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School Improvement Bonds
Bellflower Unified School District
School Bonds - 55% Approval Required
Pass: 16,469 / 72.79% Yes votes ...... 6,155 / 27.21% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Dec 2 2:20pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (43/43)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Tax Rate Statement ||
To expand vocational education facilities, upgrade classroom computer technology; repair, equip, and construct classrooms/facilities at Baxter, Foster, Intensive Learning Center, Jefferson, Las Flores, Lindstrom, Pyle, Ramona, Washington, Williams, and Woodruff Elementary and Bellflower, Mayfair, and Somerset High Schools, shall Bellflower Unified School District issue $79,000,000 of bonds with interest rates below legal limits, with independent citizen oversight, no money for administrator salaries, and all funds spent locally and not taken by the State and spent elsewhere?
Funds received from the sale of the bonds shall be used only for the specific purposes set forth in the Measure, including upgrading computers and technology; repairing and replacing roofs, plumbing, and sewer systems; expanding Career Tech Educational Learning Rooms; building computer and science labs; upgrading and replacing heating, ventilation and air-conditioning; upgrading and repairing gymnasium sounds systems; installing synthetic track and field; upgrading fire alarms, communication, data, and security systems; and repairing other school facilities throughout the District. No funds may be used for teacher and administrator salaries and other school operating expenses.
Independent performance and financial audits will be performed annually to ensure that the bond proceeds have been expended only on the school facilities listed in the Bond Project List. The Board shall establish an Independent Citizens Oversight Committee within 60 days after the Board enters the election results in its minutes. The proceeds of the bonds, when and if issued, will be deposited into a building fund and the Superintendent shall file an annual report which shall state the amount of funds collected and expended, as well as the status of the projects listed in this Measure.
The bonds may be issued in series and each series of bonds shall mature not more than forty (40) years from date of issuance. The best estimate of the highest annual. tax rate required to fund the bonds, based on the assessed valuations available at the time of filing the Tax Rate Statement, is $55.19 per $100,000 of the taxable property within the District.
This Measure requires a fifty-five percent (55%) vote for passage.
|Arguments For Measure BB||Arguments Against Measure BB|
|Bellflower's local public schools are a critical community asset and should be our
number one priority. From higher achieving students to safer neighborhoods to
improved housing values, investing in our schools makes a difference.
While our facilities have been well maintained over the years, many of our schools were built over 68 years ago. Our classrooms and schools require major upgrades and improvements to meet today's technological, safety and educational standards.
Your Yes vote on Measure BB will create a lasting, positive impact on the quality of our schools and neighborhoods and the values of our homes while still protecting taxpayers. Here's how:
Measure BB will improve our children's classrooms and schools by:
Please join us by voting Yes on Measure BB!
DAWN M. LEWIS
RYAN J. VERWYS
RICHARD P. KEMPPAINEN
-- Measure BB will indebt OUR COMMUNITY over $160 Million Dollars for 30 years, after paying interest and principal costs.
--Senior Citizens can't request a tax waiver exemption.
- No money from Bellflower Unified School District's Tax Hike Measure will be used to hire or keep teachers, or used to enhance educational or extracurricular programs.
-If Bellflower Unified School District wants to protect OUR STUDENT'S CLASSROOMS AND SCHOOLS, why is it using a Facility Plan created in 1995 to determine today's renovation needs? Why didn't the District update this plan?
--Under California Education Code Section 15278 - 15282, Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee members are hand-picked by Bellflower Unified School District and have ABSOLUTELY NO legal authority to halt a single mismanaged project.
- A San Francisco financial advisor will get $35,000 in Bellflower Unified School District funds for pre-election services as OUR TEACHERS are laid off and Adult Education Programs are cut.
--Proponents will spend over $70,000.00 on "warm and fuzzy" glossy political mailers trying to pass the LARGEST Tax Hike in Bellflower Unified School District's history. Why can't this money be invested in OUR STUDENTS?
The State of California mandates Bellflower Unified School District earmark 2% of its budget for maintenance at OUR SCHOOLS. Where has this money been spent over the past 40 years?
Join senior citizens, teachers, parents, community leaders, and hard-working residents and vote NO on Measure BB...the Largest Tax Hike in Bellflower Unified School District's history.
KATHERINE A. ELLIOTT
|The Bellflower Unified School District's Tax Hike Measure WILL NOT provide
funding to keep or hire even one classroom teacher.
The District's Tax Hike Measure WILL NOT provide funding to save ANY educational or extracurricular programs; such as music, or sports.
If voters want to provide funding for teachers or school programs, they can consider supporting Proposition 38, the PTA-endorsed Molly Munger initiative on the November ballot.
Proposition 38 will tax voters for the next 10 years.
Bellflower Unified School District's Tax Hike Measure will tax residents for the next 30 years, yet not one dollar will be used to pay teachers.
School districts throughout California generally plan 1 to 2 years in advance for the type of Tax Hike Measure Bellflower Unified School District has proposed.
The District never conducted a single "Town Hall" meeting seeking input from parents or the community.
Prudent school districts throughout California consult with architects and construction professionals BEFORE promoting this type of Tax Hike Measure to develop a Master Facility Plan detailing a District's facility needs. Bellflower Unified School District administrators didn't create a detailed plan to spend your tax dollars.
The combined unemployment rate in Bellflower and Lakewood is reaching 10%.
Some hard-working families in the district live paycheck-to-paycheck and find it more expensive to provide health care insurance for their children. Sometimes, parents must choose between paying rent, or doctor visits for their children. The Bellflower Unified School District Tax Hike Measure will not make this decision any easier.
Join senior citizens, parents, community leaders, teachers and hard-working residents and vote NO on Measure BB!
KATHERINE A. ELLIOTT
But the benefits of strong public schools go beyond just education. Strong schools help protect housing values, create a stronger local economy and lead to safer neighborhoods.
Remember, these are OUR COMMUNITY'S SCHOOLS. They benefit everyone and are a resource that we must protect.
Please join us and vote YES on Measure BB!
DAVID S. LEWIS
BILL ST. MARIE
EDITH L. MC CONNELL
RICHARD P. KEMPPAINEN
|Tax Rate Statement from MARCY DELGADO, Associate Superintendent, Business Services, Bellflower Unified School District|
|An election will be held in Bellflower Unified School District (the "District") on
November 6, 2012 to authorize the sale of $79,000,000 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 $.05519 per $100 ($55.19 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2013-14.
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 $.05519 per $100 ($55.19 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2017-18.
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 $.05519 per $100 ($55.19 per $100,000) of assessed valuation.
4. The best estimate of the average 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 $.05185 per $100 ($51.85 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 August 1, 2012