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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

— Facilities Improvement Bond —

Special District

Pope Valley Union Elementary School District
Measure A - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

56 votes yes (61.54%)

35 votes no (38.46%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (2/2).

To improve the quality of education with funding that cannot be taken by the state; modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; replace temporary portables with permanent classrooms; and construct a multi-purpose room for school and community use; shall the Pope Valley Union School District issue $4,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, have an independent citizens' oversight committee, annual audits and NO money used for administrative or teacher salaries?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

MEASURE “A”

(POPE VALLEY UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT)

IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF COUNTY COUNSEL

 

State law authorizes school districts to sell bonds to finance 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. Monies generated by the sale of such bonds may only be spent for these specified purposes. Thus, the bond proceeds cannot be expended to finance teacher and administrator salaries or other school operating expenses.

 

The Pope Valley Union School District (the “District”) has called for an election on the question of whether bonds should be issued and sold by the District. Such bonds may only be issued and sold if at least 55% of the persons who actually vote approve Measure “A". The bonds would be repaid through an increase in property taxes based upon the assessed value of taxable property in the District in each year of repayment. The Tax Rate Statement, which appears following the full text of Measure “A” in this voter information pamphlet, reflects the District’s current best estimate of the property tax rate increases that will be required to service the bonds at various points during the life of the bonds. The estimated annual tax to be levied to meet debt service requirements for the proposed bonds cannot exceed $60 per $100,000 of assessed value.

 

If Measure “A” is approved, bonds may be issued in series and are required to be repaid within 40 years from the date they are issued. The maximum interest chargeable on the bonds is regulated by state law and is presently twelve percent (12%) per annum. The actual interest rates at which the bonds are sold will depend on the bond market at the time of each sale.

 

The District proposes to issue and sell bonds in an aggregate amount not to exceed $4,000,000. Money raised by the sale of the bonds must be used exclusively to finance the list of projects described in the full text of Measure “A" which is included in this voter information pamphlet (the “Bond Project List”). When developing the Bond Project List, the District was required by state law to evaluate safety, class size reduction and information technology needs. Inclusion of a particular project on the Bond Project List, however, is not a guarantee that the project will actually be funded or completed.

 

If Measure “A” is approved and bonds are issued and sold, the District will appoint a citizens’ oversight committee and conduct annual independent audits to assure that the funds are spent only on school and classroom improvements and for no other purposes.

 

Approval of Measure “A" will have no effect on existing law, but will allow for the issuance and sale of bonds in accordance with the terms of existing law and Measure “A”.

 

A “YES” VOTE MEANS that the District will be authorized to issue and sell the bonds.

 

A “NO” VOTE MEANS that the District will not be authorized to issue and sell the bonds.

 

/s/ Minh C. Tran

 

Napa County Counsel

— Minh C. Tran, Napa County Counsel
Financial effect

Tax Rate Statement

 

An election will be held in the Pope Valley Union Elementary School District (the "District") on June 7, 2016 to authorize the sale of $4,000,000 in general obligation bonds. The following information is submitted in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code.

 

The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the first series of bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $.0300 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2016-17.

 

The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the last series of bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $.0300 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2019-20.

 

The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement, is $.0300 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation.

 

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 will be approximately $10,000,000.

 

These estimates are based on projections derived from information obtained from official sources. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary depending on the timing of bond sales, the amount of bonds sold at each sale and actual increases in assessed valuations. The timing of the bond sales and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the needs of the District. Actual assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined in the assessment and the equalization process.

 

Ken Burkhart

Superintendent

 

Pope Valley Union Elementary School District

 

— Ken Burkhart, Superintendent, Pope Valley Union Elementary School District

YES vote means

A “YES” VOTE MEANS that the District will be authorized to issue and sell the bonds.

NO vote means

A “NO” VOTE MEANS that the District will not be authorized to issue and sell the bonds.

Proposed legislation

FULL TEXT OF BOND MEASURE

 

INTRODUCTION

 

To improve the quality of education with funding that cannot be taken by the state; modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; replace temporary portables with permanent classrooms; and construct a multi-purpose room for school and community use; shall the Pope Valley Union School District issue $4,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, have an independent citizens‘ oversight committee, annual audits and NO money used for administrative or teacher salaries’?

 

BOND AUTHORIZATION

 

By approval of this measure by at least 55 percent of the registered voters voting on the measure. the District will be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $4.0 million 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 it issued, will be deposited into a building fund to be held by the Napa 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 XIIIA, 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.

 

BOND PROJECT LlST

 

Scope of Projects. Bond proceeds will be expended on the modernization, renovation, acquisition. construction. reconstruction, rehabilitation. and/or replacement of school facilities of the Pope Valley Union Elementary School District, including the furnishing and equipping of such school facilities, located or to be located in the Pope Valley Union Elementary School District.

 

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

 

• Modernize classrooms, restrooms and school facilities

• Replace outdated temporary portables with permanent classrooms

• Construct a multi-purpose room, with a kitchen. for school and community use

• Modernize/renovate classrooms to meet 21" century educational standards

• Federal and State-mandated Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) safety upgrades including playground equipment replacement

• Federal and Slate—mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility upgrades including site access, parking, staff and student restrooms, relocation of some existing electrical devices, drinking fountains, playground equipment, etc.

• Abate and remove hazardous materials identified prior or during construction

• Repair, replace and/or upgrade paved surfaces. turf, and other grounds to eliminate safety hazards and improve outside instructional areas

 

Each of the bond projects described in this Bond Project List include the costs of furnishing and equipping such facilities, and all costs incidental but directly related to the specific projects described above. Examples of such costs include, but are not limited to, costs of design, engineering, architect and other professional services. 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, rental or construction of storage facilities and other space on an interim basis for materials and other equipment and furnishings displaced during construction, interim classrooms and facilities for students, administrators, and school functions, including modular facilities, 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.

 

In the event that a modernization or renovation project will result in higher costs than relocation and construction, in order to avoid said higher costs, this bond measure authorizes relocation and reconstruction, and all costs relating thereto, for said reasons or based on other considerations deemed in the best interest of the District by the District Board.

 

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 above 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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