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Classroom Repair, Job Training/Student Safety Measure
Lynwood Unified School District
School Bonds - 55% Approval Required
Fail: 4,821 / 53.79% Yes votes ...... 4,142 / 46.21% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Nov 24 2:18pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (25/25)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Tax Rate Statement | Full Text|
To improve education, make schools safe, complete essential health/safety repairs, fix roofs, shall Lynwood Unified School District upgrade plumbing, electrical, sewer/heating/cooling systems, aging schools, science labs, install energy efficient lighting/windows, improve school safety, remove hazardous materials; repair, acquire, construct, equip schools/facilities/sites, upgrade fire safety, by issuing $45,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with guaranteed annual audits, independent citizens' oversight, and all money staying local?"
Funds received from the sale of the bonds shall be used only for the specific purposes set forth in the Measure including renovating, repairing and upgrading projects such as roof, electrical, water, sewer, plumbing, drainage, lighting, ventilation, security, emergency communication, fire safety, and energy efficiency systems, repairing and upgrading classrooms, science labs, computer labs, multipurpose rooms, physical education, and other educations support spaces, providing accessibility upgrades, hazardous material removal, and upgrading technology, data and communications equipment. No funds may be used for teacher and administrator salaries or any other school operating expenses.
Independent performance and financial audits will be performed annually to ensure that the funds received from the sale of the bonds are expended as specified in the Measure. An independent Citizens Oversight Committee will be established and members appointed no later than 60 days after the board enters the election results in accordance with Education Code section 15278.
The bonds issued pursuant to the Education Code shall have a maturity not to exceed 25 years, and the bonds issued pursuant to the Government Code shall have a maturity not to exceed 40 years. The maximum rate of interest on the bonds shall not exceed the maximum rate allowed by law. The best estimate of the average tax rate required to fund the bonds, based on the estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing the Tax Rate Statement on the Measure, is estimated to be $60.00 annually per $100,000.
This Measure requires a fifty-five percent (55%) vote for passage.
NOTICE TO VOTERS Approval of Measure L does not guarantee that the proposed project or projects in the Lynwood Unified School District that are the subject of bonds under Measure L will be funded beyond the local revenues generated by Measure L.
The 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.
|Arguments For Measure L||Arguments Against Measure L|
|Schools are the most important asset in our community and should be our
number one priority. Good schools provide learning environments that ensure
student success. Good schools have been shown to improve property values and
increase neighborhood safety. Good schools are critical to improving the quality
of our community.
Schools in the Lynwood Unified School District have been well maintained over the years with several new construction and renovation projects. However, our work is not done. Many classrooms and school facilities in the District are inadequate to provide students with the facilities they need to succeed.
If passed, Measure L will:
Measure L makes financial sense, benefits our local economy, and has taxpayer safeguards.
Please join us and VOTE YES ON MEASURE L!
HECTOR H. MARQUEZ
|LUSD presents this tax as needed classroom repair; job training, and student
Ask yourself this question: If the district really needs these bonds, why can't they issue them now, making the bond payments out of the existing tax revenue sources?
School Board Members seeking higher taxes always point to buildings in disrepair. It's a standard pitch. We give them tons of tax money, and they can't maintain our schools. Their solution? Present a fear card and raise taxes! So is student safety and job training. It's the same old left wing popular solution to gain access into your bank account.
Lynwood Voters have already approved a general obligation bond in 2002 at a cost of over 20 million dollars to be repaid with interest charges over a period of 40 years. We were all promised in the past that our schools would be rebuilt and renovated with the previous bond measure.
LUSD's share of standard property tax revenue has zoomed upward. It is almost 5 times more than it was 20 years ago. It is growing far faster than population and inflation combined. Yet the district says we need to pay even higher property taxes! Lynwood Homeowner's are ranked 15th of 88 Cities in Los Angeles County on annual property tax bills. Renters will not be exempted and their landlords will tack on this increase to their monthly rent. Low-income families, disabled citizens and senior citizens on fixed incomes are disproportionately affected by the forced taxing of basic necessities.
LUSD is no stranger to mismanagement, and is currently under investigation by the District Attorney's Public Integrity Division for misuse of public funds. Much of the district's incredible expenditures are used on projects that are staffed by political allies and cronies of the School Board.
Vote NO on Measure L
FACT 1: The 2002 Measure `C', which was overwhelmingly approved by over 77% of local voters, was to reduce overcrowding by expanding schools and building additional classrooms. Measure L is to upgrade and improve our older existing schools.
