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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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Palo Verde Unified School District
Measure E - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

1,825 votos si (62.29%)

1,105 votos no (37.71%)

100% de distritos activos (13/13).

2,930 boletas electorales serán contadas.

To improve the quality of education; modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; make health, safety, and security improvements; and construct a new barn/agricultural rehabilitation center; shall the Palo Verde Unified School District issue $24,800,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, generating on average $1,300,000 annually as long as bonds are outstanding at a rate of approximately 4.9 cents per $100 assessed value, with citizens' oversight committee, NO money for salaries and all money staying local?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Riverside County Deputy County Counsel

 The Board of Trustees (“Board”) of the Palo Verde Unified School District (“District”) by adopting Resolution No. 201718-25 (“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 15624 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 twenty-four million eight hundred thousand dollars ($24,800,000).

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

The Bonds would be used by the District to modernize, renovate, expand, rehabilitate, construct and replace school facilities, furnishings and equipment within the Palo Verde Unified School District. The Bonds may be used for school facilities projects such as repairing/replacing heating and air-conditioning systems, improving security, installing solar equipment, constructing a new barn/agricultural rehabilitation center, and modernizing classrooms, restrooms and school facilities. 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 E 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 $0.049 per $100 per assessment (or $49 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 $50,800,000.

Approval of Measure E does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the District, that are the subject of the Bonds under Measure E, will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure E. The District’s proposal for the project or projects assumes 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 “E” 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 “E” 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, Palo Verde Unified School District

 

$24.8 MILLION
PALO VERDE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS

An election will be held in the Palo Verde Unified School District (the “District”) on November 6, 2018, to authorize the sale of up to $24.8 million 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 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. 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 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 $0.049 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $49 per $100,000 of assessed value). The final fiscal year in which it is anticipated that the tax will be collected is 2050-51.

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 $0.049 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $49 per $100,000 of assessed value). It is estimated that such rate would be levied starting in fiscal year 2019-20 and following.

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 $50.8 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.

By:    
Charles Bush, Ed. D., Superintendent
Palo Verde Unified School District

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Palo Verde Unified School District was formed in 1936. Even though all our schools were built decades ago, the District has tried to maintain its facilities with previously passed school improvement measures and other resources. Our schools are some of the oldest in Riverside County and the next set of vital repairs can no longer wait. Now, our schools need our help. Vote YES on Measure E!

The longer we put off repairs, the more expensive it will be to fix these problems down the road. Now is the right time to make the necessary improvements to our schools. California does not provide schools with unmatched funds for most construction costs, so our schools need our support to make much needed repairs. Your YES vote on Measure E will ensure a safe, clean, and modern learning environment for children for decades to come.

If passed, Measure E will make critical facility improvements to our local schools, including; repairing or replacing outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, modernizing/renovating outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities, making health, safety and security improvements, upgrading and repairing athletic fields and facilities, installing solar panels to improve efficiency, and constructing a new barn/agricultural rehabilitation center.

Measure E makes financial sense and protects taxpayers. All bond funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State. By law, spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens’ oversight committee. In addition, funds can only be spent to improve our local schools, not for teacher or administrative salaries.

Measure E upgrades and repairs old, inadequate classrooms, improves the education of local students and maintains the quality of our community. That’s something we can all support. Please join us and Vote Yes On Measure E!

By:          
Charles Bush
Meliton Sanchez
Diana Vibanco
Michael Cusick

— County of Riverside Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

NO ARGUMENT FILED AGAINST MEASURE “E”

— County of Riverside Registrar of Voters

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

INTRODUCTION

To improve the quality of education; modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; make health, safety, and security improvements; and construct a new barn/agricultural rehabilitation center; shall the Palo Verde Unified School District issue $24,800,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, generating on average $1,300,000 annually as long as bonds are outstanding at a rate of approximately 4.9 cents per $100 assessed value, with citizens’ oversight committee, NO money for salaries and all money staying local?

BOND AUTHORIZATION

By approval of this measure by at least 55 percent of the registered voters voting on the measure, the Palo Verde Unified School District will be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $24,800,000 in aggregate principal amount at interest rates not to exceed legal limits and to provide financing for the specific types of school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List described below, subject to all the accountability requirements specified below.

ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS

The provisions in this section are specifically included in this measure in order that the voters and taxpayers in the District may be assured that their money will be spent wisely. Expenditures to address specific facilities needs of the District will be in compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3), of the State Constitution and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000 (codified at Education Code Sections 15264 and following.)

Evaluation of Needs. The School Board has identified detailed facilities needs of the District and has determined which projects to finance from a local bond. The School Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction, enrollment growth, and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List shown below.

Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee. Following approval of this measure, the Board of Trustees will establish an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee, under Education Code Sections 15278 and following, to ensure bond proceeds are expended only on the types of school facilities projects listed below. The committee will be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the School Board.

Performance Audits. The School Board will conduct annual, independent performance audits to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects listed below.

Financial Audits. The School Board will conduct annual, independent financial audits of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed below.

