Parlier Unified School District Bond Issue, Measure P (June 2014)

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A Parlier Unified School District Bond Issue, Measure P ballot question was on the June 3, 2014 election ballot for voters in the Parlier Unified School District in Fresno County, California, where it was approved.

Measure P authorized the district to increase its debt by $6 million through issuing general obligation bonds in that amount in order to improve, modernize, construct and renovate school facilities, P.E. fields and technology. The additional property tax rate required to repay these bonds was estimated at $60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation at the time of the election. Some of the money from the bond issue was earmarked to go towards constructing a cafeteria/multi-purpose room at Parlier High.[1][2]

A 55% supermajority vote was required for the approval of Measure P.

Election results

Measure P
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 554 65.95%
No28634.05%
Election results from Fresno County Elections Office

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:[1]

To improve the quality of education; increase student access to computers and modern technology; modernize and renovate outdated classrooms, restrooms and school facilities; upgrade P.E. fields and facilities for school and community use; and construct a cafeteria/multi-purpose room at Parlier High School; shall the Parlier Unified School District issue $6,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, have an independent citizens’ oversight committee and have no money taken by the state or used for administrative salaries?[3]

Impartial analysis

The following impartial analysis of Measure P was prepared by the office of the county counsel:[1]

Voter approval of this measure will authorize the governing board of the Parlier Unified School District (the “District”) to issue and sell bonds in the maximum amount of Six Million Dollars ($6,000,000.00), bearing interest at legal rates and with maturity dates within the legal limits. The bond proceeds may be expended to construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, furnish, equip, or replace school facilities within the District. Bond proceeds may also be expended to acquire or lease real property for school facilities in the District. The bonds proceeds may not be used for any other purpose, including teacher or administrator salaries or other school operating expenses. This measure would require annual, independent, performance and financial audits of the proceeds and appointment of a citizens’ oversight committee. This measure was placed on the ballot by order of the governing board of the District.[3]

—Kevin B. Briggs, Fresno County Counsel[1]

Tax rate statement

The following tax rate statement for Measure P was prepared by the office of the superintendent of Parlier Unified School District:[1]

An election will be held in the Parlier Unified School District (the “District”) on June 3, 2014 to authorize the sale of $6,000,000 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 $.0000 per $100 ($0.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2014-15.

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 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 $.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.[3]

—Gerardo Alvarez, Parlier Unified School District Superintendent

Support

Supporters

The following individuals signed the official arguments in favor of Measure P:[1]

  • Fernando Banuelos, school district board member
  • Jose Reyes Sr., school district board president
  • Enrique Maldonado, school district vice president
  • Martin Mares, Ivy League CEO
  • Armando Lopez, mayor of Parlier

Arguments in favor

Official arguments

The following official arguments were submitted in support of Measure P:[1]

Everyone knows the importance and value of having quality schools. From higher achieving students, to greater neighborhood safety and improved property values, quality schools make a difference. While our teachers and staff do their best in educating our children, many classrooms and school facilities at the Parlier Unified School District are outdated and inadequate to provide students with the facilities they need to succeed.

This is why our children need your YES vote on Measure P!

Our children need your YES vote on Measure P! While schools have been well maintained, aging classrooms must be upgraded since many 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 in our schools so they meet today’s safety, technological, and educational standards.

Without increasing the tax rate, Measure P will provide funding to make critical facility improvements at local Parlier schools by:

  • Improving student access to computers and modern technology
  • Modernizing, constructing and renovating classrooms, restrooms and school facilities
  • Improving P.E. fields and facilities for school and community use
  • Making health and safety improvements
  • Constructing cafeteria/multi-purpose rooms Measure P make financial sense and protects taxpayers.
  • By law, all bond funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State.
  • Spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens’ oversight committee
  • Raises funds needed to improve our schools without increasing the tax rate.

Measure P upgrades and renovates old and inadequate classrooms, improves the education of local students, and maintains the quality of our community. That’s something we can all support. Please join us and VOTE YES ON MEASURE P![3]

—Fernando Banuelos, Jose Reyes Sr., Enrique Maldonado, Martin Mares and Armando Lopez[1]

Opposition

No official arguments were submitted in opposition to Measure P. If you have an argument that you would like to see posted here, please email the Local Ballot Measure Project staff writer.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Fresno County Elections Office website, "June 3, 2014 election sample ballot," archived May 21, 2014
  2. The Fresno Bee, "Local measures on June 3 ballot," May 14, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.