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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Special District

Piedmont Unified School District
Measure H1 Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results


5,200 votes yes (73.21%)

1,903 votes no (26.79%)

100% of precincts reporting (6/6).

To improve educational facilities and equipment to support advanced courses in math, science, engineering, arts and technology; repair and modernize aging science labs and classrooms at the high school and middle school; repair deteriorating roofs, plumbing, heating, ventilation and electrical systems; add kindergarten classrooms; and improve the likelihood of qualifying for state matching funds, shall Piedmont Unified School District issue 66 million dollars in bonds at legal interest rates, with independent citizen oversight and audits?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Measure H1, a Piedmont Unified School District (“District”) bond measure, seeks voter approval to authorize the District to issue and sell bonds of up to sixty-six million dollars ($66,000,000) in aggregate principal amount at legal interest rates. The purpose of the bonds is to finance school facilities projects as specified in the measure. 

Pursuant to California Constitution Section 18 of Article XVI and Section 1 of Article XIIIA and California Education Code Section15274, this measure will become effective upon the affirmative vote of at least 55% of the qualified electors voting on this measure.

California Education Code Section 15100restricts the use of the proceeds from the bonds sale to items such as building school buildings, improving school grounds, supplying school buildings and grounds with equipment, and the acquisition of real property for school facilities. In addition, proceeds may only be used for the projects listed in the measure. This measure provides that its proceeds will fund projects that include, among others: construction of a new high school building to focus on certain academic subjects; renovation, refurbishment or replacement of existing buildings at various campuses; and the addition of classrooms at elementary schools. Proceeds may not be used for any other purpose.

If 55% of those who vote on the measure vote “yes”, the District will be authorized to issue bonds in the amount noted above. Approval of this measure will authorize a levy on the assessed value of taxable property within the District by an amount needed to pay the principal and interest on these bonds in each year that the bonds are outstanding.  

The Tax Rate Statement for Measure H1in this sample ballot pamphlet reflects the District’s best estimates, based upon currently available data and projections, of the property tax rates required to fund the bonds. The District expects to issue the bonds in multiple series. The best estimate of the tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds during the first fiscal year after the sale of the first series and last series of bonds is $0.06 (six cents) per $100($60 per $100,000)of assessed valuation. The best estimate of the highest tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds is $0.06 (six cents) per $100 ($60 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. The best estimate of total debt service, including principal and interest, if all the bonds are issued and sold is $118,729,017.

An independent citizens’ oversight committee will ensure that the bond proceeds are expended only on the projects outlined in the measure. Performance and financial audits will be conducted annually.

If 55% of those voting on this measure do not vote for approval, the measure will fail and the District will not be authorized to issue the bonds.

This measure is placed on the ballot by the governing board of the District.


County Counsel

 The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure H1, which is printed in full in this sample ballot pamphlet. If you desire an additional copy of the measure, please call the Elections Official's office at (510) 272-6933 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. You may also access the full text of the measure on the Alameda County website at the following address: 

Tax rate

Randall Booker, Superintendent of Schools

The official tax rate statement may be viewed at this site 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

The maintenance of excellent public schools is an essential element of our community’s reputation as one of the premier places to live in the Bay Area. Our Piedmont School District is ranked #1 in Northern California based on academic performance. Passage of Measure H1 is critical to keep our schools among the best in the State.

Measure H1is on the ballot to permit repairs, renovations and upgrades to all of our schools. Most urgently needed are classroom improvements to Piedmont High School and Piedmont Middle School, both built more than 40 years ago.

Specifically, Measure H1 will:

  • Provide modern classrooms, science labs and equipment to support advanced courses in math, engineering, science, and technology;
  • Repair or replace leaky roofs, doors, windows, plumbing, electrical systems;
  • Improve heating, ventilation, insulation; install solar to increase energy efficiency and save money;
  • Remove hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint as sites are repaired;
  • Upgrade facilities to support quality instruction in arts and music;
  • Add kindergarten classrooms at the elementary schools needed to meet higher educational standards. 

Measure H1requires a clear system of accountability, including a Citizens’ Oversight Committee, and independent audits to ensure the money is spent properly.

Every penny from Measure H1 will stay in Piedmont to benefit local schools and will help qualify our schools to receive additional funds from the State.  

Adequate school facilities are necessary to maintain the quality of education in Piedmont and keep us competitive with other schools in the area. Not just parents, but all Piedmonters have a vested interest at stake. The state of our schools shapes the quality of life in our community, and is a major factor determining our property values. 

Please join your neighbors and us in voting YES on Measure H1. 

s/ Cameron W. Wolfe, Jr., Past President, Piedmont Education Foundation

s/ Andrea Swenson, President, Piedmont Unified School District Board of Education

s/ Sally Aldridge, Entrepreneur, STEAM Education Advocate

s/ Dion Lim, Parent and CEO of Educational Technology Company

s/ Christine Wente von Metzsch, President, Piedmont Education Foundation

Arguments AGAINST

No Arguments against Measure H1 were submitted

Who supports or opposes this measure?

Yes on Measure H1

Organizations (1)

Elected & Appointed Officials (0)
No on Measure H1
Organizations (0)
Elected & Appointed Officials (0)

More information

News (1)

Superintendent to lead Measure H1 session, PHS tour — October 26, 2016 East Bay Times

Videos (1)

Local Election Forum — October 10, 2016 League of Women Voters of Piedmont
Measure H1 was discussed at this forum which also featured candidates for Piedmont City Council and Piedmont School Board.

The discussion of Measure H1 occurs at approximately the 2 hour mark.

Additional Info

Tax Rate Information Fact Sheet

Provided by Piedmont Unified School District

The paper linked above is provided by the Piedmont Unified School District

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