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Special District

Capistrano Unified School District
Measure I Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

21,003 votes yes (45.8%)

24,888 votes no (54.2%)

100% of precincts reporting (65/65).

45,890 ballots counted.

To repair aging classrooms and facilities at schools serving Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Dana Point, fix deteriorating roofs, plumbing/electrical systems, and upgrade/construct classrooms/labs and technology to support college/career readiness in math, science, technology, arts, and skilled trades, shall the Capistrano Unified School District (SFID #3) measure authorizing $300,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, levying approximately 3¢ per $100 assessed value ($18 million annually) while bonds are outstanding, be adopted, with citizen oversight and all money staying local?

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 $300,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

 

NO vote means

A “NO” vote is a vote against authorizing the School District to issue and sell $300,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Capistrano Unified School District School Facilities Improvement District No. 3 Measure I

This measure was placed on the ballot by the governing board (“Board”) of the Capistrano Unified School District (“School District”) for voters within School Facilities Improvement District No. 3 (SFID No. 3). This measure, if approved by 55 percent of the votes cast on the measure within SFID No. 3, will authorize the School District to issue and sell $300,000,000 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 within SFID No. 3 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 $34 per $100,000 of assessed value. The School District’s best estimate of the highest annual tax rate required to fund the bonds is $34 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 within SFID No. 3. 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 student health and 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 I does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure I will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure I. 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 $300,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

A “NO” vote is a vote against authorizing the School District to issue and sell $300,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

Tax rate

Capistrano Unified School District School Facilities Improvement District No. 3 Measure I

An election will be held within the boundaries of School Facilities Improvement District No. 3 (“SFID No. 3”) of the Capistrano Unified School District (“District”) on March 3, 2020 to authorize the sale of up to $300,000,000 in bonds to finance facilities as described in the proposition. If the bonds are approved, the District expects to sell the bonds in multiple series. Principal and interest on the bonds will be payable from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property located within SFID No. 3. The following information is provided in compliance with Sections 9400 to 9404, inclusive, of the California Elections Code.

1. The best estimate from official sources of the average annual tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue over the entire duration of the bond debt service, based on assessed valuations available at the time of the election or a projection based on experience within the same jurisdiction or other demonstrable factors, is estimated to be $0.03 per $100 ($34.00 per $100,000). The final fiscal year in which the tax is anticipated to be collected is 2048-49.

2. The best estimate from official sources of the highest tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement or a projection based on experience within the same jurisdiction or other demonstrable factors, is estimated to be $0.03 per $100 ($34 per $100,000) of assessed valuation, which is projected to be the same in every fiscal year that the bonds remain outstanding.

3. 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 $519,000,000, considering the assumptions set forth in paragraphs (1) and (2) above. This estimate results in a debt service ratio of 1.7 to 1, which is less than the maximum ratio of 4.0 to 1 allowed by Education Code Section 15144.1

If the bonds are approved, the duration of the tax levy shall continue until final payment of all bonds issued pursuant to the authorization. The tax shall be levied in an amount each year sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on all outstanding bonds issued pursuant to the authorization.

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

Attention of all voters is directed to the fact that while the foregoing information includes conservative projections and estimates of assessed value, market interest rates, and the timing and amount of bonds issued in the future, the District will only issue bonds if the tax rate is at or below the maximum set forth above. The County Assessor is responsible for determining assessed value, the County Auditor-Controller is responsible for setting tax rates, and the County Treasurer-Tax Collector is responsible for the collection of taxes. The actual tax rates may vary over time based on changes in assessed value, and actual debt service may vary based on market interest rates and the timing of when the bonds are issued. The dates of sale and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be determined by the District based on need for construction funds and other factors. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on bond market conditions at the time of each sale. Actual future assessed valuation will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within SFID No. 3 as determined by the County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process. The District is responsible for the timing and amount of bonds to be issued, which the District will only undertake if tax rates meet the parameters set forth in the above tax rate statement.

s/ Clark Hampton

Deputy Superintendent

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

We are fortunate to have excellent neighborhood schools. Vote Yes on I to repair aging classrooms and labs with locally controlled funding that can only be used to benefit our local schools in Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Dana Point.

Some schools were built so long ago they don’t meet earthquake safety standards and, by law, must be retrofit or replaced to withstand a major earthquake. Schools built over 40 years ago need to be modernized with essential repairs and improvements to continue to serve our community for the decades to come.

Voting Yes on I will:

• Repair or replace leaky roofs, old rusty plumbing, and failing electrical systems

• Replace wood and support beams with extensive termite damage and dry rot

• Remove hazardous materials like asbestos and lead paint from older school sites

• Upgrade classrooms, science labs, and technology to support high quality instruction in math, science and engineering

• Provide modern science labs, engineering labs, and career training facilities to prepare students for college and careers in healthcare, biomedical, computer science and robotics

Measure I requires a clear system of accountability including a detailed project list, Citizens’ Oversight Committee and mandatory independent audits to ensure the money is spent properly. 

All Measure I funds must stay local to improve schools that serve Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Dana Point. Measure I funds can’t be taken by the State or diverted to schools in other areas. By law, no money from Measure I can be used for teachers’ or administrators’ salaries or pensions.

