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Santa Barbara Community College District
Bonds - 55% Approval Required
Fail: 30493 / 50.23% Yes votes ...... 30214 / 49.77% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Nov 21 9:33am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (129/129)|
|Information shown below: Official Information | Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Tax Rate Statement | Full Text|
To repair, construct, acquire and seismically upgrade facilities, sites and equipment at City College, maintain access to quality, affordable education for students, including local high school graduates and returning veterans, prepare students for careers and transfer to four-year universities by upgrading academic, science, engineering, healthcare and vocational classrooms and improving technology and energy efficiency, shall Santa Barbara Community College District issue $288 million in bonds, at legal rates, requiring citizens' oversight, audits and no money for administrators' salaries?
If approved by 55% of the voters, this measure authorizes the Santa Barbara Community College District (District) to authorize the sale of general obligation bonds on its behalf in a principal amount not to exceed $288,000,000 to provide financing for the specific facilities projects listed in the District's Projects List. The Projects List, as well as the full text of the measure, is printed in the ballot pamphlet. None of the proceeds from the sale of bonds may be used for salaries or operating expenses.
The bonds and interest thereon would be payable from property taxes levied on taxable property in the District. These taxes would be in addition to the property taxes currently levied on taxpayers in the District. The amount of the increased taxes each year would depend upon the amount needed to pay the principal and interest on the bonds.
The bond measure includes the following accountability requirements:
A. A requirement that the proceeds from the bond sale be used only for the above purposes and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries, and other District operating expenses. B. A list of the specific facilities projects to be funded and certification that the District Board has evaluated safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs in developing that list.
C. A requirement that the District Board conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the funds have been spent only on the specific facilities projects listed in the proposition.
D. A requirement that the District Board conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of such proceeds have been spent for the facilities projects listed in the Projects List.
This measure, if approved, will also establish a citizens' oversight committee to monitor expenditures and ensure bond proceeds are used only to fund the specific projects listed in the Projects List, as printed in the ballot pamphlet.
/s/ Gustavo E. Lavayen Deputy County Counsel
|Arguments For Measure S2014||Arguments Against Measure S2014|
|Improving City College is vital for students, and will also boost our local
economy, improve our local workforce and help sustain high property
We're proud that Santa Barbara City College is officially named the top Community College in the nation.
Nearly half of all local high school graduates rely on City College for higher education or career preparation and advancement. Our topnotch local community college is a primary option for local high school graduates.
Today, it's time to invest in City College to maintain its excellent standards and ensure continued access to affordable, high-quality, local higher education. Facilities modernization is essential + especially as the cost of attending other public universities in California has skyrocketed to at least six times that of community college.
Most classroom buildings are decades old and must be upgraded to continue providing excellent education.
Measure S will:
The undersigned authors of the argument in favor of Ballot Measure S2014 at the Consolidated General Election for the Santa Barbara Community College District to be held on November 4, 2014 hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.
/s/ Dr. Dave Cash, Superintendent Santa Barbara Unified School District
/s/ Jean Blois, Former Mayor, City of Goleta
Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association /s/ Lanny Ebenstein, Education Chair
/s/ Victoria Juarez, Executive Director, Girls Inc. of Carpinteria
/s/ Pamela M. Lopker, President, QAD, Inc.
Just six years ago, you authorized SBCC to issue $77 Million in bonds. Much of this money has still not been used!
Those bonds of 2008 were not prioritized to meet alleged academic infrastructure needs but were spent on collateral, non-academic structures such a stadium press box renovation. If you approve Measure S, this will happen again!
$56 million of these Measure S bonds are quietly being earmarked for non-academic athletic facilities, such an Aquatics Center and Sports Pavilion.
The cost of Measure S will exceed ONE-HALF BILLION DOLLARS. This money will be paid for only by SBCC district residents from the Ventura County line to Gaviota.
Yet as many as 12,000 students a year come from outside the district, outside the state, outside the US.
Barely half transfer or graduate within three years.
SBCC encourages a lingering outside population of thousands which decreases available housing, increases rents and places high demands on social services.
Should the residents inside the SBCC District pay over ONE-HALF BILLION DOLLARS for the educational needs of 750,000 outside the district students over the next 25 years?
These bonds will increase commercial and residential rents as landlords pass on their cost to renters.
Sadly, this "community college" has lost its way and is no longer serving our own community.
Look at all the facts and you will vote NO on Measure $.
for more information: http:VoteNoOnS.org
The undersigned author of the rebuttal to the argument in favor of Ballot Measure S2014 at the Consolidated General Election for the Santa Barbara Community College District to be held on November 4, 2014 hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of his knowledge and belief.
/s/ Ernie Salomon
In 2008 SBCC promised the passage of bond Measure V would address the "Long-Term Facilities Plan" needs of SBCC and that no money raised by it would be spent on projects other than those listed in the proposal.
Instead, upon passage of Measure V SBCC used the funds it provided to build facilities not mentioned in the ballot and certainly collateral to its education mission, most egregiously a multi-million dollar stadium/press box renewal rather than needed classroom improvements. This bait and switch was made possible by advice from "bond counsel" that the funds could be used for projects of the "type" described in the ballot and referenced in the "Plan" kept in the SBCC Presidents Office. SBCC also decided not to fund projects described in the measure, at least in part for the "strategic" reason that funding for these projects could be obtained elsewhere or from a subsequent bond issue.
