Round Valley Unified School District Bond Issue, Measure L (June 2014)

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A Round Valley Unified School District Bond Issue, Measure L ballot question is on the June 3, 2014 election ballot for voters in the Round Valley Unified School District in Mendocino County, California, where it was decisively approved.

Measure L authorized the district to increase its debt by $4 million through issuing general obligation bonds in that amount in order to renovate, maintain, modernize and improve school facilities. The tax rate required to repay this debt was estimated at $60 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.[1]

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

Election results

Measure L
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 290 72.86%
No10827.14%
Election results from Mendocino County Elections Office

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:[1]

To improve schools and protect the quality of education, renovate/modernize outdated classrooms and facilities for 21st Century learning, construct a gymnasium for school/community use, and upgrade aging electrical, heating/ventilation systems, shall Round Valley Unified School District issue $4,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates to acquire, construct, repair and equip classrooms, sites and facilities, requiring financial audits and citizens' oversight, all money staying local and NO money taken by the State or used for administrators' salaries? [2]

Impartial analysis

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

This measure seeks voter approval for the issuance and sale of bonds in the amount of Four Million Dollars ($4,000,000) to repair, upgrade, improve and better equip classrooms and facilities. The bonds will bear an interest rate within the limits authorized by law.

This measure includes the accountability requirements set forth in the Constitution and Education Code.

This measure shall become effective only upon the affirmative vote of fifty-five percent (55%) of those electors voting on the measure.

Pursuant to Elections Code Sections 9400 et seq., the District has prepared a Tax Rate Statement which estimates the property tax levies required to pay off the bonds. The information provided is based on the District's projections and estimates and are not binding on the District.

A YES vote will authorize the issuance and sale of bonds for said purposes.

A NO vote will disallow the issuance and sale of bonds for said purposes. [2]

—Douglas L. Losak, Acting Mendocino County Counsel[1]

Tax statement

The following tax statement for Measure L was prepared by the superintendent of the district:[1]

An election will be held in the Round Valley Unified School District (the "District") on June 3, 2014 to authorize the sale of $4,000,000 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 $.0600 per $100($60.00 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 2018-19.

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. [2]

—Mike Gorman Mike Goman, superintendent of the Round Valley Unified School District[1]

Support

Supporters

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

  • Peter Bauer, president of the Round Valley Unified Board of Trustees
  • Roy "Horse" O'Ferrall, rancher
  • Zerlinda Hoaglen-Card member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes Tribal Council
  • Tina Wilson, rancher and Eel River Charter School Business Manager
  • Andrea Whipple, community member

Arguments in favor

Official arguments

The following official arguments were submitted in favor of Measure L:[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 school facilities at the Round Valley 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 L!

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. Measure L 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 L will provide funding to make facility improvements at Round Valley schools including:

  • Improving student access to computers and modern technology
  • Repairing or replacing outdated heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems
  • Constructing a gymnasium for school and community use
  • Modernizing/renovating outdated classrooms, restrooms, and school facilities
  • Upgrade inadequate electrical systems

Measure L 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 L upgrades and renovates 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 L! [2]

—Peter Bauer, Roy "Horse" O'Ferrall, Zerlinda Hoaglen-Card, Tina Wilson and Andrea Whipple[1]

Opposition

No official arguments were submitted in opposition to Measure L. 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 League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, Mendocino County, June 3, 2014 election information, accessed May 9, 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.