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Bond Measure to Improve High School Facilities of 2010
Northern Humboldt Union High School District
Bond Authorization - 55% Approval Required
Pass: 10,386 / 59.47% Yes votes ...... 7,079 / 40.53% No votes
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|Results as of Nov 29 4:38pm|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Tax Rate Statement | Full Text|
If the measure is approved and bonds are issued, the District is required by law to meet certain accountability requirements. To meet these requirements, the proceeds of the bonds will be used only for the purposes specified in the Measure; the proceeds will be deposited into a special bond proceeds; and, the Superintendent of the District will annually file a report with the Board of Trustees, setting forth the amount of funds received and expended, as well as the status of the improvement projects. The Board of Trustees will annually conduct an independent performance audit and an independent financial audit, until all proceeds from the sale of the bonds have been expended, to ensure that the funds are used only for the projects listed in the Measure. In addition, the Board of Trustees shall establish a Citizens' Oversight Committee to assure that bond proceeds are expended only on the school facilities projects listed in the Measure.
The District has estimated that the tax rate levied to meet the debt service requirements of the bonds will not exceed $19 per year per $100,000 of assessed valuation of taxable property.
This Measure will not become effective, and the bond issuance and sale will not occur, unless the measure is approved by fifty-five percent (55%) of the registered voters voting on the measure.
The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure Q. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the elections official's office at (insert telephone number) and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.
Approval of Measure Q does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the Northern Humboldt Union High School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure Q will be funded beyond the local revenue generated by Measure Q. The District's proposal for the project or projects may require the receipt of additional funds which the District will seek from other sources to advance the proposed project or projects, including matching state funds, which could be subject to appropriation by the Legislature or approval of a statewide bond measure.
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|Arguments For Measure Q||Arguments Against Measure Q|
|Everyone knows the importance and value of having quality schools. From higher achieving students, to training for future jobs, to greater neighborhood safety, quality schools make a difference. While our teachers and staff do their best in educating our children, many classrooms and school facilities in the Northern Humboldt Union High School District are inadequate and outdated to provide students with the school facilities they need to succeed.
Our students need your YES vote on Measure Q! While facilities have been well maintained, our high schools do not meet 21st century education and technology standards. A local school improvement measure would allow the District to improve the quality of education provided to local students. Therefore, we must invest and help our high schools so they meet today's safety, technological, and educational standards.
If passed, Measure Q will provide funding to make facility improvements at McKinleyville and Arcata High Schools including:
/s/ Phil Ricord, President & General Manager, Wildberries Marketplace /s/ Shane Brinton, Arcata City Councilmember /s/ Sarie Toste, Board Member /s/ Eleanor Sullivan, Community Member /s/ Ross Miller, Vice-President of Landscape + Miller Farms
The Argument in Favor of Measure Q fails to address the following points:
Submitted on August 3, 2010 by the Humboldt Taxpayer's League,
Clifford B. Chapman, Sr. Executive Director, Humboldt Taxpayer's League P.O. Box 1432 Eureka, CA 95502
|The Northern Humboldt Union High School District (NHUHSD) Board of Trustees decision to pursue the issuance of $25,800,000 in bonds for McKinleyville and Arcata Union High Schools is ill timed and poorly thought out.
If approved all property owners (along with renters and lease holders through passed on increases) will be saddled with paying off this debt for the next 35 years. While the goal is "to improve the quality of education" in the district it appears doubtful that many of the possible projects identified will help meet that goal as at least part of the bond money is intended to pay off existing bond debt ($1.29 million) and purchase and install items with a limited life such as computers and artificial turf on athletic fields.
A bond proposal of this magnitude, at a time of declining property values that have not yet been addressed by the county assessor, along with lower than projected development will likely create a rate higher than represented. Bond maturity has already been extended to 35 years with optimistic projections to arrive at a questionable $19 rate per $100,000 of assessed valuation. The NHUHSD board does not seem to understand that the potential for further effects on property values in the district, which coupled with huge increases in water and sewer rates in the near future due to the implementation of additional environmental regulation, will result in many individual taxpayers simply not having the ability to pay more.
The Humboldt Taxpayer's League urges a NO VOTE on Measure Q.
Submitted on July 26, 2010 by the Humboldt Taxpayer's League,
/s/ Clifford B. Chapman, Sr. Clifford B. Chapman, Sr. Executive Director, Humboldt Taxpayer's League P.O.Box 1432 Eureka, CA 95502
John Wolley, Former 3rd District Supervisor
Tim Hooven, Vice-President of Hooven, Inc.
Don Harling, Owner of Beau Pre Gold Course
Julie Fulkerson, Trinidad City Council Member
Dan Johnson, President of DANCO
...IN SUPPORTING MEASURE Q.
/s/ Eleanor Sullivan
/s/ Phil Ricord
/s/ Sari Toste
/s/ Ross Miller
/s/ Shane Brinton
|Tax Rate Statement from NHUHSD Superintendent|
|An election will be held in the Northern Humboldt Union High School District (the "District") on November 2, 2010 to authorize the sale of $25,800,000 in general obligation bonds. The following information is submitted in compliance with Sections 9400-9404 of the California Elections Code.
