FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Overview

What is Measure G?


Measure G provides the locally-controlled funding neeeded to repair and upgrade Brea Olinda Unified School District (BOUSD) schools and provide safe and modern school campuses, classrooms and labs for Brea students. Measure G is the result of a thorough assessment of each school to identify the most important upgrades, repairs and safety concerns. All Measure G funds must be spent according to the detailed School Facilities Master Plan, developed based on extensive community input.




Why do we need Measure G?


Brea’s oldest schools are 100 years old. Many of our schools were built decades ago, requiring upgrades to meet modern educational standards and urgent repairs for student safety. Measure G allows Brea schools to continue providing a high-quality education to local students in safe and updated learning environments. Measure G will provide the modern classrooms, labs and career training facilities Brea students need to be prepared for tomorrow’s careers in science, engineering and technology. Measure G is not only an investment in our students’ futures, but is also an investment in our
community. Improving Brea schools, strengthens our home values by increasing demand, and improves the quality of life for Breans.




How will Measure G improve Brea schools?


Measure G will:

  • Modernize outdated classrooms, labs and career training facilities
  • Improve access to technology and modern educational tools
  • Make critical health, safety, and security upgrades, including improvements to student drop-off and pick-up areas
  • Repair deteriorating roofs, plumbing and sewer systems
  • Replace outdated electrical, heating and ventilation systems





Fiscal Accountability

Can the State take away funds from Measure G?


No. All Measure G funds will support Brea schools and no funds can be taken away by the State. Funds cannot be spent on administrator salaries.




How can I be sure that Measure G will be spent properly?


Measure G requires strict taxpayer protections to ensure funds are spent appropriately. These protections include a public expenditure plan, review of all spending by an independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee, and the requirement that no money can be spent on administrator salaries or pensions. Measure G funds are prohibited from being used for District operating expenses. An annual, independent performance audit will be conducted to ensure that Measure G funds are only spent for authorized purposes. The results of these audits will be made publicly available and submitted to the Citizens’ Oversight Committee.




Will all funds benefit Brea schools?


Yes. All funds will stay local to improve Brea schools. No funds could be taken away by the State or go to other communities.




Does Measure G meet the standards of any taxpayer advocacy groups?


Yes. Measure G meets the Orange County Taxpayers Association’s school bond criteria for a fiscally responsible measure.




How much will Measure G cost?


Measure G is a $123 million bond measure that will cost property owners approximately $49 per $100,000 of assessed (not market) value per year. Measure G would be less than a $20 per month investment for the typical Brea homeowner to improve our schools.




What is the difference between assessed value and market value when it comes to the cost of Measure G?


The cost of Measure G would be based on the assessed value of a property, which is different from market value. The assessed value is often closer to the price of the property when it was last purchased and is often much lower than market value. The increase in assessed value is limited to a maximum of 2% per year and is determined by the Orange County Assessor’s office. You can find out your property's assessed value at http://tax.ocgov.com/tcweb/search_page.asp




How will the Citizens’ Oversight Committee be formed?


A Citizens’ Oversight Committee will be appointed in compliance with California Education Code. The Citizens’ Oversight Committee shall consist of at least seven members and may not include any employee or official of the District or any vendor, contractor or consultant of the District. The committee may include additional community members. Training approved by the Orange County Taxpayers Association will be made available to the Citizens’ Oversight Committee and school district employees working with the committee. The Citizens’ Oversight Committee must include the following members:

  • At least one member who is active in an organization representing the business community located within Brea
  • At least one member who is active in a senior citizens’ organization
  • At least one member who is active in a bona fide Orange County countywide taxpayer association and who must be approved by the Orange County Taxpayers Association
  • At least one member who is a parent of a child in Brea schools
  • At least one member who is both a parent of a child in Brea schools and active in a parent-teacher organization (school site council or PTA)




What are the Citizens’ Oversight Committee’s responsibilities?


