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Facilities Improvement District No. 1
Sierra Unified School District
55% Approval Required
Fail: 2087 / 49.37% Yes votes ...... 2140 / 50.63% No votes
Index of all Measures
Results as of Nov 30 11:55am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (9/9)|
60.8% Voter Turnout (4227/6956)
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Tax Rate Statement | Full Text|
To upgrade classrooms with up-to-date computers and technology; repair and replace deteriorating roofs, plumbing and restrooms; install fire alarms, remove asbestos, and improve the District's budget, preserve school programs and retain teachers by paying off existing school facility debt; shall Sierra Unified School District School Facilities District No. 1 be authorized to issue $9.6 million of bonds within legal interest rates, so long as there is independent local citizens' oversight and funds cannot be taken by the State and spent elsewhere?
s/Kevin B. Briggs County Counsel
|Arguments For Measure S||Arguments Against Measure S|
|Our schools are the most important asset in our community and should be our number one priority. From higher achieving students to greater neighborhood safety
to improved property values, quality schools make a difference.
Your YES vote on Measure S will improve our local schools by upgrading technology and computers in the classrooms, making needed renovations and repairs, and by
improving the District's budget and supporting educational programs and teachers.
Measure S will:
s/Philip K. (Bud) Olson
s/Patricia A. Witzansky, Teacher of the Year 2010
s/Christina Falk, President, The Sierra Foundation
s/Chloe E. Foster
|This is the third school bond placed on the ballot by SUSD in the last two years.
High taxes have contributed to increased unemployment and foreclosures.
Our Federal, County and City governments are in financial trouble. California is on the verge of bankruptcy due to overspending; deeper debt; high wages, benefits, and
pensions. Raising taxes is not the answer, cutting spending is. We must cut, stay within budget and vote NO on this Bond Measure.
Conservatively, it is estimated that SUSD will lose another 500 students in the next five years. Eighty percent of the budget goes toward salaries. Reasonably, cuts must be made here.
Bonds can not be used for salaries but Measure S will go toward the Foothill Middle School's debt to allow monies from the budget to be used for this purpose. SUSD
cannot afford the Loan we already have and this Bond will put us deeper in debt.
Recently, taxpayers spent $68 billion to bailout schools, plus another $26 billion bailout with $10 billion designated to pay teacher salaries. California also, received $34 million for integrate technology and $700 million in Race to the Top funds. With reduced enrollment, we should be cutting back and not increase taxes on our friends and neighbors.
California law requires schools receive 50 percent of State budget. Our County schools receive about 70% of Fresno County property taxes, plus millions in lottery
monies, grants, forest and developer fees, etc. Our three new school buses and summer programs were paid with grants. In 2008-09, SUSD's Average Daily
Attendance money was 31 percent higher than state average.
By law, this Bond may run for 25 years and cost can not exceed 12% interest per annum.
Please Vote "NO" against this property tax increase.
s/Chloe E. Foster
s/H.T. Sullivan, Former Teacher Administrator
s/Elizabeth Sullivan, Teacher Auberry Elementary
s/Kenneth L. Long
|Tax Rate Statement|
|An election will be held in the Sierra Unified School District School Facilities
Improvement District No. 1 (the"Improvement District") on November 2, 2010 to
authorize the sale of $9,600,000 in general obligation bonds. The following information
is submitted in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code.|
1. The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the first series of bonds, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $.0550 per $100 ($55.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2011-12.
2. The best estimate of the tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue during the first fiscal year after the sale of the last series of bonds, based on
estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $.0550 per $100 ($55.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2011-12.
These estimates are based on projections derived from information obtained from official sources. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary
depending on the timing of bond sales, the 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 needs of the Improvement District. Actual assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the Improvement District as determined in the assessment and the equalization process.
|Full Text of Measure S|
|SCHOOL FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 1, MEASURE S
BOND PROPOSITION OF SIERRA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
SCHOOL FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 1 (SFID NO. 1)
"In order to acquire, construct, renovate, upgrade and provide repair of existing school facilities at schools benefiting Sierra Unified School District School Facilities
Improvement District No. 1, and in so doing increase educational effectiveness of classrooms for students, shall Sierra Unified School District School Facilities
Improvement District No. 1 ("Improvement District") be authorized to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed Nine Million Six Hundred Thousand Dollars ($9,600,000) to
construct, renovate, upgrade and provide repair to school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities as described in Attachment "1," which is
on file at the offices of the Sierra Unified School District ("District") and incorporated herein by this reference, which bonds shall be issued for a term not to exceed the then-applicable statutory maximum, which is currently twenty-five (25) years in the case of bonds issued under the authority of the Education Code and forty (40) years in the case of bonds issued under the authority of the Government Code, at an interest rate below the legal maximum, and which Bonds shall be subject to the
(A) That proceeds of the bonds shall be used only for the construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities pursuant to California Constitution Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) and further
that the proceeds of the Bonds shall be used only for the purposes specified in California Constitution Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3) (as amended by Proposition 39) and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and any other school non-construction operating expenses.
(B) That a list of specific school facilities projects to be funded with the proceeds of the bonds is attached hereto as Attachment "1," which is on file at the District office and incorporated herein by this reference and, based upon the adoption of this Resolution, this
Board of Trustees hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction and information technology needs in developing the school facilities listed in Attachment "1," which is on file at the District office and incorporated herein by this reference.
(C) That the Board of Trustees of the District shall conduct an annual, independent performance audit of the proceeds from the sale of the Bonds until all of those proceeds have been expended for the school facilities projects identified herein.
(D) That the Board of Trustees of the District shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the proceeds from the sale of the Bonds until all of those proceeds have been expended for the school facilities projects identified herein.
E) That the Board of Trustees of the District will, pursuant to the provisions of applicable State law, appoint a citizens' oversight committee, and conduct annual independent audits (as referenced above) to assure that the Bond proceeds are spent only on the schools, facilities and classroom improvements, projects and costs
identified in Attachment "1" and for no other purposes.
Such bond proposition is also for the purpose of making the Sierra Unified School District eligible for State matching funds."
ATTACHMENT "1" SCHOOL FACILITIES PROJECTS (SIERRA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 1)
Bond proceeds will be expended to modernize, replace, renovate, construct, acquire,equip, rebuild and furnish the District's classrooms, restrooms, and other educational facilities and support facilities including those located at: Auberry Elementary School Sierra Elementary School Foothill Middle School Sierra High School
Whenever specific items are included in the following list, they are presented to provide an example and are not intended to limit the generality of the broader description of authorized projects: