Princeton Joint Unified School District Bond Issue, Measure S (June 2014)
Measure S authorized the district to increase its debt by $2.75 million through issuing general obligation bonds in that amount in order to improve, renovate, construct and update school facilities and technology. The property tax rate required to repay these bonds was estimated at $31 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.
A 55 percent supermajority vote was required for the approval of Measure S.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
To renovate and modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms, science labs and school facilities, upgrade out-of-date plumbing, sewer, electrical, heating and air-conditioning systems, update classroom learning technology and improve school safety and accessibility, shall Princeton Joint Unified School District issue $2,750,000 of bonds at legal rates, to acquire, repair and equip classrooms, sites, facilities, with mandatory independent financial audits, citizens’ oversight, all money staying local and no funds taken by the State or used for employee salaries?
The following impartial analysis of Measure S was prepared by the office of Glenn County Counsel:
This measure proposes authorizing the Princeton Joint Unified School District (the “District”), on behalf of and for the benefit of Princeton Elementary School and Princeton Junior/High School, to issue and sell general obligation bonds of $2,750,000 in aggregate principal amount for specific purposes. Those purposes are to provide financing for specific school facilities projects listed in the Bond Project List. Bond proceeds will be expended to renovate and modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms, science labs and school facilities; upgrade out-of-date plumbing, sewer, electrical, heating and air-conditioning systems; update classroom learning technology; and improve school safety and accessibility.
In accordance with Proposition 39, no administrators’ or teachers’ salaries shall be paid or reimbursed, in whole or in part, from Bond proceeds, nor shall such proceeds be used to pay any other operating expenses of the District. This measure would require the establishment of an Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee to monitor all bond expenditures to ensure that funds are spent as promised and specified. This measure would also require annual independent audits to assure that funds are spent only on District projects and for no other purpose.
The best estimate of the average tax rate that would be required to be levied to fund this bond issue, based on estimated assessed valuations available at the time of the filing of the Tax Rate Statement, is $.0310 cents per $100 ($31.00 per $100,000) of assessed valuation. This estimate is based on projections derived from information obtained from official sources relied upon in the preparation of the Tax Rate Statement. The actual tax rates and the years in which they will apply may vary depending on the timing of the bond sales, the amount of bonds sold at each sale and actual increases/decreases in assessed valuations.
This measure may be passed by no less than a 55% affirmative vote of the voters who vote on this Proposition in the election.
This measure may be passed by no less than a 55% affirmative vote of the voters who vote on this Proposition in the election and was placed on the ballot by the governing
—Huston T. Carlyle, Jr., Glenn County Counsel
The following is a list of projects for which Measure S bond money was earmarked:
Health, Safety and Security Projects
Computer Technology Projects
—Full Text of Measure S
The following individuals signed the official arguments in favor of Measure S:
- William D. Carriere, local landowner
- Donald Perez, member of Princeton Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees
- Cathy Withrow, president of Princeton Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees
- Jim Zoller, local farmer
- Lance Glassgow, member of Princeton Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees
Arguments in favor
The following official arguments were submitted in support of Measure S:
Our schools are the most important assets in our community and should be our number one priority. From higher achieving students, to greater neighborhood safety and improved property values, quality schools make a difference. While our teachers and staff do a great job in educating our children, many classrooms and facilities at the Princeton Joint 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 S!
Although our schools have been well maintained over the years, aging classrooms and facilities must be upgraded since many do not meet 21st century standards. Many of the buildings our children use are between 30-50 years old. Measure S would allow the District to improve our schools and the quality of education provided to local students. By investing in our schools, we can meet today’s safety, technological, and educational standards and better our community.
If passed, Measure S will provide funding to make facility improvements at Princeton schools including:
Measure S makes financial sense and protects taxpayers.
Measure S upgrades old and inadequate school facilities, improves the education of local children, and maintains the quality of our community. That’s something we can all support. Please join us and VOTE YES ON MEASURE S!
—William D. Carriere, Donald Perez, Cathy Withrow, Jim Zoller and Lance Glassgow
No official arguments were submitted in opposition to Measure S. 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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- Colusa County Elections Office website, "June 3, 2014 election sample ballot," archived May 21, 2014
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