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 $.01900 per $100 ($19.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2011-12.
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 $.01900 per $100 ($19.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017-18.
The best estimate of the highest tax rate that would be required to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing this statement, is $.01900 per $100 ($19.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation.
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 District. Actual assessed valuations will depend upon the amount and value of taxable property within the District as determined in the assessment and the equalization process.
Dated: July 6, 2010
Kenny Richards Superintendent Northern Humboldt Union High School District
|Full Text of Measure Q|
|This proposition may be known and referred to as the Northern Humboldt Union High School District General Obligation Bond of 2010, or Measure Q.
The Northern Humboldt Union High School District (the "District), which serves the northern portion of Humboldt County, is a recognized leader in providing top quality education to Humboldt County students.
The achievements have been accrued by the District as a result of the long history of visionary leadership from the Governing Board of the District (the "Board"), as well as from staff members, parents, and members of the District communities. During its long history, the District has benefited from a community, which supports its educational institutions by establishing high standards for academic achievement while at the same time providing the means required to meet and even to surpass those expectations.
In order to provide our local students with the same classrooms and school facilities as other California school districts, repairs, upgrades, and classroom construction are necessary to ensure these buildings will remain functional for future generations.
The Board has prepared a facilities plan and identified repairs, upgrades, and classroom and facility modernization needs that are more than the District is able to fund from currently available sources or annual revenues
The District has sought, and continues to seek, all available outside sources of funding to improve our school buildings, including local, state, and federal grants and state bond funds. Historically, the state requires that local school districts provide local funds as a condition of receipt of state matching funds.
It is necessary to seek voter approval of a bond measure in order to provide the local funding for identified school facility repairs, construction, and modernization projects.
By approval of this proposition by at least 55 percent of the registered voters voting on the proposition, the District shall be authorized to issue and sell bonds of up to $25,800,000 in aggregated principal at interest rates within the legal limit, to provide finance for the specific school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List attached hereto as Exhibit A-1, subject to all the accountability requirements specified below.
BOND PROJECT LIST
The Bond Project List attached to this resolution as Exhibit A-1 shall be considered a part of the ballot proposition and shall be reproduced in any official document required to contain the full statement of the bond proposition.
Approval of this Bond Measure (the "Measure") does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the District that are the subject of bonds under the Measure will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by the Measure. If state matching funds become available, they will be used for and applied to the Bond Project List as per Exhibit A-1.
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.
The provisions in this section are specifically included in this proposition in order that the voters and taxpayers in the District may be assured that their money will be spent wisely to address specific facilities needs of the District all in compliance with the requirements of Article XIIIA, Section 1(b)(3), of the State Constitution and the Strict Accountability in Local School Construction Bonds Act of 2000 (codified at Education Code Sections 15264 and following.)
Evaluation of Needs. The Board has prepared an updated facilities plan in order to evaluate and address all of the facilities needs of the District. The Board hereby certifies that it has evaluated safety, class size reduction, enrollment growth, and information technology needs in developing the Bond Project List contained in Exhibit A-1.
Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee. The Board shall establish an Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee pursuant to Education Code Section 15278 and following to ensure bond proceeds are expended only on the school facilities projects listed in Exhibit A-1. The committee shall be established within 60 days of the date when the results of the election appear in the minutes of the Board.
Performance Audits. The Board shall conduct an annual, independent performance audit to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities projects listed in Exhibit A-1.
Financial Audits. The Board shall conduct an annual, independent financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects listed in Exhibit A-1.
Special Bond Proceeds Account: Annual Report to Board. Upon approval of this proposition and the sale of any bonds approved, the Board shall take actions necessary to establish an account in which proceeds of the sale of bonds will be deposited. As long as any proceeds of the bonds remain unexpended, the Superintendent of the District shall cause a report to be filed with the Board annually stating (1) the amount of bond proceeds received and expended in that year, and (2) the status of any project funded or to be funded from bond proceeds. The report may relate to the calendar year, fiscal year, or other appropriate annual period as the Superintendent shall determine and may be incorporated in the annual budget, audit, or another appropriate routine report to the Board.
No Administrator Salaries. Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition shall be used only for the construction, reconstruction and/or rehabilitation of school facilities including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities or acquisition or lease of real property for school facilities and not for any other purpose, including teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.
The proceeds of the bonds will be deposited into a Building Fund to be held by the Humboldt County Treasurer, as required by the California Education Code.
BOND PROJECT LIST
Bond proceeds will be expended to modernize, replace, renovate, expand, construct, acquire, equip, furnish and otherwise improve the classrooms and school facilities of the District, including those located at the following locations:
Arcata High School + Built in 1948 McKinleyville High School + Built in 1961
The specific school facilities projects to be funded include, but shall not be limited to:
BALLOT MEASURE (ABBREVIATED FORM)
"To improve the quality of education at McKinleyville and Arcata High Schools; upgrade inadequate electrical systems; improve energy efficiency including installing solar panels; upgrade computers and technology; make health and safety improvements; and improve physical education fields and facilities for school and community use; shall the Northern Humboldt Union High School District issue $25,800,000 of bonds within legal interest rates, have an independent citizens' oversight committee and have NO money used for teacher salaries or be taken by the State."