Measure BB Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Measure BB?
Measure BB is a local ballot measure on the November 2014 ballot seeking voter authorization for funds to complete the next level of upgrades to Murrieta Valley USD education technology and school facilities. A “YES vote” approves funding for the District’s plan to improve schools; a “NO vote” rejects the plan. All MVUSD voters registered by October 20th will be eligible to vote on Measure BB.
Why has the Murrieta Valley Unified School District (MVUSD) placed Measure BB on the ballot?
Over the past year, Murrieta Valley Unified has worked with our community to identify critical educational needs – especially educational technology needs – that require attention to protect the superior quality of education that helps our schools perform among the best in the state. Leading the way in Education technology is key to our success. By dedicating our instructional resources to stay aligned with the technology change curve, Murrieta students will be better prepared for college and careers in fields like science, engineering, technology and skilled trades. Measure BB has been placed on the November 2014 ballot to align with this vision and ensure peak performing K-12 schools for Murrieta Valley’s future.
What is the actual question that voters will be asked to decide in November?
“To upgrade outdated Murrieta K-12 classrooms, labs, career-training facilities, and education technology; rehabilitate deteriorated roofs, plumbing, electrical, lighting, HVAC, flooring, buildings and grounds; acquire/construct/equip sites, classrooms, and facilities; upgrade safety/security systems; and improve science, technology, engineering, and math instructional facilities required for college/career success; shall Murrieta Valley Unified School District issue $98,000,000 of bonds at legal rates, with independent citizen oversight, no money for administrator salaries, and all funds benefitting Murrieta Valley K-12 schools?”
How will Measure BB funds be used?
- See the Measure BB Project list
- Expand educational technology and keep it up-to-date
- Upgrade classrooms, labs and equipment for advanced math, science, engineering, and technology instruction to meet rising college/university admission requirements
- Improve career-training classrooms for college and career success in fields like health sciences, engineering, technology, and skilled trades
- Repair or replace leaky roofs, old plumbing, failing electrical, lighting and HVAC systems, indoor and outdoor safety hazards, and other facilities to improve student and staff safety;
- Construct new classrooms and school facilities to accommodate growth in student enrollment
By law, ALL Measure BB funds MUST stay local, dedicated to Murrieta Valley K-12 schools.
Who is eligible to vote on Measure BB?
All of the nearly 48,000 registered voters within the Murrieta Valley Unified School District will be eligible to vote on Measure BB. The last day to register to vote and be eligible to vote on Measure BB in the November Election is Oct. 20th 2014.
What’s required for Measure BB to pass (win)?
At least 55% of the voters who cast their ballots in the November 4th Election must vote in favor of Measure BB for it to be approved. Measure BB is being sought under the provisions of Proposition 39, which prohibits use of bond funds for operations, administrator salaries or pensions, and also requires independent financial and performance audits on the use of bond proceeds.
Will Measure BB improve instruction?
YES! Our local schools strive for teaching and learning excellence in every educational setting. Modern school facilities and education technology are essential to maintaining peak performing schools and giving our students a competitive edge. As school facilities and classroom technology are improved, teaching and learning will benefit. Without Measure BB funds, the money earmarked for educational programs may have to go toward facility repairs.
What about ongoing maintenance at MVUSD Schools?
District facilities staff work hard to maintain our neighborhood schools and keep them in good working condition with limited resources. However, the types of upgrades that the District’s current needs assessment has identified, particularly in the area of ongoing upgrades to education technology, go far beyond the scope and means of regular school maintenance budgets.
How much will Measure BB cost?
The $98 million bond translates to $25 per year for every $100,000 of assessed valuation. The assessed valuation refers to taxable value, not the market value of your property. The taxable value of your home or business will depend on when you purchased it. If Measure BB is approved, the typical homeowner in our school district will pay about $72 a year.
What makes Measure BB's financial structure prudent and responsible?
Bonds are matched to the type of asset and the specific life of the assets they are funding (see the next question.) Additionally, the projected payback ratio of Measure BB is 1.9:1. This is less than half of the new State standard of 4.00:1. The district has used a conservative 4.00% assumption for future MVUSD assessed valuation growth. This is part of the School Board's commitment to "under-promise and over-deliver" to the voters and taxpayers of Murrieta Valley.
