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Bond Measure

Special District
June 5, 2018California Primary Election

Cabrillo Unified School District
Measure M - 55% Approval Required

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To update classrooms and science labs in schools; perform essential safety repairs; fix leaky roofs; equip classrooms with 21st-century learning technology; replace aging heating/plumbing; and construct/equip classrooms, shall Cabrillo Unified School District issue $99,000,000 in bonds, at legal interest rates, raising amounts needed each year to repay bonds while outstanding, at an estimated rate of $52 per $100,000 of assessed value, with citizen oversight, annual audits, no funds for administrator salaries, and funds staying local?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The California Constitution and Education Code authorize a school district to issue bonds for specified purposes if issuance of the bonds is approved at an election by 55% of those voting on it.

The Board of Trustees of the Cabrillo Unified School District ("District") proposes this measure which would authorize the District to issue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $99 million. The bonds would have an interest rate not exceeding the legal maximum and will be repaid within the time permitted by law. The Tax Rate Statement printed in this pamphlet contains the District's best estimates of tax rates required to service the bond debt during the life of the bonds. The District's best restimate of the average annual tax rate levy to fund this bond is $52.00 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. This means that a property assessed at $800,000 would likely have an annual tax obligation of $416 under this measure. The District estimates that the total amount repyable during the life of the bond, including principal and interest, will be approximately $194 million.

The California Constitution requires the listing of specific projects to be funded from the bond revenue and certification that the Board of Trustees has evaluated safety, class size reduction, and information technology needs in the development of that list. The Bond Project List can be found in the full text of the measure and includes among other projects:

 * acquiring, renovating, repairing, and updating classrooms and other facilities to meet fire, seismic, and safety standards:

 * fixing leaky or deteriorating roofs, painting buildings, upgrading playgrounds and athletic facilities, and improving landscapes;

 * replacing aging infrastructure such as heating, plumbing, and electrical;

 * equipping classrooms with 21st century learning technology; and

 * providing dedicated space for science, math, engineering, arts, and music.

The measure authorizes equipment acquisition, upgrades, repairs, services, construction, and other items related to the listed projects. Projects are authorized at all District locations. The Bond Project List does not imply a specific prioritization among the projects, and should be reviewed for further details. 

No proceeds from the bonds shall be used for teacher or administrator salaries or operating expenses.

State law requires that the District take certain steps to account for the proceeds from the bonds. Accordingly, the District will direct the funds to be deposited into a special account, appoint an independent citizens' oversight committee, conduct annual independent performance and financial audits to ensure that funds are spent only for the purposes listed in the Bond Project List and for no other purposes, and prepare annual reports listing the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of any funded project. 

A "Yes" vote on this measure would authorize the District to issue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $99 million for the purposes listed in the project list.

A "No" vote wound prevent the District from issuing the bonds.

This measure passes if 55% of those voting on the measure vote "yes." 

Arguments FOR

Vote YES on Measure M to repair and improve our aging local elementary, middle, and high schools and ensure all Coastside students receive a 21st-century education.

While some of our schools in Cabrillo Unified School District have been updated, many are over 50 years old and in serious need of repairs and updates to meet today's academic and safety standards.

Measure M will provide a dedicated local source of funding to support a safe and modern learning environment for our elementary and middle school students.

Providing a high quality education relies on excellent teachers and staff, and Measure M will ensure all schools have updated classrooms, science labs, computer and learning technology to attract the best teachers to our community. We need Measure M to help prepare our students for success in college and their future careers.

Vote YES on Measure M to:

 * replace leaky roofs

 * keep schools clean, well maintained, and in good condition;

 * perform essential safety repairs and maintenance on classrooms and facilities

 * Update classrooms and science labs

 * Upgrade fire and earthquake safety

 * Equip classrooms with 21st-century learning technology

Measure M requires strict fiscal accountability:

 * Local control ensures every penny of Measure M goes directly to local classrooms and school facilities - no money could be taken by the State

 * Independent citizen oversight and annual audits required

 * No funding could ever be used for administrators' salaries or pensions

We are fortunate to live in an area that supports our Coastside schools, helping keep our community a desirable place to live. Even if you do not have school-age children, protecting the quality of our schools and the quality of life in our community is a wise investment that helps keep our property values strong.

Join parents, teachers, and community leaders in the Coastside community in supporting our great local schools - Vote YES on M.