The Citizens’ Oversight Committee will have these responsibilities:

  • Inspect facilities and grounds to ensure Measure G proceeds are expended in compliance with applicable law
  • Receive and review copies of all deferred maintenance proposals or plans developed related to Measure G funded projects\
  • Receive quarterly project updates, including project plan changes
  • Review efforts to maximize Measure G revenues by implementing cost-saving programs
  • Receive and review copies of the annual independent performance and financial audits
  • Receive and review responses from the School Board to any and all findings, recommendations, and concerns addressed in the performance and financial audits
All documents received and reports issued by the Citizens’ Oversight Committee will be a matter of public record and will be made available to the public on the Brea Olinda Unified School District website. The District will place a prominently displayed and clearly marked link to all Measure G information and citizens’ oversight material on the homepage of its website.




How is BOUSD going beyond the State minimum requirements for Citizens’ Oversight?


At the January 16, 2020 BOUSD School Board meeting, the District unveiled a new vision of what Citizens’ Oversight should be. Developed with fiscally conservative community members who recognize both the need for Measure G and the need for accountability to the community, the BOUSD approach far exceeds CA requirements for oversight.

  • Oversight Committee participation in the review of Construction and Project Managers, Architectural firms and other tier-one subcontractors for input on Board approval decisions of bond funded projects.
  • Oversight Committee members will be required to file a Form 700 Statement of Economic Interests to ensure transparency and no conflicts of interest.
  • Oversight Committee applicants will be required to provide information on their qualifications and ability to perform the duties of the committee.
  • All Oversight Committee documents and reports will be made available online.
  • Oversight Committee members will be provided with training approved by the Orange County Taxpayer’s Association.
  • The Oversight Committee member representing a taxpayer advocacy group must be approved by the Orange County Taxpayer’s Association.
  • Oversight Committee will meet a minimum of four times per year for before/during/after project reviews. Additional meetings will occur as required to make recommendations and reports to the Board.
  • Oversight Committee will be independent of the District and operate as a self-directed group with its own leadership structure.

Further details of BOUSD’s Strong Citizens’ Oversight will be formalized in Board Policy by February 13, 2020 with applications being accepted immediately thereafter.





Facilities Needs

How were the facilities needs at Brea schools identified?


The District engaged experts, community members, teachers and staff in a comprehensive facilities master planning process over the past two years to conduct facilities needs assessments at each school site and identify specific projects needed along with associated costs. Priority improvements include modernizing outdated classrooms and school facilities, safety and security updates, seismic upgrades and school drop-off and pick up area improvements. Measure G addresses the facilities needs in the detailed School Facilities Master Plan. You can find the facilities needs assessments and Facilities Master Plans for each school site at https://www.bousdplan.org/.




Is there any other way to update our schools?


The District has very few options when it comes to making the necessary renovations and upgrades our schools need. The State provides very limited funding for facilities improvements so we can’t rely on them for the repairs and modernizations Brea schools need. No funding exists in the operating budget to complete the facilities projects outlined in the Facilities Master Plans. Taking operating budget money away from instructional programs would hurt classroom learning and our students. Taking money from emergency reserves is irresponsible and leaves the District without a safety net in the event of an emergency. Without Measure G, Brea schools will continue to age, serious school safety and security needs will go unaddressed, and facilities improvements will only get more expensive. Measure G gives Brea schools the local control necessary to address the most critical facilities needs. In addition, Measure G could help our schools qualify for nearly $30 million in state matching funds – funds that would go to other communities if Measure G is not approved.




Has our community supported BOUSD schools with local funding in the past?


While neighboring communities have upgraded their schools, it’s been two decades since Brea approved an investment in our schools. Brea voters have not passed a local bond measure for BOUSD schools since 1999. Some of the past bond projects include, new roofing at school sites, updated libraries, computer lab improvements, HVAC system upgrades and updates to emergency communication systems. You can see the full expenditure report at https://www.bousd.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1177897&type=d&pREC_ID=1425660. While the 1999 bond funds were used responsibly and successfully completed projects at every Brea school, instructional, safety and technology standards have changed over the last 20 years and our students need to be prepared for success in our increasingly competitive global economy. Over the last two decades, the repairs and upgrades needed at our schools have become more urgent, and without a dedicated source of local funding like Measure G, we cannot address the most critical facilities needs facing our schools. Measure G will address the needs outlined in the School Facilities Master Plans including health and safety improvements, classroom and lab modernizations and repairs to deteriorating plumbing and sewer systems. You can view our School Facilities Master Plans at https://www.bousdplan.org.




What about the state school bond measure on the March 2020 ballot? Can't we use that to upgrade our schools?


Proposition 13, a statewide bond measure for school districts and community colleges, has qualified for the March 2020 ballot. If it were to pass, it could provide matching funds for local bond measures like Measure G. The statewide bond measure cannot be used to upgrade Brea schools without Brea Olinda Unified School District providing local funds for matching through Measure G. Brea has missed out on matching funds before because we have not passed a measure to provide the local match. Without Measure G, Brea could miss out on nearly $30 million in state matching funds that would go to other communities. These matching funds would allow the District to complete additional school facilities improvements at no additional cost to taxpayers. If the state school bond measure passes, and Measure G doesn’t, Brea will be paying for the school upgrades of other districts.




Why do we need Measure G now?


If we don’t upgrade our schools now, schools will only continue to age, construction and repair costs will rise and the improvements will become more expensive. In addition, interest rates are at all-time lows, allowing the school district to issue bonds to fund school facility improvements at the lowest possible cost. Interest rates are expected to rise in the future – Measure G’s short-term bonds minimize interest and costs the typical Brea homeowner less than $20 per month.




The State recently rated Brea school facilities as “Exemplary”. Why are you now saying they are “deteriorating”?


The State’s definition of Exemplary is based on very easy to meet standards for the wide variety of schools in California. Those standards do not come up to Brea’s standards for our students and schools. Brea’s long tradition of excellence in education and continually outperforming State and County averages comes from holding our schools to the highest standards of quality and execution.





Measure G and the Brea Community

I don’t have children in school; how will Measure G benefit me?


Local schools here in Brea are at the heart of our community and make our community a desirable place to live. Whether or not you have school-age children, supporting local schools is a wise investment. Measure G will allow our local schools to continue offering an outstanding education, strengthening our property values by increasing demand, and maintaining Brea’s excellent quality of life.




When would my child’s school benefit from Measure G?


If voters approve Measure G in March 2020, construction projects are anticipated to begin in the 2020-2021 school year.




Have other school districts in Orange County passed similar measures to upgrade their schools?


While neighboring communities have upgraded their schools, it’s been two decades since Brea has approved an investment in our schools. Virtually all Orange County school districts including nearby districts in Orange, Fullerton, Tustin, Irvine, Anaheim, Buena Park, Huntington Beach and elsewhere have recently passed bond measures. BOUSD is one of less than 10 school districts in Orange County that has not passed a bond measure in the last decade to upgrade aging schools. Brea students deserve the same modern classrooms, labs and career technical education facilities as other students in Orange County. We need Measure G to give Brea students the tools to compete and succeed.





Voting Information

How many votes do we need to win?


In order to pass, Measure G must be supported by 55% of those who vote.




Who is eligible to vote on Measure G?


All registered voters living in the Brea Olinda Unified School District are eligible to vote on Measure G.




When can I vote YES on Measure G?


Measure G is on the March 3, 2020 ballot. Whether or not you normally vote at the polls all registered voters living in Brea Olinda Unified School District will be mailed a ballot the week of February 3. Once you receive your ballot, vote YES on G, sign and seal the envelope and mail it back right away. No postage is required. You can also vote YES on G at any Vote Center in Orange County beginning 11 days before Election Day.




Can I only vote YES on Measure G by mail?


Whether or not you normally vote at the polls all registered voters living in Brea Olinda Unified School District will be mailed a ballot the week of February 3. You can vote by mail or vote at any Vote Center beginning 11 days before Election Day, March 3. There will also be ballot drop boxes throughout Orange County to drop off your mail ballot.




How can I learn more about Vote Centers?


Visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters Vote Center website at https://www.ocvote.com/fileadmin/vc/.




How can I register to vote or learn more about voting?


You can register to vote at www.registertovote.ca.gov. To find out more about voting in this election, please contact the Orange County Registrar of Voters at (714) 567-7600.





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