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June 5, 2018 — Elecciones Primarias de California
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Harmony Union School District
Measure C - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

1,228 votos si (65.6%)

643 votos no (34.4%)

100% de distritos activos (6/6).

To improve facilities at Harmony and Salmon Creek Schools; repair/replace leaky roofs; improve energy efficiency; and construct/renovate/modernize classrooms, restrooms and school facilities under an environmental sustainability facilities plan; shall Harmony Union School District issue $9,600,000 in bonds, at legal rates, with estimated repayment amounts averaging $590,000 raised annually through 2051, projected tax rates of 3¢ per $100 of assessed valuation, annual audits, independent citizens' oversight, No money for salaries and all money for local schools?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

COUNTY COUNSEL'S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE C

California law permits school districts to issue bonds to pay for construction, repair, replacement, and acquisition of school facilities if 55 percent of the voters who vote on the measure approve the sale of the bonds. The Harmony Union School District Board of Trustees has placed on the ballot the question of whether to issue $9,600,000 in bonds for such purposes.

Money raised by bond sales may only be used for the purposes and projects stated in the Bond Project List set forth in Measure C, which follows this analysis. Projects include, but are not limited to: modernizing, replacing, renovating, constructing, equipping, expanding, and otherwise improving educational and support facilities (including athletic facilities such as fields and gyms); making mandatory upgrades to meet federal and state disabled accessibility requirements; and removing hazardous materials as necessary. As required by state law, Measure C prohibits using bond proceeds for teacher or administrator salaries or other operating expenses.

The Board of Trustees has certified that it evaluated safety, class size, and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List. Inclusion of a project on the Bond Project List does not guarantee it will be funded or completed. Measure C states that the District’s capital needs may exceed the amount of the proposed bonds. The District will seek funds from other sources to advance the Bond Project List as far as possible. The Board of Trustees will establish the priority and order in which projects are undertaken.

If adopted, Measure C includes “Accountability Safeguards” that require the Board of Trustees to: annually conduct independent financial and performance audits to ensure bond proceeds have been expended only on projects on the Bond Project List; estab- lish an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee; maintain bond proceeds in a separate account in the County Treasury. Measure C further requires the District’s Superintendent to provide an annual report to the Board on the status of projects un- dertaken and the amount of bond proceeds received and expended in each year.

If approved, Harmony Union School District has discretion to decide when to sell all or any portion of the bonds. Bonds may be issued and sold in series, at different times, as projects are undertaken. Bonds of any series must mature within the statutory maximum number of years from their date of issue. The bonds will be repaid with funds raised from an increase in property taxes based upon the value of land and improvements within the District. The interest rate on the bonds would depend on the market rate at the time the bonds are sold, but cannot exceed the rate set by state law. The Tax Rate Statement prepared by District’s Superintendent, which follows this analysis, estimates the property tax levies required to pay off the bonds. Those tax levies are projections, and could go up or down, depending on a number of factors including the timing and amount of bond sales, and changes in assessed property values in the District.

A “yes” vote on Measure C will authorize the District to issue the bonds and levy taxes to pay for the indebtedness. A “no” vote on Measure C will not authorize either the issuance of bonds or the associated levy of taxes.

BRUCE D. GOLDSTEIN County Counsel

By: s/ Robert Pittman
Assistant County Counsel

Tax rate

An election will be held in the Harmony Union School District (the “District”) on June 5, 2018, to authorize the sale of up to $9,600,000 in bonds of the District to finance school facilities as described in the proposition. If the bonds are ap- proved, 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 9405 of the California Elections Code.

1. The best estimate of the average annual tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, based on assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 3 cents per $100 ($30 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. The final fiscal year in which the tax to be levied to fund this bond issue is anticipated to be collected is fiscal year 2050-51.

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 3 cents per $100 ($30 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2018-19.

3. 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 approximately $20,000,000.

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 average annual tax rate, the highest tax rate and the year or years in which it will apply, and the actual total debt service, 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, including the legal limitations on bonds approved by a 55% affirmative vote. 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/ Rene L. McBride
Superintendent
Harmony Union School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

The schools at Harmony Union School District have served our community well over the years, but now is the time to reinvest in our facilities to help the next generation of children achieve success. It’s been over 20 years since our community’s last major facilities investment into our schools. The passage of time without significant improvement and modernization has put our facilities at a competitive disadvantage to neighboring school districts. This is why our children need your Yes vote on Measure C!

The District prides itself on our green, sustainable and environmentally conscious facilities and campus. Although our schools have been well maintained over the years, aging classrooms and facilities must be upgraded since many do not meet 21st century standards. Measure C would allow the District to improve our schools and the quality of education provided to our children. By investing in our schools, we can meet today’s safety, technological, green, and educational standards and better our community.

If passed, Measure C provides funding to make improvements at Harmony Elementary and Salmon Creek School by: constructing/modernizing/renovating classrooms, restrooms and school facilities including the science classroom and garden; making handicapped accessibility improvements; repairing or replacing outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; making health, safety and security improvements to improve environmental sustainability; and upgrading the p.e. fields and facilities for school and community use.

Measure C makes financial sense and protects taxpayers.
All funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the state.

Spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens’ oversight committee.

Funds can only be spent to improve schools, not for salaries.

Measure C will modernize our schools to give our children the necessary facilities to help them excel in the 21st century. Please join us and Vote Yes on Measure C!

s/ William C. Laird
Owner Budget Blinds

s/ Kandi Cogliandro
Realtor, Coldwell Banker

s/ Henry E. Goff
Goff Thomas Company C.P.A.s

s/ Gerald Gleeson
Public Defender Retiree

s/ Fawn Nekton
Local Business Owner

Argumento EN CONTRA

NO ARGUMENT WAS SUBMITTED AGAINST MEASURE C

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