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Special District

Lompoc Unified School District
Measure Q2018 - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results


5,156 votes yes (50.9%)

4,974 votes no (49.1%)

100% of precincts reporting (22/22).

To repair or replace leaky roofs; upgrade inadequate electrical systems; construct/modernize classrooms, restrooms/schools; replace outdated heating, air-conditioning systems; upgrade P.E. fields/facilities for school and community use; shall Lompoc Unified School District issue $79,000,000 bonds at legal rates, levy/collect approximately $0.06 per $100 assessed value (estimated $7 million annually) through approximately 2054, with citizen oversight, no money for salaries, all money staying local, without increasing current tax rates?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Santa Barbara County Counsel

This measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Education of the Lompoc Unified School District, which is the governing board of the District.

If approved by 55% of the voters voting on the proposition, this measure authorizes the Lompoc Unified School District (District) to issue and sell bonds of up to $79,000,000 in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed in the District’s Project List. The Project List, as well as the full text of the measure, are printed in the voter information guide. None of the proceeds from the sale of bonds may be used for teacher or administrator 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 school operating expenses.

     B. A list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded.

     C. A requirement that the school district board conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the funds have been spent only on the specific school facilities projects listed in the Project List.

     D. A requirement that the school district board conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed in the Project List.

     E. If the measure is approved, the District Board of Education will also establish an independent citizens' oversight committee to ensure bond proceeds are used only to fund the specific projects listed in the Project List,
     as printed in the voter information guide.

/s/ Michael C. Ghizzoni

County Counsel

February 26, 2018

Tax rate

Superintendent, Lompoc Unified School District

An election will be held in the Lompoc Unified School District (the "District") on June 5, 2018 to authorize the sale of up to $79,000,000 in general obligation bonds. The following information is submitted in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code. 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 average annual tax rate which wouldbe required to be levied to fund this bond issue over the entireduration of the bond debt service, based on a projection of assessed
     valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.06 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $60 per$100,000 of assessed value). The final fiscal year in which it isanticipated that the tax
     will be collected is 2053-54.

     2. The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would berequired to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on aprojection of assessed valuations available at the time of filingof this statement,
     is $0.06 per $100 of assessed valuation (or$60 per $100,000 of assessed value). It is estimated that suchrate would be levied starting in fiscal year 2023-24 andfollowing.

     3. The best estimate of the total debt service, including theprincipal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if allthe bonds are issued and sold is approximately $204.0 million.

Voters should note the estimated tax rate is based on the assessed value (not market value) of taxable property on the County’s official tax rolls. 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 amounts are not maximum amounts and are not binding upon the District. The actual debt service, tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary from those used to provide the estimates set forth above, due to factors such as variations in the timing of bond sales, the par amount of bonds sold and market interest rates available at the time of each sale, actual assessed valuations over the term of the bonds, and other factors. The date and amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on the need for project funds and other considerations. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on conditions in 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.

Dated: March 1, 2018

/s/ Trevor McDonald, Superintendent, Lompoc Unified School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Vote Yes on Measure Q2018 to repair aging Lompoc schools to prepare our local students for college and the competitive 21st-century job market.

Measure Q2018 provides dedicated, locally-controlled funding to support a safe and modern learning environment for local students - without increasing taxes beyond what we already pay. Not one penny can be taken by the State or used for other purposes.

Many of our schools and classrooms are over 50 years old and built for a different era of education. While some of our schools have been updated, others have not. Roofs leak, inadequate electrical, fire and security systems require upgrades and outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems need to be repaired or replaced.

Our students deserve to have the same educational opportunities as others in the region. Today’s competitive global economy requires that students have a solid education in math, science and technology.

A YES vote on Measure Q2018 ensures all our Lompoc students have equal access to safe, modern classrooms and the educational technology they need to succeed.

Vote Yes on Q2018 to:
•  Repair or replace leaky roofs
•  Upgrade electrical systems to support access to computers andinstructional technology
•  Complete repairs and updates to provide safe, well-maintainedclassrooms and schools
•  Replace outdated and costly heating, ventilation and air-conditioningsystems
•  Improve access for families and community members with disabilities
•  Improves student safety and campus security systems

Mandatory Fiscal Accountability:

•  All funds must stay in our Lompoc schools
•  Independent citizen oversight and annual reports are required
•  No money can be used for administrator salaries

Measure Q2018 will fund needed repairs and safety improvements in our Lompoc schools by extending, not increasing, the tax rate currently paid to support schools facilities.

Great towns have great schools. Please join us and vote YES on Q2018.

The undersigned proponent(s) or author(s) of the primary argument in favor of Ballot Measure Q2018 at the Statewide Direct Primary Election for Santa Barbara County to be held on June 5, 2018, hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of his knowledge and belief.

