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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California

— Facilities Improvement BondBond Measure —

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June 7, 2016 —Elecciones Primarias de California

Mother Lode Union School District
Measure C Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

3,250 votos si (58.1%)

2,344 votos no (41.9%)

  • 100% de distritos activos (13/13).
  • 5,594 boletas electorales serán contadas.

Shall the District be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $7,500,000 in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List attached hereto as Exhibit A, subject to all of the accountability safeguards specified?

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

 California law provides that upon approval of at least 55% of the registered voters voting, on this measure, the Mother Lode Union School District (“MLUSD”) will be authorized to issue and sell general obligation bonds to be paid by ad valorem taxes placed on property within the district, for the purpose of construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, replacement of school facilities, equipping of school facilities etc.

 

     The Board of Trustees of the MLUSD proposes issuing bonds in an amount up to 7.5 Million Dollars ($7,500,000.00).  The bonds interest rate and maturity date will not exceed the legal maximums. If the measure is approved, MLUSD will be authorized to increase the ad valorem taxes on property located within their boundaries to pay the bond principal, interest and associated costs for projects that may include:

  

  • Disability access:  walkways, stairs, ramps, doorway access

  • Student safety and security: lighting, fire alarms, communication systems

  • Campus access: pick-up and drop-off zones, expanding parking lots, reconfiguring flow of traffic

  • Building repair or replacement: deteriorating or inadequate roofs, plumbing, electrical heating, cooling systems

  • Hazardous material removal: asbestos, lead paint

  • Energy efficiency: insulation, doors, windows

  • Replace aging portable classrooms with permanent classrooms.

  • Classroom repairs and improvements

  • Student support facilities: replace or expand performing arts facilities, multi-purpose buildings, school libraries, site offices

  • Instructional technology projects: cabling, hardware, internet access

  

     Proceeds may only be used for the stated purposes and not for other purposes, including teacher or administrator salaries, or school operating expenses.

 

     MLUSD’s best estimate of the tax rate to be levied to fund the bond issue is $19.00 per $100,000 of assessed valuation of taxable property, during the first fiscal year after the sale of the first series of bonds (2016-17) and $19.00 per $100,000 during the life of the bonds.  MLUSD’s best estimate of the highest tax rate required to be levied is $19.00 per $100,000 per fiscal year of assessed valuation.  The amount of tax may be higher if funds due for payment of interest and principal on the bonds exceed the best estimate of the tax rate.

  

     This measure requires MLUSD to take steps to account for the use of the proceeds from the sale of the bonds under the California Constitution and Education Code.  Expenditure of bond revenues will be actively reviewed by an independent Citizens' Oversight Committee and an annual independent audit will be conducted to assure that funds are spent only for purposes included in this measure.

  

     A “yes” vote is a vote to authorize the MLUSD to issue and sell bonds in the amount up to $7.5 million to be secured by the levy of ad valorem taxes on property located within MLUSD.

 

     A “no” vote is a vote not to authorize the MLUSD to issue and sell bonds in the amount up to $7.5 million to be secured by the levy of ad valorem taxes on property located within MLUSD.

  

Michael Ciccozzi, Interim County Counsel

 

— Michael Ciccozzi, Interim County Counsel

Tax rate

    An election will be held in the Mother Lode Union School District (the “District”) on June 7, 2016, to authorize the sale of up to $7,500,000 in bonds to improve student safety, campus security, access for students with disabilities, and pick up and drop off zones to reduce traffic congestion; replace, repair and update aging classrooms and school facilities, including repairing deteriorating roofs, plumbing and electrical systems; remove asbestos and lead paint; and improve instructional technology and educational opportunities for students.

     If the bonds are authorized, the District expects to sell the bonds in one series. 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 9400-9404 of the Elections Code of the State of California.

     1. The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 1.900 cents per $100 ($19.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2016-17.

     2. The best estimate of the highest tax rate that 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 1.900 cents per $100 ($19.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2016-17.

     3. The best estimate of the average tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue during the life of the bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 1.89 cents per $100 ($18.90 per $100,000) of assessed valuation.

     4. The best estimate of the total debt service, including principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is $15,864,508. This estimate is based on assumptions regarding future interest rates and the term, timing, structure, and amount of the bond issue.

Voters should note that estimated tax rate is based on the ASSESSED VALUE of taxable property on El Dorado County’s official  tax rolls, not on the property’s market value. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills 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 El Dorado County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

M. Guthrie, Superintendent, Mother Lode Union School District 

 

— M. Guthrie, Superintendent, Mother Lode Union School District

Un voto por el SÍ significa

     A “yes” vote is a vote to authorize the MLUSD to issue and sell bonds in the amount up to $7.5 million to be secured by the levy of ad valorem taxes on property located within MLUSD.

Un voto por el NO significa

A “no” vote is a vote not to authorize the MLUSD to issue and sell bonds in the amount up to $7.5 million to be secured by the levy of ad valorem taxes on property located within MLUSD.

Argumento A FAVOR

 The Children of the Mother Lode Union School District need your YES vote for Measure C!

 The Mother Lode Union School District has served our community with respected and effective educational programs for children in El Dorado, Diamond Springs and Placerville since 1951. However, our ability to continue providing a high quality education is being undermined by the poor condition of our school buildings and facilities. Many of our classrooms and school buildings are more than 50 years old and need a long list of repairs, maintenance, and upgrades to meet today’s educational requirements and minimum standards for student health, safety, and campus security.

Your support of Measure C will provide the local funding base we need to create the updated school environment necessary for continued student success. Funds from Measure C will improve the quality of education by:

 

  • Improving campus disability access

  • Improving campus safety and security

  • Improving campus access for traffic flow and parking

  • Repairing or replacing deteriorating roofs, plumbing and heating and cooling systems

  • Repairing or replacing old classrooms and support buildings

  • Improving technology infrastructure

  

Passing Measure C will also ensure we get our fair share from State matching funds when they become available.

All money raised by Measure C will benefit local children and our community. Strict controls are in place to ensure that the money is spent only for the projects described in this measure. A Citizens’ Oversight Committee will be created to conduct annual independent audits to protect taxpayers. By law, all Measure C funds will be used for school improvements and no money may be used for teacher or administrator salaries or other operating expenses.

Good Schools are community assets that enhance our local quality of life and property values. A Yes on Measure C is an investment in our Children and Community.

 

Anton Nemeth, Community Engagement Committee on Facility Needs Member

Gene Bist Sr., MLUSD Trustee

John “Pat” Nordquist, MLUSD Trustee

Marcy Guthrie, Ed.D., MLUSD Superintendent 

Legislación propuesta

 Section 1. Specifications of Election Order. Pursuant to sections 5304, 5322, 15100 et seq., and section 15266 of the California Education Code, an election shall be held within the boundaries of the District on June 7, 2016, for the purpose of submitting to the registered voters of the District the following proposition:

  

BOND AUTHORIZATION

  

By approval of this proposition by at least 55% of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the District shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $7,500,000 in aggregate principal amount to provide financing for the specific school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List attached hereto as Exhibit A, subject to all of the accountability safeguards specified below. Bonds will be issued in one or more series.

  

ACCOUNTABILITY SAFEGUARDS

  

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

  

Evaluation of Needs. The Board of Trustees has prepared its Facility Master Plan in order to evaluate and address all of the facilities needs of the District, and to determine which projects to finance from a local bond at this time. The Board of Trustees hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List contained in Exhibit A.

  

Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The Board of Trustees shall establish an independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee (section 15278 et seq. of the California Education Code), to ensure bond proceeds are expended only for the school facilities projects listed in Exhibit A. The committee shall be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the Board of Trustees.

  

Annual Performance Audits. The Board of Trustees shall cause to conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects listed in Exhibit A.

  

Annual Financial Audits. The Board of Trustees shall cause to 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 Exhibit A.

  

BOND PROJECT LIST

  

The Bond Project List attached to this resolution as Exhibit A shall be considered a part of the ballot proposition, and shall be reproduced in any official document required to contain the full statement of the bond proposition.

  

The Bond Project List, which is an integral part of this proposition, lists the specific projects the District proposes to finance with proceeds of the Bonds. Such projects will be completed as needed. Each project is assumed to include its share of costs of the election and bond issuance, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, construction management, and a customary contingency for unforeseen design and construction costs. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction bids are awarded, and projects are completed. In addition, certain construction funds expected from non-bond sources, including State grant funds for eligible projects, have not yet been secured. Therefore the Board of Trustees cannot guarantee that the bonds will provide sufficient funds to allow completion of all listed projects.

  

FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS

  

No Administrator Salaries. Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, or the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities, and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.

  

Single Purpose. All of the purposes enumerated in this proposition shall be united and voted upon as one single proposition, pursuant to section 15100 of the California Education Code, and all the enumerated purposes shall constitute the specific single purpose of the bonds, and proceeds of the bonds shall be spent only for such purpose, pursuant to section 53410 of the California Government Code.

  

Other Terms of the Bonds. When sold, the bonds shall bear interest at an annual rate not exceeding the statutory maximum, and that interest will be made payable at the time or times permitted by law. The bonds may be issued and sold in several series, and no bond shall be made to mature later than shall be permitted by law.

  

Section 2. Ballot Proposition. Pursuant to section 13247 of the California Elections Code and section 15122 of the California Education Code, the Board hereby directs the Registrar of Voters to use the following abbreviation of the bond proposition on the ballot:

  

“To improve student safety, campus security, access for students with disabilities, and pick up and drop off zones to reduce traffic congestion; replace, repair and update aging classrooms and school facilities, including repairing deteriorating roofs, plumbing and electrical systems; remove asbestos and lead paint; and improve instructional technology and educational opportunities for students, shall the Mother Lode Union School District issue $7,500,000 in bonds at legal rates, with independent oversight, no money for administrators, and all funds used locally?”

