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Special District

Tustin Unified School District
Measure N Bond Measure - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results


12,541 votes yes (53.7%)

10,808 votes no (46.3%)

100% of precincts reporting (56/56).

23,349 ballots counted.

To repair/upgrade inadequate classrooms, labs and school facilities supporting college/career readiness in science, math, technology, engineering, arts; Improve student safety, and upgrade deteriorated roofs, plumbing, sewer, lighting, electrical systems; shall the Tustin Unified School District measure be adopted authorizing $215 million in bonds at legal rates, levying 3 cents per $100 assessed value ($12.4 million annually) while bonds are outstanding, with citizen oversight, and all funds 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 $215,000,000 in general obligation bonds.


NO vote means

A “NO” vote is a vote against authorizing the School District to issue and sell $215,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Tustin Unified School District School Facilities Improvement District No. 2020-1 Measure N

This measure was placed on the ballot by the governing board (“Board”) of the Tustin Unified School District (“School District”) for voters within School Facilities Improvement District No. 2020-1 (SFID No. 2020-1). This measure, if approved by 55 percent of the votes cast on the measure within SFID No. 2020-1, will authorize the School District to issue and sell $215,000,000 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. 2020-1 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 $30.00 per $100,000 of assessed value. The School District’s best estimate of the highest annual tax rate required to fund the bonds is $30.00 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 that benefit the land within SFID No. 2020-1, 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 N does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the School District that are the subject of the bonds under Measure N will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure N. 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 $215,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

A “NO” vote is a vote against authorizing the School District to issue and sell $215,000,000 in general obligation bonds.

Tax rate

School Facilities Improvement District No. 2020-1 of the Tustin Unified School District Measure N

As shown in the attached official ballot, an election is being held within School Facilities Improvement District No. 2020-1 of the Tustin Unified School District (“Improvement District”) on March 3, 2020, for the purpose of submitting to the registered voters within the boundaries of he Improvement District the question of whether the Improvement District shall issue and sell bonds in an amount not to exceed $215,000,000 for the purpose of providing funds for the specified school facilities and school projects as set forth in the resolution of the Tustin Unified School District (“School District”) calling such bond election. This measure will authorize a tax sufficient for payment of interest on, and redemption of, the bonds.

The bonds shall bear interest at a rate, or rates, to be established at such time as the bonds are sold, in one or more series, at fixed or variable interest rates not to exceed the maximum applicable statutory rate for such bonds. If such bonds are authorized and sold, the principal thereof and the interest thereon are a general obligation of the School District on behalf of the Improvement District, payable from the proceeds of ad valorem property taxes n taxable real property located within the Improvement District.

The following information is submitted in compliance with California Elections Code Sections 9401 through 9404 based on estimates of assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement:

(a) The best estimate from official sources of the average annual tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund the bond issue during the entire duration of the bond debt service (repayment of the bonds) based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, which is a projection based on experience within the same jurisdiction or other demonstrable factors, is $0.03 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. The final fiscal year in which such tax is anticipated to be collected is 2054- 2055.

(b) The best estimate from official sources of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund such bond issue(s) based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, which is a projection based on experience within the same jurisdiction or other demonstrable factors, is $0.03 per $100 ($30.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. It is estimated that this tax rate would apply in the 2020-2021 tax/fiscal year.

(c) The best estimate of the total debt service, including principal and interest, that would be required to be repaid if all the bonds are issued and sold is $434,045,225.

Voters should note that these estimated tax rates are based on the assessed value of taxable property within the Improvement District as shown on the official rolls of Orange County, not on the property’s market value. In addition, taxpayers eligible for a property tax exemption, such as the homeowner’s exemption, will be taxed at a lower effective rate than described above. Actual future assessed valuation will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the Improvement District as determined by the Orange County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process. Property owners should consult their own property tax bills and/or tax advisors to determine their property’s assessed value and any applicable tax exemptions.

Attention of all voters is directed to the fact that these estimates are based on assumptions and projections derived from information currently available and obtained from official sources. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary depending on the timing of any bond sales, the amount of bonds sold, the maturities of the bonds issued and sold, market interest rates at the time of each sale of bonds and actual assessed valuations over the term of repayment of the bonds. The figures provided above are estimations based on the factors noted herein and are not maximum limitations. The timing of the bond sales and the amount of bonds sold at any given time will be governed by the needs of the School District. The actual interest rates at which the bonds will be sold will depend on the bond market at the time of each such sale. Actual future assessed valuation will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the Improvement District as determined by the Orange County Assessor in the annual assessment and the equalization process.

Dated: November 18, 2019

s/ Gregory A. Franklin

Superintendent, Tustin Unified School District

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

VOTE YES on Measure N to maintain Tustin’s outstanding quality of education, help local students thrive, and protect your property values and high quality of life.

Tustin supports schools and that investment pays dividends. Today our schools rank among the best in the State, outperforming others on virtually every level. Tustin property values are equally strong. However, our elementary and middle school classrooms are old. Many are over 50 years old, built before the digital age. Even well maintained buildings deteriorate and need attention after decades. Moreover, teaching and learning standards have changed, requiring more and different instructional spaces. And all our schools need ongoing safety and security upgrades.

Measure N provides a prudent, responsible plan reflecting input from 600+ community members to address these critical Tustin Unified School District needs. NO other funding exists to complete these improvements.

Measure N will:

• Upgrade 1960’s era, very outdated elementary and middle school classrooms

• Improve student safety, security and wellbeing

• Rehabilitate deteriorating roofs, plumbing, sewer, and electrical systems

• Renovate student support spaces for college/career readiness in science, math, technology, engineering, arts, and skilled trades

• Add modern hands-on learning spaces and Career Technical Education labs.

Taxpayer protections are REQUIRED. By law, ALL funds stay local. NO funds are allowed for administrators’ salaries or pensions. Independent Citizens’ Oversight, mandatory audits and public reporting ensure proper spending. Measure N also meets Orange County Taxpayers Association strict criteria.

VOTING YES helps Tustin qualify for State matching funds, leveraging taxpayer dollars further. The longer we wait, the more expensive upgrades will be.

With or without school-age children, protecting educational quality is a wise investment. Great schools enhance property values and keep our community strong.

Please join teachers, parents, civic leaders, and residents across Tustin VOTING YES on N to ensure safe, modern, exceptional Tustin schools.

s/ Chuck Puckett

Three-Time Mayor of Tustin

45 Yr Local Homeowner

s/ Bobbi Gonzalez

Parent, TUSD Graduate

Guin Foss Elementary PTO Leader

s/ Rick Nelson

President, Foothill Communities Association

Retired Engineering Professor

s/ Sujata Kamdar

Local Business Owner

Civic/Education Leader

s/ Tim O’Donoghue

Career Educator

18 Yr. TUSD Principal

40 Yr. Youth Coach

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