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Escondido Union High School District
55% Approval Required
Pass: 30006 / 59.03% Yes votes ...... 20830 / 40.97% No votes
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|Results as of Jan 24 10:40am|
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To improve student learning and college/job readiness, relieve classroom overcrowding and qualify for State matching funds, shall Escondido Union High School District rehabilitate deteriorated classrooms/equipment/facilities, construct new science and computer labs, upgrade technology, improve safety and energy-efficiency, replace aging portables, add classrooms, and construct a new small high school; by issuing $98,000,000 in bonds at legal rates, with independent citizens' oversight, no money for administrators' salaries, and all money benefiting Escondido community high schools?
Proceeds from the sale of bonds authorized by this proposition may be used by the District only for the construction, reconstruction and/or rehabilitation of its school facilities, including the furnishing and equipping of its school facilities, acquisition, or lease of reaI property for its school facilities and construction management by District personnel.
The interest rate on any bond, which is established at the time of bond issuance, cannot exceed 12% per annum. The final maturity date of any bond could be no later than 25 years after the date of bonds issued pursuant to the Education Code or not later than 40 years after the date of bonds issued pursuant to the Government Code. Principal and interest on the bonds would be paid by revenue derived from an annual tax levied on taxable property within the District in an amount sufficient to pay the interest as it becomes due and to provide a fund for payment of the principal on or before maturity.
California Constitution Article XIII A exempts from the one percent property tax rate limitation ad valorem taxes to pay the interest and redemption charges on any bonded indebtedness for the acquisition or improvement of real property, including the furnishing and equipping of school facilities, when approved by 55% of the voters if: (a) the proceeds from the sale of the bonds are used only for the purposes specified, (b) the District, by evaluating safety, class size reduction, and information technology, has approved a list of specific projects to be funded, (c) the District will conduct an annual, independent performance audit, and (d) the District will conduct an annual, independent financial audit. If a bond measure is approved by 55% of the voters, state law requires the governing board of the District to establish an independent citizens' oversight committee. The District has made this ballot proposition subject to these requirements.
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|Arguments For Proposition T||Arguments Against Proposition T|
|Proposition T will renovate and upgrade local high schools WITHOUT raising projected tax rates.
Twelve years ago our community approved Proposition A, the first bond in many years to upgrade local high schools-including Escondido, Orange Glen, and San Pasqual High Schools. Basic renovations were completed on time and within budget as part of an ongoing effort to maintain quality high school facilities.
Since Proposition A improvements of the late 1990's, our community and schools have continued to change and grow. Today's high schools, although well maintained, have again grown overcrowded and outdated. Upgrades are needed. The longer we wait to make these improvements the more expensive it will be.
Proposition T will:
ALL Proposition T funds will stay local to improve Escondido area high schools.
Taxpayer protections are REQUIRED. An independent Citizens' Oversight Committee will ensure funds are spent properly. NO money can be used for administrators' salaries. Passage of Proposition T will qualify our high schools for millions in state matching funds, leveraging local taxpayer dollars further. Proposition T property taxes will be deductible on your income taxes.
The San Diego County Taxpayers Association and hundreds of teachers, parents, business and civic leaders and citizens throughout the community have endorsed Proposition T.
Maintain quality high schools WITHOUT raising tax rates.
Please vote YES on T.
Parent, San Pasqual High School
Is it true?
Is it fiscally responsible...
Bond indebtedness to the year 2054 and the lack of a clear operating budget plan for staffing the additional classrooms with teachers is fiscally irresponsible.
Burdened taxpayers will support reasonable proposals - Proposition T is not reasonable!
Vote NO on Proposition T and require the School Board and Administration to submit fiscally responsible requests.
|Proposition T deserves your "NO" vote. EUHSD wants voters to think that most of their money will be spent on modifications to existing campuses. Only 39% of the identified facility master plan's estimated costs are intended for the three existing campuses. The other 61% is earmarked for other items including a new small school. Our students deserve more money spent on better campuses rather than building a new, remotely located "overflow" school.
Proposition T calls for $98,000,000 in funding, but the total facility master plan carries a $153,000,000 price tag. State matching and redevelopment funds of $55,000,000 are required to complete the proposed projects. There are NO guarantees that these funds will be available or that EUHSD won't ask for more money if they underestimated their funding requirements.
EUHSD has not provided small school plan details to the public. They have not performed studies for small school site preparation, security, utilities, noise, traffic, maintenance, or environmental impacts. They have not defined the requirements for classrooms, labs, career-technical facilities, computers, communication systems, or multimedia equipment. No plans deserve no funding. Vote "NO" on Proposition T.
Proposition T will negatively impact current and future generations. School bond interest will accrue immediately but payments will not be applied until 2021 since this is a carefully crafted extension of the 1996 approved school bond measure. Homeowners will pay these costs. Renters will pay landlords these costs. Our children will pay these costs as adults. Everyone will pay these costs through 2054.
Vote "NO" on Proposition T. Do not approve new taxes that will accrue interest for 44 years for a poorly planned package deal. Require EUHSD to produce a separate proposal that will enhance the current campuses. Require separate proposals for a small school and other projects. Let the voters consider each proposal separately.
Here are the facts:
FACT: Proposition T IS NEEDED. Escondido area high schools are overcrowded and aging. Prop T will improve the quality of our high schools WITHOUT raising projected tax rates.
FACT: The SAN DIEGO COUNTY TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION, one of the state's toughest fiscal watchdogs, studied Proposition T and URGES a YES VOTE.
FACT: The high school district spent 2 years seeking community input before placing Prop T on the ballot. Feedback was consistent: "Improve high school facilities. Make it affordable."
FACT: Proposition T improves local high schools WITHOUT raising projected tax rates by simply extending (not raising) tax rate projections approved by voters when they passed the 1996 bond.
FACT: Preliminary designs for the new small high school HAVE been developed and publicly communicated. The District welcomes community input. The new small school will focus on math, science, and biotech and medical careers, and relieve overcrowding at existing large high school campuses.
FACT: ALL Prop T funds MUST stay local to benefit Escondido community high schools. None of it can be taken away by politicians or used elsewhere. The longer we wait to make these upgrades the more expensive it will be.
Prop T is the economically sensitive way to address our school facility needs.
Good schools protect property values.
That's why Proposition T is supported by homeowners, realtors, local businesses, seniors and taxpayers--as well as parents, teachers and principals.
Please--VOTE YES on T.
Executive Director, Escondido Education Compact
|Tax Rate Statement|
TAX RATE STATEMENT
(SECTIONS 9400-9404 OF THE ELECTIONS CODE)
To: The voters voting in the November 4, 2008 election on the question of the issuance of $98,000,000 General Obligation Bonds of the Escondido Union High School District.
You are hereby notified in accordance with the Election Code of the State of California of the following:
1. The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund principal and interest payments during the first fiscal year after the first sale of bonds (Fiscal Year 2009-2010), based on assessed valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account estimated future growth, is the following:
2. The best estimate from official sources of the tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund principal and interest payments during the first fiscal year after the last sale of bonds and an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply, based on assessed valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account estimated future growth, is as follows:
3. The best estimate from official sources of the highest tax rate which would be required to be levied to fund principal and interest payments on the bonds and an estimate of the year in which that rate will apply, based on assessed valuations available at the time of the election and taking into account estimated future growth, is as follows:
Submittal of the foregoing Tax Rate Statement has been approved by the Escondido Union High School District.
Edward J. Nelson, Superintendent