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Special District

Brea Olinda Unified School District
Measure G Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

5,705 votes yes (46%)

6,694 votes no (54%)

100% of precincts reporting (26/26).

11,883 ballots counted.

To repair/replace leaky roofs, deteriorating/inadequate plumbing/sewer/electrical systems, improve access to computers/technology; repair/ construct/acquire/modernize/equip classrooms/labs/ restrooms/school facilities; and make health/safety improvements; shall the Brea Olinda Unified School District measure authorizing $123,000,000 of bonds at legal rates, levying approximately 4.9¢ per $100 assessed value (averaging $6,700,000 annually) while bonds are outstanding, be adopted, with independent audits, citizens' oversight, no money for administrators' salaries and no money taken by the State?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “YES” vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the School District to issue and sell $123,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

 

NO vote means

A “NO” vote is a vote against authorizing the School District to issue and sell $123,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

This measure was placed on the ballot by the governing board (“Board”) of the Brea Olinda Unified School District (“School District”). This measure, if approved by 55 percent of the votes cast on the measure, will authorize the District to issue and sell $123,000,000 in general obligation bonds. The sale of these bonds by the School District represents a debt of the School District.

Voter approval of this measure will also authorize an annual tax to be levied on taxable property in the School District to generate revenue to pay principal and interest on the bonds. The School District’s stated best estimate in its tax rate statement of the average annual tax rate required to fund the bonds is $43.92 per $100,000 of assessed value. The School District’s best estimate of the highest annual tax rate required to fund the bonds is $49.00 per $100,000 of assessed value.

Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this measure may only be used by the School District for 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. A complete list of the projects and allowed expenditures, which bonds proceeds may be spent on, is included in the full text of the measure. The Board has certified that it has evaluated safety, class size, and information technology needs in developing its project list.

The California Constitution provides that proceeds of school district bond measures cannot be used for teacher or administrator salaries or other operating expenses and requires independent annual performance and financial audits. State law requires the establishment of an independent citizens oversight committee for ensuring that bond proceeds are expended as specified in the measure and as provided by law.

Approval of Measure G does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the School District that are the subject of the bonds under Measure G will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure G. The School District’s proposal for the project or projects may assume the receipt of matching state funds, which could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.

A “YES” vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the School District to issue and sell $123,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

A “NO” vote is a vote against authorizing the School District to issue and sell $123,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

Tax rate

An election will be held in the Brea Olinda Unified School District (the “District”) on March 3, 2020 to authorize the sale of up to $123,000,000 in general obligation bonds. The following information is submitted in compliance with Sections 9400-9406 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.

The following information is provided pursuant to Elections Code Section 9401:

1. The best estimate of the average annual tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is 4.4¢ per $100 ($43.92 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. It is currently expected that the tax will be collected until fiscal year 2042-43.

2. The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue, for each year that bonds are outstanding, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement, is 4.9¢ per $100 ($49.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation, which is estimated to apply in fiscal year 2020-21.

3. The best estimate of total debt service, including principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold will be approximately $155.3 million.

Voters should note that these estimates are based on projections derived from information obtained from official sources, and are based on the assessed value (not market value) of taxable property on the County’s official tax rolls. 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 durations and are not binding upon the District. The actual debt service, tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary depending on the timing of bond sales, the par 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 District based on the need for project funds and other considerations. Actual 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.

s/ Brad Mason

Superintendent, Brea Olinda Unified School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Vote YES on G for Brea Students!

Measure G protects the high-quality education of the 6,000 students who attend Brea Olinda schools each day and provides safe and modern school campuses, classrooms and labs.

Brea’s oldest schools are 100 years old! Many of our schools were built decades ago, requiring upgrades to meet modern educational standards and urgent repairs for student safety. While neighboring communities have upgraded their schools, it’s been two decades since Brea approved an investment in our schools.

Measure G provides modern classrooms, labs and career training facilities to prepare Brea students for tomorrow’s careers in science, engineering and technology. Brea students deserve the tools to compete and succeed.

Measure G is the result of a thorough assessment of each school to identify the most important upgrades, repairs, and safety concerns. Funds must be spent according to the detailed School Facilities Master Plan, developed based on extensive community input.

Vote YES on G to:

• Modernize outdated classrooms, labs and career training facilities

• Improve access to technology and modern educational tools

• Make critical health, safety, and security upgrades, including improvements to student drop-off and pick-up areas

• Repair deteriorating roofs, plumbing and sewer systems

• Replace outdated electrical, heating and ventilation systems Mandatory Fiscal Accountability

• An independent citizens’ oversight committee and annual audits are required

• All funds must be spent to improve Brea schools and cannot be taken by the State

• No funds can go to administrators’ salaries or benefits

Measure G meets the Orange County Taxpayers Association’s school bond criteria.

Without Measure G, Brea could miss out on nearly $30 million in state matching funds that would go to other districts.

Whether or not you have school-age children, supporting local schools is a wise investment. Measure G protects property values and quality of life for Breans.

Vote YES on G!

