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Imperial Unified School District
Measure O Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

4,262 votes yes (67.39%)

1,683 votes no (26.61%)

100% of precincts reporting (23/23).

6,324 ballots counted.

To improve the quality of education by modernizing/constructing classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; making health and safety improvements; improving access to computers and modern technology; and upgrading/constructing P.E. fields and facilities for school and community use; with funds that cannot be taken by the State; shall the Imperial Unified School District issue $40,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, with citizens' oversight, annual audits and NO money used for administrative or teacher salaries?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Imperial County Counsel

Article XlllA, Section 1, subdivision (b)(3) of the California Constitution authorizes school districts to issue bonded indebtedness through the imposition of ad valorem property taxes upon approval of fifty-five percent (55%) of voters of the district who vote on the measure.

The Imperial Unified School District (“the District”) proposes to issue bonded indebtedness for construction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including furnishing and equipping school facilities, or acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities.

lf fifty-five percent (55%) of the voters of the District who vote on the measure vote in favor of the measure, the District will be authorized to incur debt by issuing general obligation bonds to provide financing for projects listed in measure O. Proceeds may only be used for the stated purpose and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries, or other school operating expenses. If the measure is not approved by at least fiftyfive percent (55%) of the voters of the District who vote on the measure, the measure will fail and the bonds will not be issued.

The maximum principal amount of the proposed bonds is not to exceed forty million dollars ($40,000,000.00). The interest rate will be established at the time of sale and will depend on market rates at that time. If issued under the Government Code, the maximum duration of the bonds cannot exceed forty (40) years. If issued under the Education Code, the maximum duration of the bonds cannot exceed twenty-five (25) years. The exact effect on tax rates cannot be determined until after the bonds are sold. The bonds will bear interest at a rate not exceeding the legal limit.

An independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee will actively review expenditure of bond revenues. An Independent financial audit of the proceeds and an independent performance audit of the specific projects will be performed annually. An annual report will be prepared, indicating the amount of funds collected and expended, and the status of any projects listed in the measure.

A “yes” vote is a vote to authorize the issuance and sale of the general obligation bonds in an amount not-to-exceed the principal amount forty million dollars ($40,000,000.00). A “no” vote is a vote not to authorize the District to issue and sell said bonds.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure O. If you desire a complete copy of the measure, please call the Election Official’s Office at (442) 265-1060 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

KATHERINE TURNER
COUNTY COUNSEL

Eric Havens
Deputy County Counsel

Tax rate

Imperial County Registrar of Voters

An election will be held in the Imperial Unified School District (the “District”) on November 8, 2016 to authorize the sale of $40,000,000 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 $.0600 per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017-18. 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 $.0600 per $100 ($60.00 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 $.0600 per $100 ($60.00 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 $84,800,000.

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.

Dated: 6/16/16

Bryan Thomason
Superintendent
Imperial Unified School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Imperial Unified District has great students, teachers, and schools that provide a quality education to our children. Our schools have had many wonderful improvements over the past fifteen years, but more work needs to be done to bring all school facilities up to 21st century education and technology standards. Now is the time to invest in our schools to help the next generation of students succeed with the quality facilities they deserve.

Measure O may not be funded solely by our community, rather if the State School Bond passes on the November 2016 ballot, and only if Measure O is approved, Imperial Schools may be eligible to receive up to an additional $20,000,000 in State-matching funds. This is an opportunity we can’t miss! So please join us in voting Yes on Measure O!

Measure O will Improve facilities at Imperial Schools by:

 

  • Improving student access to computers and modern technology
  • Constructing a career technical facility for job training
  • Constructing new classrooms and school facilities
  • Modernizing outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities
  • Upgrading P.E. fields and facilities for school and community use
  • Making health and safety improvements

 

Measure O makes financial sense and taxpayers are protected.

 

  • By law, spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens’ oversight committee.
  • If Measure O is successful, the District may be eligible to receive $20,000,000 in State-matching funds.
  • All bond funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State.
  • Funds are required to be spent only on schools, not for administrator or teacher salaries.