 

/s/ Lenny Mendoca, local business owner

/s/ Naomi Patridge, 5 term Mayor of Half Moon Bay

/s/ Sandra Andreini, local business owner

/s/ Jan Gray, 44-year Coastside realtor

/s/ John M. Parsons, Certified Public Accountant

 

Arguments AGAINST

Voters already passed Measure S in 2012, authorizing $81,000,000 to "replace or repair leaky roofs" among many other promises. Why does Cabrillo Unified School District need $99,000,000 now, promising again to fix leaky roofs?

Measure M lists so many great things your borrowed money could buy: from modular buildings to computers in 7 schools. But Measure M does not make the Cabrillo Unified School District do all that. The fine print says there are no priorities and no project needs to be actually completed. Will any money rebuild your school? In fact, the only money spent could go for computers, which become obsolete in a few years but the taxpayers will be paying until 2050. All bond money should be used only for buildings and long lasting items, just like a mortgage.

Is this "Project List" a plan or an ad?  Measure M even wrote an argument for itself into the law, sneaking more argument text into this ballot pamphlet. Unfair!

These bonds must be repaid by Ad Valorem property taxes. In California, the Ad Valorem taxes are very unequal. Some families must pay many times what neighbors pay for the very same floor plan. The tax collector does not care.

The real solution to government school financing has to come from Sacramento and amend the California Constitution.

Proponents probably told you that by passing Measure M your schools could be better than neighboring districts. That should never be. The 14th amendment guarantees equality; the Serrano-Priest case said government schools should be equal in California.

Is your school really as great as the Cabrillo Unified School District claims? When you want a better product, you shop for it. With government schools, there is only one "store", the school district. Schools will not get better until families have more choices.

Vote "No" on Measure M.

www.svtaxpayers.org/2018-cabrillo-bond

/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle, President, Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association

/s/ Harland Harrison, Chair, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County 

Replies to Arguments FOR

From "leaky roofs" to "21st century technology", every single reason in the ballot argument for Measure M was claimed six years ago as a reason for Measure S. But these bonds take 25 or 40 years to pay off! How many payments of $81,000,000 or $99,000,000 will this school renovation take?

Where will this money go?  Who knows? The Board of Education could spend it on the District Office or any school. Nothing guarantees any money reaches your school at all.  In fact, your money might build one or more "community centers" instead of classrooms.

Why? Because Measure M contains a vague and broad "Project List" which makes no guarantees, just like Measure S contained. A real project description, for example, should say "build an elementary school for $1,000,000." However, these measure just list "computers", "cameras", or "community centers" which the Board of Education might buy with your money - or not. These measures look more like advertisements. They describe many wonderful things which your money might possibly buy, with tiny notes explaining the Board of Education can pick what, if anything, to undertake. Will they actually update your school at all?

Of course, the Board of Education might spend your $99,000,000 wisely. Perhaps you trust your current board members. But remember, there will be many elections before these bonds are fully paid.

On top of $81,000,000 from Measure S, the Board of Education of the Cabrillo Unified School District now wants another $99,000,000 bond. Will they buy "community centers", cameras, or computers with your money?

Vote No on Measure M.

 

/s/ Mark W.A. Hinkle, President, Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association

/s/ Harland Harrison, Chair, Libertarian Party of San Mateo County 

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

The author of the argument against Measure M does NOT live in our community - in fact, he lives over 60 miles away in a completely different county. He submits the same negative arguments for school districts throughout San Mateo County - and clearly hasn't bothered to understand our needs.

As Coastside residents, we know the FACTS about why we need to vote Yes on Measure M.

FACT: While some of our local schools were updated, others are nearly 50 years old and still require repairs. Measure M makes the urgent repairs Coastside schools need and ensures all schools are safe and in good condition.

FACT: Measure M includes a detailed bond project list that was developed by facilities experts, community members, staff, and parents. This comprehensive list clearly prioritizes school repairs and GUARANTEES all funding stays in local schools.

FACT: Local schools do NOT receive funds for facility improvements from the State. Waiting for politicians in Sacramento to solve this problem could take years. Our schools need updates now.

FACT: Our students can't succeed with severely outdated classrooms and technology labs. We need Measure M to ensure Coastside students can be part of the next wave of innovation in Silicon Valley and acquire modern skills to compete for tomorrow's careers.

FACT: The District will not finance technology with long-term bonds - not just because that's the responsible thing to do, it's the law.

By law, funds can never be used for administrators' salaries. Citizen oversight and annual audits are required.

Our community leaders agree - Vote YES on Measure M for Coastside schools.

 

/s/ Kate Livingston, 28 year Half Moon Bay resident\

/s/ Rose Serdy, Past President, Coastside Hope

/s/ Kelly Hoffman-Davis, Past President, Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce

/s/ Chris Dobbrow, former member Measure E oversight committee 

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