On November 7, 2000, Los Angeles voters approved Proposition F. Proposition F authorized the issuance of $532.6 million in General Obligation Bonds to finance the construction and rehabilitation of Fire Stations and Animal Shelters throughout the City of Los Angeles. $378.6 million of the bond was allocated to build 19 neighborhood Fire/Paramedic Stations and an Emergency Air Operations/Helicopter Maintenance Facility.
The Proposition F - Fire Facilities Bond Team consists of the Fire Department, the Bureau of Engineering, and Bovis Lend Lease. From 2001 through 2007, the team will oversee design and construction of two new state of the art Recruit Training Centers (one with Regional Fire/Paramedic Components), replace six existing Fire Stations with new Regional Fire/Paramedic Stations, add one new Regional Fire/Paramedic Station, convert and expand two existing Fire Stations to Regional Fire/Paramedic Stations, replace nine existing Fire Stations with new Standard Fire/Paramedic Stations, add one new Satellite Fire/Paramedic Station in the San Pedro area, and build a new Air Operations Helicopter Facility & General Services Helicopter Fleet Maintenance Building.
Prop F Oversight Committee Members:
Chris Espinosa, Mayor's Office
Citizen's Oversight Committee Members:
Carl Muhlstein, Chairperson
DECOMMISSIONED FIRE STATIONS
August 14, 2007
LOS ANGELES 2000 PROP F
FIRE FACILITIES BOND
To protect public health/ safety, improve paramedic/ firefighting response time, replace deteriorating facilities, build 19 earthquake-safe neighborhood fire/ paramedic stations, a fire/ paramedic/ emergency City helicopter center; 5 new and 3 expanded/ repaired animal shelters replacing overcrowded, unsafe shelters; provide annual audits and no monies for administrators' salaries; establish Citizens Oversight Committees; shall the City of Los Angeles incur bonded indebtedness totaling $532,648,000?
This measure will authorize the City to issue general obligation bonds to replace, build new or modernize facilities for fire, paramedic, emergency helicopter and animal services operations throughout the City to improve public safety services and reduce response times for delivering emergency services. Projects listed in this ballot measure include building 1 new and replacing 18 fire stations, replacing the City's Fire/ Paramedic/ Emergency Rescue Helicopter Center at the Van Nuys Airport; and, building 2 new animal shelters, replacing 3 shelters and renovating and expanding 3 existing shelters. All projects funded by this bond will be completed within seven years. The total cost of the bonds is $532.6 million -$378.5 million for fire and paramedic facilities and $154.1 million for animal services facilities.
The City's infrastructure is aging. Most fire stations and animal shelters are from 40 to 6 years old. Built before modern equipment, telecommunications systems and engineering, and seismic codes, and before women firefighters were common, they are overcrowded and have outlived their usefulness. Conditions in most fire stations and animal shelters are unsafe with deteriorating plumbing, electrical and mechanical building systems. Fire stations lack separate gender living quarters. Due to the lack of garage space, fire trucks and rescue ambulances must often be parked on the street or at remote locations, thereby delaying response time. Animal shelters lack fire protection systems and are too small to keep the number of lost, abandoned and stray animals collected each year. Overcrowding in shelters results in a very high rate of euthanasia, increased illness and injuries to adoptable animals. As a result of growth and shifts in the City's population, many of the existing firestations also need to be relocated and animal shelters need to be added to improve response time.
This bond proposal, if approved, will provide general obligation bond funds to do the following:
The City Engineer developed cost estimates for this program based on comprehensive studies and comparison to similar projects in Southern California. The City will, by ordinance, institute a comprehensive set of controls to ensure that projects are delivered on time, on budget. Two oversight committees, appointed by the Mayor and City Council, will be established for each program: one, a high level management group empowered to make decisions to move the capital construction program/ process quickly; the other, a citizens' oversight panel of five professionals with expertise in the area of capital construction, design and management, will be empowered to monitor the program, report to the public and bring any concerns before the Mayor and City Council. Additional appropriations from the City's General Fund will be required to open the replacement facilities and to open and provide on-going maintenance for 1 new satellite fire/ paramedic station, and on-going staffing and maintenance for the 2 new animal shelters.
