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GUHSD Saves Taxpayers $4.9 Million by Refinancing School Upgrade Bonds

District is saving money on Prop H, which funds repairs of aging schools in the district, modernization and other projects.

Submitted by the Grossmont Union High School District

(GUHSD) announced a savings of $4.9 million for taxpayers over the next 11 years by refinancing , which fund repairs of aging schools in the district and other projects.

The GUHSD board during its April 19 meeting.

This is the second time the district has reduced the cost of financing the Proposition H bond program for the district’s taxpayers. In October 2011, GUHSD refunded $20.9 million of its Series 2004 bonds and saved $1.3 million in financing costs. Between the two transactions, the district achieved a combined savings of $6.2 million for district taxpayers.

“We are pleased to report that this funding was extremely successful and significantly surpasses the savings targets we had set prior to the sale,” said Deputy Superintendent Scott Patterson.

In March 2004, 62 percent of voters approved Proposition H, a $274 million program to fund repairs of aging schools in the district and the construction of a new school. With state school facility program dollars, the Proposition H program totals $327 million. Nearly $322 million has been expended to date.

Proposition U is an additional $417 million General Obligation Bond Measure passed by voters in November 2008. When combined with projected state funding, the estimated program budget is $601.7 million. The program substantially completes the modernization of district schools, providing classrooms and equipment for Career Technical Education, multi-purpose facilities that support the superintendent’s vision for the arts in education, and the construction of a new high school in the Alpine/Blossom Valley area. Nearly $140 million in Prop U funds are expended to date.

Refunding bonds are used to refinance certain Series 2006 bonds (known as “prior bonds”) that have higher interest rates than the refunding bonds. The proceeds from the sale of the refunding bonds are kept in an interest-bearing escrow account until each prior bond’s maturity or redemption date. The monies in the escrow account are used to pay off the prior bonds, along with related interest and redemption costs. The refunding bonds will be serviced using the same property tax payments initially used to pay the prior bonds, but at a reduced overall cost.

Following is a summary of the transaction that was executed on May 2:

• Total amount of bonds refunded: $54,515,000

• True interest cost: 2.08 percent

• Net present value of savings: $4,306,112

• Savings as % of refunded bonds: 7.75 percent

More information about the construction programs is available on the Proposition H and Proposition U website and the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee website.

Batman May 30, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Saving money eh? They'd save a whole lot more if they paid cash like they used to back in the old days.
Larry May 30, 2012 at 03:51 AM
They should pay in gum. Win-Win
Albert Haven, Ed.D. May 30, 2012 at 02:40 PM
This is great! Maybe they will have enough to build the promised Alpine High School.
Barbara May 31, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Oh, so sorry! While they "Saved" here, they are still paying GAFCON some $3Mil for what, 8 employees?
Kevin George May 31, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I am all for any money that can be saved and I appreciate the effort, but it's not exactly rocket science to take advantage of falling interest rates.

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