 

s/ Douglas Green

Pastor, North Hills Church and 26-year Brea Resident

s/ Lynn Daucher

Former Assemblywoman and Former Brea Mayor

s/ Nancy Lee

Local Realtor and Parent

s/ Paul J. Ruiz

Vice President, Brea Olinda Unified School District Board of Education

and Police Officer

s/ Bill Madden

Teacher, Brea Junior High School

Arguments AGAINST

Orange County residents already are among the highest taxed in America. BOUSD has access to over $20 million that could address many maintenance issues. If Brea voters pass Measure G and the district issues a 30 year bond, owning a median priced Brea home will result in $10,657 in additional property taxes! Measure G increases our taxes over 25-40 years by $123 Million (before Interest and fees)! Commercial property owners and businesses pass on higher taxes by RAISING RENTS and PRICES TO CONSUMERS.

Leaky roofs, asbestos, and faulty wiring are buzzwords, used to scare caring residents into voting themselves into years of financial bondage. We have to budget for emergencies; shouldn’t they?

A bond works like a credit card. To pay it off, the government must raise your taxes. These increases are IN ADDITION TO OTHER TAXES ALREADY CHARGED SUCH AS:

• Property Taxes

• OCSD Sewer User Fee

• NOC Community College

• Paramedic Taxes

• 1999 Brea School Bond Taxes till 2030

• State School Bond Taxes

• Income Taxes

• Sales Taxes

• Utility Taxes

• Gasoline Taxes

AREN’T WE TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY? WHAT TAX WILL THEY RAISE NEXT?

These new taxes are an attempted end-run around Howard Jarvis Prop. 13 protections! Brea’ s young families, first-time home-owners and seniors on fixed incomes cannot absorb these continual, life-long tax increases. Just eight years ago, California voters approved Proposition 30’s “temporary taxes”. Proposition 30 raised income taxes and sales taxes. Then via Proposition 55 in 2016, most of those same “temporary taxes” were extended twelve years! Both times the teachers’ unions promised “billions in funding for our schools”.

SCHOOL DISTRICTS DO NOT HAVE A REVENUE PROBLEM, THEY HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM. Tell education bureaucrats they need to live within their means instead of relying upon over-burdened taxpayers to pay ever increasing taxes!

VOTE NO ON MEASURE G!

www. NoBOUSDBonds.com

s/ Glenda Hanson

Designated Representative, Heritage Tenants Association

s/ Vern E. King

Designated Representative, Brea Veterans Club

Replies to Arguments FOR

Financing short term repairs via long term debt is FISCAL MISMANAGEMENT.

The BOUSD Board is responsible for ensuring that students/staff have safe and well maintained facilities. It is the district’s job to maintain and repair facilities using resources allocated in the annual operating budget. Further, Brea HOPE funds are available for just such maintenance projects.

Given a 30 year bond, a 10 year old student will be 40 years old when this bond is paid off. How many more school REPAIR bonds will be placed on the ballot? Taxpayers should not be expected to finance repairs via long term bond measures after maintenance funds have been reallocated or squandered.

WE DO NOT NEED MEASURE G!

Much of what is proposed are repairs to bring BOUSD facilities up to minimum health and safety standards. However, page 7 of Brea’s 2017-18 STAR report indicates that Brea Schools are already in “good” repair.

As taxpayers, we rely on the Board to:

• be our voice to the State of California and

• make use of any and all tools at their disposal to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Leaky roofs, asbestos, and faulty plumbing/wiring are buzzwords to scare caring residents into voting themselves years of TAX BONDAGE. When needed, school districts may utilize the Williams Settlement to ensure students have access to clean, safe, and functional school facilities (i.e: working plumbing, roofs that do not leak and HVAC systems that are operational).

VOTE NO ON MEASURE G!

www.NoBOUSDBonds.com

s/ Glenda Hanson

Designated Representative, Heritage Tenants Association

s/ Vern E. King

Designated Representative, Brea Veterans Club

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Don’t be misled!

As Brea business, education and civic leaders who know strong schools make a strong community, here are the facts and why we’re voting YES:

• Measure G is specific and accountable. Each school was assessed for important upgrades, repairs, and safety concerns. Measure G funds the detailed School Facilities Master Plan, developed with input from teachers, parents and the community. Independent citizens’ oversight and audits ensure funds are spent as promised.

• No other funding exists to complete upgrades our schools need. Taking from instructional funding is irresponsible. Without Measure G, Brea schools continue to age, serious school safety and security needs go unaddressed, and improvements only get more expensive.

• The Orange County Taxpayers Association certifies Measure G is fiscally responsible. Measure G’s short-term bonds minimize interest and costs the typical Brea homeowner less than $20 per month.

• Measure G captures our fair share of state matching funds. State funding for facility improvements requires local matching funds. Brea has missed out ecause we’ve not passed a measure to provide the local match. Without Measure G, Brea could miss out on $30,000,000 that will go to other communities.

• Brea students deserve the same modern classrooms, labs and career technical education facilities as other students in Orange County. Measure G updates Brea schools so our studentscan compete.

• Improving schools strengthens home values by increasing demand. Measure G is not only an investment in Brea students, but in our homes.

It’s time to stand up for Brea students. Vote YES on G for strong schools and a strong Brea.

 

YesOnGforBrea.org

s/ Beverly Perry

Former Mayor and 34-year Brea Resident

s/ Michael Trimmel

Principal, Laurel Elementary and Parent

s/ Dwight Manley

Local Business Owner and Brea Schools Graduate

s/ Christine Marick

Brea City Councilmember

s/ Rodney Todd

Retired Educator and Chairman, Brea 8K

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