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Special District

West Kern Community College District
Measure C - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results


1,253 votes yes (48.9%)

1,308 votes no (51.1%)

100% of precincts reporting (14/14).

To improve the quality of education at Taft College; upgrade job training, dental hygiene, science/technology facilities; repair roofs; remove asbestos/lead paint; construct/acquire facilities/land sites/equipment to prepare students/veterans for jobs/college transfers shall West Kern Community College District's measure be adopted to issue $50,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, averaging $3,000,000 raised annually for bonds through maturity, rates of approximately 2.5¢/$100 assessed value, with independent audits/citizens' oversight and all funds benefiting students?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Kern CountyCounsel

The Board of Trustees of the West Kern Community College District (“District”) placed Measure C on the ballot. A “Yes” vote by at least 55 percent of the voters voting on this measure will authorize the District to issue general obligation bonds to benefit the District in the amount of fifty million dollars ($50,000,000).

The bond proceeds will only be used to fund the modernization, renovation, expansion, acquisition, construction/reconstruction, rehabilitation, and/or replacement of facilities of the District, including the furnishing and equipping of such facilities, at the sites that currently constitute and in the future may constitute Taft College. The bond proceeds may not be used for any other purposes, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.

The District will conduct financial and performance audits annually and will establish a Citizens’ Oversight Committee to ensure that the bond proceeds are spent only for the purposes listed in the measure. The proceeds of the bonds will be deposited into a building fund to be held by the Kern County Treasurer.

The bonded debt will be a general obligation of the District and will be financed by property taxes levied annually on taxable property located within the District in an amount necessary to pay the annual debt obligation. The District estimates that the average annual tax rate and the highest tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service is $0.025 per $100 of assessed valuation.

Tax rate

Superintendent of West Kern Community College District

An election will be held in the West Kern Community College District (the “District”) on June 5, 2018, to authorize the sale of up to $50,000,000 in bonds of the District to finance improvements to educational 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. Such information is based upon the best estimates and projections presently available from official sources, upon experience within the District, and other demonstrable factors.

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

1. The best estimate 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, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.025 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $25 per $100,000 of assessed value). The final fiscal year in which the tax is expected to be collected is 2051-52.

2. The best estimate of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on a projection of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $0.025 per $100 of assessed valuation (or $25 per $100,000 of assessed value). It is estimated that such rate would be levied starting in fiscal year 2018-19 and following.

3. The best estimate 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 $100 million.

Voters should note the estimated tax rate is based on the assessed value (not market value) of taxable property on the County’s official tax rolls. 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. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and tax advisors to determine their property’s assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

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.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

For 96 years Taft College has been a valuable community resource, providing generations of local residents access to an affordable, quality college education, training for higher paying skilled jobs, preparation for transfer to four year universities and educational resources for veterans reentering the workforce. Direct job and career training include high-demand fields like dental hygiene, early childhood education, science, and technology.

Taft College’s outstanding reputation has attracted constant use of campus facilities. Some college buildings were built more than 50 years ago and the oldest portables are being used far beyond their recommended life expectancy. Measure C  will address the most urgent and basic repairs such as outdated lead plumbing, aging electrical and fire prevention systems. Inadequate college classrooms, labs, and technology are now limiting instructional quality and career advancement.

Measure C will authorize essential funding to repair and modernize Taft College so it can continue to provide the high quality college classes and job training that students, veterans and Taft residents need and the job market demands. 

Measure C will:
     Improve veterans center
     Build/Renovate vocational/workforce training facilities and classrooms for dental hygiene, early childhood education, science, technology and more
     Replace deteriorating gas, electrical, sewer lines and roofs
     Upgrade campus safety and security
     Modernize college technology

Measure C REQUIRES strict accountability. NO administrator salaries are allowed. MANDATORY audits and Independent Citizens’ Oversight ensure proper spending.

By law, ALL Measure C funds stay local to benefit Taft College and students.

Measure C has a critical safeguard. If the authorized debt is approved by voters, the District must issue the debt within 15 years, or the authorization will be canceled.

Please join the Kern County Taxpayers Association, hundreds of students, faculty, alumni, business and residents throughout our community who support this critical measure.

VOTE YES on Measure C.

s/Les Clark, Retired Oil Executive
s/Dawn Cole, President Taft College Board
s/Dr. Kathy Garner Orrin, Exec. Dir. Taft Chamber of Commerce
s/Michael E. Mayfield, 13 year Taft College Professor of Chemistry
s/Fred S. Holmes, Owner Holmes Western Oil Corporation

— Kern County Assistant Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST


— Kern County Assistant Registrar of Voters

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation


“To improve the quality of education at Taft College; upgrade job training, dental hygiene, science/technology facilities; repair roofs; remove asbestos/lead paint; construct/acquire facilities/land sites/equipment to prepare students/veterans for  jobs/college transfers shall West Kern Community College District's measure be adopted to issue $50,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, averaging $3,000,000 raised annually for bonds through maturity, rates of approximately 2.5¢/$100 assessed value, with independent audits/citizens’ oversight and all funds benefiting students?”


By approval of this measure by at least 55 percent of the registered voters voting on the measure, the West Kern Community College District will be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $50,000,000 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.


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 theirmoney 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 if issued, will be deposited into a building fund to be held by the Kern 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.


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.


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.


