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March 3, 2020 — Primary Election
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Beaumont Unified School District
Measure B Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

No se aprueba

5,208 votos si (33.3%)

10,420 votos no (66.7%)

100% de distritos activos (34/34).

16,188 boletas electorales serán contadas.

To improve student safety and security systems, replace roofs, plumbing, electrical systems, construct, furnish and equip classrooms, science labs, school and career technical education facilities for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) programs, and add facilities for growing enrollment, shall the Beaumont Unified School District measure be adopted authorizing $98,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, and an estimated levy of $50 per $100,000 assessed value raising $6,000,000 annually while bonds are outstanding, with citizen oversight, independent audits?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

 

The Board of Trustees ("Board") of the Beaumont Unified School District ("District") by adopting Resolution No. 2019-20-13 ("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 ninety eight million dollars ($98,000,000).

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

The Bonds would be used by the District to renovate, upgrade, and repair aging infrastructure and construct buildings, classrooms, and school labs. The Bonds may be used for school facilities projects such as modernizing classrooms, buildings and career-technical education facilities for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) programs, and upgraded security and safety measures. 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 B 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, and renovation of school facilities, furnishings and/or equipment, or the acquisition or lease of property for school facilities, and for no other purposes.

 

Tax rate

San Bernardino County Elections Office of the Registrar of Voters

An election will be held in the Beaumont Unified School District (the "District") on March 3, 2020, to authorize the sale of up to $98,000,000 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.

Based upon the foregoing and projections of the District's assessed valuation, the following information is provided:

1.       The best estimate from official sources 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, using a projection of assessed valuations based on experience within the District available at the time of filing of this statement, is 5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation (or $50 per $100,000 of assessed value). The final fiscal year in which the tax is anticipated to be collected is 2049-50.

2.    The best estimate from official sources of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, using a projection of assessed valuations based on experience within the District, is 5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation (or $50 per $100,000 of assessed value). It is estimated that such rate would be levied starting in fiscal year 2020-21 and following.

3.    The best estimate from official sources 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 $179,328,947.

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 and could be more or less than those projected in preparing this tax rate statement depending on a number of economic and other factors outside the control of the District.

 

By: ____________________________________________

Superintendent

Beaumont Unified School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Help us in supporting the quality of our local education; to prepare children for careers; keep our students and our community safe; and protect your property values by having great schools. There is nothing more important on the March ballot than Measure B.

VOTING YES will protect your investment in Beaumont.

Providing an exceptional education for students pursuing college degrees or high-skilled, high-wage careers is goal #1 for Beaumont USD. Our students need state of the art facilities to gain a solid background in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). Students DEPEND on Beaumont schools to prepare them to be Future Ready! Aging school facilities are our collective challenge and new classrooms are needed to accommodate our community's growth.

Measure B provides a prudent, responsible plan to complete needed school upgrades so OUR students get the same opportunities to compete for college and high-demand careers.

Measure B will:

·         Improve security across all school campuses to enhance student safety. Repair or replace aging, deteriorated roofs, plumbing, and electrical systems.

·         Renovate Career Technical Education (CTE) facilities along with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) classrooms.

·         Upgrade classrooms and technology to meet postsecondary admission requirements.

·         Construct classrooms and facilities to meet growing enrollment demands.

·         Replace aging portables with modern classrooms.

·         Modernize older schools to meet the same standards as newer schools.

MANDATORY TAXPAYER PROTECTIONS:

·         ALL funds STAY LOCAL for Beaumont USD schools ONLY.

·         NO funds go to employee salaries, benefits or pensions.

·         Citizens' Oversight, independent audits, and public reporting ensure proper spending.

Improving Beaumont USD schools is a wise community decision even for those without school-age children. Great schools protect home values. Teachers, parents, students, community leaders, and residents across Beaumont are VOTING YES!

Vote YES on B for safe, modern, exceptional schools. Thank you!

www.YesonifforueoumontSchools.com

— San Bernardino County Elections Office of the Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

No Argument Against the measure was filed.

— San Bernardino County Elections Office of the Registrar of Voters

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

The following is the full proposition presented to the voters by the Beaumont Unified School District.

To improve student safety and security systems, replace roofs, plumbing, electrical systems, construct, furnish and equip classrooms, science labs, school and career technical education facilities for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) programs, and add facilities for growing enrollment, shall the Beaumont Unified School District measure be adopted authorizing $98,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, and an estimated levy of $50 per $100,000 assessed value raising $6,000,000 annually while bonds are outstanding, with citizen oversight, independent audits?

PROJECT LIST FOR THE BOND MEASURE

Description of Projects. The Board of Trustees of the Beaumont Unified School District has evaluated the facility needs for the District's schools. The Board has determined that facilities needs exist at all of its schools, and that additional school facilities will need to be constructed as the District enrollment increases as further described below.

