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Measure B

Measure B

When the community approved the Measure B bond in 1997, the District was entrusted with the responsibility to manage the facilities improvement and expansion funds to ensure that projects outlined in the bond are completed successfully and within budgeted resources.

It is important to note that the passage of Proposition 47 augmented the available revenues in Fund 21 by providing additional state funds for new construction as well as modernization projects. Applications for these funds were approved by the State Allocation Board for Donlon, Lydiksen and Vintage Hills in 2004-2005. However, funds were not received for these projects until 2005-2006. These three projects were anticipated to provide an additional $4,679,947.

The District was again able to take advantage of another revenue opportunity in 04-05 through the refunding of two additional bond series, due to interest rates continuing to be significantly lower than when they were initially issued. The District received $2,671,000 from a refunding in September 2004, and an additional $1,100,000 in proceeds in June 2005. Not only was the District able to provide additional project funds, but due to the reduction in the interest rate tax-payers will also share in the benefit of lower debt service over the remaining life of the bonds. It should be noted the District had one additional opportunity for a refunding in 06-07, if financial conditions are favorable. This brings actual additional revenues received by the District due to utilizing the refunding opportunities to $6.786 million since June 2003.

The 2009 report includes detail of revenue sources and expenditures by site as well as a summary of the projects remaining to be completed with Measure B and state modernization funds.

Measure B Project List by School, Completed as of June 30, 2008 is linked below.

Report to Board on bond refunding

Final Report on Assistance with Review of General Obligation Bond “Cash Out” Refinancings.

Pleasanton Unified believes that a full understanding of past practices is a valuable part of the District’s effort at continual improvement. There has been some concern in the community about the District’s experience with a particular type of financing transaction–general obligation bond cash out refunding.  The District has engaged Government Financial Strategies (GFS), an independent company, to conduct a review of these financing transactions and report to the Board on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 regarding the results of these financings.

As part of this process, PUSD invited a committee of local citizens to participate in this review of the District’s activities related to the refunding of bonds. The committee met on:

from 5 to 7 p.m. at the PUSD District Offices (meetings are open to the public). Committee members are:
  • Beth Limesand (chair)
  • Kay Ayala
  • Jan Batcheller
  • Jack Dove
  • Anne Fox
  • Kathleen Ruegsegger
  •  Julie Testa
The committee is charged with assisting GFS in completing its scope of work by providing thoughtful input to the work in progress and reviewing preliminary findings. It is hoped that, by these efforts, the report to the Board will be helpful in terms of transparency, fiscal accountability, and implementing best practices in the areas of debt management and debt issuance.

Follow the links for the June 14, 2011 overview from GFFmeeting norms, and an updated scope of work.

Follow the link for the June 20, 2011 Charts and Summary Tables and a description of refunding from GFS.

Follow the links for the August 22, 2011 Recommended Best PracticesFacilities Projects Expenditures, and Cash Out Amount Differences.

The Citizen's Committee was publicly thanked and recognized for their efforts and thoughtful input at the September 13, 2011 PUSD Board Meeting.

Questions may be directed to Luz T. Cázares, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, at 925.426.4307.