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— Bond Measure —

Special District
November 8, 2016 —California General Election

Roseville Joint Union High School District
Measure D - 55% Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

47,714 votes yes (61.7%)

29,587 votes no (38.3%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (123/123).
  • 70,440 ballots counted.

To upgrade local high schools with funding that cannot be taken by the State, shall Roseville Joint Union High School District upgrade science, engineering, math, career technology and core academic classrooms/facilities, support academic instruction and prepare students for 21st Century jobs, replace electrical wiring, leaky roofs, ensure classroom accessibility, construct, acquire, repair classrooms, schools, sites/equipment, by issuing $96,000,000 in bonds, at legal rates, with citizen oversight, annual audits, no money for administrators?

Arguments FOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE D 

Roseville Joint Union High School District 

Vote YES on Measure D to improve Antelope High School, upgrade local schools and prevent overcrowding so that students are prepared for success in college and careers in the 21st Century. 

Our Antelope High School has outstanding academic programs, excellent teachers and high-performing students. Yet, we need urgent improvements to maintain high quality education. 

In addition, some Roseville Joint Union High School District schools are between 50 and 100 years old and need repairs to meet modern safety and academic standards. Classrooms, science labs and career technology classrooms must be upgraded to support quality instruction in math, science, writing and the arts. 

As more students attend our schools, we need a sixth high school and more classrooms to prevent overcrowding. Your yes vote will provide local control and local funding that will directly improve our local high schools. 

Vote Yes—Build, Repair and Upgrade Local High Schools: Provide a performing arts building for Antelope High School by 2020; modernize aging classrooms and labs for science, engineering and computer science instruction; help construct a sixth high school to prevent overcrowding and allow students to attend a neighborhood school; update career technology classrooms and equipment; ensure all classrooms are accessible for students with disabilities; make structural repairs and replace leaking roofs, worn out windows, walls and floors; improve energy efficiency to reduce utility bills by hundreds of thousands of dollars annually; upgrade electrical wiring and install reliable high-speed wireless networks to support modern education. 

Strong Fiscal Accountability is Required: Every penny will stay in our school district; Measure D funds cannot be taken away by the State; no funds can be used for administrators’ salaries; independent citizens’ oversight and annual audits are required. 

 

Vote yes on D so local high school students are prepared to succeed in the 21st Century. www.voteyesonmeasured.com 

Arguments AGAINST

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE D 

(The $96 million Bond for the Roseville Joint Union High School District For the Presidential General Election on November 8, 2016) 

Measure D is a tax increase that will be difficult for some residents to afford, especially with all of the other tax increases on the ballot this year. The last thing we need is higher taxes and more debt! 

(Proposition 13 does not protect us from this voter-approved tax increase. Senior citizens and poor people are not exempt and they may lose their homes if they cannot pay.) 

We can be proud of our school board and their competent staff for the planning that went into this bond, and we should commend them for the exemplary way they have run this district, but now is the wrong time to approve another tax increase. We believe that there will be opportunities for matching state funds in future years. There may also
be viable alternatives to tax increases and new debt, including boundary adjustments, public-private partnerships, portable classrooms, and funding from new development. We would also prefer to see the old bonds fully paid off before the district incurs new debt. 

Only about one-third of the funds from Measure D would be used to build a new high school, so most of the bond funds will be dedicated to deferred maintenance, repairs, and improvements that should have been funded with on-going revenues. District revenues have increased substantially, so tax increases should not be necessary to pay for such items. 

Remember that bonds increase property taxes. Once issued, bonds can never be cancelled, even if the improvements that we were promised are never initiated. Bonds can only be repaid with interest. 

 

We respectfully urge you to vote NO on Measure D. 

Replies to Arguments FOR

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE D 

(The $96 million Bond for the Roseville Joint Union High School District For the Presidential General Election on November 8, 2016) 

Measure D is yet another tax increase on a ballot that is over-filled with tax increases. Many people in our community are unemployed or struggling to survive on fixed incomes, so they cannot afford this property tax increase. 

Measure D would also substantially increase the debt of the Roseville Joint Union High School District long before the older debt has been paid off. We love our schools, and we love our district’s talented leaders and hard-working staff, so we are not seeking to criticize or assign blame for our district’s debt load. However, we believe that borrowing even more and digging ourselves deeper into a financial hole is a step in the wrong direction. 

We believe that our district already has adequate revenues to repair and upgrade aging classrooms and facilities. In 

fact, district revenues have increased substantially, far in excess of the inflation rate, and we anticipate more growth ahead. Taxpayers are already providing this district with well over $10,000.00 per student (every year), which is over $300,000 per year for a high school classroom with just thirty students. Student enrollment has been fairly stable or declining slightly in recent years, so tax increases do not seem necessary at this time. 

Remember that Proposition 13 does not protect us from voter-approved tax increases like this one. Senior citizens and poor people are not exempt and they may lose their homes if they cannot pay. 

 

Please vote NO on Measure D. 

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE D 

The opponents don’t understand how school funding works. In fact, most of them don’t even live in our district. Here are the facts: 

The State has eliminated funding for school construction. All other options have been pursued—no other source of funding exists to update our schools. Developers will continue to pay their share of school construction costs as more families move to our community. 

Our District has been a careful steward and done an excellent job managing a tight budget, particularly in light of limited funding over the past few years. In fact, the District recently refinanced existing bonds, directly saving taxpayers $20 million. 

Measure D will improve Antelope High School and make essential modernizations and safety upgrades to support 21st-century education. Our schools are outdated—some are 50 – 100 years old. Without Measure D, these critical improvements cannot be made. 

We need more classrooms and a sixth high school to prevent overcrowding. Without Measure D, overcrowding will only get worse, which will undermine the academic quality and safety of our schools. 

We cannot wait any longer to modernize our schools. These are the consequences of waiting: the cost of school construction becomes more expensive; Antelope High School will not be improved; essential safety upgrades will not be made; classrooms, science labs and career- training facilities will not be updated to support 21st-century education; classrooms will become more overcrowded. 

 

Take a look for yourself. Measure D is about protecting quality education and the future of our students. Vote YES— make essential improvements and prevent overcrowding. 

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