  

Section 3. Voter Pamphlet. The Registrar of Voters of the County is hereby requested to reprint Section 1 hereof (including Exhibit A hereto) in its entirety in the voter information pamphlets to be distributed to voters pursuant to section 13307 of the California Elections Code. In the event Section 1 is not reprinted in the voter information pamphlets in its entirety, the Registrar of Voters of the County is hereby requested to print, immediately below the impartial analysis of the bond proposition, in no less than 10-point boldface type, a legend substantially as follows:

 

“The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure ___. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the El Dorado County Registrar of Voters at (530) 621-7480 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.”

 

 

 

Section 4. Required Vote. Pursuant to section 18 of Article XVI and section 1 of Article XIII A of the State Constitution, the above proposition shall become effective upon the affirmative vote of at least 55% of those voters voting on the proposition.

 

 

 

Section 5. Matching Funds. Pursuant to section 15122.5 of the California Education Code, the District hereby requests that the Registrar of Voters of the County include the following statement in the ballot pamphlet:

 

 

 

Approval of Measure ___ does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the Mother Lode Union School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure ___ will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure ___. 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.

 

 

 

Section 6. Request to County Officers to Conduct Election. The Registrar of Voters of the County is hereby requested, pursuant to section 5322 of the California Education Code, to take all steps to call and hold the election in accordance with law and these specifications.

 

 

 

Section 7. Consolidation Requirement; Canvass.

 

 

 

(a) Pursuant to section 15266(a) of the California Education Code, the election shall be consolidated with the statewide primary election on June 7, 2016.

 

 

 

(b) The Board of Supervisors of the County is authorized and requested to canvass the returns of the election, pursuant to section 10411 of the California Elections Code.

 

  

Section 8. Delivery of Order of Election to County Officers. The Clerk of the Board of Trustees of the District is hereby directed to deliver, no later than March 11, 2016 (except that the County has requested that it be delivered no later than February 3, 2016), one copy of this Resolution to the County Superintendent of Schools and the Registrar of Voters of the County together with the Tax Rate Statement (attached hereto as Exhibit B), completed and signed by the Superintendent, and shall file a copy of this Resolution with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors of the County.

 

 

 Section 9. Ballot Arguments. The members of the Board are hereby authorized, but not directed, to prepare and file with the Registrar of Voters of the County a ballot argument in favor of the proposition contained in Section 1 hereof, within the time established by the Registrar of Voters of the County.

 

 

 Section 10. Further Authorization. The members of this Board, the Superintendent, and all other officers of the District are hereby authorized, individually and collectively, to do any and all things that they deem necessary or advisable in order to effectuate the purposes of this resolution.

 

 

 Section 11. Effective Date. This Resolution shall take effect upon its adoption.

 

 

 

EXHIBIT A

 

MOTHER LODE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

BOND PROJECT LIST

 

 

 

     Bond funds may be spent on the following projects although there is no guarantee that the bonds will provide sufficient funds to allow completion of all of the following:

  

 

  • Disability access projects, including improved walkways, stairs and ramps and doorway access

  • Student safety and campus security projects, including lighting, fire, alarm and communications systems

  • Campus access projects, including revising, expanding and relocating pick-up and drop-off zones, expanding parking lots and reconfiguring the flow of traffic

  • Building repair projects, including the repair or replacement of deteriorating roofs, failing or inadequate plumbing, electrical and heating and cooling systems

  • Hazardous material removal, such as asbestos and lead paint as needed

  • Energy efficiency projects, including improved insulation, doors, and windows

  • Aging portable classroom replacement with permanent classrooms

  • Classroom repair or improvement projects

  • Student support facilities projects, including replacement or expansion of existing performing arts facilities, multi-purpose buildings, school libraries and school site offices

  • Instructional technology projects, including cabling, hardware and internet access

 

      The listed projects will be completed as needed. Each project is assumed to include, but is not limited to, appropriate furniture and equipment, architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program management, staff training expenses and a customary contingency, and escalation for unforeseen design and construction costs, 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 bond projects.

 

  

     The budget for each project, as defined in the Facility Master Plan is an estimation and may be affected by factors beyond the District’s control. The final cost of each project will be determined as plans are finalized, construction bids 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 enhanced and operationally efficient campuses. Necessary site preparation/restoration and landscaping, 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, redirecting fire access, and acquiring any necessary easements, licenses, or rights of way to the property.

 

     The allocation of bond proceeds may be affected by the District’s receipt of State matching funds and the final costs of each project. In the absence of State matching funds, which the District will pursue to reduce the District’s share of the costs of the projects, the District may not be able to complete some of the projects listed above.

 

     FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY: IN ACCORDANCE WITH EDUCATION CODE SECTION 15272, THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES 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.

 

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