Princeton Joint Unified School District Bond Issue, Measure S (June 2014)

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A Princeton Joint Unified School District Bond Issue, Measure S ballot question was on the June 3, 2014 election ballot for voters in the Princeton Joint Unified School District in Colusa and Glenn counties, California, where it was approved.

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.[1]

A 55 percent supermajority vote was required for the approval of Measure S.

Election results

ApprovedaMeasure S
County: Yes No
Votes  % Votes  %
Colusa County 75 72.12% 29 27.88%
Glenn County 83 56.85% 63 43.15%
Totals: 158 63.20% 92 36.80%
These election results are from the Colusa County elections office and the Glenn County elections office
Measure S
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 158 63.20%
No9236.80%

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:[1]

To renovate and modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms, science labs and school facilities, upgrade out-of-date plumbing, sewer, electrical, heating and air-conditioning systems, update classroom learning technology and improve school safety and accessibility, shall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?[2]

Impartial analysis

The following impartial analysis of Measure S was prepared by the office of Glenn County Counsel:[1]

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 Bond proceeds will be expended to renovate and modernize outdated classrooms, restrooms, science labs and school facilities; upgrade out-of-date plumbing, sewer, electrical, heating and air-conditioning systems; update classroom learning technology; and improve school safety and accessibility.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[2]

—Huston T. Carlyle, Jr., Glenn County Counsel[1]

Project list

The following is a list of projects for which Measure S bond money was earmarked:[1]

  • Renovate, repair, and/or upgrade the interior and/or exterior of existing classrooms and school facilities throughout the District, including infrastructure and landscaping improvements.
  • Repair or replace outdated relocatable or modular classrooms.
  • Repair or replace roofs, walls/ceilings, and floors.
  • Replace existing wiring systems to meet current electrical and accessibility codes and increased capacity.
  • Replace or repair older heating, plumbing, ventilation and air-conditioning systems with building code compliant, energy-efficient systems.
  • Install additional electrical service capacity to relieve currently overloaded electrical systems.
  • Modernize, repair, and equip outdated classrooms, restrooms, science labs, machine shops, multipurpose rooms, food service facilities, and other school facilities.
  • Make improvements to interior classroom areas such as new paint/carpeting/flooring, installation of or improvements to markerboards/chalkboards/tackable surfaces, and increase classroom and secure storage capacity for instructional materials and equipment.
  • Upgrade or replace existing window systems for energy efficiency.
  • Improve insulation and weather proofing.

Health, Safety and Security Projects

  • Install, replace/upgrade safety and security systems, including security cameras.
  • Replace existing doors, doorframes and hardware.
  • Upgrade school site parking, utilities and grounds.
  • Abate and remove hazardous materials identified prior to or during construction, including but not limited to asbestos/lead.
  • Upgrade fire alarm systems, smoke detectors and sprinklers, and repair, replace or install fire safety equipment.
  • Repair, replace and/or upgrade paved surfaces, turf, courtyards and other grounds to eliminate safety hazards, improve outside instructional areas or meet handicap accessibility requirements.
  • Make Federal and State-mandated handicapped accessibility upgrades to District facilities, including site access, parking, and staff and student restrooms.

Computer Technology Projects

  • Provide and maintain up-to-date technology, data, hearing assistive and communication equipment.
  • Upgrade and expand telecommunications, Internet and network connections.
  • Upgrade or replace classroom instructional equipment.
  • Replace or upgrade outdated electrical systems.[2]

—Full Text of Measure S[1]

Support

Supporters

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

  • 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

Official arguments

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

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:

  • Improving student access to computers and modern technology
  • Modernizing outdated classrooms, restrooms, and school facilities
  • Making health and safety improvements
  • Renovating the science building at the high school

Measure S makes financial sense and protects taxpayers.

  • All funds must be spent locally and cannot be taken by the State.
  • By law, spending must be reviewed and annually audited by an independent citizens’ oversight committee.
  • Funds can only be spent to improve local schools, not for teacher or administrator salaries.

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![2]

—William D. Carriere, Donald Perez, Cathy Withrow, Jim Zoller and Lance Glassgow[1]

Opposition

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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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Colusa County Elections Office website, "June 3, 2014 election sample ballot," archived May 21, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.