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Special District

Perris Union High School District
Measure W - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

25,924 votes yes (55.89%)

20,463 votes no (44.11%)

100% of precincts reporting (92/92).

46,387 ballots counted.

To contstruct a high school for Menifee, additional classrooms at high schools serving Perris, Romoland, and Nuevo, relieve severe overcrowding, improve our schools, student safety, college readiness, access to math, science, engineering, technology, skilled trades, repair, acquire, construct classrooms/labs/equipment/facilities, shall this Perris Union High School District measure authorizing $148,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying approximately 3¢/$100 assessed value (averaging $10,000,000 annually) while bonds are outstanding, be approved, with citizen oversight/ all money locally controlled?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Riverside County Deputy County Counsel

The Board of Trustees (“Board”) of the Perris Union High School District (“District”) by adopting Resolution No. 1:18-19 (“Resolution”), elected to call an election pursuant to Section 18 of Article XVI and Section 1 of Article XIIIA of the California Constitution and Section 15100 and 15264 et seq. of the California Education Code to obtain authorization to issue and sell general obligation Bonds (“Bonds”) in the aggregate amount principal amount of one hundred forty-eight million dollars ($148,000,000).

This Measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of the District.

The Bonds would be used by the District to construct a new high school, construct, upgrade and renovate classrooms, labs, equipment and facilities, and to improve student safety. The Bonds may be used for school facilities projects such as modernizing classrooms, labs and career-training facilities and to support instruction in math, science, engineering, technology and skilled trade. The Bonds would not be used to fund the salaries, pensions or benefits of any board members, administrator, and/or teachers or for other school operating expenses.

If Measure W is approved, the Board of the District will appoint a citizens’ oversight committee, and conduct annual independent financial and performance audits to ensure that bond funds are spent only on the construction, modernization, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, furnishings and/or equipment, or the acquisition or lease of property for school facilities, and for no other purposes.

An ad valorem tax would be levied and collected on property within the boundaries of the District to pay the principal and interest on the Bonds. The best estimate of the average annual tax rate at this time is $0.03 per $100 per assessment (or $30 per $100,000) of assessed value.

The Resolution provides that the maximum interest rate on the Bonds will not exceed the maximum statutory interest and the maximum term of the Bonds, or any series thereof, will not exceed the maximum statutory term. The best estimate of the total debt service, including the principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all of the bonds are issued and sold is $297,000,000.

Approval of Measure W does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the District, that are the subject of the Bonds under Measure W, will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure W. The 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.

For this Measure to be approved fifty-five percent (55%) of qualified voters who vote on the Measure must vote yes.

A “YES” vote on Measure “W” is a vote to allow the District to sell the Bonds and levy the necessary taxes to pay for the Bonds.

A “NO” vote on Measure “W” is a vote against allowing the District to sell the Bonds and levy the necessary taxes to pay for the Bonds.

By:           Ronak N. Patel, Deputy County Counsel

Tax rate

Superintendent, Perris Union High School District

An election will be held in the Perris Union High School District (the "District") on November 6, 2018, to authorize the sale of up to $148,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance improvements to educational facilities as described in the proposition. If such bonds are authorized and sold, principal and interest on the bonds will be payable only from the proceeds of ad valorem 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.

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 would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is three cents per $100 of assessed valuation (or $30.00 per $100,000 of assessed valuation). The final fiscal year in which it is anticipated that the tax will be collected is 2047-48.

2.     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 three cents per $100 of assessed valuation (or $30.00 per $100,000 of assessed valuation). It is estimated that such rate would be levied in fiscal year 2019-20.

3.     The best estimate of the total debt service, including the principal and interest that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold, is approximately $297 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 accordance with Education Code Section 15100 subparagraph (c), the Board has obtained reasonable and informed projections of assessed property valuations that take into consideration projections (if any) of assessed property valuations made by the County Assessor. 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. 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 its 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. Accordingly, the actual tax rates and the years in which such rates are applicable may vary from those presently estimated as above stated.

Perris Union High School District
By:     Grant Bennett, Superintendent

 

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Voting Yes on Measure W will relieve significant school overcrowding, keeping our students safe and on the path to success in college and competitive careers.

Our area is growing rapidly. For example, Paloma Valley High School was built for 2,200 students, currently educates 3,200 and will reach 4,000 within five years: nearly double the intended capacity.

Crowded schools are unsafe and limit educational opportunities. Menifee desperately needs an additional high school – it’s the only way to solve the overcrowding problem.

That’s why we need Measure W. It provides a dedicated, locally controlled source of funding that can only be spent on local secondary schools. The State can’t take one penny.

Measure W gives every student a chance at 21st-century success. Currently, there is not enough lab space to meet student demand for science, technology and engineering classes. By expanding local schools and upgrading them to modern standards, Measure W will open the door for educational opportunities.

Vote Yes on W: Relieve Overcrowding, Support Student Success

·         Build a new high school in Menifee to relieve classroom overcrowding at all schools

·         Protect student safety and campus security by establishing a single point of entry

·         Improve access to modern classrooms, labs and career training facilities to support quality instruction in math, science, engineering, technology and skilled trades

·         Increase access to career training facilities that prepare students for careers in healthcare, biomedical science, computer science, agriculture and skilled trades

A Clear System of Fiscal Accountability

·         Independent citizens’ oversight and annual public audits are mandatory

·         A detailed project list outlining exactly how Measure W will be spent is included in your voter pamphlet

·         Measure W cannot fund administrator salaries

Strong schools protect strong property values, even if you don’t have kids.

Join us in voting Yes on W: protect student safety and academic opportunities.

By:            

Marion Ashley, Riverside County Supervisor

Joshua Naggar, Local Attorney and President,
Perris Chamber of Commerce

Sheila Curtis, Paloma Valley and
Menifee Union School District Parent

John Whann, Boys & Girls Club of
Menifee Valley, Executive Director

Tony Stafford, Longtime Sun City
Resident & Retired Fire Captain

— County of Riverside Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT FILED AGAINST MEASURE "W"

— County of Riverside Registrar of Voters
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