/s/ Edward G. Casarez 1/25/18 City of Lompoc retired fire chief

/s/ Timothy J. Harrington 1/30/18 Allan Hancock Board, parent of LUSD student, alumni at Stanford

/s/ Roberta E. Heter 1/31/18 54 yr resident, parent/grandparent/great-grandparent LUSD students

/s/ John Lizarraga Jr., Life-long resident, owner of Aceco 2/5/18

/s/ George Bedford 2/12/18 Owner of Sunset Auto, grandparent of LUSD students

— Santa Clara County Clerk, Recorder and Assessor

Arguments AGAINST

Are you parents? Do you hold your children accountable? Supporting schools is good. Supporting wasting your money on vague, unenforceable promises is bad

Don't be deceived by District's campaign funded by businesses that will likely benefit from bond money. (Isn't that called pay-to-play?) Beware of high-priced marketers masquerading as "parents, teachers, and community leaders."

Why Vote No on Measure Q2018

- It's virtually, word-for-word, identical to every other bond measure written by lawyers and advisors who make hundreds of thousands of dollars every time bonds are issued.

- Did you hear about a list of projects? Why isn't there a list of SPECIFIC projects in Measure Q2018? Because it would restrict the District to spend the money ONLY on those things?

- Can you trust District? For months it showed off specific projects Measure Q2018 would fund. Why aren't they in Measure Q2018?

- Were you surveyed? Did you get a four-page, glossy campaign mailer from District in February? YOU PAID for it all. Is that fair? Using your money for campaign purposes?

- Why did District violate oversight laws over many years for previous Measure N (2002)?

- Why did oversight committee mix $40,548,278 of state money with bond money?

Proposition 39 permits a bare majority of voters (55%) to approve these bonds. "To ensure that before they vote, voters will be given a list of specific projects their bond money will be used for," it requires that Measure Q2018 be a "list of the specific school facilities projects to be funded." (Source: Proposition 39 ballot measure.)

Measure Q2018's intentionally vague language gives District a BLANK CHECK with NO ACCOUNTABILITY.

Don't vote to waste your taxes on vague promises. Did District keep its promises from Measure N? It spent $38,000,000 and still has "leaky roofs?"

Bond money is like drugs. Don't give District another fix. Just say no! Join us.

The undersigned author(s) of the Argument Against ballot measure Q2018 at the Statewide Direct Primary Election for the Lompoc Unified School District to be held on June 5, 2018, hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of his/her/their knowledge and belief.

/s/ William H. Heath, LUSD Board Member 2/27/18

/s/ Gavin M. Allred 2/27/18 Parent of former LUSD student

/s/ Richard Shires 2/27/18 Retired LUSD Teacher

/s/ Laura-Lee Parks 2/27/18 Retired LUSD Administrator

/s/ Greg Doyle 2/27/18 Former President LUSD Board

— Santa Clara County Clerk, Recorder and Assessor

Replies to Arguments FOR


— Santa Clara County Clerk, Recorder and Assessor

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

The authors of the argument against Measure Q2018 are hiding behind an outside group that opposes almost every school measure in California. It’s shameful that these community members are using this shadowy group to mislead voters and harm students. Their arguments are wrong and distort the truth.

Let’s make this simple: a yes vote on Q2018 is a vote to support our students and they deserve your support.

We know the facts. We’re voting YES on Q2018.

No other source of funding exists to complete the much-needed repairs and 21st-century updates our 50 year old schools and classrooms require.

• Measure Q2018 funds would qualify Lompoc Unified SchoolDistrict for state matching funds. LUSD has been successful insecuring $40,548,278 from the state matching fund program inthe past – money that would have been lost to othercommunities if LUSD did not apply for them.

• LUSD has been completely open and transparent with theprocess. A list of the work to be done, including the FacilitiesMaster Plan and the Board resolution can be found at:

• Without increasing the current tax rate, Measure Q2018provides locally controlled funds for our schools that the Statecan’t touch.

• Independent citizens’ oversight and annual audits ensureevery penny is used for critical repair and upgrade projects inour schools, ensuring promises are kept.

We don’t need to hide behind an outside group: we believe in our kids and we will be whole-heartedly supporting them and the facilities they need for future success.

Learn more:

The undersigned author(s) of the Rebuttal to Argument Against of ballot Measure Q2018 at the Statewide Direct Primary Election for the Lompoc Unified School District to be held on June 5, 2018 hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of his/her/their knowledge and belief.

/s/ Jeff CarlovskyMarch 9, 2018 LUSD Board Member

/s/ Stephen C. Straight March 8, 2018 LUSD Board President

/s/ Gloria GrijalvaMarch 8, 2018 LUSD Board Member

/s/ Daniel M. Vordale March 8, 2018 Vice President Oceanview Flowers

/s/ Richard Barrett March 9, 2018 LUSD Board Member

— Santa Clara County Clerk, Recorder and Assessor

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