Government Code Accountability Requirements. As required by Section 53410 of the Government Code, (1) the specific purpose of the bonds is set forth in this Full Text of the Measure, (2) the proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used only for the purposes specified in this measure, and not for any other purpose, (3) the proceeds of the bonds, when and if issued, will be deposited into a building fund to be held by the Riverside County Treasurer, as required by the California Education Code, and (4) the Superintendent of the District shall cause an annual report to be filed with the Board of Trustees of the District not later than January 1 of each year, which report shall contain pertinent information regarding the amount of funds collected and expended, as well as the status of the projects listed in this measure, as required by Sections 53410 and 53411 of the Government Code.

NO TEACHER OR ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES

Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this measure shall be used only for the purposes specified in Article XIII A, Section 1(b)(3), those being for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, and the acquisition or lease of school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.

STATE MATCHING FUNDS

The following statement is included in this measure pursuant to Education Code Section 15122.5: Approval of this measure does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects that are the subject of bonds under this measure will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by this measure. The District’s proposal for the project or projects described below may assume the receipt of matching state funds, which, if available, could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

INFORMATION ABOUT ESTIMATES AND PROJECTIONS INCLUDED IN BALLOT

This measure authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds to finance the types of projects set forth on the Bond Project List set forth below, to be repaid by tax collections for the years that bonds are outstanding. The measure presented to District voters on the Ballot, as set forth above under the heading “INTRODUCTION”, includes information regarding the expected average amount of money to be raised annually to pay issued bonds, the estimated rate of the approved tax per $100 of assessed valuation, and the year through which it is approximated the proposed tax will be levied and collected. Each of these estimates and approximations are provided as informational only. Such amounts are estimates only, and are not maximum amounts or limitations on the terms of the bonds or the tax rate or duration supporting repayment of bonds. The approximations and estimates provided depend on numerous variables which are subject to variation and change over the term of the District’s overall facilities and bond financing plan, including but not limited to the amount of bonds issued and outstanding at any one time, the interest rates applicable to issued bonds, market conditions at the time of sale of the bonds, when bonds mature, timing of project needs and changes in assessed valuations in the District.

As such, while such estimates and approximations have been provided based on information currently available to the District and its current expectations, such estimates and approximations are not limitations and are not binding upon the District.

BOND PROJECT LIST

Scope of Projects. Bond proceeds will be expended on the modernization, renovation, expansion, acquisition, construction/reconstruction, rehabilitation, and/or replacement of school facilities of the Palo Verde Unified School District, including the furnishing and equipping of such school facilities. This measure authorizes bond projects to be undertaken at all District sites, including current and future sites.

School Facility Project List. The items presented on the following list provide are the types of projects authorized to be financed with voter-approved bond proceeds. Specific examples included on this list are not intended to limit the broad types of projects described and authorized by this measure. The types of projects authorized are:

Repair or replace outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

Make health, safety and security improvements.

Modernize/renovate outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities.

Upgrade and repair P.E. fields and facilities.

Install solar panels to improve efficiency.

Construct a new barn/agricultural rehabilitation center.

Pay or prepay lease obligations and certificates of participation used for school improvements.

Each of the bond projects described in this Bond Project List include the costs of furnishing and equipping such facilities, and all costs which are incidental but directly related to the types of projects described above. Examples of incidental costs include, but are not limited to: costs of design, engineering, architect and other professional services, facilities assessments, inspections, site preparation, utilities, landscaping, construction management and other planning and permitting, legal, accounting and similar costs; independent annual financial and performance audits; a customary construction contingency; demolition and disposal of existing structures; the costs of interim housing and storage during construction including relocation and construction costs incurred relating to interim facilities; rental or construction of storage facilities and other space on an interim basis for materials and other equipment and furnishings displaced during construction; costs of relocating facilities and equipment as needed in connection with the projects; interim classrooms and facilities for students, administrators, and school functions, including modular facilities; federal and state-mandated safety upgrades; addressing unforeseen conditions revealed by construction/modernization and other necessary improvements required to comply with existing building codes, including the Field Act; access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act; costs of the election; bond issuance costs; and project administration during the duration of such projects, as permitted by law.

The scope and nature of any of the specific projects described above may be altered by the District as required by unforeseen conditions that may arise during the course of design and construction. In the event that a modernization or renovation project is more economical for the District to be undertaken as new construction, this bond measure authorizes land acquisition, relocation and construction and/or reconstruction, and all costs relating thereto, for said reason or, alternatively, based on other considerations deemed in the best interest of the District by the Governing Board. In addition, this measure authorizes the acquisition of real property, including necessary rights of ways or other real property interests, required to expand District facilities, to provide access to school or other District facilities, or to provide additional school or related facilities. In addition, authorized projects include reimbursements for paid project costs and paying and/or prepaying interim or previously obtained financing for the types of projects included on the project list, such as bond anticipation notes, and including payment and prepayment of lease payments relating to projects and/or equipment previously financed.

Approval of the District’s bond measure does not guarantee that all of the identified projects within this Bond Project List will be funded beyond what can be completed with local funds generated by the bond measure. The District plans to pursue funds from the State of California, if available, to complete certain of the identified facilities projects.

The order in which school facilities projects are listed in the foregoing Bond Project List does not suggest an order of priority. Project priorities will be determined by the Board of Trustees. The District is unable to anticipate all unforeseen circumstances which may prevent some of the projects listed above from being undertaken or completed.

 

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