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School Bond Levy

February 11, 2020

Glendale School District
Proposed General Obligation Bond Levy - May 2020
Proposed G.O. BOND Q&A

 

1. Question: Why was the bond measure referred to voters?

 

Answer: The school board is proposing projects that would address safety and security issues that currently exist on the High School and Elementary campuses. This includes aging HVAC, communications, fire suppression and electrical systems, and the gymnasium floor. The buildings were constructed in the late 1970s, and are more than 40 years old.

 

     These issues can provide unsafe environments for our students and staff. The campus and facilities were not designed with security in mind, since this issue was not a consideration in the 1970s. The current campus and facilities were designed to be open and welcoming to the students and community. This design provides many points of access and creates a physical environment that is very difficult to monitor for safety or even lock down effectively.

     

     The district set aside 7.5% of its 2019-20 budget for maintenance, or a total of $698,000. Addressing these maintenance projects through the bond levy would reduce the amount the district would need to budget for maintenance in the future.

 

     If the levy passes, the projects the Glendale School Board has identified would improve safety and security for students, teachers, and staff, and energy efficiency throughout the district. Generally speaking, the projects would be meant to
extend the life of the district’s resources.

 

2. Question: What are the proposed projects?

 

Answer: If the levy passes, the projects identified by the Glendale School Board are:

 

• Installing new, energy efficient windows in all buildings
• Installing new HVAC systems and ductwork in all buildings
• Constructing secure entryways at both the High School and Elementary School
• Improve communications systems between buildings for safety
• Repair outdated electrical systems and fire suppression systems with its buildings
• Replace the gymnasium floor
If passed, the current tax rate would not change. If the levy is not passed, the tax would not continue and the above projects would not be completed.

 

3. Question: What dollar amount is proposed for the G.O. Bond?

 

Answer: If the measure passes, the actual G.O. Bond amount would be $1.8 million.
Glendale School District Proposed General Obligation Bond Levy - May 2020

 

4. Question: If passed, how many years would the G.O. Bond be in place before it matures?

 

Answer: The current proposal is based on a 20-year bond maturity timeline.

 

5. Question: When does the current Bond Levy end and when would the proposed Bond Levy begin?

 

Answer: Taxpayers in the Glendale School District are currently paying $0.47 per $1,000 of assessed value. The current G.O. Bond matures in 2020. If passed, the proposed improvement bond would go into effect in January of 2021 as the existing bond matures and maintain the same estimated rate. If passed, the current tax rate would not change. If the levy is not passed, the tax would not continue.

 

6. Question: How would the proposed G.O. Bond effect the current tax rate that provides the funding for the maturing G.O. Bond.

 

Answer: The Glendale School Board determined the G.O. Bond amount based on the amount required to make the needed improvements to the schools, without causing an increase to the current tax rate. The current average tax rate is $0.47 per $1,000 of assessed value.

• The board proposes borrowing no more funds than would pay for improvements and the proposal would maintain the current tax rate of an estimated $0.47 per thousand dollars assessed.
• The board also proposes to keep the length of the proposed bond to 20 years.

 

If passed, the current tax rate would not change. If the levy is not passed, the tax would not continue.

 

7. Question: Why were these projects proposed? What about the Career Technical Education (CTE)/vocational program
facilities?

 

Answer: The state of Oregon is helping school districts fund CTE program improvements through Measure 98, which was approved by voters in 2016. The Glendale School district is currently in the process of using Measure 98 funding to improve CTE programs. Those funds have allowed Glendale to join the south Douglas county consortium to create a manufacturing program, add three new computer classes, purchase Chromebooks for students, add a graduation coach in 2019, and
purchase two vehicles for ag and manufacturing student transportation. Because of Measure 98 funding, the Glendale School District can use bond levy revenue to address other priorities.

 

8. Question: How much does the current school bond levy cost taxpayers? How much more would it cost if the proposed bond levy were to pass?

 

Answer: Taxpayers inside the Glendale School District have been paying an average of an estimated $0.47 per $1,000 of assessed value on a bond levy approved in 2000. The current bond levy expires in December of 2020. If passed, the rate would remain at an estimated $0.47 per $1,000 of assessed value beginning in January of 2021.

 

For example, a property owner inside the Glendale School District with an assessed value of $100,000 would pay a total of approximately $47 per year, or $3.91 per month, if the levy passes. A property owner inside the Glendale School District with an assessed value of $200,

 

000 would pay a total of approximately $94 per year, or $7.84 per month, if the levy passes. If the levy is not passed, the tax would not go into effect and the projects would not be completed.

 

9. Question: Can bond levy funds be used to provide pay raises for School Administrators or other school employees?

 

Answer: State law prevents the bond funds from being spent on salaries for teachers or administrators.

 

10. Question: What is a General Obligation Bond (G.O. Bond)?

 

Answer: G.O. Bonds are tax levies that, if passed by voters, would allow school districts, community colleges, cities, and counties to fund capital improvement projects that otherwise might not be completed with general fund dollars. G.O. Bonds decided in May or November elections are approved or failed on a majority vote. ‘Double majority’ approval is not necessary in Primary or General Elections in the state of Oregon.
 

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