Stifel is the leading underwriter of California K-12 school district bonds. We assist local districts in providing financing for facility projects and cash flow borrowing, including new construction, modernization, renovation, and technology improvements. Our work with California school districts includes general obligation bonds, Mello-Roos bonds, certificates of participation, leases, bridge financings, TRANs, the refinancing or restructuring of previously issued bonds, and preparing financial analysis for bond election planning.
What does Stifel do?
- We assist in determining the most appropriate type of bond financing
- General obligation bonds
- Special tax bonds
- Lower outstanding debt service
- Certificates of participation and lease revenue bonds
- For bond financings that require voter approval, we prepare the financial analysis used to determine the amount of the bond authorization and associated tax rates.
- We serve as the intermediary between the school districts who seek to borrow money from investors to fund their facility projects and the investors who seek to purchase bonds of California school districts.
- Our goal is to help school districts issue bonds for facilities at the lowest possible borrowing cost.
STIFEL's Local Community Presence
Stifel’s local community presence includes 250+ California Private Client Group sales executives who manage over $31 billion in assets. These sales representatives are spread throughout 38 offices which cover all geographic regions of the State. The benefit of having an expansive team dedicated to individual retail investors is the ability to provide local invest opportunities such as purchasing school district municipal bonds.
About GO Bonds
GO Bond Overview
General obligation bonds (“GO bonds”) for California school districts are voter-approved debt which are repaid by ad valorem property taxes and are primarily used to finance the acquisition and construction of school facilities. The legal authority to approve GO bond debt falls under Proposition 46 of 1986 and Proposition 39 of 2000. The main difference between the two propositions is the voter approval threshold. Proposition 46 requires a two-thirds vote and Proposition 39 requires a 55% vote. Bonds authorized under Proposition 39 have annual tax rate limitations ($60 per $100,000 of assessed value (“A.V.”) for unified school districts and $30 for elementary and high school districts), and bonds authorized under Proposition 46 do not. For additional information, please contact a member of our California School Group.
WHAT CAN BE FINANCED WITH GO BONDS?
- Land Acquisition
- Purchase or Construction of New School Facilities
- Renovation & Repair of Existing School Buildings
- Furnishing & Equipping School Facilities
- Technology Improvements & Equipment
2020 GO Bond Elections
Proposition 39 elections may occur only on the same dates as statewide primary, general or special elections, or on a date coinciding with a regularly scheduled local election.
|Date of Election||Last Day for Governing
Board to Adopt Resolution
|March 3, 2020||December 5, 2019|
|November 3, 2020||August 6, 2020|
Note: Last day for Governing Board to adopt resolution calling bond election may vary by County.
After a Successful Election
After the celebrations have subsided following your district’s successful bond election, the practical rewards of the election victory become more apparent as you turn your attention to the sale of the bonds which will provide funds for spending on needed facilities projects. This is typically a three-month process that consists of the steps outlined below.
- Preparation of legal and finance documents
- Receive governing board approval for the sale of bonds
- Conduct discussions with credit rating agencies
- Receive credit rating for the bonds and consider bond insurance
- Distribute bond prospectus to potential investors
- Sale of bonds to investors, finalizing the structure of the bonds and interest rates
- Closing of bond issue and delivery of bond proceeds to the County Treasurer on behalf of the district
- Coordinate with the County Auditor-Controller for the levy of a property tax for the payment of semi-annual debt service on the bonds
Fabric of Society
The Fabric of Society Scholarship Program began in California in 2009 awarding $2,000 scholarships to 20 graduating seniors from 20 public high schools across the State. The experience and response from the students was so overwhelming that the Fabric of Society essay contest became an annual program. In April 2014, Stifel expanded the scholarship program nationwide. Hundreds of students from across the country participated in this year’s contest. The program now awards 50 scholarships to 50 high school seniors from across the nation. Since 2009, we have awarded $766,000 – 383 scholarships of which 253 were awarded to students in California.
Fresno Unified School District
- Phillip Tapia
Hesperia Unified School District
- Alfonso Aguirre
Los Angeles Unified School District
- Stephany Chavez
- Steve Cayetano
- Kimberly D. Rivas Arias
- Marco Antonio Vargas
- Helen Michelle Hernandez
McFarland Unified School District
- Monica Naranjo
Oakland Unified School District
- Sara Ahlich
- Joanne Yan
- Rachel Gold
Orange Unified School District
- Janette Avalos
Paramount Unified School District
- Diego A. Mejia
Ripon Unified School District
- Mallory Michelle Brubaker
Sacramento City Unified School District
- Olga Tatar
San Diego Unified School District
- Trung Hieu Dinh
San Francisco Unified School District
- Thi Nha Luc
San Jacinto Unified School District
- Esmeralda Rizo
Val Verde Unified School District
- Wendy Elisa Gonzalez Gomez
Washington Unified School District
- Giselle Vera