Perris School District Bond Issue, Measure C (June 2014)
Measure C authorized the district to increase its debt by $40 million through issuing general obligation bonds in that amount in order to renovate, improve, construct and modernize school facilities and technology. The bonds were set to be retired in a maximum of 40 years. The property tax rate required to repay these bonds in the allowed time was estimated at $30 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.
A 55 percent supermajority vote was required for the approval of Measure C.
- Election results from Riverside County Elections Office
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
In order to ensure all elementary students in Perris have access to the facilities, technology and training they need to succeed; repair and maintain classrooms and school buildings; construct a new school to relieve elementary school overcrowding; and upgrade classrooms, libraries and school to keep pace with technology, shall the Perris Elementary School District issue $40 million in bonds at legal interest rates, with independent citizens' oversight, no money for administrator salaries, and all money staying local?
The following impartial analysis of Measure C was prepared by the office of the county counsel:
The Board of Education (“Board”) of the Perris Elementary School District (“District”) by adopting Resolution No. 10: 13/14 (“Resolution”), elected to call an election pursuant to Section 18 of Article XVI and Section 1 of Article XIII A of the California Constitution and Section 15100 and 15624 et seq. of the California Education Code to obtain authorization to issue and sell general obligation bonds (“bonds”) in the aggregate amount principal amount not to exceed forty-million dollars ($40,000,000).
This Measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of the above-identified District.
The Bonds would be used by the District to construct a new school and to rehabilitate and upgrade existing school facilities, improving technology, renovating existing school facilities, including roofing, plumbing and electrical infrastructure, improving health and safety conditions in facilities and improving access for disabled persons. The Bonds would not be used to fund the salaries or benefits of any board members, administrator, and/or teachers or for other school operating expenses.
An ad valorem tax would be levied and collected on property within the boundaries of the District to pay the principal and interest on the bonds.
The Resolution provides that the maximum interest rate on the Bonds will not exceed the maximum interest rate permitted by the applicable laws of the State and the maximum term of the Bonds, or any series thereof, will not exceed 40 years.
For this Measure to be approved fifty-five percent (55%) of qualified voters who vote on the Measure must vote yes.
A “YES” vote on Measure “c” is a vote to allow the District to sell the Bonds and levy the necessary taxes to pay for the Bonds.
A “NO” vote on Measure “c” is a vote against allowing the District to sell the Bonds and levy the necessary taxes to pay for the Bonds.
—Ronak N. Patel, Deputy Riverside County Counsel
The following individuals signed the official arguments in favor of Measure C:
- Raul Ruiz, small business owner, lifetime resident
- Kathleen C. (Katie) Keyes, community volunteer
- Veronica Aceves, 13 year kindergarten teacher
- Daryl R. Busch, mayor of Perris
- Carl Wiggins, local pastor in Perris
Arguments in favor
The following official arguments were submitted in favor of Measure C:
Voting YES on Measure “C” will provide locally controlled funding to build, repair and improve local schools in the Perris Elementary School District.
To succeed in the world today, our students must be skilled in the use of 21st century educational technology, and have a solid background in science, math and technology. Measure “C” repairs and updates our aging schools so Perris students all have access to clean, safe and up-to-date classrooms.
Measure “C” is critical to reducing overcrowding in Perris elementary schools. Some elementary schools in Perris were built for 650 students but hold more than 900 today. Overcrowding makes it hard to respond to emergencies, keep our kids safe, and increases health risks.
Measure “C” is a local solution: providing locally controlled funds to improve our elementary schools and add an additional school to relieve overcrowding. By law, all Measure “C” funds stay here and not one penny can be taken by the state or used for other purposes. Measure “C” will:
Fiscal Accountability Is Required:
Even if you don’t have children in school, protecting the quality of our schools helps keeps our community and property values strong.
Join community leaders, parents, seniors and business owners—vote YES on “C” to support our schools and give local students the opportunities to succeed!
—Raul Ruiz, Kathleen C. (Katie) Keyes, Veronica Aceves, Daryl R. Busch and Carl Wiggins
No official arguments were submitted in opposition to Measure C. If you have an argument that you would like to see posted here, please email the Local Ballot Measure Project staff writer.
- Local school bonds on the ballot
- Riverside County, California ballot measures
- June 3, 2014 ballot measures in California
- Riverside County Elections website, "June 3, 2014 election sample ballot," archived May 16, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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