Now, as "strategized", SBCC returns to ask for more bonds and promises to do much of what it failed to do with the revenue taxpayers provided with Measure V.
This sort of trickery has to be stopped.
The undersigned author of the argument against Ballot Measure S2014 at the Consolidated General Election for the Santa Barbara Community College District to be held on November 4, 2014, hereby states that such argument is true and correct to the best of his knowledge and belief.
/s/ Glen Freeman Mowrer
City College has a proven track record of success. Annual audits have shown that Measure V bond funds have been used to benefit local students, including modernization of classroom buildings to replace outdated technology and replacing aging portables with permanent buildings to meet current safety codes. The Citizens' Oversight Committee has provided regular, positive updates to the community showing transparency about the judicious use of Measure V bond funds.
In order to maintain its excellent educational programs and ensure continued access for local students, now is the time to invest in the future of City College.
Measure S is needed now:
The undersigned authors of the rebuttal to the argument against Ballot Measure S2014 at the Consolidated General Election for the Santa Barbara Community College District to be held on November 4, 2014, hereby states that such argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.
/s/ H. Edward Heron, Past Chairman, Measure V Oversight Committee
/s/ Peter R. MacDougall, President Emeritus, Santa Barbara City College
/s/ Gregg Hart, Santa Barbara City Councilmember
/s/ Kimberly Monda, Ph.D., Academic Senate President, SBCC
/s/ S. Monique Limón, Board Member, Santa Barbara Unified School District
|Tax Rate Statement from Superintendent/President, SBCC|
|An election will be held in the Santa Barbara Community District
(the "District") on November 4, 2014, to authorize the sale of up
to $288,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance facilities as
described in the proposition. If the bonds are approved, the
District expects to issue the Bonds in multiple series over time.
Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable from the
proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the
District. The following information is provided in compliance
with Sections 9400 through 9404 of the California Elections Code.
1. The best estimate of the tax 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 $0.01665 per $100 ($16.65 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in 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 estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.01665 per $100 ($16.65 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2027-28.
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 $0.01665 per $100 ($16.65 per $100,000) of assessed valuation, which is projected to be the same in every fiscal year that the bonds remain outstanding.
Voters should note that estimated tax rates are based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on the County's official tax rolls, not on the property's market value, which could be more or less than the assessed 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. Certain taxpayers may also be eligible to postpone payment of taxes. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors to determine their property's assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.
Attention of all voters is directed to the fact that the foregoing information is based upon the District's 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 dates of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on 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 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.
/s/ Lori Gaskin, Superintendent/President
|Full Text of Measure S2014|
The Board of Trustees ("Board") of the Santa Barbara Community College District (the "District"), to be responsive to the needs of students and the community, evaluated the District's urgent and critical needs -including replacing leaky roofs and decaying and aging classrooms and facilities to satisfy today's health and earthquake safety requirements, providing sufficient classrooms and labs to help students prepare for careers and/or transfer to four-year universities- safety and security issues, class size and offerings in key academic disciplines such as science, engineering, healthcare, and information and computer technology, in developing the scope of projects to be funded. The faculty, staff and students have prioritized the key health and safety and academic needs so that the most essential and urgent requirements and infrastructure needs are addressed consistent with community and District priorities. The Board conducted comprehensive evaluations and considered priorities and competing perspectives in developing the scope of college projects to be funded. The Board, faculty and community leaders concluded that if these needs were not addressed now, the problems will only become more pressing and expensive. In approving the Projects, the Board of Trustees determines that the District must:
(c) All expenditures will be subject to annual independent financial audits,
(d) AN INDEPENDENT CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE WILL BE APPOINTED TO ENSURE THAT ALL FUNDS ARE SPENT O N L Y ON VOTER APPROVED PROJECTS AND NOT USED ON ADMINISTRATORS' SALARIES AND PENSIONS.
SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE
Academic Facility Upgrade Projects To Help Students
Prepare for Careers and Transfer To Four-Year UniversitiesGoal and Purpose: Helping students prepare for careers and transfer to University of California or other four-year universities is a major objective of City College. Improvements to academic facilities and technology implementations will allow it to continue preparing students for careers and/or transfer to four-year colleges or universities:
Basic Repair and Construction Projects To Provide Access
to Quality Affordable Education
Goal and Purpose: Since the costs of attending a public university in California are six times that of City College, many basic upgrade projects will enhance the opportunity for local students to benefit from a high quality, affordable local college option prior to transfer to a four-year university:
The allocation of bond proceeds will be affected by the District's possible receipt of State matching funds and the final costs of each project. In the absence of State matching funds, which the District will aggressively pursue to reduce the District's share of the costs of the projects, the District will not be able to complete some of the projects listed above. Some projects may be undertaken as joint use projects in cooperation with other local public or non-profit agencies. The budget for each project is an estimate and may be affected by factors beyond the District's control. 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. 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 relocatable 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. 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.
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 COLLEGE ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES, PENSIONS AND OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES.
FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY. 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.