Existing Facilities. The Board has established a list of projects to be financed at the District's existing schools and facilities. The projects to be financed by the bonds to be issued by the District include the construction, rehabilitation, acquisition, equipping and furnishing of the following existing schools and facilities listed below:

Anna M. Hause Elementary School
Brookside Elementary School
Palm Innovation Academy
Starlight Elementary School
Sundance Elementary School
Three Rings Ranch Elementary School
Tournament Hills Elementary School
Mountain View Middle School
San Gorgonio Middle School
Beaumont High School
Glen View High School
21st Century Learning Institute
Beaumont Adult School
District Educational Support and
Transportation Facilities

The projects to be financed at each of the school facilities and locations listed above include the following and may be completed either through new construction or the reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of existing improvements and will include furnishings and equipment as needed for classrooms and other facilities:

  • Safety and security improvements including security fencing, cameras, emergency communications, alarms, sprinklers, keyless entry, electronic locks and window protection.
  • Classrooms, science labs, career technical education and skilled trade facilities, auditoriums, multipurpose rooms, cafeterias, kitchens, restrooms and other facilities.
  • Roofs, plumbing, lighting, electrical, sewer, water and fire alarm systems and building exteriors.
  • Replacement of portable classroom space with new portable, modular or permanent classrooms for current and future program needs.
  • Site improvements including lunch and shade structures, playground areas and equipment, fields and hard courts, parking improvements, concrete walkway rehabilitation and replacement, and improvements to meet Americans for  disability Act (ADA) access requirements.
  • Energy efficiency improvements including solar, heating, ventilation and air conditioning installation and replacement, and window replacement to improve classroom environments.
  • Removal of hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead paint.
  • Added space for school support programs, including dedicated offices, conference rooms, family resource centers and other support areas.
  • Technology improvements and equipment for all classrooms, libraries, laboratories and other facilities including hardware and wireless systems, internet connectivity and software for instruction in math, science, engineering and technology.

Whenever specific items are included in the list above, they are presented to provide an example and are not intended to limit the generality of the broader description of authorized projects.

New School Facilities. The projects to be financed with bond proceeds also include the construction, site acquisition, equipping and furnishing of new schools, and the renovation and rehabilitation thereof, to provide facilities as enrollment increases. These projects include all elements of new schools including, but not limited to, classrooms, career technical education facilities, science and computer labs, auditoriums, gymnasiums, fields and stadiums, cafeterias, administration and support facilities, parking, playgrounds, hardscape, energy efficiency improvements, landscaping, furnishings and equipment.

Implementation of Construction and Bond Program. Listed projects will be completed only as needed and the above order in the listing of projects does not imply a particular prioritization among projects. Decisions regarding the scope, timing, prioritization or other facets of project implementation will be made solely by the Board of Trustees by subsequent action. Projects may be done in phases, based on Board of Trustees priorities. Listed projects may be completed at any and all District schools, sites and education buildings where such projects are determined necessary by the Board of Trustees. Where terms such as "rehabilitation" and "replacement" are used in the foregoing Project List for the Bond Measure, the Board of Trustees shall determine the best method for accomplishing the project's objective. For any listed project involving renovation of all or a portion of a building, the District may proceed with new replacement construction instead (including any necessary demolition), if the District determines that replacement and new construction is more practical than renovation, considering the building's age, condition, expected remaining life, comparative cost, and other relevant factors.

Each project financed will include its share of architectural, engineering, and similar planning costs, program management, project or construction management, a contingency for unforeseen circumstances, offsite/utility connection costs, and interim housing. Projects also may include the payment of the costs of preparation of all facility planning, facility assessment reviews, environmental studies, construction documentation, plan check, inspection and permit fees and costs for temporary facilities, furnishings and equipment necessary in connection with construction activities.

The projects may include the acquisition of improvements on the project list that are financed by the District on an interim basis through temporary loans, leases, lease-leaseback, or lease-purchase arrangements.

The District intends to apply for State matching funds for all eligible projects to be financed. In the absence of such funding, the District may not be able to undertake some of the projects listed above. Approval of this proposition does not guarantee that the proposed projects that are the subject of this proposition will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by this proposition. The District's receipt of matching State funds will be subject to appropriation by the Legislature and approval of a statewide bond measure.

The budget for each project is an estimate 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.

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS

The provisions in this section are specifically included in this proposition in order that the voters and taxpayers in the District may be assured that their money will be spent only to address specific facilities needs of the District in compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section I (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 Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the project list contained in this ballot proposition.

Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Board shall establish an Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee pursuant to Education Code Section 15278 and following to ensure bond proceeds are expended only on the projects listed in this ballot proposition. The committee shall be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the Board.

Performance Audits. The Board shall conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the projects listed in this ballot proposition.

Financial Audits. The Board shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the projects listed in this ballot proposition.

Special Bond Proceeds Account: Annual Report to Board. Upon approval of this proposition and the sale of any bonds approved, the Board shall take actions necessary to establish an account in which proceeds of the sale of bonds will be deposited which will be a Building Fund to be held by the Riverside County Treasurer, as required by the California Education Code. As long as any proceeds of the bonds remain unexpended, the Superintendent of the District shall cause a report to be filed with the Board annually stating (1) the amount of bond proceeds received and expended in that year, and (2) the status of any project funded or to be funded from bond proceeds. The report may relate to the calendar year, fiscal year, or other appropriate annual period as the Superintendent shall determine and may be incorporated in the annual budget, audit, or another appropriate routine report to the Board.

ADDITIONAL SPECIFICATIONS

Terms of the Bonds. The bonds may be issued and sold in several series in accordance with the financing plan determined by the Board of Trustees. Bonds may be issued pursuant to the Education Code or the Government Code at the discretion of the Board of Trustees with final maturity dates and at interest rates not exceeding the legal limits set forth therein.

Limit on Use of Bond Proceeds. Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition may be used only for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of school facilities including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities or acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries. 

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