Even if you do not have school-age children, supporting local schools is a wise investment. Good schools improve our quality of life and protect the value of our homes.

Please join parents, teachers, seniors, elected leaders and business leaders and vote Yes on I for Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel and Dana Point schools.

s/ Martha McNicholas

Governing Board Member

Capistrano Unified School District

s/ Ross Chun

Mayor Aliso Viejo

s/ Marvin Sherrill

Retired Science Teacher at Dana Hills High School

s/ Debra Lewis

City Council, Former Mayor Dana Point

s/ Gary Pritchard

Chair, Support Safe & Modern Schools 2020

Arguments AGAINST

Orange County residents already are among the highest taxed in America - Measure I seeks to increase our taxes by $300 Million ($519 Million with Interest)!

Voters should:

• oppose this bond and

• VOTE NO ON MEASURE I!

Here’s why:

A bond works like a government credit card -- paying off that credit card requires the government to raise your taxes. The increased taxes we’d be forced to pay would be IN ADDITION TO THE OTHER TAXES RESIDENTS ALREADY PAY, including:

• Property Taxes

• Existing CUSD School Bond Taxes

• State School Bond Taxes

• Income Taxes

• Sales Taxes

• Utility Taxes

• Gasoline Taxes

Aren’t we taxed enough already? What would this property tax increase likely mean for you?

• Property Owners: will be forced to pay increased property taxes.

• Many Renters: will suffer rent increases as landlords pass on the costs of higher taxes.

• Customers: will see higher prices as businesses pass on the cost of higher taxes.

Aliso Viejo, Dana Point and Laguna Niguel residents can’t afford a $300,000,000.00 tax hike ($519,000.000.00 with interest)!

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.

Measure I would now raise your property taxes. What tax will they raise next?

NO MORE TAXES -- 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 I!

www.NoCUSDBonds.com

s/ Craig P. Alexander

Concerned Citizen, Dana Point

Replies to Arguments FOR

CUSD is seeking this bond to fund certain projects (asbestos removal/roof repairs/earthquake retrofitting/renovating science laboratories) they previously promised to pay for with their existing bond (Measure A – November 1999)!

Taxpayers have not finished paying back CUSD’s existing bond! – millions remain unpaid! Now they want $300,000,000.00 more [$519,000,000.00 with interest]!

VOTE NO ON MEASURE I!

SECURED PROPERTY TAXES WOULD INCREASE:

• On your home or business real estate.

• If you fail to pay these taxes, they can foreclose on your property! This bond tax will be added to your property tax bill for almost 30 years. UNSECURED PROPERTY TAXES WOULD INCREASE:

• On business and personal property, such as:° Mobilehomes ° Boats

• On your business personal property, including: ° Machinery ° Equipment ° Ovens ° Computers ° Copiers/Printers ° Telephones ° Furniture ° Desks/Chairs ° Supplies

BOND FUNDS WOULD BE SPENT ON SALARIES AND CONSULTANTS. A large percentage of the bond funds would be spent to pay consultants selling the bonds and salaries for “…staff development and training expenses…”

TAXPAYER PROTECTIONS ARE LACKING. • CUSD isn’t required to complete any improvement project at any school! • CUSD disbanded the Citizen Oversight Committee for the existing bond!

NO MORE TAXES -- Taxpayers are required to maintain and repair our homes and businesses. Tell education bureaucrats they need to live within their means too!

VOTE NO ON MEASURE I!

www.NoCUSDBonds.com www.CapoKidsFirst.com

s/ Craig P Alexander

Concerned Citizen, Dana Point

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

The opponent’s misleading rhetoric ignores these indisputable facts: 

• Our local schools serving students in Aliso Viejo, Dana Point and Laguna Niguel, some of which were built 40 years ago, need urgent repairs and upgrades to keep students safe, withstand an earthquake and support high quality education.

• No other funding exists to complete these upgrades. Without Measure I, schools will continue aging and deteriorating. Waiting only makes these improvements more expensive.

• Quality schools impact property values and our schools are falling behind. Independent research shows that investments in local schools result in measurable increases in property values.

• Measure I helps capture our fair share of state matching funds. The State has distributed billions to improve schools in other communities. We missed out because we have not passed a measure to provide required local matching funds. Without Measure I, we continue to miss out.

• By law, every penny from Measure I must be spent in Aliso Viejo, Dana Point and Laguna Niguel to improve our schools. No funds can be taken away by the State or diverted to other schools. No funds can be used for teacher or administrator salaries or pensions.

• Measure I costs the typical homeowner just $11 per month. Growth in your home value will far exceed this wise investment if our schools and neighborhoods remain attractive to families.

Join our community’s most respected leaders. Vote Yes on I to keep our schools and homes among the most desirable in Orange County.

s/ Martha McNicholas

Governing Board Member

Capistrano Unified School District

s/ Ross Chun

Mayor, Aliso Viejo

s/ Marvin Sherrill

Retired Science Teacher

s/ Debra Lewis

Former Mayor, Dana Point

s/ John W. Harms

Retired Executive

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