This measure authorizes the issuance of general obligation bonds to finance the types of projects set forth on the Bond Project List set forth below. When issued, general obligation bonds are repaid by ad valorem property taxes levied and collected on taxable property in the District. The measure presented to District voters on the Ballot, as set forth above under the heading “INTRODUCTION”, includes information regarding the estimated rate of the approved tax per $100 of assessed valuation and the amount of revenues expected to be raised annually to repay issued bonds through final maturity. It is expected that the proposed tax will be levied and collected for a duration equal to each year in which bonds are outstanding, which is currently estimated to be through approximately 2052. Each of the estimates and approximations provided at this time to District voters are provided as informational only. Such amounts are only estimates and  approximations, and are not maximum amounts or limitations on the terms of the bonds, the annual tax rate, the amount collected annually or the duration of the tax levy supporting repayment of bonds. The approximations and estimates provided depend on a number of variables which are subject to variation and change over the term of the District’s overall facilities and bond financing plan, including but not limited to the amount of bonds issued and outstanding at any one time, the interest rates applicable to issued bonds, market conditions at the time of sale of the bonds, when bonds mature, timing of project needs and changes in assessed valuations in the District. As such, while such estimates and approximations have been provided based on information currently available to the District and its current expectations, such estimates and approximations are not binding upon the District.


Scope of Projects. Bond proceeds will be expended on the modernization, renovation, expansion, acquisition, construction/reconstruction, rehabilitation, and/or replacement of facilities of the West Kern Community College District, including the furnishing and equipping of such facilities, at the sites which currently constitute and in the future may constitute Taft College. Bond projects may be undertaken at all District education and support sites including future sites.

Bond Project List. The items presented on the following list are the types of projects authorized to be financed with voter-approved bond proceeds. Specific examples included on this list are not intended to limit the broad types of projects  described and authorized by this measure. The types of projects authorized are:

Construct, modernize, repair, reconstruct, rehabilitate, repurpose and expand classrooms and school facilities for all District programs, including job training and vocational facilities and trade instructional centers for skills in dental hygiene,  science, technology, engineering, math, and petroleum, laboratories, multi-use facilities, student and veteran services facilities, restrooms, cafeterias/kitchens, libraries, storage, arts venues, child development, and other support facilities, including site acquisition and furnishing and equipping said facilities.

Improve access to computers and modern technology, including installing and/or upgrading all infrastructure, and acquiring hardware, software, computers, devices and other modern instructional equipment. 

Acquire, install and/or upgrade campus security systems, including smoke detectors, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, fencing, school communication systems and lighting.

Install, repair, replace or upgrade heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

Acquire, install and rehabilitate facilities to ensure all District facilities are in compliance with ADA requirements and other applicable laws, codes and regulations.

Make health and safety improvements, such as replacing aging building materials and installing seismic improvements, including removal of hazardous materials identified either prior to or during construction. 

Make, acquire and install energy efficiency upgrades and improvements, such as windows, doors, lighting and lighting control systems, roofing, insulation, solar panels and floor coverings.

Upgrade, replace, acquire and/or install all infrastructure such as sewer, water, drainage, electrical and utility systems.

Improve, construct, reconstruct and rehabilitate campus grounds and other outdoor areas, including courtyards, entrances, fire lanes and pedestrian bridges.

Construct, reconstruct, modernize, replace and expand student dormitories and related student and support facilities.

Construct, reconstruct, improve and expand District parking facilities.

Acquire, install and upgrade landscaping, lighting and signage.

Acquire, install and expand sites for adequate parking and other facilities.

Repair, upgrade, renovate, improve, relocate, acquire, expand and equip sports fields, tracks, pools, gymnasiums and related facilities and other physical education and athletic facilities, including all related equipment to meet the needs of physical education and athletic programs and improve health, fitness and safety of students and the local community.

Acquiring and improving facilities through the payment/prepayment of financing and/or interim financing previously undertaken or which may be undertaken for projects identified herein including outstanding certificates of participation.

Each of the bond projects described in this Bond Project List include the costs of furnishing and equipping such facilities, and all costs which are incidental but directly related to the types of projects described above. Examples of incidental costs include, but are not limited to: costs of design, engineering, architect and other professional services, facilities assessments, inspections, site preparation, utilities, landscaping, construction management and other planning and permitting including costs relating to environmental reviews (CEQA), legal, accounting and similar costs; independent annual financial and performance audits; a customary construction contingency; demolition and disposal of existing structures; the costs of interim housing and storage during construction including relocation and construction costs incurred relating to interim facilities; rental or construction of storage facilities and other space on an interim basis for materials and other equipment and furnishings displaced during construction; costs of relocating facilities and equipment as needed in connection with the projects; interim classrooms and facilities for students, administrators, and school functions, including modular facilities; federal and state-mandated safety upgrades; 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 including by District personnel 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 may result in higher costs than new construction, this bond measure authorizes land acquisition, relocation and construction and/or reconstruction, and all costs relating thereto, for said reasons or, alternatively, based on other considerations deemed in the best interest of the District by the Governing Board. In addition, this measure authorizes the acquisition of land and other interests in real property, including but not limited to necessary rights of ways and easements, required to expand District facilities, to provide access to school or other District facilities, or to provide additional sites for educational, support or other District activities and services. In addition, authorized projects include paying and/or prepaying interim or previously obtained financing for the types of projects included on the project list, such as bond anticipation notes and certificates of participation, and includes prepayment of lease payments relating to educational facilities and/or equipment previously financed.

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 foregoing Bond Project List does not suggest an order of priority. Project priorities will be determined by the District Board. The District is unable to anticipate all unforeseen circumstances which may prevent some of the projects listed above from being undertaken or completed.


Bonds authorized by this measure may be issued in one or more series in accordance with legal requirements. The District has covenanted that the bonds authorized by this measure will not be issued after June 30, 2033. If a portion of the principal amount of bonds authorized by this measure remain authorized but unissued (the “Unissued 2018 Bonds”) as of June 30, 2033, the Board has covenanted to petition the Kern County Board of Supervisors to cancel said Unissued 2018 Bonds.

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