to annual independent financial audits.
Projects listed below will be undertaken at the following schools at:
King Beach Elementary School
North Tahoe High School
North Tahoe School
Tahoe Lake Elementary School
Rideout School Site including Coldstream Alternative School Renovation, Repair and Upgrade Projects Goal and Purpose: Since construction began on some of our schools in the 1930's and 1950's, such as Tahoe Lake Elementary School (1934) and King Beach Elementary School (1957), they have become outdated and need urgent and basic repairs, such as aging roofs, decaying walls, outdated plumbing, outdated electrical and fire alarm systems and poor ventilation so that our schools can be clean and safe for learning. The District expects between 15% and 25% of the bond proceeds to be used for the following projects:
  • Repair or replace aging roofs. .. Upgrade inefficient electrical heating and air conditioning. .. Provide additional electrical service capacity to relieve overloaded electrical systems so that it can handle modern instructional technology. .. Replace older windows, ceilings, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting systems with building code compliant, energy efficient systems. .. Upgrade classrooms, science labs, libraries, and other learning technology so that our students are prepared for college and 21st Century careers. .. Renovate existing classrooms to accommodate current curriculum emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math. .. Repair plumbing and bathrooms. .. Acquire modern equipment for career technical education. .. Replace rotted sewer lines. Health, Safety and Energy Efficiency Projects Goal and Purpose: Because our local schools must prepare students to compete in the technologically advanced, highly competitive 21st Century economy, students and schools will benefit by ensuring that science and computer labs and classroom instruction keeps pace with newer technology and that our schools equip students with the skills they need to succeed. The District expects between 64% and 74% of the bond proceeds to be used for the following projects:
  • Update and construct classrooms, science labs and facilities that meet modern academic and safety standards. .. Replace or update outdated classrooms, restrooms, lighting, plumbing, irrigation, heating and ventilation systems. .. Upgrade fire safety systems, smoke detectors and sprinklers, improve fire safety equipment and fire exit doors to make students safer in the event of an emergency. .. Upgrade emergency communication systems to improve student safety. .. Keep schools safe and clean. .. Protect student and teacher safety. Instructional Technology Upgrade Projects to Provide 21st Century Technology Skills Goal and Purpose: Upgrades to instructional technology, labs and classrooms are needed to prepare students for college and 21st Century careers. Students who do not go to college need job skills training, technical knowledge, and specialized skills to compete for good-paying jobs, and career technical education programs will benefit from the required equipment, technology and classroom space required to ensure our students can compete in the labor market. The District expects between 6% and 16% of the bond proceeds to be used for the following projects:
  • Provide and maintain up-to-date technology infrastructure and new educational technologies to improve student learning. .. Upgrade and expand wireless systems, telecommunications, Internet and network connections. .. Upgrade electrical systems and wiring and acquire computer technology. .. Upgrade classrooms for instructional technology to improve student learning in core subjects like science, technology, engineering and math. The listed projects will be completed as needed. Project expenditures described above may be undertaken at any and all District schools and facilities in the boundaries of the School Facilities Improvement District No. 2. Each project is assumed to include its share of furniture, equipment, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program/project management, staff training expenses and a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs. In addition to the listed projects stated above, the Project List also includes: the acquisition of a variety of instructional, maintenance and operational equipment; the reduction or prepayment of outstanding lease obligations, and interim funding incurred to advance fund projects from the Project List; payment of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, facility studies, assessment reviews, facility master plan preparation and updates, environmental studies (including environmental investigation, remediation and monitoring), design and construction documentation, and temporary housing of dislocated District activities caused by construction projects. In addition to the projects listed above, the repair and renovation of each of the existing school or facilities may include, but not be limited to, some or all of the following: renovate student and staff restrooms; repair and replace heating and ventilation systems; upgrade of facilities for energy efficiencies; repair and replace aging roofs, windows, shade structures, trash enclosures, walls, ceilings, roofs, floors, doors, toilets and drinking fountains; install wiring and electrical systems to safely accommodate computers, technology and other electrical devices and needs; meet accessibility requirements; install energy management systems; upgrade or construct support facilities, including administrative support areas, physical education facilities, gyms, bleachers, lockers and hard courts, facilities for theater arts and music; install security systems and alarms, including locks, keyed gates, fencing, and emergency lock down capability; repair and replace fire alarms, emergency communications and security systems; resurface or replace hard courts, play areas, paved surfaces, turf, irrigation, water, and septic systems and campus landscaping; expand parking and improve student drop-off areas; acquisition of sites and facilities; interior and exterior finishing, painting and floor covering; demolition; construct various forms of storage and support spaces, kindergarten play yards, upgrade or construct classrooms, performing arts space, band rooms, libraries, computer labs, cafeterias, outdoor lunch seating, food service/kitchen facilities; repair, upgrade and install interior and exterior lighting systems and signage; enhance campus quads; improve gas lines, playgrounds, athletic fields and play apparatus; prevent toxic storm water runoff running into Lake Tahoe. The upgrading of technology infrastructure includes, but is not limited to, LCD projectors, portable interface devices, computers, servers, switches, routers, modules, sound projection systems, laser printers, digital white boards, document projectors, upgrade voice-over-IP, call manager and network security/firewall, wireless technology systems and other miscellaneous equipment, as well as computer server rooms, technology office space, centralize high speed data connections between school sites. The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the District's control. Some projects throughout the District may be undertaken as joint use projects, such as a softball complex, in cooperation with other local public or non-profit agencies. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans and construction documents are finalized, construction bids are received, construction contracts are awarded and projects are completed. Based on the final costs of each project, certain of the projects described above may be delayed or may not be completed. The District will carefully monitor the project budgets to determine final amount of bonds to be issued within the total authorization approved by the voters. Additional revenue from other sources may mitigate the total amount of bond funds needed to complete prioritized projects. Demolition of existing facilities and reconstruction of facilities scheduled for repair and upgrade may occur, if the Board determines that such an approach would be more cost-effective in creating more enhanced and operationally efficient campuses. Necessary site preparation/restoration may occur in connection with new construction, renovation or remodeling, or installation or removal of removable classrooms, including ingress and egress, removing, replacing, or installing irrigation, utility lines, trees and landscaping, relocating fire access roads, and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, or rights of way to the property. Bond proceeds may be contributed to projects which have district-wide benefit, regardless of the location of such projects, such as the construction of a District-wide maintenance and operation complex. Proceeds of the bonds may be used to pay or reimburse the District for the cost of District staff when performing work on or necessary and incidental to bond projects. Bond proceeds shall only be expended for the specific purposes identified herein.

The District shall create an account into which proceeds of the bonds shall be deposited and comply with the reporting requirements of Government Code 53410.

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY: IN ACCORDANCE WITH EDUCATION CODE SECTION 15272, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL APPOINT A 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 ADMINISTRATOR 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, INCLUDING PENSIONS.

Education Code section 15122.5 - Measure E Approval of Measure E does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the Tahoe/Truckee Unified School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure E will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure E. The school district's proposal for the project or projects may assume the receipt of matching state funds, which could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.


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