Failure to approve this measure will postpone the replacement of the City's deteriorating public safety infrastructure by several years, affect the delivery of emergency services and increase risk exposure. Delaying this work will increase costs in the future. Some facilities may have to be closed and replaced with temporary quarters, the cost of which will further burden the General Fund, competing for scarce resources against other critical municipal needs.
This measure will become law only if 2/ 3 of the voters approve it.
This measure authorizes the issuance of $532.65 million in General Obligation Bonds to repair, replace and build emergency fire, paramedic, animal shelter, and other public safety facilities. General Obligation Bonds permit the City to borrow funds at the lowest possible interest rate. Debt service is paid through additional Property Tax revenues based upon assessed value on all property within the City.
The average annual tax for the typical single-family home assessed at $185,900 is estimated to be $33.60 for 25 years. The tax for property assessed at other values would be proportionately higher or lower. The General Fund will incur additional one-time and annual operating and maintenance costs for each additional or expanded facility. One-time expenses not eligible for bond funding are estimated at $300,000 for each animal shelter facility. No such one-time expenses are projected for fire facilities. Once all the facilities are constructed, the additional annual operating and maintenance expenses are estimated to be $3.4 million compared to the total annual Fire and Animal Services operating budgets of $373.61 million.
The City's Debt Policy provides that debt payments in any given year may not exceed 15% of General Fund revenues. Currently, the debt service payments are approximately 8.5% of General Fund revenues. Authorization of this additional $532.65 million in General Obligation Bonds will increase debt service payments to 9.9% of General Fund Revenues.
/s/ William T. Fujioka, director, Office of Administrative and Research
City of Los Angeles Proposition F Fire/ Paramedic, Emergency Helicopter, Animal Shelter Facilities Public Safety General Obligation Bonds
Resolution providing a proposal for the issuance of general obligation bonds for fire, helicopter and animal shelter facilities to be submitted to a vote of the qualified electors of the City. WHEREAS, the Council finds that the issuance of general obligation bonds is the most cost effective way to raise the money necessary to pay for the fire, helicopter and animal shelter facilities; and WHEREAS, in order to issue general obligation bonds for this purpose, it is necessary to prepare an ordinance for the submission of a proposition to incur bonded indebtedness to the voters of the City; and
WHEREAS, the City of Los Angeles hereby proposes to submit to the qualified electors of the City of Los Angeles at a Special Election to be called and to be consolidated with the State General Election to be held on November 7, 2000, a proposition designated as Proposition F, to incur a bonded indebtedness for fire, helicopter and animal shelter facilities and sets forth its determination of public interest and necessity with respect thereto;
Be It Resolved By the Council of the City of Los Angeles As Follows:
Section 1. That the public interest and necessity demand the acquisition, improvement, construction and rehabilitation of fire, helicopter and animal shelter facilities, as described in Exhibit 1 attached hereto, and the ordering of the preparation of an ordinance to submit a proposition to incur a bonded indebtedness of Five Hundred Thirty-Two Million Six Hundred Forty-Eight Thousand Dollars ($ 532,648,000) therefor to the qualified voters of the City at a Special Election to be called and to be consolidated with the State General Election to be held on November 7, 2000.
That said municipal improvements are necessary and convenient to carry out the objects, purposes, and powers of the City. That the cost of the municipal improvements described hereinabove is approximately Five Hundred Thirty-Two Million Six Hundred Forty-Eight Thousand Dollars ($ 532,648,000), that the costs are too great to be paid out of the ordinary annual income and revenue of the City, require an expenditure greater than the amount allowed for such municipal improvements by the annual tax levy, and the amount of the principal of the indebtedness to be incurred for the City's share of said municipal improvements is Five Hundred Thirty-Two Million Six Hundred Forty-Eight Thousand Dollars ($ 532,648,000).
Section 2. That the City Clerk is hereby directed to present to the City Council the necessary ordinance ordering the submission of the proposition to incur a bonded indebtedness for the purpose set forth herein to the qualified voters of the City at a Special Election to be called and to be consolidated with the State General Election be held on November 7, 2000.
Section 3. That the City Clerk shall publish this Resolution of Necessity in the Los Angeles Voter Information Pamphlet for the Special Election to be called and to be consolidated with the State General Election to be held on November 7, 2000.
Section 4. That the City Clerk shall certify to the adoption and passage of this Resolution by a vote of two-thirds (2/ 3) of all the members of the Council, and is directed to publish this Resolution once in a daily newspaper published and circulated in the City.
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