 

Measure O will help build new classrooms and modernize our schools to give our students the necessary facilities to help them excel in the 21st century. Please join us and VOTE YES ON MEASURE O!

Michael W. Kelley
Supervisor Dist. 3 Imperial County

Douglas Cox County
Mayor City of Imperial

James M. Duggins
President - DCI

Betty Sampso
City Council  

Robert Amparano
Emergency Senior Coordinator

— Imperial County Registrar of Voters

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

INTRODUCTION

“To improve the quality of education by modernizing/constructing classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; making health and safety improvements; improving access to computers and modern technology; and upgrading/constructing P.E. fields and facilities for school and community use; with funds that cannot be taken by the State; shall the Imperial Unified School District issue $40,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, with citizens’ oversight, 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 $40,000,000 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 XlllA, 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 Board of Trustees has identified detailed facilities needs of the District and has determined which projects would be financed from a local bond. The Board of Trustees 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 Board of Trustees.

Performance Audits. The Board of Trustees 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 Board of Trustees 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 if issued, will be deposited into a building fund to be held by the Imperial 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 XIII A, 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 LIST

Scope of Projects. The proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, and the acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities, located in the Imperial Unified School District. This measure authorizes school facility projects to be constructed at existing sites and at new sites as shall be determined by the District Board.

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:

  • Construct a new elementary school, which includes site acquisition and improvements, all pre-construction expenses, all related infrastructure and direct and other costs associated with constructing a fully functional new school site, including furnishing and equipping.
  • Modernize, renovate, construct and/or expand aging and outdated classrooms, restrooms, multipurpose rooms and buildings, libraries, computer and science labs, cafeterias, kitchens and other school facilities to meet modern educational standards, including providing updated furnishings and other equipment to facilitate a modern learning environment and operational and efficient facilities
  • Make health and safety improvements, such as installing necessary seismic reinforcements and replacing aging building materials, including removal of hazardous materials identified either prior to or during construction • Acquire, install and/or upgrade campus security systems, including fire alarms, sprinkler systems, school communication systems, security cameras, surveillance systems, lighting and fencing
  • Improve student access to computers and modern technology, including providing necessary infrastructure, hardware, software, computers, devices, projectors and other modern instructional equipment
  • Acquire and install heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems
  • Upgrade/improve/construct/modernize gyms, playgrounds, play structures, tracks, fields and other P.E. facilities, including replacing/constructing pool facilities and constructing wellness facilities, and other facilities for both school and community use, including joint use projects 
  • Construct a technical facility for job training, including all related furnishing and equipping and site improvements • Make energy efficiency upgrades and improvements, such as windows, doors, lighting and lighting control systems, roofing, solar panels, insulation, and floor coverings
  • Implement water conservation methods, such as irrigation systems and irrigation control systems, and installation of efficient, drought- resistant landscaping
  • Replace deteriorating and aging portable classrooms with permanent classrooms and facilities
  • Relocate and reconstruct support facilities and operations to prevent or address overcrowding
  • Implement Federal and State-mandated Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) safety upgrades, including playground equipment replacement
  • Ensure and upgrade federal and state-mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility to schools, including upgrades to site access, parking, staff and student restrooms, relocation of certain existing electrical devices, drinking fountains, playground equipment, and other necessary improvements
  • Upgrade, repair and/or expand school site parking, roadways and grounds, including making improvements to drop-off and pick- up areas, and acquire/install and upgrade other infrastructure such as utility systems, including installing exterior lighting, repairing pathways, walkways, ADA access ramps and related landscaping
  • Repair, replace and/or upgrade paved surfaces, turf, and other grounds to eliminate safety hazards and to improve/construct outside instructional areas
  • Acquire land, rights of ways, or other interests in real property, including the leasing of real property, to provide adequate school and related facilities

       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, as permitted by law.

       The scope and nature of any of the specific projects described above may be altered by the District as required by unforeseen conditions that may arise during the course of design and construction. In the event that a modernization or renovation project will result in higher costs than relocation and construction, this bond measure authorizes land acquisition, 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 Board of Trustees. In addition, any authorized project may be undertaken as a joint use project with other public agencies or nonprofit organizations.

       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 in the Project List 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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