FACT 2: Measure L will improve the quality of education by modernizing, repairing, and renovating outdated classrooms and facilities. Having access to computers and modern technology as well as upgraded and modern schools, gives our local students the best chance to succeed.
FACT 3: Measure L is affordable. While the scare tactics imply otherwise, Measure L will be most affordable for our community, especially for seniors and long-time residents. This tax-deductible amount is a small fraction of the increased property values good schools bring.
FACT 4: Measure L will have strict accountability and oversight. By law, all funds will be reviewed by an independent citizens' oversight committee, and funds can only be spent on local school improvement projects, and cannot be taken by the state. The 2002 Measure C program also had an oversight committee, which certified that the District 100% spent all Measure C funds properly.
VOTE BASED ON FACTS, NOT RUMORS, AND JOIN US IN VOTING YES ON MEASURE L!
HECTOR H. MARQUEZ
Tax Rate Statement from EDWARD VELASQUEZ|
Superintendent Lynwood Unified School District
|An election will be held in Lynwood Unified School District (the "District") on
November 2, 2010 to authorize the sale of $45,000,000 in general obligation
bonds. If such bonds are authorized and sold, the principal thereof and interest
thereon will be payable from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable
property in the District. The following information regarding tax rates is given to
comply with Section 9401 of the California Elections Code. Such information is
based upon the best estimates and projections presently available from official
sources, upon experience within the District, and other demonstrable factors.
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 $.0600 per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2010-11.
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 $.0600 per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2015-16.
3. 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 $.0600 per $100 ($60.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation.
4. The best estimate of the average tax rate required to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of filing of this statement, is $.0600 per $100 ($60.00 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.
|Full Text of Measure L|
|"CLASSROOM REPAIR, JOB TRAINING/STUDENT SAFETY MEASURE: To
improve education, make schools safe, complete essential health/safety repairs,
fix roofs, shall Lynwood Unified School District upgrade plumbing, electrical,
sewer/heating/cooling systems, aging schools, science labs, install energy efficient
lighting/windows, improve school safety, remove hazardous materials; repair,
acquire, construct, equip schools/facilities/sites, upgrade fire safety, by issuing
$45,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with guaranteed annual audits, independent
citizens' oversight, and all money staying local?"
The Board of Education of the Lynwood Unified School District evaluated the District's urgent and critical facility needs, including safety issues, enrollment trends, class size, class size reduction and computer and information technology, in developing the scope of projects to be funded. The District conducted a facilities evaluation reflected in the [Master Facility Plan] presented to the Board of Education on July 27, 2010 and incorporated herein by reference, and received public input and review in developing this Project List. Teachers, staff, community members and the Board have prioritized student safety, academic programs and energy efficiency as the most critical factors in addressing facility needs. The Board concluded that if these needs are not addressed now, the problems will only become more pressing. Therefore, in approving this Project List, the Board of Education determines that the District should:
Abbot Elementary School
School Renovation, Repair and Upgrade Projects
Goal and Purpose: Schools will benefit from the renovation, repair and upgrade of deteriorating, outdated school buildings, science labs, classrooms, computer learning centers and school libraries and equipment, to ensure compliance with handicap accessibility requirements and that students and teachers have the resources they need to excel and students be prepared for college and the real world when they graduate:
NO ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES. PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF THE BONDS AUTHORIZED BY THIS PROPOSITION SHALL BE USED ONLY FOR THE ACQUISITION, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, REHABILITATION, OR REPLACEMENT OF SCHOOL FACILITIES, INCLUDING THE FURNISHING AND EQUIPPING OF SCHOOL FACILITIES, AND NOT FOR ANY OTHER PURPOSE, INCLUDING TEACHER AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR SALARIES AND OTHER OPERATING EXPENSES.
FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY. THE EXPENDITURE OF BOND MONEY ON THESE PROJECTS IS SUBJECT TO STRINGENT FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIREMENTS. BY LAW, PERFORMANCE AND FINANCIAL AUDITS WILL BE PERFORMED ANNUALLY, AND ALL BOND EXPENDITURES WILL BE MONITORED BY AN INDEPENDENT CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (EDUCATION CODE SECTION 15278 ET SEQ.) TO ENSURE THAT FUNDS ARE SPENT AS PROMISED AND SPECIFIED. THE CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MUST INCLUDE, AMONG OTHERS, REPRESENTATION OF A BONA FIDE TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION, A BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND A SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION. NO DISTRICT EMPLOYEES OR VENDORS ARE ALLOWED TO SERVE ON THE CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE.