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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

— School Bond —

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Portola Valley School District
Measure Z - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Passing

2,578 votos si (62.39%)

1,554 votos no (37.61%)

To replace leaking roofs, plumbing/electrical systems, repair/replace classrooms for math, science, reading, writing/technology instruction, upgrade outdated safety systems to meet current safety codes, qualify for State matching funds, and acquire equipment/construct facilities, shall this Portola Valley School District measure authorizing $49,500,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying $3.4 million annually at $30/$100,000 assessed value while bonds are outstanding, be adopted with oversight, all funds benefiting Portola Valley schools, and not taken by the State?

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

The California Constitution and Education Code authorize a school district to issue bonds for specified purposes if approved at an election by 55% of those voting on the issuance of the bonds.

The Board of Trustees of Portola Valley School District ("District") proposes this measure which would authorize the District to issue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $49.5 million. The bonds will have an interest rate not exceeding the legal maximum and will be repaid within the time permitted by law. The Tax Rate Statement printed in this pamphlet contains the District's best estimate of the average annual tax rate levy to fund this bond is $30 per $100,000 ($0.03/$100) of assessed valuation. Thus, for example a property assessed at $800,000 would likely have an annual tax obligation of $240 under this measure. The District estimates that the total amount repayable during the life of the bond, including principal and interest, will be approximately $97.5 million.

The California Constitution requires the listing of specific projects to be funded from the bond revenue and certification that the Board of Trustees has evaluated safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs in the development of that list. The Bond Project List can be found in the full text of the measure and includes:

 * replacement of leaking roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems

 * upgrading, outdated fire alarm systems to meet current fire safety codes;

 * repair and replacement of outdated heating, air conditioning, electricla, plumbing, and lighting systems; and

 * modernization of classrooms, labs, and educational facilities

This measure authorized equipment acquisition, upgrades, repairs, services, construction, and other items related to the listed projects. Projects are authorized at all District locations. The Bond Project List does not prioritize among projects and should be reviewed for further details.

No proceeds from the bonds shall be used for teacher or administrator salaries or operating expenses.

State law requires that the District take certain steps to account for bond proceeds. Accordingly, the District will direct that the proceeds are deposited into a special account, appoint an independent citizens' oversight committee, and conduct annual independent performance and financial audits to ensure that funds are spent only for the purposes listed in the Bond Project List and for no other purpose.

A "Yes" vote on this measure would authorize the District to issue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $49.5 million for the purposes listed in the project list.

A "No" vote would prevent the District from issuing the bonds.

This measure passes if 55% of those voting on the measure vote "yes."

Argumento A FAVOR

Vote YES on Measure Z to protect the quality of education at Corte Madera and Ormondale Schools.

We take pride in the oustanding education Portola Valley and Woodside students receive in Portola Valley School District. Our schools have educated generations of local children and provide a rigorous education that prepares students to excel in high school and college.

But our school facilities, built 30 to 60 years ago, have grown old and outdated and need critical repairs and upgrades. We need to update our schools to keep our students safe and to support the demands of a 21st century education.

This is why Measure Z is critical. Measure Z will make the most urgent updates to our schools and provide up-to-date classrooms and labs to support strong academic instruction. Every penny is locally controlled and will stay in our community.

Whether or not you have school-age children, protecting the local quality of education is a wise investment. Good schools protect property values and keep our community strong.

Vote YES - Support Strong Student Achievement

 * Replace leaking roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems

 * Upgrade aging classrooms, labs, and technology infrastructure to support academic instruction in math, science, reading, writing, and the arts

 * Upgrade outdated fire alarms, classrooms, facilities, and security systems to improve school security and meet current safety codes

 * Update educational facilities to keep pace with 21st century teaching and learning

Fiscal Accountability Is Required

 * All funds stay local for Portola Valley School District Schools

 * No funds can be taken away by the State

 * No founds can be used for administrators' salaries or pensions

 * Independent citizens' oversight and audits ensure funds are spent properly

We must pass Measure Z to get our fair share of state funding. Measure Z qualified our schools to receive up to $24 million in state matching funds, leveraging local dollars even further.

Join Us - Vote Yes on Z!

 

/s/ Sue Crane, Retired Portola Valley Town Council member

/s/ Todd Scheuer, Portola Valley School District parent

/s/ Ginny Kavanaugh, Local Realtor

/s/ Sherry Andrighetto, Ormondale Teacher

/s/ Thomas Fogarty, Local Business Owner 

Argumento EN CONTRA

In the last 20 years, the Portola Valley School District has spent $23,000,000 plus principle and interest payments to "renovate" and "construct and provide tech."

Now they want almost two and half times that to do essentially the same thing all over again.

That's got to be some kind of record for "renovation & construction."

You get the feeling the district just "cut and pasted" the wording from the two previous bond ballot arguments?

Everyone knows, especially in Silicon Valley, that technology today will be obsolete in 5-6 years, or sooner.

So who in their right mind would buy technology on credit, i.e. via a bond, and pay if off over 25-30 years? No one, right?

Answer: except you, if you vote for Measure Z.

The 1998 technology that the district bought then with that bond money is undoubtedly already been recycled but the payments that you're still paying for will continue on for years.

Vote NO on Measure Z to stop this fiscal insanity.

And the student enrollment is dropping so why the need for more money?

From 2012-13 school year enrollment was 671 and now it's down to 627.

The district wants to spend $49.500,000 to help 627 students at a cost of $78,947 per student plus the ADA funds of $23,833 per student that they get every year.

The district is already getting 204% of the average California ADA.

Just say No to fiscal insanity, vote NO on Measure Z.

For more information, please visit our website at www.SVTaxpayers.org/2018-sanmateo-measurez

 

/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle, President, Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association 

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

In the last 20 years, the Portola Valley School District has spent $23,000,000 plus principle and interest payments to "renovate" and "construct and provide tech."

Now they want almost two and half times that to do essentially the same thing all over again.

That's got to be some kind of record for "renovation & construction."

You get the feeling the district just "cut and pasted" the wording from the two previous bond ballot arguments?

Everyone knows, especially in Silicon Valley, that technology today will be obsolete in 5-6 years, or sooner.

So who in their right mind would buy technology on credit, i.e. via a bond, and pay if off over 25-30 years? No one, right?

Answer: except you, if you vote for Measure Z.

The 1998 technology that the district bought then with that bond money is undoubtedly already been recycled but the payments that you're still paying for will continue on for years.

Vote NO on Measure Z to stop this fiscal insanity.

And the student enrollment is dropping so why the need for more money?

From 2012-13 school year enrollment was 671 and now it's down to 627.

The district wants to spend $49.500,000 to help 627 students at a cost of $78,947 per student plus the ADA funds of $23,833 per student that they get every year.

The district is already getting 204% of the average California ADA.

Just say No to fiscal insanity, vote NO on Measure Z.

For more information, please visit our website at www.SVTaxpayers.org/2018-sanmateo-measurez

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Don't let the lone opponent fool you. He submitted nearly identical arguments against almost every school measure in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. He lives in Morgan Hill - not even in our community or county. He certainly doesn't understand our schools.

As local residents and community leaders, we recognize the importance of Portola Valley schools and know that Measure Z is needed.

Here are the facts:

 * Our classrooms and school facilities are 30 to 60 years old and need essential improvements to ensure student safety and support a high quality education

 * A lot has changed since our schools were last updated. Preparing students for the 21st century requires updated science labs, classrooms, and facilities that meet today's standards

 * The District will not finance short-term technology with long-term bonds. Instead Measure Z will make critical repairs and upgrades to support quality education.

 * Measure Z is a modest measure that addresses the most urgent needs facing our schools. It is the result of two years of planning and seeking input from community members.

 * Local control and accountability are required. Funds can only be spent on projects specified in the project list that is printed in your voter pamphlet. Take a look for yourself.

We all benefit from living in a community with high performing schools that are among the best in the state. Measure Z ensures our schools are safe and can support the high quality education our Portola Valley and Woodside students deserve.

Join our trusted local leaders and vote YES on Measure Z.

 

/s/ Jim Pollock, Local Business Owner

/s/ Nancy Lund, Portola Valley Town Historian

/s/ Anne Fazioli-Khiari, Woodside parent

/s/ Chrissy Untrecht, Corte Madera Teacher

/s/ Stia Nybo, Lowal Business Owner 

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