When will Measure BB funds be fully paid off?
Measure BB is being structured so that bonds used to purchase short-life technology devices will have a maximum maturity of 3 years; bonds for technology infrastructure upgrades will have a maximum maturity of 15 years; and bonds for long-life capital assets (life reroofing projects or building a new school) will have a maximum maturity of 30 years, just like a home mortgage.
Will businesses share in the cost of Measure BB?
Yes, both commercial and residential property owners will be subject to assessment.
What about the Lottery or Proposition 30? Weren’t they supposed to take care of and fix our schools?
The money our school district receives from the Lottery each year comprises approximately 2% of our annual General Fund Revenues. Proposition 30, approved in November 2012, is restricted to instructional use and only amounts to approximately 15% of our General Fund Revenues. Lottery and Proposition 30 funds alone cannot fund the extensive upgrades that our schools need.
No one in my household attends MVUSD schools. Why should I care about Measure BB?
Quality schools are the foundation of a quality community. Good schools help maintain property values. Home resale values are directly impacted by the quality of our schools.
Who makes the final decision on a local school bond?
The locally elected Board of Education of Murrieta Valley Unified School District is the legal entity that has called for the Measure BB election. Ultimately, Murrieta Valley USD REGISTERED VOTERS will have the final say when they vote for or against the measure.
Have there been other Murrieta Valley USD school bonds? If so, when was the last bond?
Murrieta Valley USD strives to be a model of financial responsibility, making every effort to spend taxpayer dollars wisely. Our last school bond, Measure E, was approved by voters in 2006 to relieve overcrowding by building Lisa J. Mails Elementary School, Dorothy McElhinney Middle School and Murrieta Mesa High School and to repair and renovate existing school facilities. All Measure E funds were spent on time and within budget. Our new (2014) measure, Measure BB, authorizes critically needed education technology upgrades as well as the next set of essential school facility upgrades.
How can we be assured that Measure BB money will be spent properly?
Taxpayer protections are REQUIRED. All measure BB funds stay local - they cannot be taken away by the State or used for other purposes. ONLY facilities, technology and equipment upgrades are allowed. NO funds can be spent on administrators' salaries. Measure BB requires the establishment of a Citizens Oversight Committee within 60 days after a successful election result is certified. The Committee is responsible for monitoring bond finances to ensure the public that the money is being spent properly. Measure BB also requires independent annual audits on use of bond proceeds.
Who will serve on the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee?
The Committee consists of at least seven member of the public, and cannot include any District employee, vendor or contractor. The members of the Oversight Committee include representatives from the business community, a senior citizens organization, a parent, and a taxpayer association. The role of the Committee is to review copies of the annual independent audits of bond finances; inspect District facilities to ensure the revenues are being spent properly; review copies of maintenance proposals or plans developed by the District; and review the District’s efforts to maximize bond revenues by implementing cost-saving programs.
Doesn’t the STATE provide funding for facility upgrades?
Very little. In the past, State funding has been available to support local school upgrades but especially now, we cannot count on this uncertain source of funding. Moreover, in order to access state funding, school districts MUST generate local matching funds by passing a local school bond measure. Passing a local bond is the ONLY way to qualify for additional state funding if and when it becomes available. There are no other sources of funding for major facility upgrades.
If voters approve Measure BB, when will the work begin?
Once the measure is approved, a schedule for funding projects will be developed according to the official Measure BB Project List approved by voters so these projects can be completed on time and within budget.
- For Education Technology Projects: District staff will immediately meet with all school sites to develop collaborative plans that integrate education technology upgrades into school infrastructure to meet the most critical instructional needs at each site. A comprehensive district-wide implementation schedule will be developed to meet education technology needs district-wide.
- For other Facility Projects: Safety upgrades will take highest priority. The schedule of other approved facility projects will take place according to the District's Deferred Maintenance Plan.
What will specific technology projects will happen at my child’s school?
The district project list shows a list of the projects district-wide that can be done with Measure BB. This project list was generated based on input from all the schools' technology plans. These school technology plans provide more specific details on the technology projects and priorities at each individual school. Please contact your child’s Principal if you wish to see this plan.
Where can I get more information?
If you have more question, contact: Monica Gutierrez at (951) 696-1600 x. 1022.